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Montreal, September 24, 2015  Tennis Canada announced Thursday that PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City will host the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie between Canada and Belarus on February 6 and 7, 2016. 

“PEPS is becoming a second home for our team since we will be playing a Fed Cup tie at the venue for a third consecutive year,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. “The girls like Quebec City and the fans there have always supported us.”

Fed Cup returns to the city of Quebec for a third straight year. In 2014, Canada beat Slovakia at PEPS on the campus of Laval University and lost to the Czech Republic last February.

“Tennis Canada’s choice once again shows that Quebec is an excellent tennis city,” said Jacques Hérisset, Tournament Director of the National Bank Cup. “We are very happy to host this important tie at Laval University’s PEPS, a high quality sports facility that is appreciated by the organizers, the spectators, and the professional athletes.” 

Canada currently sits at no. 12 on the Fed Cup rankings. After earning World Group status for the first time in team history, Canada was relegated to World Group II for 2016 following a 3-2 loss to Romania in Montreal in April. 

For their part, Belarus is ranked no. 15 in the world. In 2015, Belarus was promted to World Group II for the first time since 2012 thanks in large part to the performance of their no. 1 player, Victoria Azarenka. In April, Belarus defeated Japan 3-2 in a World Group II play-off.

This will be the first meeting between Canada and Belarus in Fed Cup. The players who will represent both teams will be announced in January. The winner of the tie will advance to play a World Group play-off tie while the loser will play to keep their place in World Group II.