For the first time in 21 years, the Davis Cup World Group returned to Edmonton. The prestigious tennis championship saw Canada take on India to secure their place in the elite 16-team World Group next year. Team Canada won thanks to young tennis star Denis Shapovalov. Other members of team Canada included Daniel Nestor, Brayden Schnur, Vasek Pospisil and at the helm captain Martin Laurendeau.
It’s evident the team’s talents and the advantage of playing on home soil was the winning combination. To explain, in the build up to the past weekend’s matches, captain Laurendeau said “we believe we are a World Group nation and can win the Davis Cup title and a victory in Edmonton is the first step. While we know India will pose a challenge, we are looking forward to coming together as a team and doing everything we can to win. We love playing at home, and can’t wait to play in front of an amazing crowd and really use home court to our advantage”.
Davis Cup – Shapovalov’s Dream Come True
For 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov, playing for his country was a dream come true. He flew the Canadian flag high by dominating 6-3, 7-6 and 6-3. He said “clinching for my country is huge, I grew up wanting to play on the team and to help my country win this week is a huge honour. Its honestly the best feeling”.
Winning is nothing new to Shapovalov, he has had an incredible run since Wimbledon where he won against tennis pro Rafael Nadal! It’s safe to say he has a really bright future ahead of him.
Davis Cup World Group – Team India
Team India may not have had the home advantage but they were certainly not short on talent. Team India comprised of world No. 490 Saketh Myneni, No. 158 Yuki Bhambri, team captain Mahesh Bhupathi who is world No.155 and doubles world No. 17 Rohan Bopanna.