Having arrived in the Netherlands, more specifically the city of Apeldoorn, a few days early to prepare for the World Team Cup, Team Canada’s goal for the week was to improve on their sixth-place finish from last year.
The draw placed Canada in a group alongside the United States, Great Britian, and the Netherlands for the 2018 edition of wheelchair tennis’ version of Davis Cup and Fed Cup. After a 3-0 loss to USA to start, the Canadians swept the host country 3-0 in their second tie to earn their place in the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
“We are very pleased with our performance today. The guys stayed focused on the task at hand and played solid tennis. We are also happy to qualify for next year’s event which will be held in Israel. Tomorrow, we will face the no. 2 seeded team from Great Britain and we are looking forward to the challenge,” said Christian Gingras, coach of Team Canada.
Canada ultimately came up short in their bid to reach the semifinals following a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Great Britain. They played Japan for fifth place and fell 2-1 in the best-of-three tie after losing the decisive doubles match and settled for a sixth-place finish for the second straight year.
“I am proud of this team, it was a very tough test for them and to be able to qualify for next year’s World Team Cup is fantastic. Let’s hope that with another season and more experience under our belts we can improve our results in 2019,” said Gary Luker, who played in his tenth World Team Cup for Canada.
Will Canada be able to do better than sixth next year. Only time will tell!