Montreal, April 17, 2015 – The official draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie between Canada and Romania took place Friday at Olympic Stadium Tower in Montreal. The tie will be played at Maurice Richard Arena from April 18-19, 2015.
The Canadian Fed Cup team featuring Francoise Abanda (Montreal), Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Que.), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa), and Sharon Fichman (Toronto) will take on Romania in two singles matches on Saturday, and two singles and one doubles match on Sunday. Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau will lead the team as it looks to maintain its position in the elite eight-team World Group for 2016.
Bouchard and Abanda were selected by Bruneau to play singles, with Romanian team captain Alina Cercel-Tecsor nominating world No. 33 Irina-Camelia Begu and No. 69 Alexandra Dulgheru. The doubles teams will be Fichman and Dabrowski for Canada and Andreea Mitu and Raluca Olaru for Romania.
Today’s draw produced the following weekend match-ups:
|Event||Representing Canada||Representing Romania|
|1st Singles Rubber – Saturday April 18, 1 p.m. ET||Francoise Abanda||Irina-Camelia Begu|
|2nd Singles Rubber – Saturday April 18||Eugenie Bouchard||Alexandra Dulgheru|
|3rd Singles Rubber – Sunday, April 19, 1 p.m. ET||Eugenie Bouchard||Irina-Camelia Begu|
|4th Singles Rubber – Sunday, April 19||Francoise Abanda||Alexandra Dulgheru|
|Doubles Rubber – Sunday, April 19||Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman||Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru|
“Romania is a deep and talented team and we are expecting a weekend of tough, but exciting tennis for the fans,” Bruneau said. “We have had a strong week of preparation and feel ready for the challenge. We’re looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd again and hope to use that to our advantage. We want to keep our spot in the top group of Fed Cup and will do everything we can to accomplish that.”
Canada is competing for the right to stay in the World Group for another year. The nation participated in the eight-team upper level of Fed Cup competition for the first time in its history this year and lost to Czech Republic 4-0 in a first-round tie in February in Quebec City. Romania is looking to earn its first-ever place in the elite World Group. Two months ago, the team defeated Spain 3-2 in a World Group II first-round tie that went to the fifth and deciding rubber to advance into this play-off against Canada. The winner of this tie will compete in the 2016 World Group, while the loser will be relegated to World Group II.
Play will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 18 with two singles matches. On Sunday, April 19, the third singles match will also commence at 1 p.m. ET with the fourth singles rubber and doubles duel to follow. All matches will be best-of-three sets.
Fans can still purchase tickets starting at $30 for both days and $20 per day. A special rate is also available for students who can buy tickets for as little as $15. Tickets can be purchased in person at the arena over the weekend, online by clicking here, or by calling 514-790-1245 or 1-855-790-1245.
Both days of the tie will be broadcast live on OLN and TVA Sports and tape-delayed on Sportsnet ONE. Please check local listings for the full schedule.