Tennis Canada announced via a press release on Tuesday the Canadian Davis Cup team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie between Canada and Colombia in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic and Daniel Nestor were named to the squad by captain Martin Laurendeau to compete on an indoor hard court at the Metro Halifax Centre from September 12-14. Jesse Levine (Ottawa), Adil Shamasdin (Toronto) and Brayden Schnur (Pickering, Ont.) will also be travelling to Halifax with the team as part of an extended squad of players.
The Colombian Tennis Federation also announced the team that will head to Halifax to take on the Canadian squad. They selected world No. 32 Santiago Giraldo, No. 71 Alejandro Falla and Top 20 doubles pair Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
“A lot of milestones have happened in the careers of our players since the tie in Japan and I think we are all looking forward to coming back together for Davis Cup and fighting to prove that we can be a perennial contender by keeping our spot in the World Group,” said Laurendeau. “Colombia is a very tricky team with talented players and they are looking to make their own history by advancing to the World Group for the first time. But, with the support of a home crowd, and in a new and exciting market, I know our team will be ready to go out there and work hard for a victory.”
Canada started the season in the World Group for the third consecutive year. They played their first-round tie on the road in February against Japan in Tokyo. Injuries to Canada’s top two singles players, Raonic and Pospisil, contributed to a disappointing 4-1 loss, forcing Canada to play this World Group play-off match-up.
Colombia advanced out of the Americas Zone Group I to reach the World Group play-offs after a 4-1 victory over Dominican Republic in April.
Canada is the seeded team with a Davis Cup world ranking of No. 8. Colombia is ranked No. 26 in the world. Canada holds a 5-4 record against Colombia with the four losses having come while playing away in the South American country. The two countries last met in Bogota in 2010 where Colombia claimed a 4-1 victory.
Canada must win this tie to remain in the World Group for 2015. A loss would relegate them back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where they have not played since 2011.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas match schedule for Canada vs. Colombia (local ADT time)
Friday, September 12, 2014 – 3 p.m. Singles
Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 2 p.m. Doubles
Sunday, September 14, 2014 – 2 p.m. Reverse Singles