Canada and France have met just once before in Davis Cup play, way back in 1966 on the clay of Roland Garros when the hosts recorded a routine 5-0 victory. With six players ranked inside the Top 50, France are the favourites to record a similar scoreline at this tie in Vancouver, although Canada will be hoping to make home advantage count and capitalise on some patriotic support.
Canada are making their first appearance in the World Group since 2004, following their sensational promotion winning campaign last year. They recorded successive 3-2 away wins against Ecuador and Israel with both ties going down to a deciding fifth rubber. The last time Canada played a Davis Cup tie in Vancouver was in 1992.
France, who lost to eventual champions Spain in the semifinals last year, possess the fire power to make a genuine assault on the title in 2012. The nine-time Davis Cup winners last triumphed in 2001 when Guy Forget was in his early days as French captain. The experienced campaigner has already announced that this will be his final season in charge and what better way to sign off than with another trophy in the cabinet.