Canada faces Chile in Davis Cup World Group play­off tie

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.”

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