(ISN) – Vancouver, – The official draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie between Canada and Japan took place Thursday at Cecil Green Park House on the campus of the University of British Columbia. The tie will be contested on an indoor hard court at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from March 6-8, 2015.
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 Japan 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 advance into the World Group quarter-finals for the second time in its history.
Raonic and Pospisil were selected by Laurendeau to play singles, while Japanese team captain Minoru Ueda nominated Kei Nishikori and Tatsuma Ito. The doubles teams will be Pospisil and Nestor for Canada, and Go Soeda and Yasutaka Uchiyama for Japan.
Today’s draw produced the following weekend match-ups:
Event Representing Canada Representing Japan
1st Singles Rubber – Friday, March 6, 2 p.m. PT Milos Raonic Tatsuma Ito
2nd Singles Rubber – Friday, March 6 Vasek Pospisil Kei Nishikori
Doubles Rubber – Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m. PT Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil Go Soeda/Yasutaka Uchiyama
3rd Singles Rubber – Sunday, March 8, 1 p.m. PT Milos Raonic Kei Nishikori
4th Singles Rubber – Sunday, March 8 Vasek Pospisil Tatsuma Ito
“We have had a lot of success in Vancouver in the recent past and the team is excited to play in front of such an inspired and loud crowd again this weekend,” Laurendeau said. “As the draw shows, it’s going to be a very tough weekend as both teams are at full strength. But we’ve had a great week of preparation and we’re ready to get the matches started and fight for another berth in the quarter-finals.”
A win over Japan would secure Canada’s place in the World Group quarter-finals for the second time ever, following a historic 2013 season in which the team ultimately made the semifinals. Victory would also clinch a position for Canada in the elite 16-team World Group for a fifth straight year in 2016. Japan advanced into its maiden quarter-final a year ago with a triumph over Canada in the first round and will be hoping to make the round of eight for a second consecutive year.
Play will begin at 2 p.m. PT on Friday, March 6 with two singles matches. The doubles match will take place Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. PT and the remaining two singles matches will be on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m. PT. All matches will be best-of-five sets, with the exception of Sunday’s matches if the tie has already been decided.