Rising star Milos Raonic will not play for Canada in its upcoming Davis Cup tie against Ecuador due to a hip injury sustained during his second-round match at Wimbledon.
Raonic was named to the Canadian team last Tuesday despite pulling out of the Grand Slam event last week after falling awkwardly during a match against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.
At the time, Raonic said he strained ligaments around his hip. He is still undergoing medical examinations to determine the severity of the injury, Tennis Canada said in a release Thursday.
Peter Polansky, who is also from Thornhill, Ont., will replace Raonic on the four-man roster. Philip Bester of Vancouver, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C., round out the team.
“There was always a five-player contingency travelling to Ecuador,” said Canada captain Martin Laurendeau. “Now with Milos out, Bester, Nestor, Polansky and Pospisil will represent our country.
“Just like any other tie in South America that we’ve played, we know this will be challenge but the guys are all ready to do their best to help us win.”
Canada will play Ecuador on outdoor clay courts at the Guayaquil Tennis Club from July 8-10 in the Americas Zone Group I second-round tie. The winner will play for a spot in the World Group in September in a playoff tie.
Raonic was the catalyst in Canada’s victory over Mexico in March, winning both of his singles matches and his doubles match. He has rocketed from No. 156 to No. 25 in the ATP world rankings in just six months.
Pospisil, meanwhile, holds the No. 212 position in the latest rankings, 32 positions ahead of Bester.
Nestor, who made his Davis Cup debut in 1992, is ranked fourth in the world in doubles. He teamed with Max Mirnyi of Belarus to win the French Open doubles title earlier this year.
Ecuador holds a 5-1 all-time record against Canada and won 3-2 in their last meeting in 2009 in Toronto.