Canadian tennis will be in the news this week as the nation’s Fed Cup team gets ready to face Romania this weekend for the right to stay in World Group, while the men switch to clay with the start of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Eugenie Bouchard will lead team Canada into its World Group play-off versus Romania, taking place at Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal. The squad also features Francoise Abanda, Gabriela Dabrowski, and Sharon Fichman. After a first-round loss to Czech Republic in February, Canada needs a win to remain in the top level of Fed Cup play for next year.
Despite Romania being without their top player in Simona Halep, it still possesses a tough team – world No. 36 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 68 Alexandra Dulgheru, No. 107 Andreea Mitu, and No. 840 Raluca Olaru.
The tie will see two singles matches take place Saturday, and two more singles contests and one doubles duel on Sunday. The exact match-ups will be determined at the official draw on Friday.
Over in Europe, the clay season will now be in full force at the Monte Carlo Masters. Milos Raonic will be playing his first clay event of the year and is seeded No. 4 at the Masters 1000 tournament. Following an opening-round bye, he could face either Portugal’s Joao Sousa or Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Canada’s highest-ranked singles player sits in the same quarter as No. 6 Tomas Berdych and same half as No. 2 Roger Federer.
Daniel Nestor also is in Monaco, and is playing with Indian Leander Paes. They are seeded No. 6.
And on the ATP Challenger circuit, Frank Dancevic is playing in the Sarasota Challenger, a $100,000 clay-court event in Florida. He is set to take on American Austin Krajicek in the first round.