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Bester battles for Team Canada in Davis Cup tie

NORTH Vancouver's Philip Bester is serving his country this weekend as one of four Canadians taking on team Ecuador in a Davis Cup tennis tie. Bester is joining Toronto's Daniel Nestor, Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont.

NORTH Vancouver's Philip Bester is serving his country this weekend as one of four Canadians taking on team Ecuador in a Davis Cup tennis tie.

Bester is joining Toronto's Daniel Nestor, Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont. and Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C. for the matches July 8-10 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Rising Canadian star Milos Raonic, currently ranked 26th in the world, is not making the trip due to a hip injury suffered at Wimbledon last month.

Bester is taking part in two singles matches, taking on Ecuador's Julio-Cesar Campozano, ranked No. 384 in the world, before facing Ivan Endara, ranked 497.

Bester, 22, is currently ranked a career-high 229 in the world and coming off a tournament win at a U.S. Futures tour event held in Chico, Calif., June 13-19. Bester was first named to the Davis Cup team as a 17-yearold phenom in 2005 and made his first on-court appearance in 2006 against Mexico. He earned his first and only Davis Cup win later that year against Venezuela's Jhonathan Medina-Alvarez. Bester has not played a Cup match since 2006.

Ecuador is currently ranked 19th in Davis Cup standings while Canada is 27th. The teams have met head-to-head six times in Davis Cup play with Ecuador holding a 5-1 advantage. Live updates of the event are available at www. daviscup.com.

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