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10 things you should know about Canada vs. Czech Republic

Apr 18, 2019
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

1. Canada is looking to move back into the World Group for the first time since 2015.

2. The Czech Republic are the current Fed Cup title holders, having defeated the United States in last year’s final.

3. Sharon Fichman will be playing in her 28th Fed Cup tie.

Only two Canadian players have played in more ties than her, Marie-Ève Pelletier (32) and Aleksandra Wozniak (36).

4. Leylah Annie Fernandez will be making her Fed Cup debut at the mere age of 16. She was a member of the junior Fed Cup team last year, which finished in 7th position.

5. Gabriela Dabrowski holds a record of 7 wins and 5 losses in doubles while representing her country. Four of those victories came on clay, giving her a perfect record on that surface.

6. Rebecca Marino is the highest-ranked singles player on the Canadian team. She broke back into the Top 200 just last week, sitting at world no. 184.

7. This is Heidi El Tabakh’s second tie as the Canadian Team Captain. She was victorious the first time around, leading her team to a 4-0 win over the Netherlands.

8. 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 Krawec), a hitting partner (Hugo Di Feo) and a team manager (André Barette).

9. The tie will take place at the Agrofert Arena, home of the Czech Tennis Association National Tennis Centre.

The Stadium can accommodate up to 1,200 people and will host it’s very first Fed Cup tie. Many players have played on the courts in Prostejov, as it is a frequent host of the ITF World Junior Tennis competition for under 14 players.

10. Lucie Safarova will be playing in her final Fed Cup tie for the Czech Republic. After playing 17 on the professional tour, she will be taking her retirement in 2019.