Paris - France have left Gael Monfils out of their team to play Great
Britain in the Davis Cup next week, preferring lower-ranked Nicolas Mahut for
his grass-court and doubles skills - as predicted by Monfils himself.
Mahut, ranked 66 in the world and who has struggled with thigh pain at this
year's Wimbledon, is joined for the World Group quarter-final clash in London
by Richard Gasquet (world number 20), Gilles Simon (13) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who has played doubles with Mahut, was named as
replacement in an official team statement on Tuesday.
Monfils, the world number 18, lost a five-set thriller to Simon at Wimbledon
on Saturday, and said after his third-round defeat he did not expect to be
"Quite honestly, I don't have a place in the Davis Cup," he told
reporters. "There's an impression that I can play well on grass, but it's
nothing but an impression."
The Davis Cup tie takes place at Queen's Club in west London
between July 17-19.