The United States will host Romania in the first round of the 2006 Davis Cup, while yesterday's draw also set up another showdown between Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt.
The U.S. team will get to pick the site and surface for its Feb. 10-12 World Group series, and captain Patrick McEnroe asked Andy Roddick and his other players for their thoughts.
"What I'll get feedback-wise from the guys is two things: speed of the court and indoor-outdoor," McEnroe said in a conference call, adding that he expects to choose a "relatively quick" surface.
The Americans have lost in the first round two of the past three years. Their last Davis Cup championship came in 1995, the country's longest drought since the 1930s.
"My goal is still the same as it was when I got here -- to win the Cup and have camaraderie," said McEnroe, whose contract expires after the 2006 season.
The United States, which beat Belgium last weekend in a playoff to stay in the World Group, is 5-0 against Romania.
The U.S. team is likely to be led by third-ranked Roddick and either James Blake or Robby Ginepri. Romania's top players are No. 40 Victor Hanescu and No. 51 Andrei Pavel.
Top-ranked Federer and Switzerland will be at home against former No. 1 Hewitt and Australia in February. Federer has won his last nine matches against Hewitt, including the semifinals at the last two majors, the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.
-- From News Services