A draw was held today to determine pairs for this weekend’s Davis Cup final between Croatia and France in Lille. Borna Ćorić and Jeremy Chardy will open the final on Friday at 2 pm.
Following Borna Ćorić and Jeremy Chardy, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face Croatia’s best ranked tennis player Marin Čilić.
Coaches had time ahead of the draw to make final changes, but there were no surprises and all remained with their announced rosters. However; French coach Yannick Noah decided to leave out his best player according to the ATP rankings, Lucas Pouille and instead of him include Jeremy Chardy.
Croatia with Čilić and Ćorić are the favorites, while France does not have a player within the top 30, but they are the host nation and defending the title.
Both teams have suffered losses in the final before, Croatia lost at home to Argentina in 2016, while France won the title last year after three consecutive defeats in the final.
France, in its 19th final in the 118 year history of the Davis Cup, will be striving to become the 6th country that defended the title after the Challenge system was discontinued in 1972. Until now this was achieved by the USA (1971-1972, 1978-1979 and 1981-1982), Sweden (1984-1985 and 1997-1998), Germany 1988-1989), Spain (2008-2009) and the Czech Republic (2012-2013).
Croatia will be playing its third Davis Cup final in Lille and looking to win its second title, after the unforgettable triumph of 2005 in Bratislava.
Davis Cup final schedule:
Friday, November 23rd (2 pm)
Jeremy Chardy - Borna Ćorić
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Marin Čilić
Saturday, November 24th (2 pm)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Nicolas Mahut - Ivan Dodig / Mate Pavić
Sunday, November 25th (1 pm)
Jeremy Chardy - Marin Čilić
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Borna Ćorić
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