Tennis Canada has named three players to its Fed Cup team for the first round tie against Czech Republic on February 7-8 in Québec City.

Françoise Abanda, Gabriela Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman (in photo above) have been named to the squad that will compete in the World Group – the elite eight of international team tennis.

The Czechs, who are the defending Fed Cup champions, are led by Karolina Pliskova (ranked 20th in the world), along with a strong cast consisting of Tereza Smitkova, Denisa Allertova and Lucie Hradecka. The Czech Republic also won the title in 2012 and 2011.

Canada is currently without its top player, Eugenie Bouchard, although she hasn’t been ruled out of competing. Tennis Canada will announce its fourth player when a confirmation arrives and hopes to have the world’s number seven women’s singles player on its side. The Fed Cup can conflict with the WTA schedule, which often causes players to choose between national and personal ambitions.

Tickets for the Fed Cup are $40 for two days or $25 per day, available here.