The Americas Group 3 section of the 2019 Davis Cup begins on Monday, with the action taking place throughout the week in Costa Rica.
The hard-court event at the Costa Rica Country Club features two group pools, which will be followed by play-off matches on Saturday, June 22.
Three countries could achieve promotion if they are successful in this section of the competition. However, promotion will not be confirmed until the Davis Cup qualifiers have been completed.
Here’s a list of the nations set to feature in the men’s competition, per the Davis Cup’s official website (pools to be confirmed):
Antigua & Barbuda
Trinidad & Tobago
US Virgin Islands
Pool A and Pool B will see teams play off in the following format, determined by their final group positions:
The team representing the host nation will like their chances on home soil, and captain Kenneth Thome Bolanos fields a team of Jesse Flores, Sebastian Quiros, Pablo Nunez and Rodrigo Crespo Piedra.
Twenty-four-year-old Flores has excelled on the hard court, and Nunez has extensive experience playing for his country.
Jamaica will also be in the mix to challenge through the round-robin format, with a team featuring Rowland Phillips, Jacob Bicknell, Dimitri Bird and Dominic Pagon.
Pagon also captains the Jamaicans, and his status as a professional could give him the edge in competition against a selection of amateurs.
Jamaica have featured as semi-finalists in Group 2, but they have failed to reach the upper echelons for an extended period.
Honduras and the Bahamas excelled in the 2018 play-offs. The former beat favoured Paraguay 2-0, while the latter completed a 2-1 victory against Costa Rica, but they may be overawed by the strength of competition at this stage.