“Unfortunately I am pulling out of Davis Cup this week. I came to Tokyo believing my ankle would recover but it is not at a level where I feel I can compete or help my team,"
With that, as announced by a Tennis Canada press release, Canada's Davis Cup team suddenly has a mountain to climb in their first round tie against Japan. To make matters worse, Vasek Pospisil's back injury still plagues him as he readies for Tokyo, causing him to only be listed during the doubles match paired with Nestor, though veteran Montreal tennis blogger Stephanie Myles doubts he'll even play then.
When the tie starts tomorrow (Fri, Jan 31st) we'll see Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic hoping to make up for Canada's two top singles players' absences. They'll play Nishikori and Soeda respectively. Saturday will see the doubles action where Nestor/Pospisil are scheduled against Sugita/Uchiyama, followed by the reverse of Friday's singles matches on Sunday.
Davis cup is a team event, it won't be the first time Polansky or Dancevic has faced this kind of pressure in the international team competition, and there's the comfort that if they were to succeed, it won't have been the first time for that, either.
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) January 31, 2014