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Davis Cup tie expected to go to B.C. venue

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It looks like tennis fans in Winnipeg won't see a professional event in early February after all.

Tennis Canada is having a press conference this morning at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at the University of British Columbia.

It's expected they will announce Vancouver will host the Davis Cup tie between Spain and Canada in early February.

A press release issued Sunday was entitled "Tennis Canada to make special announcement." Attending the press conference will be Martin Laurendeau, the Davis Cup team captain, Gavin Ziv, the director of national events for Tennis Canada, and Bill Bennett, B.C.'s minister of community sport and cultural development.

True North Sports & Entertainment was leading the Winnipeg effort to land the tie at the MTS Centre, at which it was hoped Rafael Nadal would lead the Spanish team against Milos Raonic and the Canadians.

UBC's Thunderbird Arena, which holds 5,100 people, was the venue put forward by the B.C. bid.

Whether Canada wins or loses to Spain, it's expected the Canadians will get to play their next tie on home turf. The date depends on what happens in February, but it's widely anticipated Winnipeg will once again bid to host the three-day event.

geoff.kirbyson@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 19, 2012 B3

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