Injury bug bites both Britain, France ahead of Davis Cup clash.
What was billed as a big exciting match got slightly watered down after both Britain and France suffered key injuries ahead of their quarter-final tie at the Rouen in-door clay court in the Davis Cup.
World number 1 Andy Murray was the first casualty of the injury bug, as he sustained an elbow injury that also forced him to sit out the Miami Open.
France, one of the deepest teams in this Davis Cup, then saw three key players get sidelined as Gael Monfils got injured, Richard Gasquet had an appendix operation and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just had a child born to him and his wife.
Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who stepped up in Murray’s absence in their win over Serbia in the last round, is confident he can once again deliver for his side.
“The last time I played on clay was in Serbia – I definitely played some good tennis there so there are lots of good memories,” said the 22-year-old.
“This is the first competitive match since then and it has been nine months so I have to get used to the transition from hard to clay. But I am looking forward to it. Whenever you come to Davis Cup you have time to prepare so there are no excuses.”
France captain Yannick Noah also tweaked his nominations midweek, with 68th-ranked Jeremy Chardy replacing number 30 Giles Simon. Chardy will serve as the number two singles play to Pouille, who is 17th in the world but only has three Davis Cup rubbers in his belt.