Two months later, the bad news is … well, it’s pretty much all bad news.
The team had been counting on the young player of the hour, 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu, to lead the team in its effort to get into World Group I.
But Andreescu is pretty banged up after a career-making trip to Indian Wells and Miami. And she has a big spring clay-court season ahead as a top-25 player. So she can’t make the date.
Also out? Genie Bouchard, who hasn’t played since Miami.
Also out? Françoise Abanda, a player whose best career moments have come when representing her country.
It’s a key playoff tie that would get them into World Group I. But to face the Czechs in Prostejov, the vaunted Canadian tennis program basically had to get all hands on deck.
Marino to lead in singles
Rebecca Marino, currently ranked No. 204, must be the leader.
The 28-year-old will have to play No. 1 singles – on red clay – in her first Fed Cup singles duty since 2011.