April 8, 2014, Toronto (ISN) – The draw for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the International Tennis Federation headquarters in London. The Canadian Davis Cup team will play a home tie versus Colombia from September 12-14 to retain their spot in the World Group for 2015.
“Our team has demonstrated over the past three years that we are indeed a World Group nation,” said Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We have the entire summer to prepare and get everyone playing their best tennis so that we can take on Colombia in September and keep our place where we believe we belong – among the elite tennis countries in the world. We have been on the road for two straight ties now and it will be nice to be back at home where we can choose the conditions and play in front of a supportive crowd.”
Canada is the seeded team with a Davis Cup world ranking of No. 8. Colombia is ranked No. 26 in the world. Canada holds a 5-4 record against Colombia with the four losses having come while playing away in the South American country. The two countries last met in Bogota in 2010 where Colombia claimed a 4-1 victory. As that tie was played on the road, it is now Canada’s turn to host Colombia on home soil.
Tennis Canada will determine the host city, venue and court surface in the coming months and will announce at a later date.
Canada started the season in the World Group for the third consecutive year. They played their first round tie on the road against Japan in Tokyo. Injuries to Canada’s top two singles players, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, contributed to a disappointing 4-1 loss, forcing Canada to play this World Group play-off match-up.
Colombia advanced out of the Americas Zone Group 1 to reach the World Group play-offs after a 4-1 victory over Dominican Republic this past weekend. Colombia boasts three Top 100 players in Alejandro Falla, Alejandro Gonzalez and Santiago Giraldo along with a current Top 10 doubles team in Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
Canada must win in September to remain in the World Group for 2015. A loss would relegate them back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where they have not played since 2011.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with more than 120 nations competing. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.