(ISN) – June 4, 2014, Toronto, ON – The official draw for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
World Group was conducted at Roland Garros in Paris on Wednesday and Canada has
drawn Czech Republic as its first-round opponent. Canada will play a home tie versus
the No. 1 ranked Czechs from February 7-8, 2015 in the World Group first round. This
tie will mark the first time Canada’s Fed Cup team will compete among the elite
eight countries in the World Group.
“This will be our first World Group tie and the team knows that no matter who the
opponent, it will be a very talented team that is one of the best in the world,”
said Sylvain Bruneau, Canada’s Fed Cup captain. “This is very true of the Czech
Republic as they have solid players and lots of experience winning in this
competition. We are very happy to be playing at home again as I believe it makes a
difference to have the support of your home crowd. Even from the last tie against
Slovakia, the core players on our team have improved so much. We now have another
eight months to take further steps and be ready in February to try and win Fed Cup.”
Czech Republic will be the seeded team with a Fed Cup ranking of No. 1 in the world.
They are currently Fed Cup finalists, boasting players such as Petra Kvitova and
Lucie Safarova, and will compete for the championship in November against Germany.
Czech Republic has won Fed Cup seven times in their history, including back-to-back
titles in 2011 and 2012.
Canada is currently ranked No. 8 in the world. To reach the World Group for the
first time in the country’s history, Canada defeated Serbia 3-1 in the World Group
II first round in February and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Slovakia in
the World Group play-off in April.
Czech Republic holds a 5-0 record against Canada in previous ties. The two countries
last met in a World Group qualifying tie in 2002 where Canada fell 5-0 to their
opponents on clay in Prerov, Czech Republic. As the last match-up took place away,
Canada gets the opportunity to play host for this upcoming tie. Tennis Canada will
determine the location and venue for the tie at a later date.
The winner of this tie will move on to the Fed Cup semifinals and will also ensure
they keep their place in the World Group for the following year. The losing nation
will have to play a World Group play-off to maintain their spot in the elite level
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in
women’s sport, with 95 nations taking part in 2014. Only eight nations qualify each
year for the prestigious World Group with the next eight countries competing in
World Group II.