Davis Cup By BNP Paribas Draw Set For Canada Vs. Colombia This Weekend

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Sept 11, 2014 (ISN) – DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS DRAW SET FOR CANADA VS. COLOMBIA THIS WEEKEND
All matches to be broadcast across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports; Tickets also
still available for purchase at Ticket Atlantic

 

Halifax, September 11, 2014 – The official draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas
World Group Play-off between Canada and Colombia took place Thursday at Province
House in Halifax to determine the match-ups for the coming weekend. The tie will be
contested on an indoor hard court at the Halifax Metro Centre from September 12-14,
2014.

The Canadian Davis Cup squad consisting of Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.),
Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill,
Ont.) will battle with Colombia in two singles matches on Friday, a doubles match on
Saturday, and two reverse singles matches on Sunday. Canadian Davis Cup team captain
Martin Laurendeau will lead the squad this weekend, as the nation looks to keep its
spot in the World Group for a fourth consecutive year.

Prior to the start of the draw, Colombian team captain Mauricio Hadad made a player
substitution. Alejandro Gonzalez will replace Alejandro Falla due to injury and will
be making his Davis Cup debut for Colombia.

Raonic and Pospisil were selected by Laurendeau to play singles, while Hadad
nominated Santiago Giraldo and Gonzalez. The doubles teams will be Pospisil and
Nestor for Canada, and Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah for Colombia.

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

Event Representing Canada
Representing Colombia
1^st Singles Rubber – Friday, September 12, 3 p.m. ADT Vasek Pospisil
Santiago Giraldo
2^nd Singles Rubber – Friday, September 12 Milos Raonic
Alejandro Gonzalez
Doubles Rubber – Saturday, September 13, 2 p.m. ADT Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil
Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah
3^rd Singles Rubber – Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m. ADT Milos Raonic
Santiago Giraldo
4^th Singles Rubber – Sunday, September 14 Vasek Pospisil
Alejandro Gonzalez

“Halifax has been a very welcoming host this week and we are looking forward to
getting the tie started and playing in front of a great crowd of Canadian fans,”
Laurendeau said. “Now that the draw is done, we are ready for the weekend and feel
confident about our team. Though we know Colombia will be fighting hard to make
history for their country, we feel we belong in the World Group and will do whatever
it takes to stay there.”

A win over Colombia would secure Canada’s place in the elite 16-team World Group for
a fourth straight season, while a loss would relegate the team to Americas Zone
Group I, where it has not played since 2011. Colombia is participating in just its
third World Group Play-off ever and will be hoping to advance into the upper echelon
of the competition for the first time in its history.

Play will begin at 3 p.m. ADT on Friday, September 12 with two singles matches. The
doubles match will take place Saturday, September 13 at 2 p.m. ADT and the remaining
two singles matches will be on Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m. ADT. All matches will
be best-of-five sets, with the exception of Sunday’s matches if the tie has already
been decided.

In addition, there will be special ceremonies taking place 15 minutes prior to the
start of play each day. The opening ceremonies, featuring both teams and captains,
will kick the tie off at 2:45 p.m. ADT on Friday. On Saturday, Dancevic will receive
a Davis Cup Commitment Award at 1:45 p.m. ADT for his longstanding dedication to
Davis Cup. Commitment Awards are presented to players who have participated in at
least 20 ties for their country. Dancevic is currently tied for third all-time in
the Canadian record books with 20 ties played, and joins Nestor, Grant Connell, and
Sebastien Lareau as Canadians with Davis Cup Commitment Awards. The final ceremony
will take place on Sunday at 1:45 p.m. ADT and will be a cheque presentation for the
Atlantic Championships, a new university tennis event set to take place in the
Atlantic provinces this year that will see one school advance to the National
University Championships.

A limited number of tickets to the tie are still available and can be purchased
online at www.ticketatlantic.com (http://www.ticketatlantic.com/) , at the Ticket
Atlantic Box Office or charge by phone at 902-451-1221 or toll free 1-877-451-1221.
More information on the event details can be found at www.tenniscanada.com/daviscup.

The matches will be broadcast live on 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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