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Montreal to host Fed Cup playoff

By Stephanie Myles, The Gazette

March 8, 2010

 

 

MONTREAL – Tennis Canada hasn't yet made an official announcement.

 

But the International Tennis Federation has announced the venues for the World Group I and World Group II playoff ties, which will take place the weekend of April 24-25, on its Fed Cup website.

 

Montreal's Uniprix Stadium will host the tie between Canada and Argentina.

 

The talk had been that it was between Montreal and Toronto, but Montreal is obviously a no-brainer, given the high quota of Québécoises on the squad.

 

The team won't be picked until closer to the actual dates, but it's very possible the entire four-woman team will be from Quebec: Aleksandra Wozniak, Stéphanie Dubois, Valérie Tétreault and doubles specialist Marie-Eve Pelletier. Toronto's Sharon Fichman also is in the mix.

 

The last time Canada had a home playoff tie in World Group II, against the Israelis in April 2007, all four members of the team were from Quebec.

 

But Tennis Canada decided to stage it in the tennis hotbed of Kamloops, B.C. Fan support was dismal; hosting it here will surely result in better support for the local players.

 

The Argentines shouldn't be up to the task on a fast indoor court. The ladies have a good – no, great – shot at getting back into World Group II.

 

The Montreal Gazette

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