Draw set for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie between Canada and Japan

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Tennis Canada

January 29, 2014, Tokyo (ISN) – The official draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie between Canada and Japan took place Thursday in Tokyo to determine the match-ups for the coming weekend.

The tie will be contested on an indoor hard court at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo from January 31-February 2.

Prior to the draw on Thursday, Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau made a player substitution naming Peter Polansky (Thornhill, Ontario) to the team in place of Canada’s top singles player Milos Raonic who was forced out of the competition with an ankle injury.
 
“Unfortunately I am pulling out of Davis Cup this week. I came to Tokyo believing my ankle would recover but it is not at a level where I feel I can compete or help my team,” said Raonic. “This decision was very difficult to make but I believe in the players on our team and that they can get us the win. With a team scenario the most important part this week is to come out with a team win and I believe this is the best way to do it.”
 
The Canadian Davis Cup team, now consisting of Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Polansky will battle with Japan in two singles matches on Friday, a doubles match on Saturday and two reverse singles matches on Sunday. Canadian Davis Cup team captain Laurendeau will be at the helm this weekend, as the nation looks to continue its winning ways after a historic semifinal run in 2013.
 
World No. 119 Dancevic and No. 135 Polansky were selected by Laurendeau to play singles, while Japanese captain Minoru Ueda nominated world No. 18 Kei Nishikori and No. 140 Go Soeda. The doubles teams will be Pospisil and Nestor for Canada, and Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama for Japan.

Today’s draw produced the following weekend match-ups:
 

Event

Representing Canada

Representing Japan

1st Singles Rubber – Friday, January 31, 1:00 p.m. JST
(Thursday, January 30,11:00 p.m. ET)

Peter Polansky

Kei Nishikori

2nd Singles Rubber – Friday, January 31

Frank Dancevic

Go Soeda

Doubles Rubber – Saturday, February 1, 1:00 p.m. JST
(Friday, January 31, 11:00 p.m. ET)

Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil

Yuichi Sugita/Yasutaka Uchiyama

3rd Singles Rubber – Sunday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. JST
(Saturday, February 1, 11:00 p.m. ET)

Frank Dancevic

Kei Nishikori

4th Singles Rubber – Sunday, February 2

Peter Polansky

Go Soeda

 
“Obviously it is very disappointing that our two top singles players are not at 100% at the moment but that’s part of life as an athlete,” said Laurendeau. “That is why this a team event and this is why we prepare every single member of our team all week long to be ready to play. This situation is not new for Frank or Peter and both have come through in big Davis Cup matches in the past. Our team has a great deal of confidence in their abilities and they have worked hard this week and are ready for the opportunity to go out there and help us try and win.”
 
Canada is currently ranked No. 7 on the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking while Japan sits at No. 12. Japan owns a 5-0 record against Canada in Davis Cup action, but the two countries have not played each other since 1938.
 
The winner of this tie will move on to the quarter-finals in April versus the victor of the first-round tie between Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
 
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 122 nations competing in 2014. 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
  
Live scoring and daily on-site blogs from respected tennis journalist Tom Tebbutt can be also found at www.tenniscanada.com.

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