Mauresmo swaps role
FORMER world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo has decided not to become France’s new Davis Cup captain, opting instead to work with French player Lucas Pouille.
A statement from the French Tennis Federation confirmed the U-turn by the 39-year-old who was to become the first woman to captain the Davis Cup team.
Mauresmo was to due take over from Yannick Noah, whose third stint in charge ended in a disappointing defeat by Croatia in last month’s final in Lille’s soccer stadium.
“(Amelie Mauresmo) has accepted this challenge and renounces the position of captain of the Davis Cup France team to carry out this mission,” the statement said.
“The French Tennis Federation supports and encourages this project which serves the interests of French tennis.”
Mauresmo is a two-time grand slam champion who has also coached Britain’s former world No.1 Andy Murray.
Pouille, the 24-year-old world No.32 thanked the French federation for enabling him to work with Mauresmo.