Yannick Noah is relieved after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Richard Gasquet's doubles match win over Ruben Bemelmans and Joris de Loore. In press conference, the French team captain spoke again about not including Nicolas Mahut, a two-time Grand Slam winner with Herbert, in the four-man final team.
'It was a difficult decision because a lot of people did not have the same vision and even people within the group did not have the same vision. It would have been much easier to make the politically correct decision and lose with honors.
Personally, it's good for me that they won because otherwise I would have been on a hot seat (laughter)', Noah said. Noah also added that Gasquet had been included in the team to replace Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Lucas Pouille in the singles if they get injured.
'This was a factor because I don't think either of our three doubles specialists (Herbert, Benneteau and Mahut) would have been able to play a best-of-five set Davis Cup match on a Sunday', he said. Noah is confident about Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's chances in the singles rubber against David Goffin, which would give France first Davis Cup title since 2001.
'He has been thinking about this match for a while now and when he thinks about it, he sees himself winning it', Noah said about Tsonga. 'He is ready.' ALSO READ: Tsonga: 'I would even hit the ball with teeth'.
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