(ISN) – Quebec City, –Tennis Canada announced Monday that Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, Quebec) has been selected to complete the four player squad for Canada’s upcoming Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group I first round tie against Czech Republic. The tie will be contested on February 7 and 8, 2015 at PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City.
At 16 years old, Robillard-Millette is currently a member of Tennis Canada’s full-time national training centre in Montreal. She is coming off the best result of her career having reached the quarter-finals at the Junior Australian Open last week after being the last direct entry into the main draw. She defeated two Top 10 seeds en route to the final eight. Her result catapulted her more than 30 spots up the ITF Junior rankings where she now sits at a career-high No. 57. She was also a quarter-finalist at the prestigious U18 Grade 1 ITF junior event held in Repentigny, Quebec last summer and in 2013, at just 14 years old, won the U16 Orange Bowl singles title – one of the most important tournaments on the junior circuit.
“Charlotte is one of our most promising junior players in Canada right now,” said team captain Sylvain Bruneau. “With this opportunity arising to give a young player the chance to experience Fed Cup, we thought that Charlotte could benefit greatly from being part of the team and seeing the type of preparation that goes into playing for Canada and being part of this important competition.”
Robillard-Millette’s selection to the team comes after a decision from Canada’s top player and world No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard to not compete in the upcoming tie.
“Of course we are disappointed that Genie is unable to be available for this tie and we know her fans in Quebec City will be disappointed as well,” said Kelly Murumets, President and CEO, Tennis Canada. “However, Genie wants to be the best in the world and win Grand Slams and she needs to make the right decisions for her schedule and her training to give her the best opportunity to achieve that. Tennis Canada is fully supportive of Genie as she strives towards her goals.”
Robillard-Millette joins Francoise Abanda (Montreal), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) and Sharon Fichman (Toronto) who were named to the team in an announcement last week.