September 13, 2013, Victoria, BC – The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), Victoria, BC is excited to announce that CEO Robert Bettauer will be a tennis analyst for the 2013 Davis Cup World Group Semi- Final featuring Canada and Serbia, to be held in Belgrade from September 13 – 15.
Canada is bidding to reach the Davis Cup Final for the first time having never previously won a World Group tie prior to 2013. Bettauer, a former Canadian Davis Cup player, will be an analyst with Rob Faulds calling the play-by-play. Damien Cox and Brad Fay round out the broadcast team in Toronto. Canada’s team is headlined by Canadian No.1 Milos Raonic, ranked 11 in the world and runner-up in this year’s Rogers Cup. Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic and veteran Daniel Nestor round out the team. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the Serbian team. The winner of this tie will face either Argentina or Czech Republic in the Final, which will be played on 15-17 November.
Bettauer 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. 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. Bettauer has provided television commentary and analysis on tennis for over 25 years at the Rogers Cup, Olympics and Davis Cup. He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame, a Board member of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and continues to be an active tennis player and coach. He recently won the Canadian Tennis Championships in 55-59 age category, qualifying him for the 2014 World Senior Team Championships to be played in April 2014.
More information on the Davis can be seen on www.daviscup.com. The tournament will broadcast on Sportsnet http://www.sportsnet.ca/. Viewers in Victoria can watch the action on Sportsnet starting 7 a.m. PST on Friday and Saturday, and 5 a.m. Sunday, live from Belgrade Serbia. Follow Robert Bettauer @rbett56