Dancevic a unanimous choice for Davis Cup captain (video)

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MONTREAL – Tennis Canada didn’t undertake a typical search to find a replacement for longtime Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau.

No resumé parsing, or multiple interviews.

They found what they were looking for right within the squad.

Vice-president of high performance Louis Borfiga contacted most of the players on the current Canadian Davis Cup team.

And they were unanimous in their support for Frank Dancevic as the captain who will lead a multi-generational squad – everyone hopes – to a Davis Cup title.

November a memorable month

Life has changed quite a bit for the 33-year-old, nicknamed “Frank the Tank”, in the last few weeks.

He and wife Nikolina moved into their first home in the suburbs of Montreal. They became parents for the first time last Friday with the birth of Alexander. And now, the longtime pro has a “real” job.

Here’s what he told Tennis.Life about his new challenge.

Borfiga said Dancevic was a man whose qualities become more and more apparent, the more you get to know him.

He said the decision basically made itself.

Meanwhile, Dancevic has no plans to retire from playing. But he’ll balance that with the new priorities in his life.

Dancevic tries wheelchair tennis

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Everyone knows wheelchair tennis is a whole lot harder than we imagine it is.

But Canadian Frank Dancevic got a firsthand taste of it during Davis Cup weekend in Edmonton, Alberta.

He went out for a hit with Alberta wheelchair player Kyle Thompson Saturday. And then he tried it.

“We had a great hit – until I got in the chair and couldn’t win a point,” Dancevic wrote on Facebook.

Watch it here.

Frank the Tank pulls out another win

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NEW YORK – On Wednesday, Canadian Frank Dancevic finally put away Luca Vanni of Italy on his eighth match point in his first-round qualifying match at the US Open.

Three of those seven unsuccessful attempts came on double faults. (You can see how that first epic victory went down right here).

But Dancevic’s back began barking in the third set. He wasn’t even sure how he’d pull up for his second-round match Thursday against Stéphane Robert of France.

The 32-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont. decided to go at the drama from a different direction. Because Frank the Tank doesn’t want to repeat himself.

When Robert served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, Dancevic broke him.

At 4-5 on his own serve, he saved two match points.

At 5-5, Robert double-faulted to hand Dancevic the break.

And somehow, Dancevic served it out to win it 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5. One more win, and he’ll be in the US Open main draw.

“You look really tired,” one new young Dancevic fan told him after it was over.

Out of the mouths of babes … 

Here’s how it went down (with apologies that we can’t show much actual tennis).

Oh, and the man they call Frank the Tank was down 1-6 in that second-set tiebreak. Somehow, he managed to get it to 6-6. And then … well, he explains what happened in another epic right-off-the-court post-match interview complete with cute kids and audience interaction.

The final showdown to get into the main draw happens Friday, when Dancevic faces No. 27 seed Radu Albot of Moldova.

Rendez-vous on Court 14, once again. There were several fans who are a perfect 2-for-2 on their Frank the Tank attendance so far during these US Open qualifying rounds. Dancevic is building his fan base up one admirer at a time.

Unlike Vanni (1-0, with the meeting in 2012) and Robert (3-0, with the first meeting all the way back in 2006), Dancevic has never played Albot before.

Another great escape by Frank the Tank

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NEW YORK – Irrepressible Canadian Frank Dancevic hasn’t played much at this level lately.

The former world No. 65 was out much of 2017 (and compromised much of 2016) by injury.

So when he gets a chance to play at the Slam level, you know Frank the Tank will maximize.

It’s not necessarily intentional. In the life and career of Dancevic, somehow it just seems to work out that way more often than average.

Wednesday night at the US Open qualifying was no exception.

Up against a tall Italian named Luca Vanni, who came complete with a vociferous cheering squad, Frank the Tank was up against it.

He hit a couple of inside-out forehand drop shots in the last two points of the second set to take it the distance. Because that’s what Frank the Tank would do, right?

A little close-it-out drama

At the end of the third, after double-faulting three times on match poin and watching several quality winners from Vanni go by, with his back talking in completely sentences to him, Dancevic finally prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

He will face French veteran Stéphane Robert in the second round Thursday. But he probably didn’t pull up too well Thursday morning. So let’s hope for a miracle Frank the Tank recovery.

Here’s what it looked like on court Wednesday night (we can’t show much actual tennis, but you can get the gist of the atmosphere).

And here’s an epic interview with the Tank after the win.