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Jeremy Chardy takes on Borna Coric in the first match of the Davis Cup Final in Lille

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Jeremy Chardy will face world number 12 Borna Coric in the first match of this weekend’s Davis Cup final on Friday at the Pierre Mauroy in Villenueve d’Asq on the outskirts in Lille. Jo Wilfried Tsonga will play against Marin Cilic in the second rubber match of the opening day.

 

This year’s ATP Finals Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will meet Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig in Saturday’s doubles match.

France will be bidding to win the 11th title in Davis Cup history and the second consecutive trophy after beating Belgium 3-2 last year. Croatia will aim at winning their second title and their first Davis Cup title since 2005. Two years ago Croatia lost 3-2 against Argentina in Zagreb in their previous final.

Surprisingly French captain Yannick Noah omitted Lucas Pouille from singles nominations and included Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who has played just five matches since he returned to the tour after seven months of absence after undergoing knee surgery last April.

“For the last two months I was looking at so many ways, so many options, so many players. I had to decide whether I was putting first their spirit, their involvement with the team, their recent results, their health, so there were a lot of things coming into play. After looking every day at what was happening, their reactions, the sets we played, I thought that the best thing for the team was to start on Friday with these two players”,said Yannick Noah.

France carry its major hopes on the doubles team formed by this year’s French Open and Rotterdam champions Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who lost the title match against Jack Sock and Mike Bryan in the ATP Finals in London last week in London.

Croatia starts as slight favourite, especially because it features Marin Cilic and Mate Pavic played in the ATP Finals in London and Borna Coric was alternate in the British capital. Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon will miss this weekend’s tournament. France won their last six home ties.

Cilic qualified for his third consecutive ATP Finals in London, where he scored one win against John Isner but he lost against Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. He finished 2018 ranked inside the top 10 for the third consecutive year, won the Queen’s final beating Novak Djokovic and lost the Australian Open final against Roger Federer.

Borna Coric started the year ranked world number 48 and made a huge step forward climbing to a career-high ranking of world number 12.  He won his second title in Halle beating Roger Federer in the final and reached his maiden Masters 1000 final in Shanghai where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He fought back from two sets down to beat Frances Tiafoe in the fifth rubber match Davis Cup semifinal.

Yannick Noah will captain the French team for the last time this weekend, before Amelie Mauresmo takes charge in 2019.

“Playing here is special. It’s the best indoor tennis venue that we can have in France. It’s a weekend that for many reasons is going to be historic”, said Noah.

This year’s final will be the last time the Davis Cup will be played in its 118-year-old home and away format before the new event will be played in a week-long competition featuring 18 teams at the end of November in Madrid.

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Canada Says There Are No Clear Favorite To Win Davis Cup After Reaching Final Four 

After suffering a surprise opening defeat, Canada managed to find their footing to keep its chance of winning their first Davis Cup title alive in Malaga. 

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This year’s Davis Cup champions will be decided with the help of a ‘little bit of luck and execution,’ according to the captain of the Canadian team. 

 

Canada secured their place in the semi-finals on Thursday by edging their way past Germany 2-1 after battling back from behind. The tie began with a shock loss for Denis Shapovalov who fell 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), to Jan-Lennard Struff who is currently ranked more than 100 places lower than him in the ATP rankings. However, the North American nation managed to level the tie with the help of Felix Auger-Aliassime who beat Oscar Otte 7-6(1), 6-4. 

With all to play for, the tie was decided by a critical doubles match that saw Shapovalov return to the court alongside Vasek Pospisil. Their opponents were the formidable Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puertz who had an 8-0 record in Davis Cup matches when playing together and had clinched the winning point for their team on seven occasions. The German duo started the stronger before Shapovalov and Pospisil battled back to prevail 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sending Canada into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2019. 

“Today (Thursday) was a perfect example of Davis Cup at its finest,” said Canadian captain Frank Dancevic. 
“It was amazing to watch. They showed so much heart going into the match. At the beginning of the match, it was tough to find the rhythm. But once they found the rhythm and once they got in the groove, they played lights out. They played amazing. Took control of the match.” He added.

Canada made their Davis Cup debut in 1913 but they are yet to win the title, finishing runners-up on two occasions. The last time they reached the final was three years ago when they were beaten by Spain in Madrid. 

Standing in their way of another place in the final this year is Italy who defeated the USA 2-1 in their quarter-final tie on Thursday. The other section of the draw will see Croatia take on Australia. Canada might be the only team in the quartet yet to win the trophy but Dencevic believes there is no clear favourite in this year’s tournament. 

“I don’t think right now everybody is playing incredible tennis, and there is so much that can happen in three matches with singles and doubles and there is so much diversity that I wouldn’t say there is a favourite team right now.” He said. 
“Out of the four teams, everybody is really good. We have to put ourselves in the position to win. Everybody’s going to be in the position to win. It’s just about who is going to execute at certain moments in the matches, and it will come down to a little bit of luck and a little bit of execution, but I think it’s very even throughout the field. We are all amazing teams going into the semis.”

Canada’s Semi-final clash with Italy will take place on Saturday. Croatia will play Australia later today. 

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Davis Cup Becomes Part Of ATP Calendar In New Partnership

The ATP and Kosmos have collaborated over the Davis Cup ensuring it’s place on the ATP calendar.

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In Tennis First, ATP Joins Kosmos And ITF To Form Strategic Alliance Supporting Davis Cup.

 

The 122-year-old Davis Cup will officially become part of the ATP calendar from 2023 following a historic agreement between two of the sports principle bodies.

The International Tennis Federation, who are the principal organizers of the team event, has reached an agreement with the competitions financial backers Kosmos and the ATP Tour to form a strategic alliance. The aim of the new partnership is to focus on the governance and the evolution of what is the oldest team competition of the sport.

Under the agreement, the ATP will occupy two out of the six seats of the newly formed Davis Cup events committee which also includes Kosmos, ITF, long term investors and promoters. In a press release issued on Monday, organizers say their collaboration is aimed to ‘maximize the success of the historic team competition as the men’s World Cup of Tennis.’

The Davis Cup will become officially part of the ATP Tour calendar from 2023. It will take place during weeks 5, 37 and 47. Similar to an agreement made with the Laver Cup a couple of years ago, there will be an increase in marketing the event among ATP channels.

The announcement also ensures that they are committed to giving players prize money for the finals, offering 15 million dollars to players competing in the Davis Cup Finals.

Speaking in the announcement ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, ITF president David Haggerty and Kosmos Tennis CEO all were excited about this new collaboration:

“Our focus is always on creating the best possible experiences for our fans and players. Delivering compelling international team competitions that dovetail with the year-round calendar and continue to innovate is a vital part of that,” Gaudenzi said.

“This announcement heralds an important new alliance between the ITF, Kosmos and ATP which further strengthens the importance of team competition and Davis Cup’s unique role in elite men’s professional tennis,” Haggerty added.

“It is a very important agreement for all three parties and especially for the players. In the last three years, the format of the competition has been improved to reach a greater number of fans, generate a greater impact and facilitate the participation of the best players in the world. We look forward to seeing the event grow even further in the coming years,” Rojas commented.

The Davis Cup recorded it’s highest levels of participation in history last year with 137 teams competing in the competition.

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British No.2 Dan Evans Threatening To Quit Davis Cup Over Doubles Snub

The tennis star says he feels ‘insulated’ that he has never been chosen to play doubles.

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INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - NOVEMBER 30: Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2021 at OlympiaWorld on November 30, 2021 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

Dan Evans has described his constant omission from playing doubles in the Davis Cup as ‘f***ing annoying’ and is contemplating no longer playing in the team competition. 

 

Evans, who is Britain’s second highest-ranked player after Cameron Norrie, has played 30 matches in the Davis Cup between 2009-2022 but all of these have been in singles. During this year’s competition in Glasgow, team captain Leon Smith selected Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury to play two matches which they lost in three sets. The other team selected was Salisbury and Neal Skupski who won.

However, 32-year-old Evans believes he should be given a chance based on his credentials. Whilst mainly a singles player, he has also reached the final of three Masters 1000 doubles tournaments since April 2021.  

“It’s f**king annoying. It’s disappointing. To be frank, it’s a bit insulting also that I haven’t been picked ever to play the Davis Cup [in doubles],” Evans said during an interview with The i.
“This is meant in the nicest possible way to the doubles guys, there’s nothing against them – but I don’t need to play doubles on the tour to prove how good I am at doubles. When I do, I normally do okay.
“I think we need to look past doubles rankings for a Davis Cup tie and if a game style fits or a game style doesn’t then maybe we should be picking other people.”

Evans has indicated that he is now considering quitting Davis Cup due to the current circumstances in a move that will ring alarm bells for the British Lawn Tennis Association. He cites one example which occurred last year in Innsbruck when he requested to play in the doubles but wasn’t selected to do so. 

“I had the conversation [asking to play] in Austria,” Evans recounted.
“I played with Neal before for a year to try and play Davis Cup, and didn’t get picked. I’m at a loss as to why I’ve never played.
“It’s frustrating as I said, and a bit insulting as well. It’s something I have to think about going forward if I want to put myself in that position again to keep going there and we’re not getting the right results.
“Maybe I should maybe have a conversation and sit down, and if he [Smith] wants to go a different way then it’s entirely up to him. He’s the captain.
“It’s disappointing and mainly it’s for the team. I don’t want to play for myself. I want to play because I think that’s the best for the team.”

Both Salisbury and Skupski are currently ranked in the world’s top five for doubles and have won multiple titles in this discipline this year. Furthermore, Lloyd Glasspool and Jamie Murray are also in the top 50. 

Evans is ranked No.26 in singles and is one of four Brits in the top 50 along with Norrie (No.14), Andy Murray (No.46) and Jack Draper (No.48). 

“The whole thing with Davis Cup is I just want the country to do good. It’s my passion for us as a country to do well,” Evans said.
“It’s not this singles vs doubles thing. I just want the best team on the court and the last few times at times it’s been hard to be sat there on the side thinking ‘I think I’m a better option’ and that’s my opinion, obviously.
“It’s never been offered to me to play and that may be something I’ll regret till the day is done.”

There is yet to be any comment from the British LTA concerning Evans’ comments. The country failed to reach this year’s Davis Cup finals after losing two out of their three group matches against America and the Netherlands in September. 

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