Sylvain Bruneau: Canada can do well even without Leylah Fernandez, Bianca Andreescu

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Sylvain Bruneau: Canada can do well even without Leylah Fernandez, Bianca Andreescu

Canada Billie Jean King Cup interim captain Sylvain Bruneau insists they should not be written off at the Billie Jean King Cup despite the absence of Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez. The Canadian team suffered a major blow as their two highest-ranked players pulled out of the event.

Canada captain Heidi El Tabakh is getting married during the Billie Jean King Cup so he was replaced by Bruneau. Bruneau nominated Rebecca Marino, Carol Zhao, Francoise Abanda and Gabriela Dabrowski for the Billie Jean King Cup.

"I’ve always enjoyed team competition and representing our country, I think this is the biggest privilege and honour, so this is for this one time and I appreciate it as always. This is a special event as well because we’ve never been in these surroundings with the top countries at the end of the year, it’s very special, so we’re really enjoying it,” said Bruneau," per the Billie Jean King Cup website.

Bruneau confident the Canadian team could make a deep run

"We’re up for it and I know the girls are going to give everything they’ve got. I believe that, even if on paper we’re probably lesser-ranked, that everything’s possible, I really trust that,” Bruneau added.

Canada will be battling France and the Czech Republic in the group stage. "I was very curious to come here and see how it would be and what I see is that the organisation is really good,” said Cornet. “It’s not easy to organise such a competition with 12 teams, same hotel, in the same venue, with all the locker rooms, and all the organisation that follows and I think they’re doing great.

The conditions are really great and congrats to Prague on this”. France returned to the Billie Jean King Cup as the defending champion. "I told to the girls, I’m sure that at the end the country that will win this competition, they will leave with wonderful emotions and wonderful memories.

I asked them to do what we can to be able to live that again,” said French Billie Jean King Cup captain Julien Benneteau.