In an interview, as quoted by L'Equipe, Gael Monfils was asked if he will face Novak Djokovic in the Davis Cup group-stage tie between France and Serbia on Thursday. Monfils replied: "We will speak a lot with the team.
Benoit (Paire) is ready. Today I did not play too well, just like I did at the end of the season. It's a team sport and being on the bench is not a punishment. I will be ready to support the team. I had a very good season but I am not really ending well.
You could see it in Asia where I played less well. I am very tired mentally," said Monfils who lost to the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets on Tuesday. On how it felt to sing La Marseillaise in front of a few people at the beginning, Pierre-Hugues Herbert said: "It was pretty special because it was the first time I hear myself singing the Marseillaise song.
So it was special. I was hoping if Nicolas Mahut sings perfectly because I could follow the rhythm and everything. Yeah, that's it. Yes, for sure, for us, it's so different. I mean, we played in Lille in the finals of Davis Cup in front of the home crowd, I don't know, almost 15,000, 20 -- more.
20,000 people. 90 per cent of the crowd was for us. For sure it was different. But we are only tennis players, we are not organizing the events. We are just happy to be here and play for our country and play for our mates and give our best."