France and Croatia have announced the teams that will compete in the Davis Cup in 2018 with the BNP Paribas final, which will take place from 23 to 25 November at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France.
France, which opted to return to Lille after lifting the title at the Stade Pierre Mauroy last year, is ready to win consecutive titles for the first time since the 1930s, but will not be able to count on its three best individual players. After the injury discarded Richard Gasquet of the final.
French captain Yannick Noah nominated the world No. 32 Lucas Pouille, who won the decisive fifth place in last year’s final, to lead the French charge this year. Pouille will be joined by No. 42 Jeremy Chardy and Top 20 doubles players Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
The good news for France is that the hosts can welcome the team Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who helped his nation get the title last year, but this year could not participate in the competition due to an injury. Last month, at the European Open in Antwerp, Tsonga won his first game since retiring in the semifinals of Montpellier in February. It is currently ranked No. 261 in the world.
Croatian training was collected. With all the best players to choose from, Croatian captain Zeljko Krajan has maintained faith in the same five players who defeated the USA. UU To reach the decisive decision of this year’s title.
The No. 7 in the world, Marin Cilic will lead the line for Croatia, and in Borna Coric, the Croats have a No. 2 player capable of leading most of the sides. Coric has improved his classification throughout the year and is currently ranked 12th in his career. Last month, he reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, defeating Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro on the road.
Franko Skugor gives the Croatian team a player who can compete in singles and doubles, but, like their opponents, the Croats also have two excellent doubles players. Mate Pavic is currently in third place in the doubles classification and has accumulated 5 doubles titles this year, the best course of his career.
For his fifth player, Croatia can draw on the experience of the world number 35 doubles player, Ivan Dodig, who has made 31 appearances in the Davis Cup since his debut in 2002.
France won 10 Davis Cup titles, and a victory this weekend would allow them to obtain exclusive ownership of the third place on the Davis Cup honor roll, ahead of Britain. Croatia won its only title in 2005, but will play its third final, having also reached the title clash in 2016.
The nations have faced twice before in the competition, and both have a victory. Croatia won their most recent match, a 3-2 victory in the 2016 semifinals.
The World Group dates for the 2018 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas are as follows:
World Group first round: 2-4 February
World Group quarterfinals: 6-8 April
World Group semifinals and play-offs: 14-16 September
World Group Final: 23-25 November
The World Group dates for the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas are as follows:
World Group/World Group II first round: 10-11 February
World Group semifinals; World Group/World Group II play-offs: 21-22 April
World Group Final: 10-11 November
France will return to a family environment after the Francaise Tennis Federation (FFT) announced the 2018 Davis Cup of BNP Paribas Final against Croatia to be played on a clay court at the Stade Pierre Mauroy from November 23 to 25.
It will be the third time in five years that Lille hosts the Davis Cup final with France falling to Switzerland in 2014 before defeating Belgium to claim the historic trophy in 2017.
With France on one of their favorite surfaces for the end of this year, one thing is for sure: you can expect a lot of people for the final draw of Yannick Noah in charge of Les Bleus.
In 2014, a record 27,448 fans watched Roger Federer lift the Davis Cup title, the biggest crowd to watch a tennis match.
And last year, more than 24,000 fans watched France lift the Davis Cup trophy for the first time in nearly two decades.
This will be the third match between France and Croatia, where the home team will prevail in their two previous meetings.
France won a first-round clash of the 2004 World Group in Metz 4-1, but Croatia got a 3-2 victory in the semi-finals two years ago, when Marin Cilic won two individual goals and joined Ivan Dodig for a win in double.
Ticket information will be announced by the FFT on Tuesday, September 25.
The Davis Cup 2018 is the 107th edition of the Davis Cup, a tournament between national men’s tennis teams. It is sponsored by BNP Paribas. In 2018, new rules were introduced for the zonal events of Groups I and II, and the ties were played as sets to the best of three over the course of two days.