Tennis Canada broke some exciting news for tennis fans in Southern Ontario yesterday. The Rexall Centre at York University will host Canada’s Davis Cup tie against the Dominican Republic on September 17-19th.
It’ll be the first time that the Rexall Centre will host a tie outdoors on centre court since 2005, when the Belorussians defeated Canada in the deciding fifth rubber of the world group playoff. Most recently, Canada hosted Ecuador indoors at the Centre of Excellence, in 2009. The Canadians lost that match up as well in the fifth rubber, so no doubt redemption will be on the minds of the team members.
Although the players have not yet been been selected, there is little doubt (to me at least) that it will be almost the same foursome that lost to Columbia earlier this year with the exception of Steven Diez. Expect to see Toronto’s own, and world doubles number one Daniel Nestor, along with Peter Polansky of North York, Milos Raonic of Thornhill, and Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, who will return and replace Diez after missing Canada’s last tie due to injury.
“The past several Davis Cup teams we’ve assembled were comprised of primarily Ontario players, making Toronto an ideal host city for this tie,” Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau said. “Due to the Davis Cup calendar, the opportunity to play an outdoor tie does not come around very often in Canada. We are excited to build off the energy and excitement surrounding the Rogers Cup events.”
The home court will be more of a luxury, than an advantage for the Canadians. The Dominicans shouldn’t pose much of a threat after making the Americas Zone Group I for the first time in 21 years. Despite that no team should be taken lightly.
Canada needs to win to avoid being relegated, and have a shot at making it back to the World Group next year for the first time since 2004.