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France To Host Davis Cup Final in Lille
Posted on September 19, 2017 at 8:50 AM
France will host Belgium on hard court in the November 24-26th final.
France is playing hard ball bringing the Davis Cup final back to Lille.
France will host Belgium on hard court in the November 24-26th Davis Cup final beneath a closed roof at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, the Federation France de Tennis (FFT) announced today.
French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won four of six meetings with Belgian No. 1 David Goffin.
The pair have split two-hard court clashes with Tsonga prevailing, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the Rotterdam final on hard court in February.
Les Bleus defeated Serbia, playing without injured Novak Djokovic, in last weekend’s semifinals on a red clay court in Lille.
Belgium rallied from a 1-2 deficit on the final day of play as Goffin leveled the tie and Steve Darcis defeated Jordan Thompson clinching the host’s 3-2 comeback victory over Australia on red clay.
Contesting its 18th Davis Cup final, France is playing for its 10th Davis Cup and first since 2001.
Belgium will play its second final in the last three years following its 2015 final loss to an Andy Murray-led Great Britain. It is the third final for Belgium, the 1904 finalist, which is aiming for its first Davis Cup.
The Stade Pierre Mauroy will be configured to host a capacity crowd of 27,000.
The site set a new attendance record for highest-single day attendance in a Davis Cup semifinal as 18,148 fans watched Tsonga clinch France’s spot in the final on Sunday. A total of 47,908 fans attended the semifinals in Lille last weekend.
In 2014, a record-breaking 27,448 fans watched Roger Federer defeat Richard Gasquet, the largest crowd to ever watch a Davis Cup match, to clinch Switzerland’s first Davis Cup.
France is bidding for its first Cup since 2001 when Nicolas Ecsude defeated Wayne Arthurs on the grass of Melbourne in a decisive fifth rubber for the visitors.
Photo credit: Corinne Dubreuil/Davis Cup Facebook