Sebastien Grosjean appointed France’s Davis Cup captain
PARIS (AP) — The French tennis federation says Sebastien Grosjean has been appointed as the country's Davis Cup captain.
Grosjean takes over from Yannick Noah after Amelie Mauresmo pulled out to focus on her new coaching job with French player Lucas Pouille.
The French federation says Grosjean will also be in charge of the men's team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 40-year-old Grosjean won four titles, including the 2001 Paris Masters, before retiring in 2010.
Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to help Pouille
PARIS (AP) — Amelie Mauresmo won't be captaining France's Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille.
The French Tennis Federation announced Thursday it was searching for a new captain, who will also look after the national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
A statement from the federation said Mauresmo gave up the role to focus on her new job with French player Pouille, ranked 32.
Noah replaces Chardy with Pouille in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah is sending out Lucas Pouille to face Croatia's top player Marin Cilic in Sunday's first reverse singles match of the Davis Cup final in an attempt to keep his team in contention.
France cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 by winning the doubles on Saturday but Croatia still remains favorite to claim one more point to dethrone the defending champions.
Doubles win keeps French hopes alive in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Suddenly realizing he was listening to France's national anthem for maybe the last time in his Davis Cup captain role, Yannick Noah could not hold back tears.
Standing next to his players during "La Marseille," Noah was emotional before Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert took on Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles of the final on Saturday.
Croatia eases to 2-0 over France in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah's gamble on players and court surface backfired against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday.
Noah chose Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to meet Croatia on indoor clay, and they were thrashed in straight sets on the first day, leaving the Croats on the verge of their second Davis Cup crown.
Borna Coric dismantled Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, and Marin Cilic defeated Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in the opening singles.
France soccer players send support to Davis Cup team
LILLE, France (AP) — There will be an air of sporting "deja vu" when France takes on Croatia in the Davis Cup final.
The two nations already faced off this year in the World Cup final, with France's national soccer team emerging victorious 4-2.
Yannick Noah, the Davis Cup captain for France, is a longtime soccer fan. He said his team took inspiration from the country's victory in Russia, adding he spoke with France coach Didier Deschamps ahead of this weekend's final.
Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — With no player standing out as a clear leader, France captain Yannick Noah chose Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.
The 40th-ranked Chardy, in the team only after Richard Gasquet withdrew injured, will lead defending champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.
Yannick Noah taking no chances ahead of Davis Cup final
PARIS (AP) — Laid-back in everyday life, Yannick Noah is meticulous when it comes to being a tennis coach.
So over the last 10 days, the France captain has been paying close attention to anything that could derail his team's chances of winning an 11th Davis Cup title against Croatia this weekend.
Pouille to lead France in Davis Cup final against Croatia
PARIS (AP) — Lucas Pouille will lead France in the Davis Cup final against Croatia this month as the hosts bid to win successive titles.
Pouille was the highest-ranked player among Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jeremy Chardy, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the team picked by captain Yannick Noah on Tuesday
Pouille wrapped up France's 10th Davis title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final.
Frenchman Gasquet out of Davis Cup final with injury
PARIS (AP) — Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Davis Cup final against Croatia later this month because of injury.
Gasquet, the No. 1 French player, wrote on Twitter on Monday about his withdrawal but did not specify his injury. According to L'Equipe newspaper, Gasquet, ranked No. 26, is hampered by a groin problem.
Defending champion France advances to Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Doubles pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut gave France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal on Saturday as the defending champions reached back-to-back finals for the first time since 2002.
The French veterans, both aged 36, defeated Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7) on the indoor hard court set up inside the Pierre Mauroy soccer stadium.
Davis Cup: Paire and Pouille give France 2-0 lead vs Spain
LILLE, France (AP) — Benoit Paire overcame nerves to win on his Davis Cup debut and Lucas Pouille won a five-set battle as the pair gave defending champion France a 2-0 lead over Spain in the semifinals on Friday.
Paire beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on the indoor hard court at Stade Pierre Mauroy before France's No. 1 player Pouille defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Paire to open for France against Spain in Davis Cup
LILLE, France (AP) — Benoit Paire will debut for France in the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday, two years after being sent home from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Paire was picked instead of Richard Gasquet, and will play the opening singles for the defending champions against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on an indoor hard court in the northern city of Lille.
Lucas Pouille, who won the decisive fifth match in the 2017 final, will then play Roberto Bautista Agut.
Luck on France’s side, again, ahead of Davis Cup semifinals
PARIS (AP) — Sadly for France, Yannick Noah is leaving his job as Davis Cup captain at the end of the year.
Since returning to the helm of the squad for the 2016 campaign, the former French Open champion has indeed been a lucky charm.
Paire in France team for Davis Cup semifinals against Spain
PARIS (AP) — Benoit Paire received his first Davis Cup call-up on Tuesday and will be part of the France team that takes on Spain in the semifinals.
In the absence of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, who are out injured, the 56th-ranked Paire was selected by France captain Yannick Noah.
Noah said he received guarantees from the quick-tempered Paire, a talented player known for smashing his rackets, that he was "motivated" and committed to the team.
PARIS (AP) — Former top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo will become the first woman to captain France's Davis Cup men's team when she replaces Yannick Noah next season.
"I'm obviously very proud of the trust put in me," said Mauresmo, who has also coached Andy Murray.
The 38-year-old Frenchwoman is a two-time Grand Slam champion. She stepped down as France's Fed Cup women's team captain after the 2016 season when she announced she was expecting her second child.
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French players Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have won the doubles title at Roland Garros for the first time.
With their Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah watching from the stands, Herbert and Mahut claimed their third Grand Slam title together by defeating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the final.
Nadal sets up French Open meeting with old friend Gasquet
PARIS (AP) — One has become one of tennis' biggest stars, the other a perennial underachiever.
When Rafael Nadal takes on Richard Gasquet in the third round of the French Open, it will be a meeting between two old friends at Roland Garros.
Both players are the same age — 31 — and have known each other since their pre-teen years.
Pouille to lead France against Italy in Davis Cup
PARIS (AP) — Lucas Pouille will lead defending champion France against Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The 10th-ranked Pouille has been selected by France captain Yannick Noah alongside Adrian Mannarino and Jeremy Chardy. Doubles specialists Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have also been called up.
Pouille wrapped up France's 10th Davis Cup title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final.
France wins doubles to beat Belgium 3-2 in Fed Cup
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — Two-time champion France advanced to the Fed Cup semifinals after beating Belgium 3-2 on Sunday, with Amandine Hesse and Kristina Mladenovic winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 against Elise Mertens and Kirsten Flipkens in the deciding doubles.
Cornet under investigation after missing 3 doping tests
PARIS (AP) — Alize Cornet is under investigation by the International Tennis Federation after missing three out-of-competition doping tests in the past year.
The French Tennis Federation, in a statement late Wednesday night, said it was informed by the ITF on Jan. 11 that an investigation was underway. Cornet was subsequently dropped from the French Fed Cup team to play Belgium next month.
Tsonga, Pouille called up for Davis Cup title defense
PARIS (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah is keeping faith in the players who won last year's Davis Cup.
Noah has called up Richard Gasquet, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut, Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to take on the Netherlands from Feb. 2-4 in the Alpine city of Albertville in the first round.
Noah will again captain France for Davis Cup title defense
PARIS (AP) — Yannick Noah is staying on as France captain for the Davis Cup defense next year.
The French Tennis Federation announced Noah's decision on its Twitter feed on Thursday.
France won its 10th Davis Cup recently by defeating Belgium 3-2 in Lille.
Noah ends ‘losing culture’ as France wins Davis Cup title
LILLE, France (AP) — Mission accomplished.
When he was re-appointed France's Davis Cup captain two years ago, Yannick Noah said he had a "clear plan."
The former French Open winner put it into practice, and brought back the Davis Cup trophy to France for the first time in 16 years on Sunday.
Noah, a charismatic figure in France who became a successful singer, led France to its 10th title in the team event with a 3-2 win over Belgium in the final.
France wins doubles to lead Belgium 2-1 in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Yannick Noah took a big gamble in the Davis Cup final and it paid off.
When the France captain fielded an inexperienced pair for the doubles, many were perplexed. He was rewarded by a victory that put France one point away from a 10th Davis Cup title.
"It was a tough decision," Noah said after Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who had never played together before, defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Saturday.
Tsonga levels for France in Davis Cup final against Belgium
LILLE, France (AP) — David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are each on top of their games.
Both were up to the task in Friday's opening singles matches of the Davis Cup final, delivering lopsided wins to leave France and Belgium tied at 1-1.
Tsonga swept past 76th-ranked Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to put the hosts level after Goffin had given Lucas Pouille a master class of offensive tennis in Lille, just across the Belgian border.
Noah cuts Mahut for Davis Cup final against Belgium
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah surprisingly cut Nicolas Mahut from his squad to face Belgium in the Davis Cup final this weekend, and declined to elaborate on his decision.
Noah, who has captained France to victory twice, instead included Richard Gasquet in his four-man team at Thursday's draw.
Mahut was expected to play doubles after training the whole week with Julien Benneteau, who also was not selected.
Davis Cup final: Tsonga leads France, Goffin leads Belgium
PARIS (AP) — Julien Benneteau's deep run at the Paris Masters this month earned him a recall by France for the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
Benneteau was summoned beside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Nicolas Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Richard Gasquet by captain Yannick Noah on Tuesday. All have played at some point for France this year.
"This is a compact team," Noah said. "The six I've picked are capable of playing."
France favorite to reach Davis Cup final despite poor form
PARIS (AP) — With Novak Djokovic out of the Davis Cup semifinals, even a French lineup struggling for form is heavily favored to reach the team event final for the 18th time.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille lead France in singles play this weekend on clay against Serbia at Stade Pierre Mauroy, the venue where France lost to Switzerland the last time it made it to the final three years ago.
In the other semifinal series in Brussels, Belgium will host 28-time champion Australia on indoor clay.
Mannarino replaces Monfils in France team for Davis Cup semi
PARIS (AP) — Adrian Mannarino has replaced the injured Gael Monfils in the France team that will face Serbia in the Davis Cup semifinals.
Monfils, who was named as a reserve in the squad by captain Yannick Noah, withdrew with a right knee injury, the French tennis federation said Friday.
The 34th-ranked Mannarino joins Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille in the team, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut selected to play doubles at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille from Sept. 15-17.
Tsonga and Pouille lead France in Davis Cup against Serbia
PARIS (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille will lead France in singles play in the Davis Cup semifinals against Serbia.
France captain Yannick Noah selected the 12th-ranked Tsonga and 20th-ranked Pouille ahead of No. 22 Gael Monfils, who is named as a reserve.
Tsonga is 18-7 in career singles and Pouille is 3-1.
"Jo remains our No. 1, we spoke a few times on the phone," Noah said. "He told me he's motivated for this semi."
LYON, France (AP) — Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France won his first title on clay when he defeated Tomas Berdych 7-6 (2), 7-5 in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.
Tsonga dropped just three points behind his first serve, hit 13 aces, and saved all two break points to down his third-seeded Czech opponent.
Tsonga's victory came a day before the French Open starts in Paris. No Frenchman has won the Roland Garros title since Yannick Noah lifted the Mousquetaires Cup in 1983.
ROUEN, France (AP) — Jeremy Chardy beat Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-4 in reverse singles to give France a comprehensive 4-1 win against Britain in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Sunday.
Both players had seven aces on indoor clay at the Kindarea in Rouen. Chardy dropped his serve once and broke Edmund three times.
Earlier, Dan Evans salvaged some pride by thrashing Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth rubber to make it 3-1.
ROUEN, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah isn't expecting an easy weekend against Britain just because Andy Murray is not playing in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The top-ranked Murray was Britain's leader when the country won the trophy two years ago, but the three-time Grand Slam champion is nursing an elbow injury.
PARIS (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah has replaced Gilles Simon with Jeremy Chardy for the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Britain.
Noah said Chardy seemed to have adapted more quickly in training for the series on indoor clay, saying that "it was not an easy choice, but I preferred to make it quite quickly."
Simon is ranked 30 and has more experience than Chardy, who is ranked 68 and has played only three Davis Cup matches, winning all three in singles.
Injured Monfils to miss France’s Davis Cup quarterfinal
PARIS (AP) — Gael Monfils has withdrawn from France's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Britain next month because of injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon.
The French tennis federation said in a statement on Wednesday that Pierre-Hugues Herbert was also ruled out of the clay-court series in Rouen from April 7-9 because of a right thigh injury. France captain Yannick Noah called up Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy to replace them in his squad.
Tsonga and Gasquet to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal
PARIS (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will miss France's Davis Cup quarterfinal series against Britain next month.
France captain Yannick Noah said Tuesday that Tsonga is lacking competition and not ready to play following the birth of his first child. Gasquet is still recovering after appendix surgery.
"Jo is out and Richard is just gradually resuming training. He won't be competitive before about 15 days," Noah said on a conference call.
Davis Cup: France completes 4-1 victory over Japan
TOKYO (AP) — France completed a 4-1 win over Japan in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie on Sunday.
France secured a quarterfinal berth on Saturday with a win by the doubles pairing of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut that followed singles victories by Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon.
France captain snubs Monfils for Davis Cup match in Japan
PARIS (AP) — France will be without its two best players when it faces Japan in the first round of the Davis Cup after captain Yannick Noah left Gael Monfils out of his squad and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was granted leave for family reasons.
Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah to skipper Fed Cup side
PARIS (AP) — The French Tennis Federation has named Yannick Noah as France's Fed Cup captain for next year.
Noah, who is also France's Davis Cup captain, replaces Amelie Mauresmo. She stepped down last month because she is expecting her second child.
Mauresmo had been in charge of the Fed Cup team since 2013 and guided it to this year's final, where it lost 3-2 to the Czech Republic in a tense final.
Yannick Noah to remain France Davis Cup captain for 2017
PARIS (AP) — Yannick Noah will remain Davis Cup captain of France next season.
The French tennis federation says the 1983 French Open champion, who was appointed in September 2015, will continue in his post in 2017. France last won the Davis Cup in 2001 and finished runner-up three times since, in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
France lost in the semifinals to Croatia this year. The team will travel to Japan in 2017 in the first round.
Davis Cup: Croatia stuns in doubles to lead France 2-1
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig put Croatia 2-1 ahead in the Davis Cup semifinal against France by upsetting top-ranked doubles pair Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-3 on Saturday.
Cilic, who won his singles on Friday, replaced Marin Draganja and it proved to be an inspired choice.
"With Ivan and our captain (Zeljko Krajan) we prepared our tactics well," Cilic said.
Pouille & Monfils picked for Davis Cup semifinal vs. Croatia
PARIS (AP) — Rising star Lucas Pouille and Gael Monfils have been selected to play for France in the Davis Cup semifinal against Croatia next week.
Pouille knocked out 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, and faced Monfils in the quarterfinals later Tuesday, guaranteeing a French semifinalist.
Pouille has played only one match for France, beating Jiri Vesely in the 3-1 quarterfinal win against the Czech Republic.