Re: Fed Cup 2013
If you'd prefer the tie to be played at home to promote tennis in Australia and give the fans an opportunity to see Australian players in action outside of January, and that the team's decisions shouldn't be determined by a single player, then I think that's a fair enough view.
But there is a real chance Sam won't sacrifice the continuity of her clay court season to play for a single week on the other side of the world on (possibly) non-clay courts. And as others have noted, Australia minus Sam would be in real danger of losing to Switzerland.
Jarmila Gajdosova|Svetlana Kuznetsova|Vera Zvonareva|Francesca Schiavone