Davis Cup tie to be played outdoors on clay

daniel nester


(ISN) – Toronto, ON,  – The Royal Belgian Tennis Federation announced Thursday the host city, venue and playing surface for Canada’s upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-final tie against Belgium. The tie will be held from July 17-19, 2015 at the Sportpark Krokodiel in Ostend, Belgium on an outdoor red clay surface.

“Road ties are never easy and this will be no exception, especially as it is a quarter-final with a lot on the line,” said Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We expected they would pick a clay surface which will certainly be an adjustment for our team as they will need to move from grass to clay and then to hard court all in a very short stretch of time. That being said, everyone is committed to doing whatever it takes to win and we will work over the next several months to be ready to go for this challenge.”

Stadium capacity for the tie will be 6,000 seats with ticket on-sale dates still to be determined by the host nation. Canadian fans looking to travel to Belgium to cheer on the team will be able to acquire tickets through Tennis Canada from the visiting nation’s allotment. More information will be made available once details have been confirmed by the host nation. The players for both teams will be selected by their respective captains 10 days prior to the tie.

Canada will be playing in only its second World Group quarter-final in history under this current format after defeating Japan at home in Vancouver earlier this month. Canada’s best result in Davis Cup action was a semifinal appearance in 2013 where they were defeated by Serbia in Belgrade. Canada currently holds a 1-0 record against Belgium with the only meeting between the two countries being a 4-0 Canadian victory in 1913 – the first year Canada ever competed in Davis Cup.