Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah to skipper Fed Cup side
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 08, 2016 10:37 AM
Jean Gachassin, head of the French Tennis Federation, poses with French players and captain Amelie Mauresmo, right, during the Fed Cup final draw in Strasbourg, eastern France, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
PARIS (AP) — The French Tennis Federation has named Yannick Noah as France's Fed Cup captain for next year.
Noah, who is also France's Davis Cup captain, replaces Amelie Mauresmo. She stepped down last month because she is expecting her second child.
Mauresmo had been in charge of the Fed Cup team since 2013 and guided it to this year's final, where it lost 3-2 to the Czech Republic in a tense final.
Under Mauresmo, France won six out of nine Fed Cup ties.
First up for Noah is the first round match against Switzerland in Geneva in February.
The 56-year-old Noah, the French Open champion in 1983, previously took charge of the Fed Cup team from 1997-98.
This year he led France to the Davis Cup semifinals in September, losing to Croatia.