Canada in the Davis Cup without Shapovalov or Auger-Aliassime

The names of Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are not mentioned in the press release published by Tennis Canada. The team will be led by Vasek Pospisil, 145th player in the world, and Laval resident Alexis Galarneau, 238th.

This will be the 25th appearance in the Davis Cup for the veteran native of Vancouver. Galarneau, meanwhile, made his tournament debut against the Netherlands in March.

Liam Draxl, 492nd, Gabriel Diallo, 553rd, and Cleeve Harper, 784th, will experience their baptism of fire in this international competition.

However, countries can change their formation up to three days before the event.

It is with a young team eager to prove itself that we will face the best countries in the world for the 2022 Davis Cup Finals, explains Frank Dancevic, captain of the Canadian team, in the press release from Tennis Canada. Although we are the underdogs of this group, especially because of the experience of players from other teams, we have every intention of shuffling the cards and doing everything possible to propel Canada towards the final phase of the tournament which is will be held in November.

Alexis Galarneau

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Auger-Aliassime will, however, represent the world team which will face that of Europe at the Laver Cup, in London, the week following the Davis Cup.

Canada is part of a strong group (New window) with Spain, Serbia and South Korea. Matches are played on two singles and one doubles. The top two teams advance to the finals in Malaga, Spain, November 22-27.

Novak Djokovic will be part of the Serbia team alongside Miomir Kecmanovic, 36th at the ATP, and Filip Krajinovic, 46th.

Spain, for its part, will delegate a team led by Carlos Alcaraz, 4th, Pablo Carreno Busta, 14th, and Roberto Bautista Agut, 19th.

A prioriCanada did not qualify due to their loss to the Netherlands in March (New window). The International Tennis Federation (ITF), however, had granted a bye to the Canadians as substitutes for the Finals after the exclusion of Russia.

Canada had been defeated by Spain in the grand final in 2019 in Madrid (New window).

Alexander Zverev will play for Germany

In addition, Alexander Zverev will lead the German team in the first round, announced his federation, even if he maintains the vagueness on a possible participation in the Open of the United States in two weeks.

The 25-year-old returned to training ten days ago after his serious ankle injury in the Roland-Garros semi-finals against Rafael Nadal. He left the door open to a presence in New York for the last grand slam tournament of the season at the end of August, even if he was rather pessimistic.

The second player in the world will be the leader in his home city of Hamburg. He will be accompanied by Oscar Otte, 41st at the ATP, and Jan-Lennard Struff, 125th.

For this first round, Germany will face France on September 14, then Belgium two days later and finally Australia on September 18.

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