World No. 59 Adrian Mannarino has admitted that he would really love to be nominated for the French Davis Cup Finals team. France Davis Cup Finals captain Sebastian Grosjean didn't nominate Mannarino on his initial list for the event.
However, a place in the French Davis Cup Finals team opened following the withdrawal of Ugo Humbert. "Of course it would be a great satisfaction to be selected for the team. There are all the French players who want to do well and play well at the end of the year," Mannarino said, per We Love Tennis.
"The captain will choose a player based on the results here, and maybe after that. It is an important goal and something that would make me really happy."
Mannarino and Gael Monfils didn't make the team
Mannarino not being nominated wasn't a big surprise but top-ranked Frenchman Monfils being snubbed out of Davis Cup selection came as a shock.
"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. Last week, Humbert announced he was done for the season. "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.
"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!" It remains to be seen which player will replace Humbert at the Davis Cup Finals.