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Old 09-19-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default Davis Cup 2014 | Semi-Final vs Czech Republic

Here we go again

Draw has been made. We'll play Australia in France. No talk about nexts rounds we have to win this one first Two french city already said they would like to host the tie. Trélazé and Chambery. Of course it will be indoor.

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:42 AM   #2
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It appears that France has decided to play on indoor clay. It will be in the west of France near la Roche sur Yon.
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Vendéspace in Mouilleron-le-Captif is the location, no?
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Allez France!!

Indoor Clay....... ALLEZ!
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Team is announced tomorrow..... Any rumours what it will be?
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FFT just announced the team on twitter...

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#Daviscup joueurs sélectionnés pour #FraAus : @julienbenneteau, @richardgasquet1, @Gael_Monfils, @Tsonga7 et #Simon. #TeamFranceTennis

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# # Daviscup players selected for #FraAus: @julienbenneteau, @richardgasquet1, @Gael_Monfils, @Tsonga7 and #Simon. #TeamFranceTennis
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Teams http://www.daviscup.com/en/draws-res...ieId=100021079

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Hier soir à Melbourne, Arnaud Clément, capitaine de l'équipe de Coupe Davis, a sélectionné Tsonga, Gasquet, Monfils, Benneteau et Simon pour rencontrer l'Australie, mais pas Llodra. Il bétonne en simple... et innove en double.

FACE À L'AUSTRALIE, du 31 janvier au 2 février, à Mouilleron-le-Captif, en Vendée, l'équipe française de Coupe Davis n'aura plus tout à fait son allure habituelle. Explications.

Pourquoi ce changement de philosophie ?

Dans la tradition française, il fait partie des moeurs de construire des équipes « moitié-moitié ». D'un côté, deux forts joueurs de simple ; de l'autre, une équipe de double rodée. Bien sûr, les frontières n'ont pas toujours été aussi étanches que ça, mais la philosophie, elle, était bien enracinée. Là, il y a rupture. Le double Benneteau-Llodra a été séparé. Peut-être que leur vilain triplé sur terre battue (Autriche, USA et Argentine) a pesé dans la décision, ce qui ne serait pas illogique. Au Vendéspace de Mouilleron-le- Captif naîtra donc un double tout neuf. À côté de ça, en prenant à la fois Tsonga, Gasquet, Monfils et Simon, le capitaine a bétonné ses options pour les simples. La transition accélérée entre le dur australien et la terre vendéenne, le jet-lag, les raisons ne manquent pas. À moins qu'il ne soit trop tentant de prendre ces quatre-là du moment qu'ils sont valides (c'était arrivé en Allemagne, en 2011). Il peut aussi lui avoir traversé l'esprit que Richard Gasquet — même s'il a décrété l'année 2014 année de la Coupe Davis — pouvait parfois partir en marche arrière…

Est-ce le bon moment pour relancer Monfils ?

Pas blessé, de retour à un bon niveau, « terrien » plus que compétent, Monfils réunit tous les critères. Pourtant, quand on lui parle de la possibilité de jouer contre l'Australie, il freine sec. « Si on m'appelle, je serai au taquet. Mais là, je ne me sens pas légitime, disait-il samedi soir. Jo a fait demi-finale à Roland, Richard est top 10 et moi, je sens que je dois encore gagner des matches, retrouver un classement potable (il est 32e). Faut que je me repositionne. Là, je suis un peu dehors. […] Y a un nouveau staff aussi, y a de l'inconnu pour moi. Moi, je lutte contre Hewitt (2-2), et puis la terre battue indoor, c'est spécial. […] Je trouverais un peu trop facile, voire pas fair, de me remettre là-dedans tout de suite. Pour une fois, je parle un peu comme un ancien : on a deux joueurs solides devant, je pense que c'est à eux de tenir leur rang. » Même si c'est sûrement une façon de se protéger, ce discours, que Clément a entendu bille à bille dimanche à Melbourne, peut quand même dérouter. Derrière Tsonga, Monfils est celui qui a donné, en simple, le plus de gages de fiabilité ces dernières années (il avait apporté quatre points sur la route de la finale en 2010). Mais il n'a plus livré de match à enjeu depuis le quart de finale à Stuttgart en 2011.

Est-ce fini pour Llodra ?

C'est en tout cas un geste fort que de ne pas retenir « Monsieur Double ». Associé à Benneteau, Tsonga, Clément, Gasquet, Grosjean, Escudé ou Santoro, l'incontournable pilier n'avait pas manqué une rencontre depuis… 2003 et le quart de finale face à la Suisse. Vingt-quatre sélections consécutives ! À trente-trois ans, le Parisien, qui tient énormément à une compétition qui a boosté sa reconnaissance dans l'Hexagone, avait décrété « vouloir gagner la Coupe Davis pour (sa) dernière année sur le circuit ». C'était une manière de mettre la pression sur Arnaud Clément. Sur cette question, on attendait d'ailleurs avec impatience le positionnement du capitaine, un très proche de Llodra. Pouvait-il succomber au piège des sentiments ? Ou considérer plus froidement le cas d'un joueur déclinant, blessé au coude ces dernières semaines ? Arrivé guéri en Australie, Llodra avait prouvé qu'il s'était au moins donné à fond dans la rééducation. Mais ça n'a pas suffi.

Simon est-il toujours crédible ?

Gilles Simon traîne comme un boulet cette horrible statistique d'une victoire en neuf simples en Coupe Davis, une compétition qu'il n'a clairement pas encore domptée. Il a quitté cet Open d'Australie encore touché au pied après une réhabilitation quasi miraculeuse. Et son entraîneur Jan de Witt avait clairement demandé à Clément de ne pas le sélectionner, afin qu'il se ménage une semaine de repos avant de se rebâtir plus tranquillement. Mais Clément n'a tenu compte ni du précédent argentin (ah, les moches défaites face à Monaco et Berlocq…) ni de la suggestion du coach allemand. Ça indique clairement qu'il a été rassuré par ce qu'il a vu ici dans la volonté de Simon de changer quelques éléments de son jeu.
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Finally a French DC captain has understood that the singles give 4 points and the doubles only 1. Building a team about a fixed doubles, that is to say around Llodra, when you have so many options in singles was just stupid in all those years. Well done, Clément, for this change!
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Clement says that with this selection he has three options for doubles Jo-Bennet; Jo-Richard and Bennet-Richard. He says Gilles is the fifth and can enter the team if there are injuries problems during the preparation. He thinks Gael can play on friday or on sunday. The week of preparation will be important to decide who will play the friday.
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I hope he goes for Julien and Richie in doubles. Loved them at the Olympics
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I also think it would be great to play Benny/Richard for the doubles and play Jo and Gael for the singles ( I think this is a great tie for Gael to regain confidence in DC after his long absence).
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Australia: Hewitt/ Kyrgios/ Kokkinakis/ Guccione

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Clement says that with this selection he has three options for doubles Jo-Bennet; Jo-Richard and Bennet-Richard. He says Gilles is the fifth and can enter the team if there are injuries problems during the preparation. He thinks Gael can play on friday or on sunday. The week of preparation will be important to decide who will play the friday.
Jo-Richard would be absurd. If Gasquet is fully fit, it should be Benneteau/Richard else Benneteau/Jo.
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They are on site since yesterday. A video from today http://www.ouest-france.fr/coupe-dav...ce=twitterfeed
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They are on site since yesterday. A video from today http://www.ouest-france.fr/coupe-dav...ce=twitterfeed
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