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jo_tsonga_3France completed the 5-0 sweep of the Canadian Davis Cup team in their Davis Cup World Group first round tie on Sunday after securing victories in both the reverse singles matches. Richard Gasquet defeated Philip Bester 6-1, 7-6(4) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Frank Dancevic as the Canadian was forced to retire due to a pectoral injury after taking the first set 7-6(7). Bester replaced Vasek Pospisil in the lineup as he was originally scheduled to play the first match.

After France clinched the tie on Saturday with a win in doubles, the Sunday reverse singles were played as “dead rubbers”. Instead of best-of-five set matches, they were played as best-of-three. Dancevic captured Canada’s only set of the weekend before having to retire in the fifth rubber.

With the tie victory, France has moved on to the quarter-finals and will face the Czech Republic in July. Canada will next play a World Group play-off tie in September to try and keep their spot in the upper echelon of the competition.

 

The Canadian Davis Cup team was defeated 3-0 in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie on Saturday after dropping the doubles rubber to France at the Vélodrome Amédée Detraux in Guadeloupe. Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched the tie for France by defeating the Canadian duo of Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Philip Bester (Vancouver) 7-6(4), 6-1, 7-6(4).

After Pospisil and Frank Dancevic dropped the opening singles matches on Friday, the doubles point was a must-win for Canada. The match opened with the teams swapping service breaks before both pairs settled into a groove. Bester, playing in his first Davis Cup match since 2011, was particularly excellent, executing returns with power and volleying extremely solid at the net. At 5-4 in the first set, the French team saved four set points which turned out to be the chance Canada needed to take advantage of, as the set ended up in a tiebreak that was captured by Gasquet and Tsonga.

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The Canadian Davis Cup team is down 2-0 to France following the first day of play in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie at Vélodrome Amédée Detraux in Guadeloupe on Friday. Davis Cup veteran Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario) was defeated in the opening match by Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) was then unable to even the score, falling in the second rubber to Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Dancevic, ranked No. 245, put up a good fight but was outmatched from the start by world No. 17 Monfils. He got broken twice in the first set, despite the valiant effort, and Monfils won seven straight games and eight of nine to take the first and second set in 56 minutes. Dancevic, who is playing in his 23rd tie for Canada and his 33rd singles match, has produced Davis Cup magic in the past. However, he just wasn’t able to match the level of his favoured French opponent today.

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The USA, England, France and Germany have set their rosters for the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which will bring four of the world's top five ranked women's national teams to the USA from March 3-9.

The USA's hosting of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which will be the top four-nation women's international tournament in the world this year, will feature three doubleheaders: March 3 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida (Germany vs. France and USA vs. England), March 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (France vs. England and USA vs. Germany) and March 9 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (Germany vs. England and USA vs. France). The USA's first match against England will be broadcast on FS1 and its following two games against Germany and France will both be broadcast on ESPN3.

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Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the Canadian Davis Cup team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup World Group first-round tie between Canada and France being held in Guadeloupe from March 4-6.

Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) were named to the squad by captain Martin Laurendeau to compete on an outdoor clay court at the Vélodrome Amédée Detraux in Guadeloupe, France. Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) and Adil Shamasdin (Toronto) will also be travelling to Guadeloupe with the team as part of an extended squad of players. 

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The International Tennis Federation determined Wednesday that the Canadian Davis Cup team will travel to France for the 2016 Davis Cup World Group first round. The official draw for the 2016 World Group was conducted at the ITF’s Annual General Meeting in Santiago, Chile. The first-round ties will be played from March 4-6, 2016 with the host city, venue, and surface for Canada versus France to be announced at a later date by the French Tennis Federation.

Canada and France last faced off in 2012 in what was the Canadian team’s first appearance in the World Group since 2004. Prior to 2012, the two nations hadn’t played each other since May 1966, a 5-0 French victory. In the 2012 World Group first round, France defeated Canada 4-1 and because this tie took place in Vancouver, France will now be the host nation for 2016. For this tie, France is the seeded team with an ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of No. 5 while Canada is ranked No. 10.

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Moscow, Russia was treated to one of the greatest boxing matches of the year on Friday night, where Mathieu Bauderlique (FRA) sensationally knocked out APB’s defending Light Heavyweight Champion Ehsan Rouzbahani (IRI).

Rouzbahani had previously defeated Bauderlique last December, but was shocked by the energy and power from the challenger in their rematch.

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