Tennis Canada will hold a press conference on Wednesday to confirm Davis Cup matches in February 2017 at the TD Place Arena. The top Canadian men’s snowshoes will compete against Britain in the first round of the world group.
“Tennis Canada will be releasing a major news story,” read the letter to the media on Tuesday.
Canadian Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau will be on hand, as will tireless Daniel Nestor, who has eight doubles titles on the Grand Slam circuit. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is also expected to participate in the announcement.
The International Tennis Federation had announced in September that the first round would take place February 3-5 on Canadian soil. But no site was then designated.
These two countries have only met once before in the Davis Cup. Great Britain had won 4-1 in … 1967, in Bornemouth, England.
“It’s more than cool to watch the Davis Cup stop here after being presented in Quebec City, Montreal, Western Canada and the Maritimes,” said Mathieu Toupin.
The latter is one of the co-chairs of the Gatineau Challenge and the Futures of Gatineau, two ITF international tournaments presented annually in the Outaouais. These events typically involve emerging players or athletes who attempt a return to play after a major injury.
Raonic, currently ranked fourth in the world, played in Gatineau in 2007 as a “guest junior”.
His teammates on the Canadian team and he will have a heavy task in the first round of the Davis Cup since Britain is the favorite of the tournament. She won the top honors in 2015 for the first time in 79 years.
Unless an injury occurs, Murray will lead the charge for the defending champions. He is the world number one, he who has won eight tournaments this season including Wimbledon against … Raonic.
The last time Ottawa hosted such an important tennis event was in 2005. Couriers, Kournikova, Novotna and McEnroe had multiplied exchanges at the “Legendary Nights Tennis Classic” which was presented at the Corel Center.
It remains to be seen how many people will attend the Davis Cup games at the TD Place Arena, which can seat more than 9,000 spectators.
There were 7783 spectators in Halifax in September during the clash between Chile and Canada, less than half of the crowd that had moved in 2014 for matches. Raonic and Nestor were missing the call two months ago, they had forfeited.
Tennis Canada had chosen Vancouver in 2013 and 2015 for parts of the Davis Cup.
Canada is in the World Group for the sixth consecutive year. The winner of the confrontation between Great Britain and him will reach the quarter-finals presented in April.
The losing nation will encounter a barrage at the end of the summer.
“All the countries of the world group represent big opponents, but to face the favorite will not be an easy task,” said Laurendeau last September.
“Great Britain has been very successful over the past two years. That being said, we will have the advantage of the field, which has been very profitable for four years. “