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September 16 - 18, 2016

DAVIS CUP
by BNP PARIBAS

Scotiabank Centre
Tickets: $16.50 - $180.50

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Toronto, September 6, 2016– Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the Canadian Davis Cup team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie between Canada and Chile being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 
Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) were named to the squad by captain Martin Laurendeau to compete on an indoor hard court at the Scotiabank Centre from September 16-18.
 
The Chile Tennis Federation also named their team that will head to Halifax to take on the Canadian squad. They selected Christian Garin (No. 275), Nicolas Jarry (No. 484), Gonzalo Lama (No. 172) and world No. 65 in doubles Hans Podlipnik-Castillo. They are led by two-time Olympic gold medalist and former Top 10 player Nicolas Massu as their team captain.
 
“Chile has some talented young players and has been on a pretty successful run in Davis Cup play over the last two years,” said Laurendeau. “We have a very experienced team that will not make the mistake of underestimating our opponents. We are preparing for a tough match-up but we also know that if we play to our abilities we are an extremely strong team that belongs in the World Group. We have a very good track record at home ties and expect a loud and passionate crowd cheering us on in Halifax like we had there two years ago to help spur us to victory.”
 
Unfortunately, Canada’s top singles player, Milos Raonic, is unavailable for the tie due to some lingering effects of the cramping he experienced during his second-round match at the US Open last week.
 
"It is with great disappointment that I must announce that I am unable to participate in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Chile," Raonic said. "Following the extreme cramping I experienced during my US Open match last week, I must undergo further testing and recovery, and I cannot compete at this time. Good luck to my Canadian teammates as they head to Halifax to play in front of our tremendous home crowd."

Dancevic has been a regular member of Canada’s Davis Cup team since 2002, missing just one year of competition when he was hindered with a back injury in 2008. At 23 ties played, he is one of only four Canadians to receive the Davis Cup Commitment Award for playing at least 20 ties for your country. He is currently ranked No. 224 on the ATP World Tour rankings.
 
This is Nestor’s 24th year playing Davis Cup, as he adds to the Canadian Davis Cup records he already holds, including most wins (47), most doubles wins (32), and most ties played (49). Currently ranked world No. 12 in doubles, Nestor is coming off a successful summer partnering with Pospisil as the duo reached the semifinals at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, the Rio Olympics and the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. He is third on the all-time list for most doubles titles in the Open Era with 90 and earlier this year became the first doubles player in history to reach 1,000 match victories.
 
Pospisil will be playing his 13th tie for Canada in Davis Cup. He has been an integral part of the team since 2011, when he posted a 6-1 record through three ties and nearly single-handedly won Canada’s World Group play-off against Israel. Last year, he captured the fifth and deciding rubber in the first round against Japan to send Canada to the quarter-finals. He is currently ranked No. 123 in singles and No. 14 in doubles.
 
Shapovalov is the rookie of the squad, being named to the team for the first time after having served as a hitting partner at one previous tie. He has had a tremendous year, transitioning from a full-time junior player to lower-level professional events. He currently sits at No. 4 on the ITF Junior Rankings, having won the Junior Wimbledon title in July after also reaching the Junior French Open semifinals. On the pro circuit, he has captured three Futures titles, reached two Challenger semifinals and played in his first two ATP World Tour main draws, winning his first ATP level match against Top 20 player Nick Kyrgios at Rogers Cup in Toronto. He has catapulted his ATP ranking from No. 1130 to start the year to a current career-high of No. 246.
 
Canada is the seeded team with a Davis Cup world ranking of No. 12. Chile is ranked No. 23 in the world. This will be the ninth time the two countries have played each other in Davis Cup with the record standing at an even 4-4. In those eight previous match-ups, the home country has won each time. The last time they met was in 2008 where Chile defeated Canada 3-2 in a zone group semifinal in Santiago.
 
Canada started the season in the World Group for the fifth consecutive year. The team played its first-round tie on the road against France in Guadeloupe. Canada was without top players Raonic and Nestor for that tie, which led to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the French who will be competing in the semifinals of the competition next weekend against Croatia.
 
Chile has reached the World Group play-offs for the first time in four years after defeating Dominican Republic and Colombia in the Americas Zone Group I first and second rounds, respectively. Chile is currently on a six-tie win streak, and claimed victory in all three of its 2015 match-ups to advance out of Americas Zone Group II for 2016. The last time the country qualified for the elite 16-team World Group was in 2011.
 
Canada must win to remain in the World Group for 2017. A loss would relegate the team back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where it has not played since 2011.
 
Tickets for the tie are still available for as low as $20 and can be purchased online atwww.ticketatlantic.com, at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or charge by phone  by calling 902-451-1221 or toll free 1-877-451-1221.
 
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with more than 135 nations competing. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.
 
The matches will be broadcast by Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Please check local listings for the full schedule.


 

 

CANADA TO PLAY CHILE AT HOME IN HALIFAX IN DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFF TIE

Canadian men will face Chile on an indoor hard court from September 16-18; Tickets on sale August 10
** PLEASE NOTE: CANADIAN DAVIS CUP TEAM CAPTAIN MARTIN LAURENDEAU AND TENNIS CANADA BOARD MEMBER JACK GRAHAM WILL BE AVAILABLE IN PERSON TO LOCAL MEDIA AT 2 P.M. ADT TOMORROW, JULY 20, TO DISCUSS THE DRAW AND VENUE SELECTION AT 1969 UPPER WATER STREET IN HALIFAX, 13TH FLOOR, MAIN BOARDROOM.

Toronto, July 19, 2016 – The draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the International Tennis Federation headquarters in London. The Canadian Davis Cup team will play a home tie versus Chile from September 16-18 to retain its spot in the World Group for 2017. Tennis Canada also announced that the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia has been selected as the host site for the tie which will be played on an indoor hard court.

“We are very happy to be awarded a home tie after two very tough back-to-back road ties in the last year,” said Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We are also very excited to be heading back to Halifax as the World Group play-off there in 2014 was a huge success for us. The city, the venue and the crowd provided us with the ideal conditions to win and keep our spot in the World Group, and we will need that same support this time around against Chile as they will pose another big challenge for us.”

This will be the second time since 2014 that Halifax will host a Davis Cup tie as Canada played Colombia there in September of that year and scored a 3-2 victory in the World Group play-offs.

“Tennis Canada is thrilled to be bringing this elite level of professional tennis back to Halifax,” said Gavin Ziv, vice-president of professional and national events for Tennis Canada and Davis Cup tournament director. “The eastern region of Canada remains a priority for us in terms of development, facilities and participation. We’ve seen the interest in tennis grow in Atlantic Canada over the past several years and bringing events like Davis Cup to the community helps foster that growth. One of the best ways to excite people about our sport is to put high-calibre tennis entertainment on display, and that is what we plan to do with this Davis Cup tie.”

Tennis Canada has received great funding support from the federal, municipal and provincial governments in the past to ensure the staging of this world-class event and are hopeful for similar support from them for this upcoming tie.

Canada is the seeded team with a Davis Cup world ranking of No. 12. Chile is ranked No. 23 in the world. This will be the ninth time the two countries have played each other in Davis Cup with the record standing at an even 4-4. In those eight previous match-ups, the home country has won each time. The last time they met was in 2008 where Chile defeated Canada 3-2 in a zone group semifinal in Santiago. As that tie was played in Chile, it is now Canada’s turn to host on its home soil.

Canada started the season in the World Group for the fifth consecutive year. The team played its first-round tie on the road against France in Guadeloupe. Canada was without top players Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor for that tie, which led to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the French who have now moved on to the semifinals of the competition after a victory over Czech Republic this past weekend.

Chile has reached the World Group play-offs for the first time in four years after defeating Dominican Republic and Colombia in the Americas Zone Group I first and second rounds, respectively. Chile is currently on a six-tie win streak, and claimed victory in all three of its 2015 match-ups to advance out of Americas Zone Group II for 2016. The last time the country qualified for the elite 16-team World Group was in 2011. Its recent success has come at the hands of players Gonzalo Lama (No. 161), Christian Garin (No. 251) and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (No. 278) who have all gone undefeated in singles and doubles in the last two years of Davis Cup action.

Canada must win in September to remain in the World Group for 2017. A loss would relegate the team back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where it has not played since 2011.

Tickets will be on sale to the public on Wednesday, August 10 beginning at 10 a.m. ADT and will be available online at www.ticketatlantic.com, Ticket Atlantic Box Office and charge by phone (902) 451-1221 or toll free 1-877-451-1221.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with more than 135 nations competing. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.

About Davis Cup
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 teams entered in 2016. The competition is 116 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and Betway (Official Betting Sponsor). beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup,
www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis, www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial and www.DavisCup.tv.

About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 10 professional ITF-sanctioned events and financially supports 12 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates national junior training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada, please visit our website at www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contacts (Toronto):
Sarah Grossman, National Manager, Communications and Media Relations, Professional Tennis
sgrossman@tenniscanada.com, 416-509-9694
Nicole Watts, Manager, Communications
nwatts@tenniscanada.com, 416-665-9777 x4092

Media Contacts (Montreal):
Valerie Tetreault, Regional Manager, Communications and Media Relations
vtetreault@tenniscanada.com, 514-273-1515 x259

 

LE CANADA AFFRONTERA LE CHILI, À HALIFAX, EN RENCONTRE DE BARRAGE DU GROUPE MONDIAL DE LA COUPE DAVIS PAR BNP PARIBAS

L’équipe canadienne accueillera les Chiliens du 16 au 18 septembre, sur un terrain intérieur de surface dure ; billets en vente à compter du 10 août
** N. B. MARTN LAURENDEAU, CAPITAINE DE L’ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE DE LA COUPE DAVIS, ET JACK GRAHAM, MEMBRE DU CONSEIL D’ADMINISTRATION DE TENNIS CANADA, S’ADRESSERONT EN PERSONNE AUX MÉDIAS LOCAUX, LE MERCREDI 20 JUILLET, À 14 h HAA, POUR PARLER DU TIRAGE ET DU CHOIX DU SITE. VOUS POURREZ LES RENCONTRER AU 1969 UPPER WATER STREET, 13e ÉTAGE, À HALIFAX, SALLE DE RÉUNION PRINCIPALE.

Toronto, le 19 juillet 2016 – C’est aujourd’hui que la Fédération internationale de tennis a procédé au tirage des rencontres de barrage pour le Groupe mondial de la Coupe Davis par BNP Paribas, à Londres. L’équipe affrontera le Chili, à la maison, du 16 au 18 septembre, pour tenter de conserver sa place au sein de l’élite pour 2017. Tennis Canada a également annoncé que le Centre Scotiabank de Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, avait été choisi pour accueillir cette rencontre sur un terrain intérieur de surface dure.

« Nous sommes très heureux de pouvoir évoluer à la maison après deux rencontres difficiles sur la route », confiait le capitaine Martin Laurendeau. « Nous sommes également ravis de retourner à Halifax, car la rencontre de barrage que nous avons disputée là en 2014 a été un réel succès. La ville, le site et les partisans nous ont fourni des conditions gagnantes et nous aurons encore besoin de ce soutien contre le Chili, car nous devrons relever un autre grand défi. »

Halifax accueillera donc une rencontre de la Coupe Davis pour la deuxième fois depuis 2014, année où le Canada avait vaincu la Colombie 3-2 pour assurer sa place parmi l’élite du Groupe mondial.

« Tennis Canada se réjouit de présenter encore une fois cette compétition internationale à Halifax », commentait Gavin Ziv, vice-président des tournois professionnels et canadiens de Tennis Canada ainsi que directeur de la Coupe Davis. « La région de l’Atlantique est une priorité pour nous en ce qui concerne le développement, les installations et la participation. Au cours des dernières années, nous avons pu constater une augmentation de l’intérêt envers le tennis et c’est en y présentant des tournois comme la Coupe Davis que nous favoriserons cette croissance. »

Par le passé, Tennis Canada a pu compter sur le soutien financier des gouvernements fédéral, provincial et municipal pour la présentation de cette compétition de classe mondiale et espère obtenir de l’aide semblable pour la prochaine rencontre.

En vertu de son 12e rang mondial, le Canada sera la tête de série de cette rencontre, le Chili occupant le 23e échelon. Les deux pays s’affronteront pour la neuvième fois, chacun détenant quatre victoires, le pays hôte ayant remporté les huit dernières rencontres. Le dernier duel remonte à 2008 alors que le Chili prenait la mesure du Canada 3-2 lors d’une demi-finale de zone, à Santiago. Comme la rencontre avait eu lieu au Chili, c’est maintenant au tour du Canada d’être l’hôte.

Le Canada a amorcé la saison au sein du groupe mondial pour une cinquième année consécutive. Au premier tour, l’équipe canadienne a lutté contre la France, en Guadeloupe. Privé des services de Milos Raonic et de Daniel Nestor, le Canada est tombé 5-0 aux mains des Français, qui ont depuis atteint la demi-finale grâce à un gain aux dépens de la République tchèque, le week-end dernier.

Quant au Chili, il accède à cette étape de la compétition pour la première fois en quatre ans après avoir eu raison de la République dominicaine et de la Colombie aux deux premiers tours du Groupe I de la zone des Amériques. Le Chili vogue sur une séquence victorieuse de six rencontres, ayant également signé trois gains en 2015 pour être promu du Groupe II de la zone des Amériques. La dernière qualification du Chili au sein de l’élite mondiale remonte à 2011. L’équipe doit ses récents succès à Gonzalo Lama (161e), Christian Garin (251e) et Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (278e) qui possèdent des fiches parfaites en simple et en double au cours des deux dernières années.

Le Canada doit remporter la rencontre du mois de septembre s’il veut conserver sa place au sein du Groupe mondial pour la saison 2017. Une défaite le relèguerait au Groupe 1 de la zone des Amériques pour la première fois depuis 2011.

Les billets seront en vente à compter du mercredi 10 août, à 10 h HAA et pourront être acheter en ligne à www.ticketatlantic.com, à la billetterie de Ticket Atlantic ou par téléphone au (902) 451-1221, sans frais 1-877-451-1221.

La Coupe Davis par BNP Paribas est la plus importante compétition sportive par équipe. Bien que plus de 135 nations participent aux épreuves de la Coupe Davis, seules 16 se qualifient chaque année pour le Groupe mondial chaque année.

À propos de la Coupe Davis
La Coupe Davis par BNP Paribas est la Coupe du monde du tennis. Plus importante compétition sportive par équipe, elle compte sur la participation de 135 en 2016. Créée en 1900, elle célèbre sa 116e année d’existence. Le commanditaire en titre est BNP Paribas, la banque officielle de la Coupe Davis. Les commanditaires internationaux sont Rolex (montre officielle), Adecco (RH officielle) et Betway (commanditaire officiel pour les gageures), tandis que beIN Sports est un partenaire mondial (droits médias). Suivez toute l’action au www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup, www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis, www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial et www.daviscup.tv.

À propos de Tennis Canada
Tennis Canada, dont les origines remontent à 1890, est une organisation sportive nationale sans but lucratif dont la mission est d’assurer la croissance du tennis au Canda et la vision est de devenir un chef de file mondial au tennis. Nous valorisons le travail d’équipe, la passion, l’intégrité, l’innovation et l’excellence. Tennis Canada possède et administre deux des plus prestigieux tournois de l’ATP et du WTA Tour; les volets masculin et féminin de la Coupe Rogers présentée par Banque Nationale, dix tournois professionnels sanctionnés par l’ITF et soutient financièrement 12 autres tournois professionnels au Canada. Tennis Canada administre des centres nationaux de tennis à Toronto, Montréal et Vancouver. Tennis Canada est membre de la Fédération internationale de tennis, du Comité olympique canadien, du Comité paralympique canadien et de l’Association internationale de tennis en fauteuil roulant. De plus, Tennis Canada administre, commandite et choisit des équipes pour la Coupe Davis, la Fed Cup, les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques et forme des équipes nationales pour les juniors, les vétérans et les joueurs de tennis en fauteuil roulant. Tennis Canada investit ses excédents budgétaires dans le développement du tennis. Pour obtenir plus amples renseignements sur Tennis Canada, visitez notre site Web au www.tenniscanada.com et suivez-nous sur Facebook et sur Twitter.

Renseignements (Toronto) :
Sarah Grossman, responsable nationale des communications et des relations médias pour le tennis professionnel
sgrossman@tenniscanada.com, 416-509-9694
Nicole Watts, gestionnaire des communications
nwatts@tenniscanada.com, 416-665-9777 x4092

Renseignements (Montréal) :
Valérie Tétreault, responsable régionale des communications et des relations médias
vtetreault@tenniscanada.com, 514-273-1515, poste 259