Nations will play three round-robin ties of two singles matches and a doubles rubber when the Sports Training Village hosts the eagerly-anticipated event – dubbed the Women’s World Cup of tennis – from February 6-9.
Great Britain must finish top of their group in order to secure a place in the final day’s play-off, where they would face the winner of Group B which includes Serbia, Croatia, Turkey and Georgia.
The squad will be looking to use the home support to go one better than last year and progress to April’s World Group II play-offs, which would provide the chance to play at Fed Cup World Group level for the first time since 1993.
That was also the year that a Fed Cup tie was last staged in this country and the competition’s return has generated lots of interest, with tickets selling well for all sessions.
Captain Anne Keothavong has named Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan in the GB team for the event, while there are a number of world top 100 players in the other national teams including Croatia’s Donna Vekic, Greece’s Maria Sakkari, Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic and reigning Australian Open doubles champion Timea Babos of Hungary.