Pete gets up for Davis

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

There's a bit of irony in Peter Polansky getting the call to face Mexico in Davis Cup action because of an injury.

It was at a tie in Mexico two years ago where Polansky was hurt in the most bizarre way possible. While preparing to watch his Canadian teammates play in the event, Polansky slept-walked out of his hotel room window and fell three stories into a courtyard.

The cuts to his legs required five hours of surgery and more than 400 stitches to repair. He was confined to a wheelchair for the next two months.

Despite the incident, he returned to competitive tennis about six months later and joined the Davis Cup team for the first time last year.

He plays singles tonight at the Corral against Mexico's Bruno Echagaray, only because Frank Dancevic was forced to pull out with a back injury.

But Polansky certainly isn't worried now about a recurrence of what kept him out of action in Mexico.

"That was the only time I sleepwalked," said the 19-year-old Thornhill, Ont., native. "There is a couple times I did it when I was younger, which happens to a lot of people. Sometimes when I'm on the road, I sleep-talk. I know quite a few people who do that.

"It puts a little more stress on my roommate. It makes them a bit nervous."

Frederic Niemeyer faces Santiago Gonzalez to open the tie today (4 p.m.) at the Corral, while Niemeyer will team with Daniel Nestor in tomorrow's doubles match against Bruno Rodriguez and Cesar Ramirez (2 p.m.). There will be reverse singles matches Sunday (noon).

Canada lost 4-1 to Mexico in 2006, but they didn't have the services of Niemeyer at the time. Polansky went into the event at Mexico City as a reserve player before the sleepwalking incident took centre stage.

He dreamt a knife-wielding intruder entered his hotel room, and, to escape, he kicked out the window.

In fact, he actually kicked out a plate-glass window, but the only thing Polansky remembers is waking up on his back in the courtyard.

He spent the next five days in hospital, and his return to action is nothing short of remarkable.

"My estimated recovery was six to nine months, but I was able to get back on-court about three months later," Polansky said. "It was really fast. I was in the Rogers Cup main draw that year.

"I put it behind me right away. There was still a lot of media coverage about it. It wasn't on my mind too much. It will always be a memory and a big part of my life.

"I had a study done after. They found out I'm a deep sleeper and I fall into a deep sleep fast. If something startles me, my body will wake, but my mind is still asleep."

Last year, Polansky came in against Brazil while Canada was down 2-1, but he lost in four sets to Flavio Saretta and the Canucks were eliminated.

He didn't expect to play this weekend but is prepared nonetheless.

"I'm also just excited to get into action," Polansky said.


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