The International Tennis Federation determined Thursday that the Canadian Davis Cup team will host Great Britain for the 2017 Davis Cup World Group first round. The official draw for the 2017 World Group was conducted at the ITF offices in London, England. The first-round ties will be played from February 3-5, 2017 with the host city, venue, and surface to be announced at a later date by Tennis Canada.
Canada and Great Britain have only played once in the history of Davis Cup, with the Brits posting a 4-1 win in Bournemouth, England back in May 1967. Since there is no recent history between the two countries, the host nation for the tie was determined by lot. As current defending champions, Great Britain is the No. 1 ranked Davis Cup country in the world and will be the seeded nation for this tie. Canada is currently ranked No. 12. The winner of this tie will advance to the Davis Cup quarter-finals in April while the loser will be forced to play a World Group play-off tie next September.