Davis Cup 2023: Great Britain vs France - preview
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Here's everything you need to know about Great Britain's final Davis Cup match against France in the Finals Group Stage at the Manchester AO Arena.
When is Great Britain vs France?
Great Britain’s third and final match of the Davis Cup Finals Group Stages against France will start from 13:00 on Sunday 17 September.
How to watch Great Britain vs France at the Davis Cup
|Great Britain (ranking)||France (ranking)|
|Captain: Leon Smith||Captain: Sebastian Grosjean|
|Cam Norrie (17)||Adrian Mannarino (34)|
|Dan Evans (25)||Ugo Humbert (36)|
|Andy Murray (43)||Arthur Fils (44)|
|Jack Draper (106)||Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Doubles: 11)|
|Neal Skupski (Doubles: 3)||Nicolas Mahut (Doubles: 34)|
Great Britain vs France Davis Cup head-to-head
The third and final tie of the Finals Group Stage will see the two nations face each other for the 14th time in the tournament’s history, with the Brits currently leading the head-to-head 13-10. Their first meeting came in 1912, while their most recent battle in 2021 saw the Brits claim a 2-1 victory.
However, with France taking the title as the third most successful Davis Cup nation, holding 10 wins, they will certainly be looking to cause an upset in Manchester.
With Captain Leon Smith having utilised his entire squad across both of Great Britain’s ties against Australia and Switzerland, it’s safe to say he’s gifted with a world-class line-up who are ready to rise to the occasion on Sunday.
After Jack Draper and Dan Evans got the Brits off to a winning start against Australia, it was over to British No.1 Cam Norrie and the experienced Andy Murray to step up to the mark against 2014 champions, Switzerland.
Playing in his 25th Davis Cup tie for Great Britian, Murray pulled off a triumphant comeback win against 21-year-old Leandro Riedi to mark his 33rd singles win for his country – reiterating his status as one of Great Britain’s most reliable and experienced Davis Cup players. Elsewhere, Norrie was defeated by three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka but will be eager to fight back should he be selected against the French team.
The Brits are likely to face Adrian Mannarino and Ugo Humbert – France’s two highest ranked singles players who have led the charge in their opening matches against Australia and Switzerland. 35-year-old Mannarino has brought his striking form with him to Manchester, having won his two singles matches against Dominic Stricker and Max Purcell earlier this week, while Humbert will be gunning to bounce back from defeat against Australia’s Alex de Minaur.
However, France’s options don’t stop there, with rising star Arthur Fils also featuring in the squad and holding the weapons to cause an upset. With the 19-year-old currently embarking on a breakthrough year having recorded wins against Casper Ruud, Wawrinka, and Jannik Sinner and lifting a career-first ATP title in Lyon, could Sebastian Grosjean look to throw a curveball by selecting the youngster?
The doubles could be set to serve up one of the most exciting matches of the week so far, with France possessing two Grand Slam champions in their squad in Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Nicolas Mahut. Meanwhile, Neal Skupski and Evans have been the go-to pair this week, with their win against Wawrinka and Stricker undoubtedly leaving them with confidence flowing through their veins ahead of the final tie against the French on Sunday.