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France and Belgium prepare to do battle at Davis Cup

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 01:32

France and Belgium are preparing to go head to head in the Davis Cup final

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SHOWS: LILLE, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 23, 2017) (ITF - EDITORIAL USE ONLY) 1. FRENCH TENNIS PLAYER JO-WILFRED TSONGA TRAINING 2. BELGIAN TENNIS PLAYER DAVID GOFFIN TRAINING 3. FRENCH TENNIS PLAYER LUCAS POUILLE TRAINING 4. BELGIUM TEAM AT DRAW CEREMONY 5. FRENCH TEAM AT DRAW CEREMONY 6. TSONGA AT DRAW CEREMONY 7. GOFFIN AT DRAW CEREMONY 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BELGIAN TENNIS PLAYER, DAVID GOFFIN, SAYING: "It's going to be tough, I've never beaten Lucas (Pouille) in the past so hope it will be first time. I hope to find the solution to beat him but it won't be easy, in such a big stadium there will be a lot of emotion, a lot of pressure also on both side. Of course on the paper I'm the favourite, I'm the best ranking but in Davis Cup you never know, all can happen so it's going to be tough. He's such a great player, he's improving every year so I hope just to manage the event like I normally do with my heart and I'm just going to give everything and hopefully to win this match." 9. DAVIS CUP FINAL DRAW (MUTE) STORY: Doubles specialists Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau have been omitted from the France team to play Belgium in the Davis Cup final starting in Lille, France on Friday (November 24). In Thursday's (November 23) draw, captain Yannick Noah named Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert for the three-day event in Lille. Belgium will be led by David Goffin and Steve Darcis with Joris De Loore and Ruben Bemelmans to play Saturday's (November 25) doubles. Friday's first singles rubber will feature world number seven Goffin, who reached the final at the ATP Tour finals earlier this month, and Pouille. Tsonga will then take on Darcis before Gasquet and Herbert face Bemelmans and Loore in the doubles. The reverse singles rubbers will be played on Sunday (November 26). Belgium have never won the title while France claimed the last of their nine wins in 2001.

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France and Belgium prepare to do battle at Davis Cup

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 01:32