After losing both top-ranked players due to injury the Australian team has slumped to a 3-2 loss against Great Britain.
World no. 22 Nick Kyrgios caused drama when pulling out of the event at the last minute due to an ankly injury.
World no. 24 Alex de Minaur was then slotted in as the no. 1 player for Australia against Britain’s world no. 14 Cameron Norrie.
Despite playing in front of his hometown crowd, de Minaur was not able to get the win. Norrie took the match 6-3, 6-3.
Zoe Hives then lost to Katie Swan 6-4, 6-3 to see Great Britain head into day two in a strong position to wrap up the tie.
On day two Australia’s world no. 180 Maddison Inglis played a must-win match against world no. 98 Harriet Dart. Inglis put up a good battle, however lost 6-4, 6-4 to see Great Britain take the tie 3-0.
Ajla Tomljanovic was due to face Dart bet withdrew due to a knee injury.
Jason Kubler then face world no. 27 Daniel Evans. Kubler had defeated Evans earlier in the year when he reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Kubler played an impressive first set, taking the opener 6-3. Evans then looked to be storming back to level the match when he was up 5-0 love in the second set.
Kubler who was still playing for rankings points mounted an impressive comeback as he used the crowd to fire himself up.
The world no. 107 then got himself to a tiebreaker which he won to close out a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory.
Sam Stosur and John Peers then won the mixed doubles 7-6(4), 6-4.
Australia next faces Spain on Monday. Alex de Minaur opens the tie with a match against Rafael Nadal.