Davis Cup: France to face defending champ US without Tsonga (AFP)

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, April 9, 2008 (AFP) - France's Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was on Wednesday ruled out of this weekend's Davis Cup quarter-final against the United States because of a right knee injury.

Tsonga, who beat world number two Rafael Nadal in the Aussie Open semi-finals before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final, has been replaced by Arnaud Clement for the tie that gets underway here on Friday at the Joel Coliseum.

"Tsonga felt pain in his right knee which was similar to the pain he felt playing doubles in Miami last week," said the French Tennis Federation (FFT). Clement will team up with Michael Llodra in the doubles while Richard Gasquet and Paul-Henri Mathieu will play the singles rubbers.

Andy Roddick and James Blake will play singles for the defending champion USA while brothers Mike and Bob Bryan will play doubles.

This is the 15th Davis Cup meeting in history between France and the USA with the French having won the last encounter in the 2002 semi-finals at Roland Garros.

The two countries split their 14 previous meetings with seven wins each and they have faced each other nine times in the Davis Cup final. The Americans are pleased to be returning to Winston-Salem where they have had success in the past.
They defeated Spain in April of last year here en route to capturing the Davis Cup for the first time since 1995.

The United States advanced to this week's World Group quarter-final by beating Austria in Vienna two months ago.
The USA will be captained by Patrick McEnroe while Guy Forget will guide the French team.



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