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Sports: Davis Cup: new formula for France, favorites ... What you should know before starting

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  Coupe Davis : nouvelle formule, équipe de France, favoris... Ce qu'il faut savoir avant le début de la compétition

Since 2019, it is now the new appointment of the men's tennis season end. Canceled last year, Davis Cup is back in its new formula concocted by the Kosmos group, owned by the footballer Gerard Piqué.

Eighteen nations qualified or, like France, invited, will compete bowl money for eleven days of competition, from Thursday, November 25 and several parts of the continent.

New formula, Act II

Its launch in 2019 aroused many reactions. After 118 years of existence, the "World Cup of tennis" had its revolution. Exit spread the season throughout the year, in favor of a competition gathered in one place and in a single week. To rekindle the flame of sometimes considered too energy competition for the players, the format matches also decreased . Wins best of five matches (four singles, one double) format has evolved in three games (two single, one double). The games are sure to come to play in two winning sets.

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In 2019, it was Spain who won the first title in the new Davis Cup -look. In the final, Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut were respectively beaten Canadians Denis Shapovalov (6-3, 7-6) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (7-6, 6-3).

A competition divided into three countries

Madrid (Spain), Innsbruck (Austria) and Turin (Italy). These are the three host cities of this Davis Cup 2021. Each of these cities will host three groups of three teams. The quarterfinals will be the result also distributed in these three cities. However, the semis and the final will be played at the Madrid Arena, as a "Final Four".

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In this period still marked by the health crisis, spectators will not be accommodated in the same situation in different countries. In Innsbruck, host of the Group of France, the matches will be played without an audience. The deal will be different in Italy and Spain, where countries are not subject to confinement.

"Youth and Experience" for France

In announcing his group, Captain Sebastien Grosjean had justified his choice by his desire to "mix of youth and experience." Alongside the ever-present pair Mahut Herbert for the double, just sacred at the Masters, and the experienced Richard Gasquet, the captain had surprised everyone by not retaining Gael Monfils, selecting the place Arthur Rinderknech . At 26, he who never made a second round at the US Open 2021, honors his debut.

Finally, Grosjean has called up two new players: Hugo and Gaston Adrian Mannarino, while Ugo Humbert, first selected, finally put an end to his season. If the first city was eventually sidelined in favor of veteran Richard Gasquet, the tricolor coach sent a strong message and that predicts a passage between two generations of witnesses.

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"Hugo signed a magnificent course at the Rolex Paris Masters by reaching the quarter-finals, with an exceptional quality of play. Meanwhile, Adrian finds a level playing interesting after beautiful victories over Andrey Rublev in Moscow and Nikoloz Basilashvili Rolex Masters Paris "was justified Grosjean.

The Blues begin their tournament Thursday at 16 am, against the Czech Republic. Two days later, still in Innsbruck, they find Britain.

Spain and Russia favorites

Defending champion Spain will rely on two players in the Top 20: Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreño. Winner of Next Gen ATP Finals , the young Carlos Alcaraz will also be taking part. In this same group, Russia will look great with Masters finalist, Daniil Medvedev (n ° 2 worldwide) and Andrey Rublev (No. 5). Novak Djokovic (No. 1, Serbia), Jannik Sinner (No. 10, Italy), Cameron Norrie (No. 12 Great Britain) also will take their team.

On the contrary, the recent winner of the Masters, Alexander Zverev (No. 3, Germany), by choice, Stefanos Tsitsipas (No. 4, Greece), not qualified, and Matteo Berrettini (No. 7, Italy), package, not will not be in the game.

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