Pouille earns France Davis Cup call-up

2016-07-05 18:15
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Paris - Wimbledon quarter-finalists Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were named Tuesday in the France Davis Cup squad to face the Czech Republic in next week's quarter-final.

The pair will be joined by Gilles Simon, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Yannick Noah's team for the July 15-17 tie in Trinec in the Czech Republic.

Rising star Pouille makes his first appearance for France as former French great Noah left out Gael Monfils, who is suffering from a viral infection.

Noah was also forced to make do without French number one Richard Gasquet, who retired with a back injury in his fourth-round match against Tsonga at Wimbledon on Monday.

While Tsonga faces British number two seed Andy Murray at the All England Club, Pouille has a date with tenth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

The 22-year-old Pouille is enjoying his best ever Wimbledon, the 32nd seed dispatching Australia's Bernard Tomic in a gruelling five set fourth round clash.

Noah plans to wait until Wimbledon is finished to announce which four players will start against the Czechs at the indoor tie at the Werk Arena.

The two countries are meeting for the 16th time in Davis Cup competition, with the hosts out to avenge France's 2014 semi-final victory.

The Czechs are two-time winners, in 2012 and 2013, with France's last success back in 2001.

The winner will go on to face either the United States or Croatia in the semi-finals in September.

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