Davis Cup Final Preview - Noah Springs Draw Surprise; David Haggerty Reveals Hope For One, Big Tennis Team Event

On the eve of the last traditional Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final, David and Catherine are joined by Grad Matt in Lille to preview France vs. Croatia. 

For the second year in a row, Yannick Noah sprung a surprise at the draw ceremony, this time selecting Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille. What does that decision say about both players? Can Noah sprinkle his magic dust on this French side to overcome the strongly-favoured Croatian team? Will Jo-Wilfried Tsonga be able to replicate Henri Leconte’s heroics from 1991? And which team will prefer the clay?

Later, listen to Grad Matt’s interview with ITF President David Haggerty about the new-look Davis Cup for 2019. What does Haggerty make of the reaction to the reform? Does he feel threatened by the ATP Cup? And does he agree with Chris Kermode that it would be “insane” to have two team competitions? Find out if there’s a realistic chance of a combined team event in the future, and the reaction of David and Catherine in this week’s show. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly in association with Telegraph Sport, daily during this week’s Davis Cup final, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments. 

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