Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final

Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reaches for a forehand to Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah has chosen Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.

Chardy will lead 10-time champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.

Pouille sealed France’s victory over Belgium in last year’s final and was widely expected to be picked again. Chardy is unbeaten on indoor clay in the Davis Cup.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who missed most of the season through injury, will then play Marin Cilic, Croatia’s top player, in the second singles match.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are set to face Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig in Saturday’s doubles.

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