Paris - France's new Davis Cup captain
Yannick Noah has retained Gael Monfils in his team to play Canada in a World
Group first round match next month despite the player's criticisms over staging
the tie in Guadeloupe.
Monfils was named along with Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon for the singles berths with Edouard
Roger-Vasselin an option for the doubles.
It will be the first time that a French
Davis Cup tie will be held in the Caribbean where Guadeloupe, where Monfils'
father was born, is a French overseas department.
But the round-trip for the March 4-6 tie is
around 13 000 kilometres, and at the recent Australian Open Monfils said that
most of the players, including himself, did not want to play the match so far
Noah, 55, who led France to their first
Davis Cup title in 59 years in 1991 and who has been asked to take over as
skipper for a second time following recent failures and team unrest, said that
despite his comments Monfils appeared to be motivated enough.
"I hope he realises that he has not
done the team any favours," the 1983 French Open winner said.
"If we go about this the way that we
all know how to do, we can win it (the tie) and I would even say that we can
win the (Davis) cup."