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Tennis Canada Selects Toronto for Davis Cup Play

January 6, 2009

Canadian men will face Ecuador at Rexall Centre in March 2009

Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that the Rexall Centre, home of Rogers Cup Toronto, will be the host site for the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I tie between Canada and Ecuador. The event will take place from March 6-8, 2009 and will mark the eighth time in Davis Cup history that Canada has played in the provincial capital, but only the third occasion since 1958. 

“Last year’s team had three members from Ontario so it’s fitting to return to Toronto,” said Martin Laurendeau, Miele Canadian Davis Cup team captain. “The tennis, training and medical facilities in Toronto will be exceptional for Canada and our opponents from Ecuador. It should be a great tie.”

Matches will be played on hard courts in the Centre of Excellence, the indoor facility at the world-class stadium and national training centre. The only other Davis Cup tie contested at Rexall Centre was outdoors in 2005 when Canada played host to Belarus, losing a tough World Group tie that was decided in the fifth rubber.

The Miele Canadian Davis Cup team members facing Ecuador will be selected by Tennis Canada at a later date. The 2008 team consisted of multiple Canadian Davis Cup record holder, Wimbledon and Masters Cup champion and world No. 1 doubles team member Daniel Nestor (Toronto); Canada’s top male singles player Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario); Davis Cup veteran Frederic Niemeyer (Sherbrooke, Quebec) along with rising star Peter Polansky (Thornhill, Ontario).

“It’s always great to play at home,” added player and coach Nestor. “I’ve enjoyed much success in Toronto and for a few of us guys, we don’t get a lot of chances to play in front of family and friends. It will be pretty special.”

Historically, Canada has a 1-4 overall record against Ecuador. The two teams last faced each other in April 1998 on outdoor clay courts in Guayaquil, Ecuador. A win for Canada would pit them against Peru on the road in May for a second round tie and a chance to advance to a World Group playoff.

Tickets are on sale now to the public. Call the Davis Cup hotline at 416-665-9777 ext. 4755 or 1-877-2TENNIS (1-877-283-6647). The event will also be Web cast live in both official languages on tenniscanada.com.

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