Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Fr4Nc0, Feb 12, 2012.
Will they play in the US or in France/Canada?
If Canada its away, don't know about French, just look up their last tie
looks like France will win and it will also be away
It will be on RG stadium....
Early April outdoors in Paris??? Break out the longjohns!
im pretty sure its going to be indoor clay, a much slower and better groomed court. OR it may be on fast indoor, US did lose to Spain on fast indoor. although i would say indoor clay
Fast indoor surface would favor the americans. John Isner, Fish and Roddick likes that surface. but then Tsonga and Llodra likes it too. but maybe it will be fast indoors. french suck on clay too
Isner isn't a sissy on it.. he did take Rafa to 5 sets last year.
That's a tricky decision for the French on choosing the court.
With Roddick on the decline, the best French players (Tsonga, Monfils) are better at their best than the American team of Fish and Isner, but you could have said that about Switzerland, too, and we know how that turned out because of a bad decision on surface. The American team is more consistent than the French, who can play great or horrible on the day.
That choice is so key that the French almost want to wait till the last minute to see who's looking healthy and strong among their players.
If Tsonga's strong, his biggest success was at the Australian Open. A medium hard court perhaps? If they could get the surface to slow down Isner's and Roddick's serves, that's not a bad way to go.
Tsonga has also done well on grass, but Roddick and Isner are good on that surface, too.
The French could go with RG, using Monfils and either Gasquet or Simon. But the American team proved itself a force on clay at the Davis Cup.
But their best bet is probably just to go with fast hard court. It's what they'll likely choose against Spain, so it's good practice for that. Tsonga made the finals of Paris and WTF, and Monfils and Llodra have also had success at the Paris Masters. Why not play there?
Plus, the Americans will have bad memories having lost to Spain on indoor hard court.
Either way, it's a win for viewers because it could be close and play to both team's strengths.
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