Australian team ready for French challenge at Davis Cup Finals | 15 September, 2022 | All News | News and Features | News and Events


The Australian Davis Cup team, which includes Jason Kubler and Alex de Minaur, is set to play France next at the 2022 Davis Cup Finals.

Hamburg, Germany, 15 September 2022 | Leigh Rogers

The Australian team has made an impressive start in the round-robin stage of the 2022 Davis Cup Finals.

After dominating Belgium in the opening tie, the Australian team now turns its attention to a showdown with France in Hamburg today.

“The job’s not done,” reiterated Matt Ebden, who is relishing a return to the Australian Davis Cup team for the first time in four years.

France’s opening tie against Germany went down to the wire, decided in a final set tiebreak in the doubles rubber. After suffering a heart-breaking 1-2 loss, the French team will be determined to bounce back strongly against Australia.

Australia’s Davis Cup team
Player Age Singles rank Doubles rank
Alex de Minaur 23 No.22 No.186
Thanasi Kokkinakis 26 No.81 No.20
Jason Kubler 29 No.97 No.216
Max Purcell 24 No.226 No.37
Matt Ebden 34 No.657 No.33
Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

France is fielding an experienced team, which includes former world No.1 doubles player Nicolas Mahut and three-time Grand Slam singles semifinalist Richard Gasquet, a former world No.7 who also claimed an Olympic bronze medal in doubles in 2012.

“France is a bit of an unknown,” admitted Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt.

“They’ve always got a good doubles pair in there, which will make it tough and puts a lot of pressure on the singles matches.

“There are a few guys that sort of fly under the radar – (Adrian) Mannarino and in particular, Benjamin Bonzi, who I rate. He’s a lot better player than his ranking. So we won’t be taking them lightly at all.”

France’s Davis Cup team
Player Age Singles rank Doubles rank
Adrian Mannarino 34 No.47 No.232
Benjamin Bonzi 26 No.53 No.122
Arthur Rinderknech 27 No.59 No.144
Richard Gasquet 36 No.79
Nicolas Mahut 40 No.27
Captain: Sebastien Grosjean

This showdown also renews a rivalry between Hewitt and French captain Sebastien Grosjean. They played each other nine times during their playing careers, including in the 1999 and 2001 Davis Cup Finals. Hewitt won six of their encounters.

The Australian team needs to finish among the top two nations in their four-nation group this week to advance to the knockout stage of the finals in November.

2022 Davis Cup Finals
Group C – current standings
Nation Ties won Ties lost Matches won Matches lost
Australia 1 0 3 0
Germany 1 0 2 1
France 0 1 1 2
Belgium 0 1 0 3

> VIEW: Davis Cup Finals schedule

The Davis Cup Finals are broadcast live in Australia on the Nine Network, with Australia’s tie against France beginning at 10pm AEST tonight.

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