World No. 47 Benoit Paire has made it clear that he would like to represent France at the Davis Cup Finals. Paire wasn't nominated initially for the Davis Cup FInals but a place opened following the withdrawal from Ugo Humbert.
However, Paire acknowledged that the decision on who will replace Humbert is solely on France Davis Cup captain Sebastian Grosjean. “Of course I want to go to the Davis Cup. I didn't say I didn't want to go.
This is one of my goals. I am not the only one to decide, it is not me who decides on the selection," Paire said, per We Love Tennis. "I'm not the only one who wants to play. There are other players who can be part of this team.
I think I have the level, the experience, the qualities that make me eligible for selection. But it's not me who decides, but Sebastien."
Paire and Gael Monfils snubbed out of the Davis Cup selection
Grosjean's decision not to select Monfils for the Davis Cup Finals came as a shock to many.
"Sebastien Grosjean and I had discussions about this, and he wanted me to recover. If there is a playoff in February, I'll be there. I'll be selected. I think that Sebastien has made his decision. We have had a lot of discussions, as he told you certainly.
He's the captain. He decided to let me recover, blow off some steam," Monfils explained. Meanwhile, Humbert was disappointed over being forced to skp the Davis Cup Finals. "At this point it's beter to take care of myself, to look forward to a great 2022 season, which is why I took the very hard decision to and my 2021 season," Humbert announced last week.
"It's frustrating to retire from Bercy and the Davis Cup Finals this year, the kind of events I'm waiting for and I love the most. I wish all the best and a lot of success to all the French team."