Tennis in Canada has never been hotter, and Halifax will soon be basking in that warm glow.
Against a backdrop of Canada’s Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard both making historic runs at Wimbledon, Tennis Canada announced on Thursday the Metro Centre will play host to a Davis Cup World Group playoff match between Canada and Colombia.
The men’s tennis event will run from Sept. 12 to 14. Tickets will go on sale July 15 through Ticket Atlantic.
According to Gavin Ziv, Tennis Canada’s director of national events, the tickets will cost between $30 and $50.
This represents the highest-level tennis event ever to come to Halifax.
“It will be a great privilege for this city to see this level of tennis,” said Martin Laurendeau, Canada’s Davis Cup captain.
Along with Halifax mayor Mike Savage and other dignitaries, Laurendeau was on hand for the official announcement at the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday morning.
The capacity for the event will be about 4,500, and Laurendeau said home support will be critical for what will be a must-win match.
“Hopefully by the time September rolls around the place will be full,” he said.
The four team members for Canada will be announced later, but it’s expected Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic will be competing and leading the charge.
Both Canada and Colombia are playing for the right to stay in the World Group, the top level of the Davis Cup.
Injuries to Raonic and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver – Canada’s top-two men’s singles players – contributed to a disappointing 4-1 loss to Japan in February, forcing Canada to play this World Group play-off match-up.
The province and HRM both put up $65,000 in grants to bring the event to Halifax.
“This is a great day for Halifax and a great day for the sport of tennis,” said Savage. “We consider it a great investment that will draw national and global attention to our city.”