Some of this might change - Just saw that first round of Davis cup against Austria is on CLAY. As much as it might pain Forget to select Richard, ATM he is cetainly the second best clay court player available (Tsonga and Simon are pretty useless on clay - but wait there's Llodra
It is really revealing to read the comments on the French eurosport site. Many talk already about the seminfinals against Spain, the team is also selected: JWT will be back, Gael and Richard can do well on clay and Llodra/Benneteau is a great doubles. Well, that is one guy too many.
Only one poster points out that Melzer is nr 8 in doubles, Marach 11, while the best Frenchman is 29.
I did not become a patriot in sport overnight, but if the responsible guys in France share the same condescendence, they might be up for a huge negative suprise. For the Austrians, Jürgen is of course the key to everything, he announced already that he will cancel Dubai to prepare for DC.