November 13, 2013 (ISN) – The Japan Tennis Federation announced Wednesday the host city, venue and playing surface for Canada’s upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie against Japan.
The tie will be held from January 31-February 2, 2014 at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on an indoor hard court. This is the same venue where the ATP World Tour 500 series event is held in October.
“For the first time in a couple of years we have to start the Davis Cup season on the road which is never easy,” said Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau. “At least this is a city and a venue that several of our team members are familiar with from the Tour event, but the atmosphere is always different for Davis Cup competition. The team will also have to adjust to a different climate and conditions coming from the Australian Open which is sure to be a challenge against a talented Japanese team, but we look forward to continuing the great momentum and confidence we displayed this year.”
Stadium capacity for the tie will be 8,000 seats with ticket prices and on-sale dates still to be determined by the host nation. The players for both teams will be selected by their respective captains 10 days prior to the tie. Amongst the players who played for Japan in 2013 Davis Cup action was world No. 17 Kei Nishikori and No. 114 Go Soeda.
Japan holds a winning 5-0 record against Canada in Davis Cup play. However, the last time the two countries played each other was in 1938 where Japan won 5-0. For this tie, Canada is the seeded team, ranked No. 7, while Japan is ranked No. 12.
Canada will be competing in the World Group for the third consecutive year for the first time ever after a historic run to the semifinals in 2013. After winning its first World Group tie in February against Spain, Canada went on to defeat Italy in the quarter-finals to reach the semis where they fell 3-2 to then-world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and the Serbians.
Japan is making its return to the World Group in 2014 after a one year absence. They defeated Colombia 3-2 in their World Group playoff tie in September to advance back into the Top 16.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport. Only 16 of the more than 130 countries that compete each year qualify for the elite World Group.