Davis Cup Final 2017: France to Host Belgium in Lille
New Delhi: On Friday, France will play host to Belgium in the Davis Cup final for the year 2017. The three-day final will be played on indoor hard courts in Lille. Both teams are very much deserving finalists on the back of some consistent results in not just the entire season but also by the virtue of having enough players who can beat anyone on their day.
France and Belgium reached the Davis Cup final by quite different routes, but both captains face similar decisions ahead of the draw. The biggest question for both Yannick Noah, the French skipper, and his Belgian counterpart, Johan van Herck, is the doubles pairing.
In the singles on Friday, Noah will no doubt open with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ranked number 15 in the world) and Lucas Pouille (18). Richard Gasquet (31) seems too far behind to risk.
In the doubles, Noah has generally preferred the specialist pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who won the 2015 US Open and the 2016 Wimbledon doubles together. But “P2H” has a back injury which caused the pair to forfeit their last group match at ATP Finals in London on November 16. “All the players are in good shape, without exception,” Noah said. (With PTI inputs)