The 2014 Fed Cup draw was made today, and in the first round, the USA will play Italy, just like the first round of 2013. Italy won the 2013 tie, 3-2. Today's draw was conducted by Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.
In other Fed Cup news, the 2013 final between Italy and Russia will be held in Cagliari, Sardinia on an outdoor clay court. The final will be played November 2 and 3.
In other Bartoli news, this New York Times piece by Geoff MacDonald is most insightful.
Here the grass court Backspin Awards.
Aga Radwanska has received the Cross of Merit from the Republic of Poland.
Top seed Lucie Safarova lost to Valeria Solovyeva in the first round in Budapest. Solovyeva defeated Safarova 6-1, 6-0.