The draw for next year's Davis Cup World Group was announced this morning, and Canada will play France in the first round.
France is a seeded nation, having lost in the 2011 World Group semi-finals to Spain last weekend. Canada, however, will have the advantage of being the home team and will have choice of ground. This is good news for the team since they've been the visiting team all year starting with the North America Group I ties in Mexico and Ecuador, then playing in Israel for the World Group playoff tie.
The first round tie is set for February 10-12 of next year, but the location and venue has yet to be decided.
It goes without saying that France will be a tough team to beat in 2012. Not only did they reach the semi-finals this year with three Top-20 players (Tsonga, Simon, and Gasquet), but they were finalists against Serbia in 2010. But Canada will have the home crowd cheering them on in February. Assuming they are all healthy, fans will get to see the likes of Milos Raonic, Daniel Nestor, and Vasek Pospisil play for Canada on their home turf. The team nominations are obviously a long way off, but those names will no doubt be at the top of captain Martin Laurendeau's list.
More details on the Canada vs. France draw here.