Canada Davis Cup team

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Canada
Flag of Canada.svg
Association Tennis Canada
Captain Martin Laurendeau
ITF ranking
Current ranking 13 Decrease1 (February 20, 2017)
Highest ranking 6 (February 3, 2014)
First international
Canada Canada 4–1 South Africa South Africa
(London, England; June 21, 1913)
Biggest win
Canada Canada 5–0 Cuba Cuba
15–0 sets, 90–28 games
(Toronto, Canada; July 4–6, 1958)
World Group
Appearances 9 (3–9)
Best result SF (1913, 2013)
Player stats
Most total wins Daniel Nestor (47–26)
Most singles wins Sébastien Lareau (17–16)
Most doubles wins Daniel Nestor (32–11)
Best doubles team Daniel Nestor &
Frédéric Niemeyer (12–1)
Most ties played Daniel Nestor (50)
Most years played Daniel Nestor (24)

The Canada Davis Cup team represents Canada in Davis Cup tennis competition and is governed by Tennis Canada.

The team's best result ever came in its first appearance in 1913 when it reached the World Group final, losing to the United States 0–3.[1] Canada's best result in the Open Era was in 2013 when they reached the World Group semifinals, but were defeated 2–3 by Serbia.[2]

History of Team Canada in Davis Cup[edit]

1913–2010: Moderate success[edit]

Canada competed in its first Davis Cup in 1913. The team won its first tie, played in June at the Queen's Club, London over South Africa by a score of 4–1.[3] The team consisted of just two players, Robert Powell and Bernard Schwengers. Canada then in July easily defeated Belgium in the semi-finals 4–0.[4] In the playoff final however, played a week later, they lost all three matches to the Americans in straight sets.[1] (The Americans went on to defeat Great Britain in the challenge round, to win the competition.)

Canada did not play a World Group tie from 1921 until 1991, when the team of Grant Connell, Glenn Michibata, Andrew Sznajder, and Martin Wostenholme, with team captain Pierre Lamarche, lost 1–4 away to Spain.[5] The following year, again in the World Group first round, Canada came closer to advancing, going down 2–3 at home to Sweden despite taking a first-day 2–0 lead. The tie was highlighted by a surprise singles win of rookie Daniel Nestor over superstar and then world number one ranked Stefan Edberg. Nestor could not repeat the magic, however, losing in the deciding rubber match in 5 sets to Magnus Gustafsson.[6]

In 2004, Canada fell to the Netherlands 1–4 in the World Group first round. Team members then were Simon Larose, Frank Dancevic, Frédéric Niemeyer, and Daniel Nestor as a star doubles specialist.[7]

2011–12: Back in the World Group[edit]

In 2011, Canada defeated the Israel Davis Cup team 3–2 at the Canada Stadium in Ramat Hasharon, Israel to qualify for the 2012 Davis Cup World Group. Canada's team consisted of Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Daniel Nestor, Philip Bester and Peter Polansky. The teams split the first two matches in two upsets, as Pospisil defeated Dudi Sela and Amir Weintraub beat Raonic. Nestor and Pospisil defeated Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in the doubles match. On the final day, Sela defeated Polansky in the fourth match while Pospisil defeated Weintraub in the final match.[8]

In 2012, Canada played against France in the first round of the World Group, but lost 1–4. Pospisil lost the first match to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Raonic won the next one against Julien Benneteau to end day one at 1–1. Canada then lost the three next matches (the doubles and the last singles match) as Raonic had to withdraw for his second singles match against Tsonga following an injury on his left knee. He was replaced by Dancevic who lost in straight sets.[9] Canada secured its spot in the World Group in 2013, and for the second straight year, with a 4–1 victory over South Africa in the playoffs in September. Canada had only played two straight years in the World Group one other time in its history before that, in 1991–92.

2013: Run to the World Group semifinals[edit]

In 2013, Canada upset the number one ranked tennis nation Spain 3–2 in the first round of the World Group, the first win ever for Canada at that stage in the Open Era. Raonic won the first match over Albert Ramos and Dancevic defeated then no. 34 Marcel Granollers to give Canada a 2–0 lead after the first day. Canada's doubles team of Nestor and Pospisil lost to Marc López and Granollers, but Raonic secured the win for Canada in the final day with a victory over Guillermo García-López. Dancevic lost the last match to Ramos.[10] Canada then defeated in April Italy 3–1 in the quarterfinals to reach the second semifinal of its history, the first in the Open Era. Italy's Andreas Seppi won the first match over Pospisil, but Raonic answered back with a victory over Fabio Fognini. The Canadian doubles team of Nestor and Pospisil took the crucial doubles match in a marathon of almost four hours and a half over Daniele Bracciali and Fognini. Raonic gave Canada the win after defeating Seppi in the final day.[11] Canada was eliminated 2–3 by Serbia in the semifinals in September. World no. 1 Novak Djokovic won the first match over Pospisil and Raonic took the second over Janko Tipsarević to end day one at 1–1. Canada had a 2–1 lead after the second day when the doubles team of Nestor and Pospisil defeated Nenad Zimonjić and Ilija Bozoljac. Raonic and Pospisil both lost their matches the final day, respectively to Djokovic and to Tipsarević. Canada will stay in the World Group in 2014 for a third straight year, a record.[12]

2014 to present: Continuing presence in the World Group[edit]

In 2014, a very diminished Canadian team lost in the World Group first round to Japan 1–4 as both Raonic and Pospisil were injured and not able to play.[13] Canada then had to play a playoff in September against Colombia to stay in the World Group next year. They won the tie 3–2 meaning that Canada will play in the World Group for the fourth straight year.[14]

In 2015, Canada had their revenge over Japan with a 3–2 win in the first round of the World Group. Raonic defeated Tatsuma Ito in straight sets in the first match and Kei Nishikori won against Pospisil to end the first day in a 1–1 tie. The next day, Canada's doubles team of Nestor and Pospisil won a closely contested match over Go Soeda and Yasutaka Uchiyama to give a 2–1 lead to Canada. Nishikori defeated Raonic in five sets the last day but Pospisil secured the victory for Canada with a straight-set win over Soeda.[15] Canada next played its quarterfinal tie in July but, without its two best singles players Raonic and Pospisil who were both injured, fell 0–5 to Belgium on the road.[16]

In 2016, Canada played its World Group first round against France. Again, without its best player Raonic who was out because of an adductor injury and Nestor not able to play for personal reasons, Canada was defeated by a score of 0–5. They next played a playoff tie in September against Chile, winning by the score of 5–0 and securing Canada's place in the World Group for the sixth straight year.[17]

In 2017, Canada, once again without Raonic, lost for the second straight year in the first round of the World Group to Great Britain. Pospisil won his two singles matches over top 50 players Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans, but lost in doubles with Nestor against Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray. 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov played the two other singles matches, losing the opener to Evans and the deciding rubber to Edmund. In the latter, he hit the match umpire, Arnaud Gabas, in the eye after launching a ball aimlessly towards the crowd in anger after dropping serve in the opening stages of the third set, defaulting the match and tie as a consequence.[18]

Current team[edit]

Rankings as of January 30, 2017

Team representing Canada vs. Great Britain (2017 World Group 1st round)[19]
Name Born First Last Ties Win/Loss Ranks
Year Tie Sin Dou Tot Sin Dou
Nestor, DanielDaniel Nestor (1972-09-04)September 4, 1972 1992 2017  Great Britain 50 15–15 32–11 47–26 N/A 24
Polansky, PeterPeter Polansky (1988-06-15)June 15, 1988 2007 2014  Japan 10 8–6 0–0 8–6 128 147
Pospisil, VasekVasek Pospisil (1990-06-23)June 23, 1990 2008 2017  Great Britain 14 9–9 7–5 16–14 133 19
Shapovalov, DenisDenis Shapovalov (1999-04-15)April 15, 1999 2016 2017  Great Britain 2 1–2 0–0 1–2 234 605

Players[edit]

Most ties played[edit]

# Name CAN career Ties Tot W/L
1. Nestor, DanielDaniel Nestor 1992–present 50 47–26
2. Dancevic, FrankFrank Dancevic 2002–present 24 18–22
3. Connell, GrantGrant Connell 1987–1997 21 23–9
4. Lareau, SébastienSébastien Lareau 1991–2001 20 28–19
5. Michibata, GlennGlenn Michibata 1982–1992 19 11–17
6. Niemeyer, FrédéricFrédéric Niemeyer 1999–2009 18 22–13
7. Robert Bédard 1953–1967 16 11–22
8. Pospisil, VasekVasek Pospisil 2008–present 14 16–14
8. Jack Wright 1923–1933 14 9–31
8. Rochon, HenriHenri Rochon 1946–1956 14 7–14

Most singles wins[edit]

# Name CAN career Ties Sin W/L Dou W/L
1. Lareau, SébastienSébastien Lareau 1991–2001 20 17–16 11–3
2. Nestor, DanielDaniel Nestor 1992–present 50 15–15 32–11
2. Dancevic, FrankFrank Dancevic 2002–present 24 15–21 3–1
4. Raonic, MilosMilos Raonic 2010–present 11 14–5 2–1
4. Belkin, MikeMike Belkin 1966–1973 12 14–7 3–5
4. Sznajder, AndrewAndrew Sznajder 1987–1996 13 14–10 0–0
7. Wostenholme, MartinMartin Wostenholme 1981–1991 10 12–8 0–0
8. Genois, RéjeanRéjean Genois 1974–1983 13 11–9 2–5
9. Main, LorneLorne Main 1949–1955 13 10–11 4–3
10. Pospisil, VasekVasek Pospisil 2008–present 14 9–9 7–5
10. Niemeyer, FrédéricFrédéric Niemeyer 1999–2009 18 9–11 13–2

Most doubles wins[edit]

# Name CAN career Ties Dou W/L Sin W/L
1. Nestor, DanielDaniel Nestor 1992–present 50 32–11 15–15
2. Connell, GrantGrant Connell 1987–1997 21 15–6 8–3
3. Niemeyer, FrédéricFrédéric Niemeyer 1999–2009 18 13–2 9–11
4. Lareau, SébastienSébastien Lareau 1991–2001 20 11–3 17–16
5. Pospisil, VasekVasek Pospisil 2008–present 14 7–5 9–9
5. Michibata, GlennGlenn Michibata 1982–1992 19 7–8 4–9
7. Main, LorneLorne Main 1949–1955 13 4–3 10–11
8. Dancevic, FrankFrank Dancevic 2002–present 24 3–1 15–21
8. Bardsley, TonyTony Bardsley 1972–1975 7 3–2 4–6
8. Crocker, WillardWillard Crocker 1923–1930 10 3–5 5–11
8. Belkin, MikeMike Belkin 1966–1973 12 3–5 14–7
8. Robert Bédard 1953–1967 16 3–7 8–15
8. Fontana, DonDon Fontana 1955–1962 10 3–7 4–8
8. Jack Wright 1923–1933 14 3–11 6–20
*Active players in bold, statistics as of February 6, 2017

Recent performances[edit]

Here is the list of all match-ups since 1981, when the competition started being held in the current World Group format.

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Competition Date Surface Location Opponent Score Result
2010 Americas Zone Group I, 2nd Round 5–7 Mar Clay Bogotá (COL)  Colombia 1–4 Loss
Americas Zone, Relegation Play-offs 17–19 Sep Hard Toronto (CAN)  Dominican Republic 5–0 Win
2011 Americas Zone Group I, 1st Round 4–6 Mar Clay Metepec (MEX)  Mexico 4–1 Win
Americas Zone Group I, 2nd Round 8–10 Jul Clay Guayaquil (ECU)  Ecuador 3–2 Win
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 16–18 Sep Hard Ramat HaSharon (ISR)  Israel 3–2 Win
2012 World Group, 1st Round 10–12 Feb Hard (i) Vancouver (CAN)  France 1–4 Loss
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 14–16 Sep Hard Montreal (CAN)  South Africa 4–1 Win
2013 World Group, 1st Round 1–3 Feb Hard (i) Vancouver (CAN)  Spain 3–2 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 5–7 Apr Hard (i) Vancouver (CAN)  Italy 3–1 Win
World Group, Semifinals 13–15 Sep Clay (i) Belgrade (SRB)  Serbia 2–3 Loss
2014 World Group, 1st Round 31 Jan – 2 Feb Hard (i) Tokyo (JPN)  Japan 1–4 Loss
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 12–14 Sep Hard (i) Halifax (CAN)  Colombia 3–2 Win
2015 World Group, 1st Round 6–8 Mar Hard (i) Vancouver (CAN)  Japan 3–2 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 17–19 Jul Clay Ostend (BEL)  Belgium 0–5 Loss
2016 World Group, 1st Round 4–6 Mar Clay Baie-Mahault (FRA)  France 0–5 Loss
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 16–18 Sep Hard (i) Halifax (CAN)  Chile 5–0 Win
2017 World Group, 1st Round 3–5 Feb Hard (i) Ottawa (CAN)  Great Britain 2–3 Loss
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 15–17 Sep TBD TBD TBD TBD Pending

Head-to-head record[edit]

Country Record W% Hard Clay Grass Carpet
Caribbean/West Indies 7–0 100% 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0
 Cuba 7–2 78% 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–0
 Mexico 7–18 28% 1–2 2–12 2–2 2–2
 Venezuela 6–2 75% 5–2 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Colombia 6–4 60% 2–0 1–4 0–0 3–0
 Chile 5–4 56% 1–0 0–4 1–0 3–0
 Peru 3–0 100% 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
 Bahamas 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 South Africa 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
 Netherlands 2–1 67% 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0
 Brazil 2–4 33% 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–0
 Ecuador 2–5 29% 0–2 1–3 0–0 1–0
 Dominican Republic 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Finland 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Haiti 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Israel 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Italy 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Jamaica 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 New Zealand 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Country Record W% Hard Clay Grass Carpet
 Uruguay 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0
 Belgium 1–1 50% 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0
 Paraguay 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Spain 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
 Argentina 1–2 33% 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–0
 Japan 1–6 14% 1–1 0–0 0–5 0–0
 Austria 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0
 Belarus 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Romania 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
 Russia 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
 Serbia 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
 Slovakia 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
 Sweden 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
 Great Britain 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0
 France 0–3 0% 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0
 Australia 0–9 0% 0–0 0–2 0–7 0–0
 United States 0–15 0% 0–1 0–5 0–9 0–0
Overall Win–Loss 64–87 42% 24–12 17–46 8–25 15–4
*Previous champions in bold, teams that have been ranked no. 1 in italics, statistics as of February 6, 2017

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tie details - Canada vs. United States". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Serbia". DavisCup.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. South Africa". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Belgium". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Spain". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Canada eyes upset over Spain in Davis Cup tie". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Netherlands". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pospisil carries Canada to Davis Cup playoff victory against Israel". The Star. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "France crushes Canada's Davis Cup dream". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Canada completes Davis Cup upset of top-ranked Spain". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Milos Raonic sends Canada to historic Davis Cup semifinals". CBC Sports. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Canada's Cinderella Davis Cup run comes to an end with Pospisil loss". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Japan beats injury-plagued Canada 4-1 at Davis Cup, advances to quarterfinal". TheRecord.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Milos Raonic, Canada clinch Davis Cup tie in Halifax". CBC Sports. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pospisil plays hero in Canada's Davis Cup win". Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Canada loses 3-0 to Belgium in Davis Cup". Sportsnet. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Canada secures Davis Cup berth after defeating Chile in doubles". CBC Sports. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Davis Cup drama after Canada's Denis Shapovalov is defaulted for smashing ball into umpire's face to hand Great Britain win". The Telegraph. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Great Britain". DavisCup.com. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 

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