FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS COMING TO MONTREAL ON APRIL 22 AND 23

March 20, 2017

Tennis Canada - Canada will host Kazakhstan at Uniprix Stadium

Montreal, March 20, 2017 – Tennis Canada announced Monday that Uniprix Stadium in Montreal will host the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II playoff tie between Canada and Kazakhstan on April 22 and 23, 2017.

“We are happy to have the chance to play at home, in a facility that the girls know very well since it is our National Training Centre, a second home for many Canadian players,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. “With our young team that excelled in the zonal competition, we showcased our increasing depth. We will be facing a very strong opponent, but we will be able to choose the surface and we will have the crowd behind us.”

Fed Cup returns to the province of Quebec after five successful ties were hosted in Montreal and Quebec City over the past three years. Tennis Canada has chosen Uniprix Stadium as the venue for this playoff tie.

Canada is currently ranked no. 16 on the Fed Cup world rankings. A young Canadian squad of Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (16 years old), Charlotte Robillard-Millette (18 years old), Katherine Sebov (18 years old), and Carol Zhao (21 years old) finished first at the Americas Zone Group I event in Metepec, Mexico in February and earned a berth in next month’s World Group II playoffs. Canada defeated Venezuela, Bolivia, and Paraguay in the round robin stage of the event before sweeping Chile in the final.   
 
The composition of both teams will be announced in April. Kazakhstan will be stiff competition for the Canadians with world no. 31 Yulia Putintseva and world no. 48 Yaroslava Shvedova among their ranks. Kazakhstan will be competing in a World Group II playoff tie for just the second time in team history after falling to France at the same stage of the Fed Cup competition in 2013. This will be the first meeting between the two countries.
 
The winner of the tie will earn a place in World Group II for 2018 while the loser will be relegated to the zonal events.
 
Tickets on sale now
Tickets are available now starting at just $25 or $40 for the weekend. There is also a special rate for kids aged 12 and under at $15 per day or $20 for the weekend. Tickets can be purchased by calling 514-790-1245, or online at www.admission.com.  
 
Matches will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 22 with the presentation of two singles matches. Sunday’s lineup will feature two singles matches followed by a doubles match beginning at 12 p.m.
 
The tie will be broadcast on TVA Sports and Sportsnet.
 
About Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, https://www.facebook.com/FedCup and www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial
 
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 

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