(daviscup.com)Kazakhstan will host 2013 Davis Cup on 1-3 February in National Tennis Centre in Astana. It will be the first meeting between Kazakhstan and Austria when they take each other on in the first round of Davis Cup World Group, daviscup.com reports.
Thanks to victory over neighboring Uzbekistan 3-1 in the play-off, Kazakhstan are making their third straight apperance in the World Group. Mikhail Kukushkin put in an impressive performance in front of President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the final day to upset Istomin who was ranked some 36 places above the Kazakh No.1.
Kazakhstan competed in the World Group for the first time in its history in 2011. Prior to 1995, players from Kazakhstan competed for the Soviet Union.