(ISN) – Halifax, July 3, 2014 – Tennis Canada announced Thursday that the Halifax Metro
Centre will be the host site for the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group
play-off tie between Canada and Colombia. The event will take place on an indoor
hard court from September 12-14, 2014.
“Our team is extremely excited to play this tie in Halifax in September,” said
Martin Laurendeau, Canadian Davis Cup team captain. “We love playing home ties and
getting the crowd behind us and we know that is what we will need in order to win
this tie and keep our spot in the World Group for next year. Halifax, Nova Scotia,
and the East Coast in general, have a fantastic reputation of embracing events like
this where there is the opportunity to cheer for a national team and we look forward
to experiencing that for tennis. Our players will work extremely hard all summer to
be ready for this tie and ensure we bring our best tennis to Halifax in the fall.”
Halifax has never hosted a professional tennis event at this level. The last time a
Davis Cup tie was held in Halifax was in 1998 when Canada was competing in the
Americas Zone Group I level of the competition. At that tie, Canada defeated Mexico
3-2 in the zonal first round.
“Tennis Canada is thrilled to be bringing this elite level of professional tennis to
Halifax,” said Gavin Ziv, Director of National Events, Tennis Canada and Davis Cup
Tournament Director. “Tennis in Atlantic Canada is experiencing a resurgence with
three new facilities having opened there in the past two years and interest in the
sport growing. This is the perfect time for us to bring Davis Cup to a new
marketplace and for fans in that region to get to see our rising Canadian stars for
the first time. It is sure to be a world-class event with an extremely high-calibre
level of live tennis action.”
The Province of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax have both provided Tennis Canada
with $65,000 hosting support grants which were a key contributing factor in the
decision to bring the event to Halifax and will ensure the staging of a world-class
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Nova Scotia, and we are proud to host this
prestigious competition,” said Joachim Stroink, MLA for Halifax Chebucto on behalf
of Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “This type
of event can attract even more first time visitors to our province, and we’re
looking forward to welcoming them with our world-renowned Nova Scotia hospitality.”
“This is the perfect time for Davis Cup to return to Halifax after a 15-year
absence,” said Halifax Mayor, Mike Savage. “This is a great opportunity for Halifax
sports fans to see a unique event with some of the best athletes in the world and to
cheer for their country as loud and proud Canadians.”
This tie will also mark the first time a professional tennis event will be played at
the Halifax Metro Centre. The venue capacity for the event will be approximately
4500 seats plus limited premium box seating.
“We are thrilled to partner with Tennis Canada to host the Davis Cup and welcome the
world’s top players and volunteers for this incredible event,” said Scott Ferguson,
president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown corporation that manages the
Halifax Metro Centre. “The Halifax Metro Centre has become a landmark in our
community over its 36-year history and we’re proud to continue delivering a diverse
lineup of events for Nova Scotians to enjoy.”
Canada started the season in the World Group for the third consecutive year. They
played their first round tie on the road in February against Japan in Tokyo.
Injuries to Canada’s top two singles players, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ontario) and
Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), contributed to a disappointing 4-1 loss, forcing Canada
to play this World Group play-off match-up.
The four Canadian Davis Cup team members to face Colombia will be selected by
Laurendeau at a later date. In addition to Raonic and Pospisil, the team selected to
represent Canada versus Japan included legendary doubles player Daniel Nestor
(Toronto) and Canadian Davis Cup stalwart Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario).
Peter Polansky (Thornhill, Ontario) took Raonic’s spot on the team after it was
determined he would be unable to compete.
Colombia advanced out of the Americas Zone Group 1 to reach the World Group
play-offs after a 4-1 victory over Dominican Republic in April. Colombia boasts
three Top 100 players in Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla, and Alejandro Gonzalez
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
Tickets will be on-sale to the public on Tuesday, July 15 beginning at 10 a.m. ADT
and will be available online at www.ticketatlantic.com
(http://www.ticketatlantic.com/) , Ticket Atlantic Box Office and charge by phone
(902) 451-1221 or toll free 1-877-451-1221. More information on the event details
can be found at www.tenniscanada.com/daviscup.
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.