Toronto, July 7, 2015 – Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the Canadian Davis Cup team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarter-final tie between Canada and Belgium being held in Ostend, Belgium from July 17-19.
Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Filip Peliwo (Vancouver), and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) were named to the squad by captain Martin Laurendeau to compete on an outdoor clay court at the Sportpark Krokodiel in Ostend. Adil Shamasdin (Toronto) will also be travelling to Belgium with the team as a squad player.
Due to lingering effects from the foot surgery he underwent earlier this season, Canada’s No. 1 singles player and world No. 8 Milos Raonic will not be available to participate in this tie.
The Royal Belgian Tennis Federation also announced the team that will take on the Canadian squad on their home soil. They selected world No. 15 David Goffin, No. 80 Steve Darcis, No. 95 Ruben Bemelmans and No. 97 Kimmer Coppejans.
“We have a tall task in front of us as it’s always going to be difficult without your top player,” said Laurendeau. “We are disappointed that Milos isn’t able to play but even more so I know that Milos is extremely disappointed that he’s not ready. That being said, this group still knows what it takes to win as a team and has been playing very well this season. We are hungry to win and get back to the semifinals and we believe we can do it. The Belgians are strong and they are creating conditions that will suit their players, but we have been in this position before. We know what kind of work we need to put in to be ready and that’s what we will be doing from the minute we arrive in Belgium next week.”
“I’m devastated not to be participating in this tie against Belgium,” said Raonic. “Due to my recurring injury, I am not able to play tennis for the next few weeks. My goal right now is to get healthy as fast as possible and get back to playing tennis as soon as I can. I have been with this team awhile and we have come a long way together. I know that they can win this tie and get us back into the semifinals.”
Dancevic has been a regular member of Canada’s Davis Cup team since 2002, missing just one year of competition when he was hindered with a back injury in 2008. At 21 ties played, he is one of only four Canadians to receive the Davis Cup Commitment Award for playing at least 20 ties for your country. Currently ranked No. 216 on the ATP World Tour rankings, Dancevic has been playing mostly on the Challenger circuit in 2015, with his best result coming at the Drummondville Challenger in Quebec in March where he reached the final.
This is Nestor’s 23rd year playing Davis Cup, as he adds to the Canadian Davis Cup records he already holds, including most wins (47), most doubles wins (32), and most ties played (48). Currently ranked world No. 23, Nestor has two titles on the season thus far at Sydney and Dubai, making it 22 consecutive years with at least one doubles title. He is third on the all-time list for most doubles titles in the Open Era with 87.
Peliwo will be making his Davis Cup debut after serving as a hitting partner for several previous ties. A former world No. 1 junior and two-time Junior Grand Slam Champion (2012 Wimbledon, 2012 US Open), Peliwo has been transitioning to the pro tour playing on the Futures and Challenger circuits. Currently ranked No. 465, he recently reached the quarter-finals of a Futures event in Toulon, France and earlier this season made the final at a Futures event in Feucherolles, France.
Pospisil will be playing his 12th tie for Canada in Belgium. He has been a critical member of the team since 2011 playing both singles and doubles and winning two fifth and deciding singles rubbers for the team, including against Japan in March to send Canada to this quarter-final. Pospisil is currently in the midst of a career-best run at Wimbledon having reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final in singles where he will face Andy Murray on Wednesday.
Canada is competing in the World Group quarter-finals for just the second time in history after defeating Japan 3-2 in the first round in Vancouver in March. The team is looking to match the country’s best ever result by reaching the semifinals, a feat first accomplished in 2013.
Belgium is participating in the World Group quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 after a 3-2 win over defending Davis Cup champion Switzerland in March. The Belgians are looking for their first semifinal appearance since 1999.
Canada is the seeded team with a Davis Cup world ranking of No. 7 while Belgium is ranked No. 13. 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. The winner of this tie will move on to the World Group semifinals against the winner of a tie between Serbia and Argentina.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 126 nations competing in 2015. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.
The matches will be broadcast live by Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Please check local listings for the full schedule.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas match schedule for Canada vs. Belgium
Friday, July 17, 2015 – 1 p.m. Singles
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 3 p.m. Doubles
Sunday, July 19, 2015 – 1 p.m. Reverse Singles