The draw is set for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals, which will take place in Madrid this November
Tennis Canada – Canada will face the United States and Italy in the round robin
Montreal, February 14, 2019 – The official draw ceremony for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals took place today in Madrid. The 18 countries who have qualified for the finals have been divided into six groups, with three nations in each group. Canada is in Group F along with the United States and Italy and will thus face both of these countries during the round robin stage. The Davis Cup finals will take place from November 18 to 24, 2019 on the hard courts in Caja Magica.
“It will be difficult because all of the teams participating in the finals are strong. There are no weak opponents. In our group, the US and Italy are both tough teams with top level players in singles and doubles. We will need to have all of our top guys participating in order to go deep in the competition. We’ve come close in the past, having reached the semi-finals, and the next step is to win it one day. I believe that we have the players and the fire power to do it. We have a good mix of young and experienced players and this is a good combination to go far in the finals,” stated the Canadian Team Captain, Frank Dancevic, following the draw.
The winners of the six groups along with the two next best nations (depending on the number of wins and the percentage of sets and games won/lost) will qualify for the quarter-finals which will take place on Friday. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday and the final on Sunday, November 24. Each of these match-ups will consist of two singles matches and a doubles match all played as a best of three sets.
The Canadian team secured their spot in the Davis Cup finals when they defeated Slovakia by a score of 3-2 on February 1-2. In the win, Denis Shapovalov won both of his singles matches and Félix Auger-Aliassime signed the crucial victory in the decisive match.
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 nations entered in 2019. The competition is 119 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. In 2019, the all-new Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals will be hosted at the iconic La Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain. Twenty-four nations will contest the Qualifiers on 1-2 February, competing in 12 locations around the world on a home-and-away basis. The 12 winning teams will join the 2018 semifinalists plus two wild card teams in an 18-nation Davis Cup season finale.
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 and one professional ITF sanctioned event. Tennis Canada also owns and financially supports 13 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. 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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