While a result didn’t materialize for Canada, fans in Ottawa did turn up in droves, setting a national Davis Cup attendance record for the World Group first round tie against Great Britain.
A total of 21,482 seats were filled at TD Place over the three days of Davis Cup action against Great Britain. It’s the largest Davis Cup attendance number ever recorded on Canadian soil, beating the previous mark by more than 3,000 (set in 2013 at Vancouver against Spain).
The vociferous home crowd – and some delightfully noisy neighbours who traveled with the visitors – were treated to a pair of Vasek Pospisil victories against two world top 50 players from Britain. The Canadian knew he was capable of giving the nation’s capital a show and he did just that.
“It’s been a tough 12 months,” Pospisil said on the eve of the tie, acknowledging his drop in rankings to number 133. “But I know what my level is, where I belong,” he said hoping to use the rollicking support as a “springboard” to bounce back on the ATP tour. His wins against Kyle Edmund and Daniel Evans – the latter coming on his third consecutive day of play through injury and a long doubles match the previous afternoon – showed what Pospisil is clearly capable of doing in singles.
Following his second victory, a match he tweeted about the previous night as a “big one,” Pospisil said the crowd was the “loudest” he has ever played for while representing his country in Davis Cup.
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) February 4, 2017
About 70 volunteers and ball kids also helped with the making of a successful international tennis event in Canada.
As Great Britain moves on to play in the World Group quarterfinals, Canada will now compete for a chance to remain in the top tier of international tennis for 2018. That tie will take place September 15-17, with an opponent and location to be discovered in April.