Vancouver to host Canada-Spain Davis Cup tie
By QMI Agency
|Milos Raonic of Canada (L) and Julien Benneteau of France shake hands after their Davis Cup tennis 2nd singles rubber match at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. (AFP)
Canada's Davis Cup tie with Spain will take place in tennis-friendly Vancouver.
Tennis Canada announced Monday that the World Group first-round tie with Spain, a five-time winner of the Davis Cup, will be held at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre Feb. 1-3. That venue hosted Canada's first-round , 4-1 loss to France last year.
"The team considered all the hosting options very carefully for this tie, but ultimately the immense crowd support and first-class treatment we received last time in Vancouver were factors in deciding to return there," Canadian Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau said. "We are playing the best team in the world with players that can win on any surface and in any conditions. So we need to ensure we are providing our players with an environment that they feel they can perform at their best to hopefully cause an upset."
Canada, which made it back to the World Group by downing South Africa 4-1 in September, is ranked 12th in the Davis Cup rankings while Spain is No. 1.
Calgary and Winnipeg also made strong bids for the event, according to Tennis Canada president Michael S. Downey.
"We had three viable cities and venues to host this tie at, but ultimately it has to come down to where the captain and players feel they have the best chance to win," Downey said. "Vancouver was chosen as the best option for this tie and we are excited to be going back there."