Canada-South Africa Davis Cup playoff set for Montreal
Tennis Canada has selected Montreal's Uniprix Stadium as the host venue for Canada's Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against South Africa this summer.
Matches in the best-of-five tie will be played Sept. 14-16 on Court 1, one of the facility's showcase hardcourts which has seating for about 4,200 fans.
"South Africa is a tough opponent, so being able to play at home in front of our fans is a great advantage," Canada captain Martin Laurendeau said Tuesday in a release. "Our team has gained a lot of experience over the past few years and our results show that we belong with the best countries in the world. This tie is important for us to keep our place in the World Group."
Canada lost its World Group first-round tie to France last February and needs a win over South Africa to remain in the World Group for 2013.
The venue selection was made after South Africa gave up its right to host the tie. Montreal last hosted Davis Cup play in 2000, when Canada defeated Argentina at the Jarry Park Tennis Centre.
Official rosters must be released no later than 10 days before the start of competition.
World No. 21 Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., and doubles specialist Daniel Nestor of Toronto will likely play for Canada. Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver, Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., are also good bets to be named to the roster.
"We're getting better and better," Laurendeau said. "I think that we have the luxury right now to be able to combine youth and experience."
It has been nearly a century since South Africa and Canada last played in Davis Cup competition. Canada was victorious when the two countries played in their only previous meeting back in 1913.
"The whole team is very excited to play in Montreal," said Nestor. "It is a city we know very well having played the Rogers Cup on many occasions and the atmosphere is always amazing. We know that we will be able to count on great crowd support."
The tie will open with two singles matches. A doubles match will be played the next day before the closing reverse singles matches Sept. 16.