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Davis Cup: 10 things you should know about Canada vs. Slovakia

Jan 28, 2019
written by: Tennis Canada
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1. Denis Shapovalov will be participating in his fifth consecutive Davis Cup tie. The Tel Aviv native has always answered the call since his first tie in 2016.

2. Félix Auger-Aliassime, who has been nominated for his second career Davis Cup tie, could take part in his first match. If the 18-year-old athlete were to win a point for his country, he would become the sixth youngest Canadian player in history to win a match at the Davis Cup

3. The last time Canada won a Davis Cup tie on a red clay court dates back to 2011 when they faced Ecuador. Since then, the Canadian team has fallen to Serbia (2013), Belgium (2015) and Croatia (2018).

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4. The captain of the Slovak team is Dominik Hrbaty, former World No. 12. Hrbaty reached the semi-finals at the French Open in 1999 as well as the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, in 2001 and 2005, and the US Open in 2004.

5. On top of the team captain, the Canadian players are surrounded by a great support team, including a coach (Frédéric Fontang), a physical trainer (Clément Golliet), a doctor (Nicolas Sauvé), a physiotherapist (Taran Ohsen), a massage therapist (Jeff Ludovic), a team manager (Alain Beaupré) and a sport science manager (Carmine Felice).

6. The tie will take place at the Slovak Tennis Federation’s National Training Centre. The Stadium, which was built in 2003 and is equipped with a retractable roof (which will certainly have to stay closed for this tie!), can accommodate up to 4,500 people. It hosted the Davis Cup final in 2005 when Croatia won the coveted trophy against Slovakia. The Canadian Fed Cup team have also competed here in 2016, but they fell 3-2.

7. Denis Shapovalov holds a record of five wins and three loses in Davis Cup, but has yet to take part in a doubles match.

8. Frank Dancevic will act as a playing captain for this tie. With only three other players selected, he could be called to take part in a match if needed. The last Davis Cup match that Dancevic disputed dates back to 2016, when he notched two wins over Chile.

9. Martin Klizan, the highest ranked Slovak player thanks to his no. 38 ranking, holds a record of one win and no losses against Frank Dancevic (French Open, 2012), Peter Polansky (Indian Wells, 2018) and Denis Shapovalov (St-Petersburg, 2018).

10. Polansky will participate in his 13th Davis Cup tie. The 30-year-old Ontario native was a member of the team that took on Croatia last year but did not take part in a match. His last match dates back to the tie against Japan in 2014 when he fell in both of his singles matches.