Tennis

Canadians Raonic, Pospisil to miss Davis Cup qualifier in Slovakia

Canada will be short-handed for a Davis Cup qualifier in Slovakia next month. Milos Raonic is not the list of players to represent Canada in the clay-court tie Feb. 1-2. The Thornhill, Ont., product is No. 17 in the world and was scheduled to play in an Australian Open quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime, Polansky and Dancevic will make up Canada's squard

Milos Raonic is not on the list of players slated to represent Canada at the Davis Cup qualifier in Slovakia in February. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

Canada will be short-handed for a Davis Cup qualifier in Slovakia next month.

Milos Raonic is not on the list of players to represent Canada in the clay-court tie Feb. 1-2. The Thornhill, Ont., product is No. 17 in the world and was scheduled to play in an Australian Open quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Canada, ranked 17th in Davis Cup rankings, also will be missing top doubles player Vasek Pospisil, who underwent back surgery last week.

Denis Shapovalov, ranked 27th, will lead the Canadian squad. The Richmond Hill, Ont., player will be joined by Montreal teen Felix Auger-Aliassime, Thornhill veteran Peter Polansky and captain Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., who will serve as Canada's fourth player.

Martin Klizan, ranked 40th, leads 29th-ranked Slovakia. Filip Horansky, Nobert Gombos, Igor Zelenay and Filip Polasek also are on the team.

The winner of the qualifier advances to the Davis Cup finals in November in Madrid, part of a new format for the event.

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