Tennis star Milos Raonic withdraws from Davis Cup

Tennis Canada announced today that Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) will not be participating in Canada’s Davis Cup tie against Ecuador, scheduled for July 8-10 in Guayaquil. Canada’s four-person roster will be Philip Bester (Vancouver, BC), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Peter Polansky (Thornhill, Ont.) and Vasek Pospisil (Vernon, BC).

“There was always a five-player contingency travelling to Ecuador,” said team captain, Martin Laurendeau. “Now with Milos out, Bester, Nestor, Polansky and Pospisil will represent our country. Just like any other tie in South America that we’ve played, we know this will be a challenge but the guys are all ready to do their best to help us win.”

Raonic is unable to compete due to a hip injury sustained on June 22 during his second round match at Wimbledon. He is still undergoing medical examinations to determine the severity of the injury.

“No decisions have been made with regard to Milos’ treatment,” said Michael Downey, President and CEO of Tennis Canada. “As we head into Canada Day weekend, we encourage tennis fans from coast to coast to rally behind our country’s Davis Cup team as they prepare to compete for a chance to advance to the World Group playoffs.”

This tie will mark the seventh meeting between the two countries. Ecuador has won five ties compared to Canada’s one. The last tie between the teams finished 3-2 in Ecuador’s favour in 2009 at Rexall Centre in Toronto. The winning team this time around will play for a spot in the World Group in September in a playoff tie.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas match schedule for Canada vs. Ecuador 

Friday, July 8, 2011 4 p.m. Singles
Saturday, July 9, 2011 8 p.m. Doubles
Sunday, July 10, 2011 4 p.m. Singles

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