ATP world no. 25 Julien Benneteau had deep run at the Paris Masters this month and earned a recall from France for the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
Benneteau was serving with the citation beside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Nicolas Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Richard Gasquet by captain Yannick Noah today. All have played at some point for France this year.
At the Paris Masters, Benneteau beat Tsonga, Marin Cilic and David Goffin. The 57th-ranked Benneteau is also a good doubles master. Since 2010, he has played in 13 ties. His first in two years was the quarterfinal win over Britain, against which he won the doubles and lost a singles dead rubber.
Nine-time champion France will host Belgium on hard court at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the northern city of Lille from Nov. 24-26.
In 2002, 2010 and 2014 France lost its three previous finals. It seeks its first Davis Cup title since 2001.
Belgium, in the final for the second time in three years, is looking for its first.
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