Vancouver to host Canada-Italy Davis Cup tie in early April

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

TORONTO - Canada will play its Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Italy in Vancouver.

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre has been kind to the Canadian tennis squad, which upset Spain there earlier this month to advance to the World Group quarter-finals.

The team for the April 5-7 best-of-five series against Italy will be chosen by captain Martin Laurendeau at a later date.

Tennis Canada CEO Michael Downey says Vancouver was the obvious choice given the team's recent success there.

The tie against Spain set a Canadian Davis Cup attendance record with 17,805 spectators taking in the event over the course of the weekend.

The same seating capacity of approximately 6,200 will be used for the tie against Italy.

The winner of the tie will move on to the semifinals in September versus the winner of a tie between Serbia and the United States.