Canada’s Davis Cup opponent still unknown

It’s October 29. And former Davis Cup semifinalist Canada still doesn’t know who its opponent will be for the playoff round in February.

But at least the possibilities have been narrowed down to two.

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And at least, the Canadians know they will have to go on the road.

In the final two Europe/Africa zone playoff ties, Portugal swept South Africa 4-0 on Oct. 19-20. And then, on Friday and Saturday, Slovakia defeated Belarus 3-1.

Finally, Tuesday morning in London, the draw for the final two ties of the 24-team preliminary round will be made.

The announcement was made by the ITF and Kosmos Tennis.

(No, we hadn’t really realized this was happening, either. There literally were no articles about these ties on the Davis Cup website or the Kosmos Tennis site until today’s announcement – and the Portugal-South Africa tie was 10 days ago. And a bare minimum of Tweets).

Canada and Kazakhstan will therefore be apprised of their fates Tuesday.

Either way – whether it’s Portugal or Slovakia – Canada will be on the road, per the press release.

Either way, Kazakhstan will play at home.

The draw takes place at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

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