Christina McHale in action for the U.S. Fed Cup team in 2012.
© Ron C. Angle
PARIS (AP) -- Italy will host the United States in the first round of the 2013 Fed Cup.
Other matchups for the Feb. 9-10 first round: Australia at the Czech Republic, Japan at Russia, and the Slovak Republic at Serbia.
The semifinals are scheduled for April 20-21, and the final Nov. 2-3.
The International Tennis Federation announced the draw Wednesday.
The reigning champion Czech Republic will host Serbia in this year's Fed Cup final in November.