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Tennis Canada – The tie will take place in Czech Republic
 
Toronto, February 12, 2019 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) held the official draw for the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs in London on Tuesday. Canada will take on Czech Republic on April 20 and 21, 2019 with a place in the 2020 World Group on offer for the winners of the tie. The choice of surface, venue and the players nominated for each team will be announced at a later date, but the tie will be held in Czech Republic.
 
This marks the first occasion since 2015 that Canada has made the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs. The Canadian team beat the Netherlands in their Fed Cup World Group II tie this past weekend. That victory was headlined by a perfect performance by 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who won both of her singles matches, helping Canada to seal a 4-0 victory.
 
This will be the 7th meeting between the two countries. The Czechs won all 6 previous meetings including the last one in 2015, hosted in Quebec City. Canada is currently ranked no. 11, while Czech Republic is no. 1, thanks to their 6 titles in the past 8 years. The winner of this tie will earn a place in the 2020 World Group and a chance at claiming the Fed Cup championship.
 
FED CUP WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFF TIES

CZECH REPUBLIC vs Canada
UNITED STATES* vs Switzerland
Latvia* vs GERMANY
BELGIUM vs Spain
 
The host nations are listed first, the seeded nations are in capitals.
* Host country determined by lot.
 
About Fed Cup
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 2019. The competition is 56 years old, having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (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 and www.fedcup.com/es
 
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, 9 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 13 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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