Tennis Canada announced Thursday that No. 2 singles player and recent Wimbledon quarter-finalist Vasek Pospisil is unable to participate in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-final tie between Canada and Belgium due to a severe bone bruise to his right wrist. His place on the team will be filled by a player to be determined by captain Martin Laurendeau at a later date.
“I’m beyond disappointed to not be able to play this tie,” said Pospisil. “I’ve been advised today by doctors to take 2-3 weeks off to avoid any further damage to my wrist. Playing Davis Cup has always been and remains extremely important to me. I feel terrible as this is a big tie for our team and I was looking forward to doing my part to help us get to the semifinals. I believe in this team and I will be watching and cheering them on as they compete next weekend.”
Pospisil is coming off a career-best performance at a Grand Slam after reaching his first ever quarter-final at Wimbledon.
Canada’s No. 1 singles player Milos Raonic is also unavailable for the tie due to lingering effects from foot surgery. The three remaining members of the team are Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Filip Peliwo (Vancouver). The tie is scheduled to be played on outdoor clay at Sportpark Krokodiel in Ostend, Belgium from July 17-19.
“This is obviously not the scenario we thought we would find ourselves in for this quarter-final tie but injuries happen and it’s never good timing,” said Laurendeau. “These guys have given so much to Davis Cup over the years. Their commitment has been outstanding. If they could play, they would. Certainly now we are the underdogs, but we still have a huge tie to play next weekend and a group of guys who are going to go out there and give it their all.”
Laurendeau plans to name a fourth player to the team over the coming days.