Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov skipping September Davis Cup Finals in Spain

Felix Auger-Aliassime, left, and Denis Shapovalov of Canada react to winning. (Steve Christo/AP)

Vasek Pospisil will headline the Canadian men's squad set to compete in Valencia, Spain for the round-robin Davis Cup Finals.

Alexis Galarneau, Liam Draxl, Gabriel Diallo, and Cleeve Harper were also named to the team by Tennis Canada on Monday.

The competition is Sept. 13-18. Canada is in Group B with Spain, Serbia and South Korea.

Pospisil, the top-ranked Canadian on the team at No.145, has a 22-22 record (singles and doubles) at the Davis Cup. The Vancouver native helped Canada reach the final in 2019.

The announced roster is missing Canada's two top-ranked players on the ATP Tour — Felix Auger-Aliassime (9) and Denis Shapovalov (21).

The International Tennis Federation announced last April that the sixth-ranked Canadian team received a bye into the finals as the highest-ranking loser in the 2022 qualifiers.

A new format will be in place for the upcoming tournament. Each of the four groups will play out the round-robin stage in separate cities, with the top two from every group advancing to the final phase.

The quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will be played in Malaga, Spain from Nov. 21-27.

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