Davis Cup tickets sold out for Canada vs Spain
December 4, 2012 · Print This Article
Opportunity for second public sale of reserved tickets to be determined in January
Toronto, December 3, 2012 – Tennis Canada announced Monday that tickets for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie between Canada and Spain sold out in approximately 80 minutes. The tie will be played on an indoor hard court at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver from February 1-3, 2013.
“We are once again completely overwhelmed by the tremendous support the Vancouver and British Columbia community have shown for Davis Cup,” said Gavin Ziv, Davis Cup tournament director. “Even with adding more than 1000 seats to the arena capacity, we sold out in under an hour and a half. There is a huge base of avid tennis fans there that clearly appreciate these high-level events along with an increased demand from out-of-province buyers which demonstrates the growing appeal of Davis Cup nationwide. We expect them all to come out now in their red and white to cheer Team Canada on to victory in February.”
There are still 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 a portion 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. This date is not likely to be until much closer to the event.
Canada, currently ranked No. 12 on the Davis Cup rankings, maintained their spot in the World Group with a 4-1 victory over South Africa in the World Group play-offs held in Montreal in September. This was after a 4-1 defeat to France in the World Group first round in Vancouver last February. It is the first time since 1991-’92 that Canada has been in the World Group in consecutive years.
Spain is the seeded team and is the top-ranked Davis Cup team in the world. They have dominated Davis Cup competition since 2000, winning five times (2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011) and finishing as runner-up twice (2003, 2012). They narrowly missed out on a second consecutive championship this year, falling to Czech Republic in a deciding fifth rubber in the final.
The only other time the two countries have met in Davis Cup action was in 1991 when Spain defeated Canada 4-1 in the World Group first round.
The winner of this tie in February will move on to the World Group quarter-finals and will also be assured to 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 spot in the elite level for 2014.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with more than 120 nations competing. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.
For more information, visit www.tenniscanada.com/daviscup.