That's not because of Arnaud's game but because of Mika's injury.
That's what I heard, but Llodra will play the doubles in Brisbane with Benneteau.
Anyway, it's quite unlikely that Clément is selected for the Davis Cup in March (except injuries of course). He hopes that. But he knows that the trend is not for him. It's for those who are called the "4 Fantastics" or "the 4 musketeers" in the press recently ... who have similar ages and who've had very good personal relationships so far, happy when the other ones did win something.
In a recent interview, Clément mostly spoke about improving his singles level.
Both Gasquet and Tsonga can be very good doubles players. Their first tournament together they won actually, notably beating the Bryans.
I know Richard isn't high up on the list to play DC singles, and I think that is a relief for him. He has been the number one player for 3 years and when he refused to play this year
, the press took a lot out of him for that. I think he will feel less pressure if he plays doubles with Jo. They make a great team.
Yes his attitude in the last Davis Cup match was not well considered by the French Federation staff and the older players.
And he's had other problems with Forget and Dominguez.
This is a bad point for him.
But his relationships with the 3 other "younger" players are very good. And I think he's the best doubles player among them.
Actually, he didn't exactly refuse to play against Roddick, he just said that Mathieu was better than him but he could replace Llodra for the final match ... of course after the match this sounds crazy as Mathieu played so badly, but before that, Mathieu had played so well against Blake ! whereas Gasquet was coming back from injury.
It can be considered as a refusal or shyness or humility.
Personally, I didn't understand all this gossiping and thought all this was very unfair and hurtful to Mathieu : it's like saying that even a bad Gasquet was better than a tired but good Mathieu (and usually Mathieu has no problems about tiredness) !!
Everybody spoke like that, Forget, media, even Roddick ... but I really think it was very unfair to Mathieu !