Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 06, 2015 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the First-Round Matches of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group

Canada takes on Japan in first round

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 6, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced a contribution of $50,000 to Tennis Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, to support the first-round World Group matches of the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. The matches are taking place in Vancouver from March 6 to 8, 2015.

Quick Facts

  • For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Government of Canada has contributed $875,500 to Tennis Canada through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program.
  • In 2013-2014, the Government of Canada provided about $125,000 to 13 tennis athletes and $74,400 to six para-tennis athletes through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program to assist with living, training, education and special needs expenses, which allows them to focus on their training.
  • The Davis Cup began in 1900 as a competition between USA and Great Britain. It is now the world's largest annual international team competition in sport, with 126 nations taking part in 2015.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support this prestigious international event featuring Canada against Japan. Tennis is on the rise in Canada, thanks in large part to the incredible players who will be representing Canada in the Davis Cup. During the Year of Sport in Canada, we are celebrating sport, our athletes and the role they play in helping define our cultural identity."

- The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"Tennis Canada is extremely grateful to the Government of Canada for providing us with this generous funding to assist with the hosting of our upcoming Davis Cup matches against Japan. This contribution will help ensure that we hold a world-class event that will showcase Canada's rising tennis stars on home soil in front of cheering Canadian fans."

- Kelly D. Murumets, President and CEO, Tennis Canada

Associated Links

Canada.ca/Sport

Year of Sport in Canada

Tennis Canada

Davis Cup

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Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    robert.lynch@sports.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca