The Russian invasion was crucial to the Canadian conquest

Malaga (Spain) – Champions for the first time in the Davis Cup, the Canadians would not have achieved this feat today in 2022 without the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Indeed, the Canadian team had been beaten by the Netherlands during the qualifying phase and had failed to qualify for the group stage, but with the punishment of the Russian teams due to the war, they ended up inheriting the place and then managed to qualify. history.

Lacking its main players, the team led by Frank Dancevic was no match for the Dutch during the clash in March and lost all four matches played, without winning a single set. However, a few days before this clash between Canada and the Netherlands, the ITF announced that the Russian and Belarusian teams were suspended from international competitions and would not be able to participate in the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup in 2022 .

Current champions of Davis, the Russians were assured in the group stage, which allowed one of the losers of the qualifying phase to inherit this place. Also in March, the ITF announced that Canada would take the place left by Russia and find itself in Group B, alongside Spain, South Korea and Serbia. They won the first two, lost to the Serbs and finished in second place.

Qualified for the final phase, the Canadians met Germany in the quarter-finals, who had finished at the top of group C. They beat the Germans 2-1, repeated the feat in the semi-final against the Italians, closing also the match. It was only in doubles, and only in the final, that the team led by Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov managed to win their two singles matches and thus become champion.

Benjamin Allen

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