February 1, 2023

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Fake Davis Cup? Canada kicked out in March! Why it was picked and missed the play-offs – OA Sport

There are definite possibilities Davis Cup 2022 Won by a national team that was also eliminated in the preliminary roundExcluded from the top 16 teams formed in last September’s group stage.

Let’s rewind the tape to March 4-5, 2022. Between physical issues and players’ personal choices, Canada showed a formation in Holland that we can define as unthinkable and incoherent.. Felix Auger-Aliassim, Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil, Carnady Brayden Schnur (currently n.909 ATP ranking), Peter Polanski (1496!), Steven Deese (346) and Alexis (Galarneau) place. It’s safe to say that captain Frank Dancevic went looking for players who could be called up with a torch and put a lot of effort into assembling the squad.

Canada went down 4-0 against the Netherlands’ Botik van de Sandsulp and Dalen Kriekspoor without winning a single set! At the time To stay in World Group I will have to play in the play-offs Scheduled for September. But here comes an unexpected gift to the rescue of North Americans. Russia’s exclusion from the Davis Cup finals, caused by the tragic and dramatic events of the war in Ukraine, led the organizers to deliver. Canada is a wild card right. Why are they? This is the highest ranked team among the early round eliminations.

The repechage may have changed tennis history for Canada, which has never won a Davis Cup (In 2019 he was beaten in the final by Spain). Last September, with Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil back in the fold, the Maple Leafs’ representatives were drawn in Group B with Spain, Serbia and South Korea.The Canadians also showed up for the finals in November. The team is thankful for the return of Shapovalov. Victories against Germany and Italy both came thanks to decisive doubles, putting the North Americans one step closer to the dream. Davis Cup 2022 risks being remembered as the edition won by a team that was eliminated months ago and didn’t even qualify for the top 16 (in the field).

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