Two years after the lost final against Great Britain plays tennis with the Belgian Davis Cup team from 24 to 26 november and against France again to get the gold. “We have for the second time a rendezvous with history and will do everything to get them to a good end,” promised coach Johan Van Herck on Tuesday at the announcement of his selection.
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David Goffin (ATP 8), Steve Darcis (ATP 76), Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 106), Arthur De Greef (ATP 174) and Joris De Loore (ATP 279), as a reserve, form the Belgian team for the final showdown at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille.
“This duel between France and Belgium, announces itself promising to,” said Van Herck. “France is favourite, let’s be honest. But in the Davis Cup, there are so many factors that play a role, and it would not be the first time that our team above himself and rises. Think of David, a wereldpartij played against the Australian Kyrgios and Steve that Zverev and Kohlschreiber in Germany small got. With Ruben, Arthur and George, which all the way back after a knee surgery, we have a very solid team that the French in the single and doubles to the limit can float.”
Every day, the 27,000 fans, among whom the 2,700 Belgians, the races to attend. “The large number of French supporters will obviously have a role,” predicted Van Herck. “We will be there as visitors, have to deal with. But that also applies to the French themselves, whose expectations are very high. We are going to do everything to make them fire to the shins.”
The team of French coach Yannick Noah is formed by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP 15), Lucas Pouille (ATP 18) and dubbelspecialisten Nicolas Mahut (ATP 103, number 6 in doubles) and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (ATP 80, number 13 in doubles). Richard Gasquet (ATP 31) and Julien Benneteau (ATP 57) are conceded.
Belgians steaming with internship in Uccle ready for final
Coach Johan Van Herck steams are tennis players this week, during an internship in Uccle. The Belgians will continue until Friday on the fields of Uccle Sport practice. Saturday is a rest day on the agenda, then Team Belgium Sunday to Lille departs. The French are preparing for a work placement in Marcq-en-Baroeul, near Roubaix.