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Tennis Canada – CANADA WILL FACE CROATIA IN DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS; AND ROMANIA IN FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS 

Both ties will be disputed outside of Canada

 Montreal, September 20, 2017 – It was on Wednesday that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) held the official draw for the 2018 season of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas in London. Canada’s opponents have been revealed for both ties, which are scheduled for February 2018. The Canadian Davis Cup team will face Croatia, in the World Group first round from February 2 to 4, a tie which will take place in Croatia. The Canadian Fed Cup team will take on Romania, who will host the first round tie of the World Group II on February 10 and 11. The choice of surface and the site as well as the player nominations will be determined at a later date.

After overcoming India by a score of 3-2 last weekend, Canada secured its place in the World Group for the seventh consecutive year. The Canadian team, which had reached the semi-finals in 2013, will begin it’s 2018 campaign against Croatia, the finalist in 2016. This will be the first encounter between the two nations. Canada’s talent pool is becoming increasingly deeper, with three players now in the Top 100 and five in the Top 200, in addition to having experienced doubles players. Canada is currently ranked 15th in the world, while Croatia is 5th. The winner of this tie will qualify for the World Group quarter-finals, which will take place in April 2018.

As for the Fed Cup, it was a young Canadian team led by Françoise Abanda and Bianca Andreescu who surprised Kazakhstan last April to book their ticket into the World Group II. Canada will take on Romania for the third time. At the last encounter between the two nations, which took place in Montreal in 2015, it was Romania who emerged victorious by a score of 3-2. The Canadian team is currently ranked 15th in the world, while Romania is ranked 12th. The winner of this tie will qualify for the World Group play-offs in April 2018.

DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND TIES

February 2-4, 2018

FRANCE vs. Netherlands

Japan vs. ITALY *

Spain vs. GREAT BRITAIN

AUSTRALIA vs. Germany

Kazakhstan vs. SWITZERLAND

CROATIA vs. Canada *

SERBIA vs. United States

Hungary vs. BELGIUM

FED CUP WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND TIES

February 10-11, 2018

Slovakia vs. RUSSIA

Australia vs. UKRAINE

ROMANIA vs. Canada

ITALY vs. Spain

The host nations are listed first, the seeded nations are in capitals.

*Host nations determined by lot.  

About Davis Cup
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 134 teams entered in 2017. The competition is 117 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) and Adecco (Official HR Sponsor), while Head (Official Ball) is an international partner. beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.comwww.copadavis.comwww.twitter.com/daviscupwww.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis, and www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial.

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.comwww.fedcup.com/eswww.twitter.com/fedcuphttps://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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