France against the USA is one of the oldest Davis Cup rivalries, dating all the way back to 1905 when the competition was first expanded. Since, there have been a total of 15 meetings with the USA edging the series 8-7. The most recent meeting witnessed a win for the American’s on home soil following a trend whereby only twice has a visiting team come away with the win.
The French team are looking for a third consecutive semifinal berth and with six players ranked inside the Top 50 captain Guy Forget certainly has plenty at his disposal in what he has promised will be his final season at the helm. A potentially tricky away tie to Canada in the first round was navigated with relative ease in a 4-1 victory led by two singles victories from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Having overcome a Switzerland team, which included both Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, on clay in Fribourg it might be permitted to forgive a renewed American optimism. It will be Captain Jim Courier’s task to ensure that his players do not take a potentially stronger French team for granted.