September 19, 2017 / 10:42 AM / 9 months ago

France to play Davis Cup final against Belgium in Lille

PARIS (Reuters) - The Davis Cup final between France and Belgium will be played at Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Nov. 24-26, the French tennis federation announced on Tuesday.

Tennis - Davis Cup - Semi-Final - France vs Serbia- Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - September 17, 2017 France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates winning his match against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic with team mates and captain Yannick Noah REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The tie will be played on a hard court indoor surface with the roof closed.

The stadium is home to Ligue 1 soccer club Lille with a capacity of more than 50,000 but that is reduced for the tennis, with a court set at one end, to seat 27,500.

France beat Serbia 3-1 at the weekend at the same stadium, on a clay surface, to secure their place in the final.

Tennis - Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - Belgium vs Australia - Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium - September 17, 2017 Belgium's David Goffin and Steve Darcis celebrate with team after winning the semi finals REUTERS/Yves Herman

The Lille stadium was also the venue last time France played in the final, with the hosts losing to Roger Federer’s Switzerland in 2014 on clay.

Nine-time champions France last won the Davis Cup in 2001.

Twice runners-up Belgium, who secured their place in the final by beating Australia 3-2 in Brussels, are chasing their first title after being losing finalists in 2015 and 1904.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Christian Radnedge

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