Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal will host the Fed Cup



(ISN) – Montreal, – Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal will host the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie between Canada and Romania on April 18 and 19, 2015.

“We are very fortunate to have the chance to play at home for a fourth consecutive tie,” said Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau. “We will once again be facing a very strong opponent, but we can choose what surface to play on and we will also have the crowd on our side. We know that keeping our place in the World Group will be a tough challenge, but at this level, there are no easy matches.”

Fed Cup returns to the province of Quebec after three successful ties were played in Montreal and Quebec over the past thirteen months. For this upcoming tie, Tennis Canada has chosen the Maurice-Richard Arena.

Canada currently sits at no. 9 on the Fed Cup rankings. In February, the team was defeated by a formidable squad from the Czech Republic, a country that has been crowned Fed Cup champion three of the past four years (2011, 2012, and 2014). It marked the first time that Canada had played a World Group tie within the current format of the competition.

The players for both teams will be announced in April. Romania has among its ranks Simona Halep and Irina-Camelia Begu, ranked no. 3 and no. 34 in the world, respectively. Romania reached the Fed Cup semifinals in 1973 and has been a quarter-finalist on four occasions in 1974, 1978, 1980, and 1981. Their last appearance in the World Group came in 1992. Canada and Romania have met only once in Fed Cup, in 1983. The Romanians beat the Canadians, who were led by Carling Bassett, 3-0.

The winner of this tie will have a place amongst the top 8 countries in the World Group for 2016 while the loser will be relegated to World Group II.

Tickets will be put on sale in the coming days once the schedule is confirmed. The tie will be broadcast live on TVA Sports and Sportsnet.

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