Tennis: France put faith in young guns Gasquet and Tsonga
France captain Guy Forget has no worries about placing his country's Davis Cup destiny in the hands of Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet
SIBIU, Romania, February 7, 2008 - France captain Guy Forget has no
worries about placing his country's Davis Cup destiny in the hands of
Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet.
France take on Romania in the World Group first round here this weekend
with 22-year-old Tsonga and Gasquet, 21, entrusted with the singles leaving
elder statesmen Arnaud Clement and Mickael Llodra to take care of Saturday's
"It was an obvious choice for Gasquet and Tsonga to play singles," said
Forget. "They were the ones who played the best at the Australian Open.
Richard has solid Davis Cup experience and Jo, with his new experience, I
expect him to play as well as he did in Melbourne.
"It's a baptism for him, but I see no reason why he can't play at such a
level to win one point, maybe two."
France beat Romania 4-1 at the same stage of the tournament in 2007 and the
winners this weekend will go on to face either defending champions America or
Austria in the quarter-finals.
Gasquet played in last year's tie and won both his singles against Victor
Hanescu and Andrei Pavel, who also feature this time round.
Draw for the Davis Cup World Group tie between Romania and France which
takes place here on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Victor Hanescu (ROM) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Andrei Pavel (ROM) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Florent Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROM) v Arnaud Clement/Mickael Llodra (FRA)
Andrei Pavel (ROM) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Victor Hanescu (ROM) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)