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Francoise Abanda of Montreal during Fed Cup action against the Czech Republic

Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canada will host Romania in a Fed Cup World Group playoff tie in April.

Tennis Canada said in a release Tuesday that choice of surface, venue, and team nominations will be decided at a later date.

Canada was relegated to a World Group playoff following its 4-0 first-round defeat to Czech Republic last weekend.

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Canada's team was missing world No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard as well as Fed Cup veteran Aleksandra Wozniak.

A victory in the April tie will move Canada into the elite World Group for just the second time.

Canada is currently ranked ninth in the Fed Cup rankings while Romania is ranked 12th.

The Romanian side could feature Simona Halep, the third ranked player in the world, in the April matches.

In other pairings, the U.S. will have to beat Italy in Italy for the first time in 16 years in order to return to the top tier of the Fed Cup. The Netherlands will host Australia while Poland will play at home against Switzerland.

Italy has dominated recent ties with the U.S., winning the 2009 and 2010 finals, and first-round ties in 2013 and last year.

The Americans' record 17th and last Fed Cup title was in 2000.

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Files from the Associated Press were used in this report

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