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Next round of Canada's Davis Cup challenge will be held in Halifax

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HALIFAX - Canada's next tie in the Davis Cup against Colombia will be held on an indoor hard court in Halifax in September.

The tennis matches between the two countries take place at the Halifax Metro Centre from Sept. 12-14.

The last time a Davis Cup tie was held in Halifax was in 1998 when Canada defeated Mexico 3-2 in the first round of Americas Zone Group I.

The Nova Scotia government and the city have both provided Tennis Canada with $65,000 in grants to bring the event to Halifax.

The matches in September mark the first time a professional tennis event will be played at the Metro Centre, which will have about 4,500 seats plus limited premium box seating available for the tie.

Canada played its first round tie on the road in February against Japan in Tokyo, losing 4-1 as two of its top singles players, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, were injured.

Tennis Canada says the four Davis Cup team members to face Colombia will be selected at a later date.

Canada must win in September to remain in the World Group for 2015. A loss would relegate Canada back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where they have not played since 2011.

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