Tennis Canada announced on Thursday that the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round tie between Canada and France has sold out.
This quick sell-out illustrates an unparalleled level of support for Canada’s Davis Cup team, and demonstrates that come February 10-12, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver will be filled with flag-waving, red-and-white wearing, loud-cheering tennis fans.
Because the demand for tickets was so high, there are many people who were unable to get seats, and Tennis Canada is attempting to address this in several ways. Discussions are taking place with the venue, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC, on the possibility of adding more temporary seats, even if some are partially obstructed. There are also a large number of tickets that are contractually obligated to be held for the International Tennis Federation, international sponsors and the visiting nation. It is possible that many of these seats will not be claimed and will be given back to Tennis Canada at a later date.
If and when additional seating becomes available, a public announcement will be made regarding a second on-sale date when all remaining tickets will be released for purchase through Ticketmaster.
Canada’s tie against France will mark its first appearance in the World Group since 2004. Canada advanced into the elite category via a 3-2 defeat over Israel in its World Group Play-Off in September, while 2010 Davis Cup runners-up France lost in the semifinals this year to Spain.
The winner of February’s tie will move on to the World Group quarter-finals and will keep their spot in the World Group for the following year. The losing nation will be forced to play a World Group play-off tie to keep their place in the elite level for 2013.
The first day of competition will feature two singles matches, Saturday will be the doubles rubber, and on Feb. 12 the two reverse singles matches will take place. The team members will be announced 10 days prior to the tie, with the exact match-ups to be determined at a draw the day before the tie. Matches will be played on an indoor hard court.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with more than 130 nations competing. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.