Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reaches for a forehand to Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their third rou

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reaches for a forehand to Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their third rou

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates winning a point against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during the

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates winning a point against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during the

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 file photo Lucas Pouille of France, reacts after beating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the fourth round of the U

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 file photo Lucas Pouille of France, reacts after beating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the fourth round of the U

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 file picture Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates after winning his men's singles semifinals match against Roger F

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 file picture Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates after winning his men's singles semifinals match against Roger F

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, right, and Nicolas Mahut of France talk tactics as they prepare t

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, right, and Nicolas Mahut of France talk tactics as they prepare t

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 file photo, French captain Yannick Noah, center, holds the cup after France won the Davis Cup at the Pierre Mauro

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 file photo, French captain Yannick Noah, center, holds the cup after France won the Davis Cup at the Pierre Mauro

FILE - In this April 22, 2018 file photo, France's team captain Yannick Noah reacts during the Fed Cup semifinal singles tennis match between France's

FILE - In this April 22, 2018 file photo, France's team captain Yannick Noah reacts during the Fed Cup semifinal singles tennis match between France's

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 file photo, people walk outside the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Lille, northern France. Yannick Noah guided Franc

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 file photo, people walk outside the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Lille, northern France. Yannick Noah guided Franc

LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah has chosen Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.

Chardy will lead 10-time champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.

Pouille sealed France's victory over Belgium in last year's final and was widely expected to be picked again. Chardy is unbeaten on indoor clay in the Davis Cup.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who missed most of the season through injury, will then play Marin Cilic, Croatia's top player, in the second singles match.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are set to face Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig in Saturday's doubles.

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