The Canadian Tennis Federation has announced on Tuesday that the World Group play-off tie between Canada and Netherlands will take place in Toronto between September 14-16. The Ricoh Coliseum is has been chosen as the venue and two teams will compete on an indoor hard court in front of some 6500 spectators. Tennis fans in Toronto will have a chance to see their heroes in action for the first time since 2010 when Canada defeated the Dominican Republic in the Americas Zone Group I battle.
This tie against the Netherlands is much more important, though, with the winner securing the place in the elite 16 in 2019. Both teams have suffered the first round exit in February, with Canada losing to Croatia and the Netherlands beaten by the defending champions France in Lille, and only one squad will have the opportunity to stay in the World Group next season.
They played three times before and Canada won the opening two meetings in 1969 and 1990 (also in Toronto) while the Netherlands won the World Group opening round tie in 2004 at home in Maastricht (Canadian Davis Cup captain Frank Dancevic lost both singles matches).
Since 2012, Canada has never left the World Group and they will try to secure their participation in the elite group for the eighth straight time in three months. ALSO READ: ATP Stuttgart: Istomin, Simon and Fucsovics beat rivals and the rain