PRAGUE (Reuters) - American Nicole Melichar expects to have combined emotions while she makes her Fed Cup debut in this weekend’s final towards the Czech Republic - the u . S . A . Of her birth.

Melichar is considered one of 3 americans playing of their first Fed Cup tie for the defending champions, who are having to field a 2d string crew with Serena and Venus Williams unavailable at the side of Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.

Born in Brno but raised inside the u.S.A., Melichar stated it become a unique feeling to stand the us of a her dad and mom hailed from.

“i'm very proud to be representing the us,” Melichar said as she prepared to stand the Czechs, who've won the crew opposition 5 times for the reason that 2011. “it's miles an honour to truely play against the us of a that i'm at the start from but to play for the united states of america that I feel that i am from.

“it's far a little little bit of a mixture, however it's far, I think, the most unique manner to start my Fed Cup career.”

Ranked 15th within the world in doubles, Melichar gained titles in Tianjin and Prague this 12 months with Czech partner Kveta Peschke.

in addition they completed runner up at Wimbledon, losing to Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova - both of whom will characteristic for the hosts this weekend along with Petra Kvitova.

Melichar said her Czech historical past become any other source of amusing for the crew during the very last.

“i've attempted to teach them a few words here and there, and to translate some matters,” she said.

Danielle Collins and Sofia Kenin are the alternative two individuals making their debut in Prague, even as Alison Riske has featured in 3 preceding ties.