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Canada to host Davis Cup World Group playoff

Canada's Daniel Nestor (L) and Milos Raonic talk while their doubles team plays against France during the Davis Cup tennis match in Vancouver, British Columbia February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

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Canada will host its Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in September because opponent South Africa can't afford to.

Tournament organizers approved Tennis South Africa's request for the switch and says Canada will stage the matchup from Sept. 14-16. The venue hasn't been decided.

TSA says "current economic conditions" mean it won't be able to organize the tie.

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The shift could yet favour South Africa with leading player and No. 35-ranked Kevin Anderson likely to be in North America for the U.S. Open, which ends on Sept. 9. Anderson has recently skipped Davis Cup duties at home.

Canada captain Martin Laurendeau says his players are "thrilled" to be able to play in front of a home crowd.

The winner earns a place in the top World Group in 2013.

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