Montreal, June 3, 2015 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Wednesday that Canada will face Belarus at home in the first round of Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play on February 6 and 7, 2016. Choice of city, venue, and surface as well as team nominations will be determined at a later date.
“After a difficult year, we have the chance to look ahead and prepare for our next challenge,” said Canadian Fed Cup team captain Sylvain Bruneau. “This will be our fifth consecutive home tie and it’s up to us to make the most of it. We have proven that we can make it to World Group, and we are going to work hard to try and do it again.”
Canada was relegated to World Group II for 2016 following a 3-2 loss to Romania in April at Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal. The Canadian team consisted of Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Eugenie Bouchard (Montréal, QC), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON), and Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON).
Belarus went undefeated in Fed Cup play this season to earn a place in World Group II for the first time since 2012. Led by Victoria Azarenka, Belarus defeated Japan in April thanks to two singles victories and another in the decisive doubles match by Azarenka to give her country the win.
This will be the first meeting between Canada and Belarus in Fed Cup. Canada is currently ranked No. 12 on the Fed Cup rankings and Belarus sits at No. 15.
The winner of the tie will contest a World Group play-off tie in April 2016.
WORLD GROUP II FIRST-ROUND TIES
February 6-7, 2016
Slovakia vs. AUSTRALIA
CANADA vs. Belarus *
United States vs. POLAND *
SERBIA vs. Spain
Host nations are indicated first, the seeded nations are in capital letters.
* Host nation decided by lot.