So I guess Serena may now play the Fed Cup in February (opening weekend of this tournament), as it the USA's match against France will be played not too far away in Lievin (near Lille).
Tickets should be available soon, but the ticket section of the website www.opengdfsuez.com is still under construction. I'll be watching Saturday - Wednesday. Unfortunately, the large number of Fed cup world group ties and Euro / Africa zone groups the opening weekend, does tend to mean a lack of strength in depth in the qualifying draw. Very rare to see any Brits either, due to Fedcup and the Sutton $25k being the preceding week.
I think Brouleau is a possibility. Was really impressed by her the Poitiers 75k qualifying. Maybe Kristina Mladenovic too? In fact with the usual lack of depth in the qualifying event Mladenovic may get in without a wildcard. I hope Timea Bacsinszky plays here, she did this year.