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Fed Cup: 10 things you should know about Canada vs. the Netherlands

Feb 05, 2019
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada
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1. Canada is in search of their first World Group II win on the road since 2013, when they defeated the Ukraine 3-2 in a play-off tie.

2. Bianca Andreescu will be participating in her eighth consecutive tie and holds a record of eight wins and three losses. Since making her Fed Cup debut in 2017, the Canadian teen has always answered the call for her country.

3. Rebecca Marino is making her return to the Fed Cup after an eight year absence. The Vancouver native played in two ties in 2011, but went on to retire just a few years later.

4. This will be Heidi El Tabakh’s first tie as Team Captain. The Canadian was appointed as captain last August.

5. In addition to the players who will be competing on the court, there is an important team surrounding them, including a coach (Nathalie Tauziat), a physical trainer (Clément Golliet), a doctor (Pierre Messier), two physiotherapists (Carmine Felice and Larysa Krawek), a hitting partner (Hugo Di Feo) and a team manager (André Barette).

6. The tie will take place at the Maaspoort Sports & Events arena. The Stadium, which was built in 1982 and can accommodate up to 3,500 people. It hosted its most recent Fed Cup tie in 2015, where the Netherlands defeated Australia in a World Group play-off tie.

7. At only 26 years old, Gabriela Dabrowski is the veteran of the team and will be playing in her 12th Fed Cup tie. She holds a record of six wins and eight losses.

8. Françoise Abanda is taking part in her sixth tie. She holds a record of five wins and five losses. In her last Fed Cup appearance in 2017, she went undefeated, winning two crucial matches in Canada’s victory over Kazakhstan.

9. Arantxa Rus is the Netherlands’ second highest ranked player in singles and will be their no. 1 player at this Fed Cup tie. She is currently ranked no. 129 in the rankings, but climbed up to as high as no. 61 in 2012.

10. The coach of Team Netherlands is Paul Haarhuis a former tennis player who at one time held the No. 1 doubles ranking. He also reached a career-high no. 18 in singles. In his career, he won six Grand Slam doubles titles and 54 doubles titles on the professional tour.