Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian in the Open era of tennis to reach the semifinals of a Wimbledon singles tournament on Wednesday. Milos Raonic also advanced to the semifinals a few hours after Bouchard. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Halifax will host a playoff round of the Davis Cup tennis competition in September, marking the first time in 15 years the city will host a major tennis event.
Tennis Canada officials made the announcement Thursday morning at the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in downtown Halifax.
The event will take place on an indoor hard court at the Halifax Metro Centre between Sept. 12 and 14 and feature a world group relegation playoff match between Canada and Colombia.
The province of Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax each provided Tennis Canada with $65,000 — a major factor in deciding to bring the event to Halifax, according to Tennis Canada.
Ticket sales begin July 15.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage was at Thursday's announcement along with Martin Laurendeau, the captain of Canada's Davis Cup team and Gavin Ziv, the director of national events for Tennis Canada. Joachim Stroink, the MLA for Halifax Chebucto, was also on the guest list.
Last month, the Halifax Regional Municipality's audit and finance committee approved a $65,000 grant to help pay for the cost of hosting the Davis Cup.
The money was contingent on Halifax being chosen to host the international men's tennis competition and on matching funds from the province.
Ian MacInnis, the president of St George's Tennis Club in Dartmouth, said excitement about tennis is high given two Canadian tennis stars are still in the thick of it in Wimbledon.
On perhaps the finest day in the history of Canadian tennis, Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian singles players in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals on Wednesday.
MacInnis said he's hoping the excitement over Canada's success encourages more young people to take up the sport.
"I think it sort of allows them to say, 'Why not me? Why can't I be the next top 10 player in the world?'" he said.
"Canada will now have two players in the top 10. And thanks to the work of Tennis Canada and Tennis Nova Scotia, there's no reason why that can't be anyone. It's a very accessible sport."