In a press conference France's Davis Cup team captain Sebastien Grosjean spoke about why Benoit Paire, and not Gael Monfils, faced Novak Djokovic in Davis Cup on Thursday. Grosjean said: "We knew from the beginning that all the matches would have been decisive.
On making Gael play, when you have the country's No. 1, who is the world No. 10, who reached US Open and Paris quarter-finals and who wants to play, you make him play. Gael did not have a good match, we knew it would have been tough against Novak because Gael never beat him."
Paire backed the new format: "This competition is great, the press, media, TV do not stop criticizing it because there is nobody on the grounds. This is format is the best one, it's a change that you needed to make.
All the teams compete, they give their best and I think this event has a future." Nicolas Mahut said: "We are disappointed because we lost in the groups stages. On the format, I have mixed feelings. There were positives.
The organization was very good and it felt like competing at the Olympic Games. Then, there are some things you need to review if we want this event to be successful. When you hold such a competition, it's always difficult to keep tradition, which was completely blasted.
One week is too short. You cannot finish a match at 4:00 AM. Stadiums need to be packed and it was not like this. Our supporters need to come back because we need them. For Spain it will be great because they play at home."