Eugenie Bouchard has decided against playing Fed Cup next week against Romania, while Serena and Venus Williams could play both singles and doubles against Italy in the World Group playoffs.
Following her opening-round defeat in Charleston, Bouchard confirmed that she had not committed to the tie. Asked if she might change her position, she said, "I think the answer right now is probably no."
This is the second tie in a row that the top-ranked Canadian has not been on the team. In February against the Czech Republic (in Canada), the No. 7-ranked Bouchard waited until the last moment and then decided that she would not play. The Czechs won easily.
On Wednesday, Canadian captain Sylvain Bruneau announced that Gabriela Dabrowski, Sharon Fichman, and Francoise Abanda had been nominated to play the tie in Montreal. The final team member has not been announced.
The world No. 3, Romanian Simona Halep, has also decided not to play the tie. Romania features Irina-Camelia Begu, Alexandra Dulgheru, Andreea Mitu, and Raluca Olaru.
Alison Riske and Christina McHale will join Venus and Serena to represent the United States on clay against Italy later this month in Brindisi. The Williams sisters may play singles and doubles. Madison Keys, the No. 20 player in the world, decided a few weeks ago that she would not play, citing a need for rest after the Family Circle Cup. No. 30 Varvara Lepchenko has suffered injuries over the past two months and retired in the first round of the Family Circle Cup. No. 40 Sloane Stephens, who has shown solid clay-court prowess, does not plan to play again until Madrid.
Italy features Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta, Camila Giorgi, and Karin Knapp. The team was unable to nominate Roberta Vinci, the 2014 No. 1 doubles player, due to an injury.