Game, set, match.Sportsnet takes fans courtside at the Douglas Mitchell Thunderbirds Sports Centre in Vancouver for wall-to-wall coverage of the highly anticipated Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, featuring Canada vs. France. Live coverage begins Friday, Feb. 10 and continues to Sunday, Feb. 12, airing at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT each day on Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West, and Sportsnet Pacific. (Please see full broadcast schedule below for singles and doubles matches).
Headlining the Davis Cup are Milos Raonic, Canada’s highest ranking singles player ever, and Olympic Games gold medallist and seven-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion Daniel Nestor. Rounding out the home team are Frank Dancevic and Vasek Pospisil. This marks the first time Canada has qualified for the World Group stage of the Davis Cup since 2004 and together the team will be looking to continue to establish Canada as a major player in international tennis. The French team is comprised of world No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 13 Gael Monfils, No. 36 Julien Benneteau, as well as Michael Llodra, ranked fifth in doubles.
Rob Faulds will call the play-by-play alongside analyst Robert Bettauer*, a former Canadian Davis Cup team member, while Arash Madani reports from courtside. Completing the broadcast team in Vancouver are host Brad Fay and analyst Damien Cox.
Sportsnet’s wall-to-wall coverage begins with the Davis Cup Preview Show, as the broadcast team sets the stage for the competition with news, updates and analysis, including special features on Milos Raonic and Canadian head coach Martin Laurendeau. The Davis Cup Preview Show premieres on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet Ontario); 11:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet West); 11:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet Pacific); and 12 midnight ET (Sportsnet East).
Sportsnet is the one-stop-shop for all things Davis Cup, providing fans with complete coverage of the event, including the Davis Cup Aftershow, a live post match program streamed live on sportsnet.ca featuring highlights, analysis and press conference coverage, Friday through Sunday, following the television broadcast. Full news coverage of the event will also appear on Sportsnet Connected, Sportsnet Radio 590 The FAN and Sportsnet Radio 960 The FAN.
Sportsnet’s schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday, February 10
Day 1 – Singles matches 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific)
Saturday, February 11
Day 2 – Doubles match 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific)
Sunday, February 12
Day 3 – Singles matches 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific)
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*Robert has an extensive history as a senior sports leader in Canada with previous roles as the founding President and CEO of the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario and the Director of Tennis Development for Tennis Canada. As an athlete Robert won several national tennis titles and was a member of Canada’s Davis Cup Team while also holding an ATP Tour world ranking in singles and doubles for a number of years. As a national coach Robert ran Tennis Canada’s first Western Canadian high performance training centre at UBC and helped coach the Davis Cup team leading to coaching Canada’s tennis team at the Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona. Robert is the tennis analyst for Sportsnet and has provided television commentary and analysis on tennis for over 25 years at the Rogers Cup, Olympics and Davis Cup. Robert is also currently the Chair of the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame and is still an active tennis player and coach. An on-going presenter on sport development topics he has a Masters in sport psychology and regularly provides mental training education on enhanced performance.