ATP Tour

French gamble on Paire for Nadal Davis Cup date

2018-09-04 14:09
Benoit Paire (AP)

Paris - French Davis Cup coach Yannick Noah raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he unexpectedly named Benoit Paire alongside Lucas Pouille and Richard Gasquet for their mouth-watering semi-final against Spain in two weeks' time. 

The 1.96 metres Paire has never played for France, is 56th in the ATP standings and has a reputation for being flashy and taking risks but has great spin and a powerful doublehanded backhand. 

Noah said the selection was made with the opposition for the September 14-16 hard-court semi-final in mind. 

"He's really up for it," Noah said. 

"Benoit's style is interesting when you consider the opponent," he explained. "I've been wanting to play him for a while. 

"He gives us plenty of options as a number three when you are playing a typical Spanish team with (Rafael) Nadal and the others," he said. 

Spain and France have met twice previously in Davis Cup semi-finals, with the Spanish winning in both 2004 and 2011 and going on to win the Davis Cup both times. 

The winner of the weekend's action will come up against either Croatia or the United States in the final.

Read more on:    davis cup  |  benoit paire  |  tennis

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.