North Vancouvers Philip Bester will serve his country this weekend as one of four Canadians taking on team Ecuador in a Davis Cup tennis tie.
Bester will join Torontos 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 will take part in two singles matches, taking on Ecuadors Julio-Cesar Campozano on Friday before facing Ivan Endara Sunday.
Currently ranked a career-high 229 in the world, Bester is coming off a tournament win at a U.S. Futures tour event held in Chico, Calif., June 13-19. The 22-year-old was first named to the Davis Cup team as a 17-year-old 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 Venezuelas 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.