SPORTS

Canada to host Davis Cup World playoff after South Africa can't afford to

05/14/2012 01:10 EDT | Updated 07/14/2012 05:12 EDT
JOHANNESBURG - Canada will host its Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in September because opponent South Africa can't afford to.

Tournament organizers approved Tennis South Africa's request for the switch and says Canada will stage the matchup from Sept. 14-16. The venue hasn't been decided.

Canada captain Martin Laurendeau says his players are "thrilled" to be able to play in front of a home crowd.

"Fan support is a major advantage in Davis Cup ties and we know that with the recent rise of popularity of tennis in our country, we'll have great support," Laurendeau said in a release.

TSA says "current economic conditions" mean it won't be able to organize the tie.

The shift could yet favour South Africa with leading player and No. 35-ranked Kevin Anderson likely to be in North America for the U.S. Open, which ends on Sept. 9. Anderson has recently skipped Davis Cup duties at home.

The winner earns a place in the top World Group in 2013.

MORE:cpSports