Sébastien Grosjean reached a career high singles world ranking of No.4 and made the semi-finals at three of the four Grand Slams. He also enjoyed a stellar Davis Cup career, appearing in three World Group finals and helping France to win the title in 2001.
How much time do you get to spend with the players that might be in the French squad at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals in Madrid?
Even though the format is changing I want to keep the same feeling for Davis Cup that there always has been in France. I’ve been talking to the guys and watching them all year. I was in Miami - because I live in Boca Raton in Florida so that’s easy for me - as well as Monte Carlo, Roland Garros, Wimbledon. We had a French physio in Cincinnati too who was helping the French guys. I’ll be at the US Open until the last French guy loses.
Some of the French players are coming towards the end of their careers but does it still feel like you have a strong group to pick from?
The guys are still doing well. Gael Monfils is the French No.1 at the moment. As well as the usual names we also have two young players in the top 100 - Ugo Humbert and Corentin Moutet. It’s not just about how the French are playing at the end of the year, but their results through the season. The great thing is that they all want to play and are passionate about representing France. They all love playing the game.
Can you tell us a bit more about Humbert and Moutet?
They’re both lefties but with different games and both have had good results in the past year. Humbert just made the last 16 at Wimbledon where he beat Felix Auger-Aliassime. Moutet beat Guido Pella at the French Open and beat Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon.
"They all want to play and are passionate about representing France"
How do you see your group in Madrid alongside Japan and Serbia?
No-one knows quite how it will be but we’re looking forward to it. We’re not sure which of the big players will play because it’s the last week of the season but because of the format - two singles and a doubles - and playing many matches during the week it’s going to be important to have a big squad.
What kind of support are you expecting at the Davis Cup Finals?
Madrid isn’t too far away from France so I hope we have lots of fans supporting us. We have an association of supporters that have always followed the Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams wherever they have played in the past. I hope they’re going to support us in Madrid.
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