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Tennis Canada – The tie will take place on February 1 and 2, 2019 in Slovakia

Montreal, October 30, 2018 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) completed the draw on Tuesday for the Qualifying Round of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas which will be held on February 1 and 2, 2019. Following the initial draw last month, Canada did not learn the identity of their next opponent because the play-off round of the Africa/Europe zone Group I needed to be completed first. Canada learned Tuesday that they will face Slovakia on the road. The choice of surface, the venue as well as the players who will compete for both teams will be announced at a later date.
 
Canada will play in the Davis Cup Qualifying Round with the hope of earning a spot in the Davis Cup Finals which will be held next November in Madrid. Under the new Davis Cup format, the Qualifying Round will see twelve seeded nations each go up against an unseeded nation, with the winner advancing to the Finals. Canada is among the seeded countries thanks to their recent victory over the Netherlands.
Slovakia, led by world no. 46 Martin Klizan, earned the right to face Canada after defeating Belarus 3-1. Klizan picked up three points in the win.  

This will be the second Davis Cup meeting between Canada and Slovakia. The Slovaks came out on top in the first encounter, 4-1 at IGA Stadium in Montreal in September of 1997. 

DAVIS CUP QUALIFYING ROUND
February 1-2, 2019

Brazil v BELGIUM
Uzbekistan v SERBIA
AUSTRALIA* v Bosnia/Herzegovina
India v ITALY
GERMANY v Hungary
SWITZERLAND v Russia
KAZAKHSTAN* v Portugal
CZECH REPUBLIC v Netherlands
Colombia* v SWEDEN
AUSTRIA v Chile
Slovakia v CANADA
China v JAPAN
 
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 133 teams entered in 2018. The competition is 118 years old, having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (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.com and www.copadavis.com
 
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 Facebookand Twitter.

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Valerie Tetreault
Director, Communications
vtetreault@tenniscanada.com or 514-273-1515 ext. 6259        
               
Victoria Jaklin
Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
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