February 28, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – Tennis Canada announced Friday that PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City will host the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie between Canada and Slovakia on April 19 and 20, 2014.
“We are excited to have the chance to play at home again in April on our surface and in front of our fans,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. “It was an advantage that served us well last time and will be just as important this time around. The girls already know Quebec City very well having played the Bell Challenge over the years.”
Fed Cup returns to the province of Quebec after the staging of a successful event just a few weeks ago in Montreal. For this this upcoming World Group play-off tie, Tennis Canada chose the PEPS on the campus of Laval University which can accommodate a little more than 3,000 spectators in its new facilities. It will be a another great opportunity for fans in Quebec City, who are already familiar with women’s tennis because of the Bell Challenge, to see some of the best tennis players in the world.
“The Quebec Remparts Group is thrilled to work with Tennis Canada to stage another world-class tennis event,” said Claude Rousseau.
This marks the first time that Canada has reached this stage in the competition since the implementation of the new Fed Cup format. The Canadian team, led by captain Sylvain Bruneau, is closer than ever to reaching the World Group, which includes the top eight countries in the world, thanks to a 3-1 win over Serbia on February 8 and 9. The Canadian squad for that tie consisted of Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON), Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON), and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC).
The composition of both teams will be announced in April. Slovakia promises to be provide strong opposition with Fed Cup stalwarts Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova, ranked no 13 and no. 33 in the world respectively, among its ranks.
Tickets will be put on sale in the coming days once the schedule is confirmed. The tie will be broadcast live on TVA Sports and Sportsnet.