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France's decision to drop Simon gives GB hope in Rouen


By Robert Jones

Great Britain are hoping experience counts in their favour after France captain Yannick Noah took a risk in his team selection for their Davis Cup quarter-final in Rouen. Noah dropped Gilles Simon in favour of French number nine Jeremy Chardy, who will play his first Davis Cup tie since 2011.

Chardy will play the second singles match at the Kindarena on Friday against Dan Evans, the British number one for the tie, after 17th-ranked Lucas Pouille has faced Kyle Edmund.

With Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet injured and new father Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also missing, France - the strongest nation in men's tennis - will rely on two players with just six Davis Cup rubbers between them.

Explaining his decision to bring in Chardy, Noah said: "I think the clay suits his game and from what I saw in the practice sessions he was really good."

Britain are without world number one Andy Murray, who is recovering from an elbow injury.

• Ireland got their Davis Cup campaign off to a strong start as they defeated Andorra in their opening group match in Bulgaria. Ireland, who have Hillsborough man Peter Bothwell in their team, won all three matches for an opening 3-0 victory.

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