Thanks to a 3-0 win over the Netherlands, the host nation for the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, Canada secured direct entry into next year’s competition.
After losing 3-0 to the American quad team on the opening day of action, the Canadian team redeemed themselves with an upset win over the host nation. In his 10th appearance at the WTC, Gary Luker gave his team the first point with his impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Coen Van Werkhoven. Rob Shaw then secured the win for the Canadian squad by defeating Nils Vink in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. In the doubles rubber, the duo continued with their momentum, securing a third point for their country.
After the win, team coach Christian Gingras was pleased with the way his players competed. “We are delighted with our performance today. The guys stayed very focused on the task and played solid tennis. We are happy that we secured our direct entry for next year’s WTC in Israel. ”
This year’s WTC is being held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands from May 28 until June 3. Canada was in action against Great Britain, the second seeds, on Wednesday, with a spot in the semi-finals up for grabs. Despite a loss to the higher ranked team, Canada remains positive about their performance so far at the tournament and will play for 5th place on Friday.
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