Canada faces Chile in Davis Cup World Group playoff tie
TORONTO — Canada’s Davis Cup World Group tennis playoff tie against Chile will take place on an indoor hard court in Halifax.
Tennis Canada made the announcement Tuesday. The tie will take place Sept. 16-18 at the Scotiabank Centre.
Canada, looking to retain its World Group status for 2017, is ranked 12th in the world. Chile is 23rd.
This will be the ninth time the two countries have played each other in Davis Cup with the record standing at 4-4. The home country has won each previous matchup.
The last time they met was in 2008, when Chile defeated Canada 3-2 in a zone group semifinal in Santiago.
Canada started the season in the World Group for the fifth consecutive year. The team, missing top players Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor, lost its first-round tie 5-0 against France in Guadeloupe.
Chile has reached the World Group playoffs for the first time in four years after defeating Dominican Republic and Colombia in Americas Zone Group I competition.
Canada must win in September to remain in the World Group for 2017. A loss would relegate the team back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where it has not played since 2011.
“We are very happy to be awarded a home tie after two very tough back-to-back road ties in the last year,” Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau said in a statement. “We are also very excited to be heading back to Halifax as the World Group playoff there in 2014 was a huge success for us. The city, the venue and the crowd provided us with the ideal conditions to win and keep our spot in the World Group, and we will need that same support this time around against Chile as they will pose another big challenge for us.”