Davis Cup captain bemoans lack of British talent coming through
As the Davis Cup quarter-final in Rouen took a farcical turn, Leon Smith admitted the "conveyor belt" of talent that helped France to victory shows no sign of being replicated in Britain.
The meaningful action concluded after victory for Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in the doubles added to singles wins for Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy but the rules required the dead rubbers to be played.
Dan Evans defeated Benneteau 6-1 6-2 before a 6-4 6-4 win for Chardy over Kyle Edmund made the final score 4-1 to France.
"The big difference in our nation compared to the big hitters is someone like France who have 19 in the top 200," said Smith.
"We've got four in the top 100 and then that's it. This is a great team but it would be nice to have players who are joining these guys on tour, sitting around 75, even 125, 150. It just means you've got more of a conveyor belt coming through."