The Slovak National Tennis Center in Bratislava will be the venue for the Davis Cup playoff round tie (series) between Slovakia and the United States to be played from September 19 through September 21.The best-of-five match series will be played on a red clay court at the 4,200-seat facility. The United States lost its first-round series at Croatia in February and now must win against Slovakia in order to qualify for the 16-team 2004 World Group that competes for the Davis Cup. The United States dropped four straight road ties since beating host Zimbabwe in the opening round of the 2000 Davis Cup.
The United States has won a record 31 Davis Cup titles, but none since 1995. The only prior meeting between the United States and Slovakia came in the first round in Oklahoma City last year, which was won by the Americans, 5-0.