Nick Kyrgios And Jo-Wilfred Tsonga Lead Latest Davis Cup Nominations
Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga lead their nations charge in latest Davis Cup nominations as World Group Semi-Finals, World Group Play-Offs and additional zonal groups take place.
World Group Semi-Finals
France v Serbia
France and Serbia will battle each other in Lille in the first of two World Group Semi-Finals. France will be heavy favourites as they once again have a really strong squad to use. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Lucas Pouille are the main Singles players chosen by Yannick Noah. Former grand slam champions Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut complete the line-up.
Serbia have a weakened team to travel to France. They will be missing Novak Djokovic as he is ruled out for the rest of the season. Therefore Nenad Zimonjic has had limited choice when choosing his team. Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and Filip Krajinovic will join Zimonjic in Lille.
Belgium v Australia
The other World Group Semi-Final will see Belgium host Australia. The hosts have chosen an experienced team as they look to reach the final for the second time in three years. The Belgians have chosen David Goffin, Ruben Bemelmans, Steve Darcis and Joris De Loore for the tie.
Meanwhile the Aussies will rely on an injury stricken Nick Kyrgios to lead the charge as they look to reclaim their previous glory days. Captain Lleyton Hewitt has chosen Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis and John Peers to compliment Kyrgios.
World Group Play-Offs
There are also eight World Group Play-Off ties next weekend to look forward to, here is a summary of the ties being played:
Kazakhstan v Argentina- Mikhail Kukushkin and Diego Schwartzman headline this tie in Kazakhstan as the visitors will head into the tie as slight favourites.
Hungary v Russia- The Russians team of Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev And Konstantin Kravchuk should overpower a weak Hungarian team lead by Marton Fucsovics.
Portugal v Germany- Portugal will fancy their chances of ending Germany’s decade long run in the World group. Joao Sousa, Pedro Sousa, Gastao Elias and Joao Domingues will lead the charge in Lisbon. While Jan-Lennard Struff leads a vulnerable German team that sees Yannick Hanfmann make his debut.
Canada v India- Canadian revelation Denis Shapovalov will hope to lead Canada into retaining their World Group place. Vasek Pospisil, Brayden Schnur and Daniel Nestor join Shapovalov. India have Rohan Bopanna to look to for experience as they are expected to lose heavily here.
Switzerland v Belarus- Severin Luthi has chosen in form Henri Laaksonen to lead the Swiss charge as Adrian Bodmer makes his debut in the squad. The visitors weak Singles players make up for it in the doubles as Max Mirnyi and Andrei Vasilevski will be a force to be reckoned with.
Japan v Brazil- Japan will be without Kei Nishikori as he continues to recover from a hip injury. Yuichi Sugita will hope his form helps Japan to retain their place in the World Group. Brazil have World number 113 Thiago Monteiro to rely on while Wimbledon champion Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares lead the doubles charge.
Colombia v Croatia- Colombia are expected underdogs here but will be relieved to have Robert Farah back in the side after recovering from Injury. Marin Cilic will lead a strong Croatian team with the help of doubles specialists Franko Skugor and Nikola Mektic.
Netherlands v Czech Republic- In form Robin Haase leads the Dutch charge as they will hope to take advantage of weakened Czech team. Lukas Rosol, Jiri Vesely, Adam Pavlasek and Roman Jebavy will be present for the visitors.