In the Davis Cup relegation tie against Portugal that destined South Africa's demotion to the Euro-Africa Group Two segment this year for a match-up against Bulgaria, the 4-0 defeat was made more embarrassing by the fact that it included a loss in the doubles for the favoured pairing of Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse.
And adding insult to injury for South Africa in both the Davis Cup and Fed Cup losses is the fact that the final nails in the coffin were hammered home by teams from Portugal, traditionally tennis opponents who held out few dangers and problems.
Nations that finish top of their respective groups will advance to the quarter-finals, while the two best second-placed sides will also advance to the last eight.
A drastic revamp of the 119-year-old team competition will culminate in a week-long event featuring 18 nations at Madrid's La Caja Magica from November 18-24.
The semifinalists automatically qualify for the 2020 Davis Cup finals.
International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty (L) and Barcelona's Spanish defender and Kosmos president Gerard Pique pose with the trophy after the draw for the 2019 Davis Cup tennis finals in Madrid February 14, 2019.
In Thursday's Davis Cup draw in the Spanish capital of Madrid, Croatia was grouped with Spain and Russian Federation.
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Speaking to BBC Sport in Madrid, Pique said: "I think people who use this name, it is because they didn't understand the change of the competition and why we are doing this". The federation said it reached the 25-year deal with Kosmos to help increase revenue related to the Davis Cup, which used to be played at various sites over four weekends throughout the year. "From the first day to the last, we want Madrid to breathe tennis".
"We don't want to have any conflict whatsoever with any other part of tennis".
The Federer-backed Laver Cup will also take place again this September.
"Leo Messi, for example, is a good fan of tennis", he said.
"This means a lot, we have been working for more than a year, and we have created a great team to carry out this project", Pique insisted.
His team-mate Messi is also an investor in Kosmos, which has recently purchased FC Andorra, a team now competing in the fifth tier of Spanish football. "We are part of a club in Andorra, and he is part of that also", said Pique. He likes to have his opinion and follow everything, but not in a major position. That's the person I am and have been since I was very young.
"But it's very exciting for me to have him because I know him since I was 13 years old".