Monday, 22 October 2012

In Vancouver or Winnipeg

Milos Raonic tentera de mener le Canada à la victoire lors de la
confrontation contre l'Espagne en février 2013.
(PHOTO CHARLES WILLIAM PELLETIER/AGENCE QMI)

Le Journal de Montréal published the article 'À Vancouver ou Winnipeg' in reference to Tennis Canada's host city selection for the up-coming Canada vs. Spain Davis Cup tie to be played February 1-3, 2013. Although we believe it is still a three city race which also includes Calgary, we thought you might be interested in reading the article.

Note: We apologize to Le Journal de Montréal should the translation (via Google Translate) not be accurate.

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The cities of Vancouver and Winnipeg are the two cities most likely to host the next Davis Cup Canada.


The red and white will take on the powerful Spanish team in the first round of the World Group in early February 2013.

"There is nothing confirmed yet, but it looks more to these two cities, told QMI Agency Valérie Tétreault, Communications Coordinator at Tennis Canada, Monday. The host of this meeting should be chosen in November. "

Vancouver hosted the most recent confrontation World Group of the Davis Cup Canadian squad in February, against France. Nation tricolor was imposed 4-1 ground for British Columbian and eject the World Group Canada (note: the country has qualified again in September, thanks to a convincing victory over South Africa ).

In the case of Winnipeg, we must go back more than 40 years to see the city hosting a battle of the tennis team competition. Canada had been visited by the team of Caribbean / West Indies Federation in June 1970 and New Zealand, a week later, Winnipeg Canoe Club, on clay.

"Winnipeg really wants to host this event, continued Tétreault. [...] However, tennis is very popular in Vancouver and the players liked to play (against France). "

It must be said that all tickets for the duel against France had been sold, an element that ultimately should weigh heavily in the balance.

Montreal, not ruled out, but ...


If Montreal is still not ruled out of the race, there would be little chance that it receives the event. I must say that the fans have not moved as expected in the last match against South Africa, while the National Bank court at Uniprix Stadium was barely filled to half its capacity of just over 4,000 people.

"We must be careful since the lockout that has plagued NHL, we must not forget the lecture (note: as the Bell Centre in Montreal or the Air Canada Centre in Toronto), since it is unknown when the season resumes ".

In short, whatever the city designated by Tennis Canada, the Canadian team will be at his best to face Spain. Although the presence of Rafael Nadal (fourth) remains uncertain, the country of Cervantes nation can count on several players among the top players to take over the world, including David Ferrer (5th), Nicolas Almagro (12th), Fernando Verdasco ( 24th), Marcel Granollers (25th) and Feliciano Lopez (35th).

Milos Raonic Vasek Pospisil, Daniel Nestor and all other representatives unifoliate will not have much leeway high if they want to pitch this intractable Spain.

In Vancouver, Winnipeg or elsewhere.

Republished from the Le Journal de Montréal October 22, 2012

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