The French Tennis Federation has been investing a lot of money on the younger players' development but there are not champions yet. Speaking to Marca the France's Davis Cup team captain Sebastian Grosjean said: "It's not about money.
We are in an era with Nadal, Federer and Djokovic who won almost everything in the last 15 years. So it's difficult that someone comes and prevails on the biggest stages. Federer was born very close to France. If he was French instead of Swiss, we would not be speaking about it.
We have a good training system because we have great players. What happens is that in front of us there are the three biggest legends in our sport." And what about a French Open winner? "If you want to win on clay you need to grow on this surface.
And for it, we need a centre where you can train outdoor. It's not the same if you train indoor. Nadal, in Mallorca, always trains outdoor. You understand much more the game, both technique and physical wise." On the new Davis Cup format, he concluded: "It's complicated when the tournament spirit changes, with ties at home and far away where you play in front of your crowd and you can pick the surface.
For us it was not easy to accept the change but representing France will Always be a honor. We will hear the inthem before the ties, we will wear France's shirt. All the changes need time but all the players told me they want to play and they are available, which makes me happy as a captain."