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03 July 2014

Canada to host Colombia in Halifax


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Tennis Canada has announced that Halifax will host the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off against Colombia on 12-14 September.

The tie, a 10th meeting between the two nations, will be played on hard court at the Halifax Metro Centre, which is usually used to host ice hockey and has a capacity of 11,000.

The last time Halifax hosted a Davis Cup tie was all the way back in 1998, when Canada defeated Mexico 3-2 in an Americas Zone Group I quarterfinal.

The Canadians lead the head-to-head between the two nations 5-4 (for a full history click here), but the Colombians won their last encounter with a 4-1 victory in an Americas Zone Group I semifinal in 2010.

“Canada is a very complete team,” said Colombian captain Mauricio Hadad on finding out his team’s opponents back in April. “And when they play at home they are very difficult to beat.

"In fact, last year they made it through to the World Group semifinals, winning two very difficult ties at home. We will have to work hard and wait to see what level we and they are playing at in the coming months.”

Laurendeau, meanwhile, said: “Our team has shown in the last three years that it is a World Group nation. We have all summer to prepare and make sure we’re playing our best tennis to defeat Colombia in September and maintain our place where we think we belong, among the best teams in the world.”

The two teams find themselves in September’s World Group play-offs courtesy of very different routes. The North Americans lost 4-1 to Japan in the first round in Tokyo in a tie in which the visitors were without their top two players, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, due to injury.

The South Americans, however, had a bye in the first round of Americas Zone Group I before defeating Dominican Republic 4-1 in April.

The Canadians recorded their best Davis Cup result in 2013 by reaching the semifinals, where they lost to Serbia in Belgrade. The North Americans had never previously won a World Group tie.

Colombia has never been in the competition’s top tier before and lost in the World Group play-offs against Japan last year.

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