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Skating In

Skating In

Dan Evans, who blasted into the world top 50 after making the last-16 at the recent Australian Open, meets Junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov, 17, in the opening rubber of Team GBŠ—Ès first-round Davis Cup tie against Canada in chilly Ottawa.

It follows the draw made by CanadaŠ—Ès Speaker of the House at the home of the hostsŠ—È parliament three miles from the venue, a journey that, as the BBC suggested, could almost be made on skates along the frozen Rideau Canal.

British No.2 Kyle Edmund, also inside the top 50, faces Vasek Pospisil in the second singles rubber.

Jamie Murray, the year-end doubles No.1 and elder brother of resting world No.1 Andy, and Dom Inglot hook up for Team GB in the doubles against serial champion Daniel Nestor, 44, and Pospisil.

Canada are also without their top player with Milos Raonic, absent through an abductor injury, and minus anyone within the leading 100 of the ATP World TourŠ—Ès ranking list.

We all miss Andy because he is such a great influence on the team both on and off the court,

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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