French Fed Cup captain Julien Benneteau spoke about the return of France's top player Caroline Garcia into the Fed Cup team in an interview with L'Equipe. Garcia had not played for France in the Fed Cup for two years due to a strained relationship with her teammates.
But Benneteau says Garcia took all the necessary steps in order to make the comeback into the team. "It was difficult for her at the first meeting. And then afterward, little by little, she took back her place in the team.
She saw that she had the confidence of her teammates. I think she felt that all the staff were delighted that she was there. And we were trying to put her in the best position. And then, she was very humble, very professional, strong in her head to balance things out and focus on goals."
Garcia played an integral role in France's Fed Cup win this year - she won both her singles matches in the quarter-finals against Belgium; went 1-1 in singles and was part of the doubles win in the semi-finals against Romania; and lost one single but won the decisive doubles victory point for France in the final against Australia.
Prior to this year, Garcia had not played in the Fed Cup in 2017 and 2018. Garcia, who was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world last year, is currently ranked No. 46 in the world and says she hopes to return to better form next year in the rankings as well.