Shamasdin to play first ever tie for Canada; Replaces Vasek Pospisil as fourth player
Middelkerke (Ostend), July 13, 2015 – Tennis Canada announced Monday that Adil Shamasdin (Toronto) has been named as Canada’s fourth player for their upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-final tie against Belgium. Shamasdin will take the place of Vasek Pospisil, who announced last week he would be unable to compete due to a severe bone bruise to his right wrist. The tie is set to take place on outdoor clay courts in Middelkerke (Ostend), Belgium from July 17-19.
“I’m excited to get the call for the team for the first time,” said Shamasdin. “I’ve been part of the extended squad with these guys for a few years now and so I know what is expected of me and what I need to do to prepare and be ready to play. I’m looking forward to being a part of it and hopefully helping the team get a win here.”
Shamasdin is a doubles specialist with a career-high ranking of No. 55 achieved in April of this year. Currently at No. 65, Shamasdin captured his second career ATP World Tour doubles title earlier this year at Casablanca with Rameez Junaid. He also reached the semifinals at Marseille (with Junaid), Montpellier (with Junaid) and Chennai (with Purav Raja). His first Tour doubles title came in 2011 at Johannesburg with James Cerretani. This is Shamasdin’s first nomination to the Canadian Davis Cup squad after travelling with the team as a hitting partner for the past several years.“
Adil has put in his time with this team and has absolutely earned his place here and deserves to get this shot,” said team captain Martin Laurendeau. “He has been extremely loyal and an extraordinary team player and his efforts behind the scenes have made a huge contribution to the success of this team over the past three years. I’m very happy to be able to officially name him to the team for the first time and I have a lot of confidence that his experience and ability will help us this week.”
The three other members of the Canadian team are Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Filip Peliwo (Vancouver).
Source: Tennis Canada