Rising French star Arthur Rinderknech is extremely excited about making his Davis Cup debut as he perfectly remembers watching the Davis Cup as a kid.
In 2010, France suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Davis Cup final to Serbia.
In the fifth decisive rubber, France’s Michael Lloda suffered a straight-set defeat to Viktor Troicki.
Rinderknech, 26, almost broke down in tears after France suffered a hearbreaking loss.
“I remember it like it was yesterday I was watching the Davis Cup final on my TV. I remember the madness in Serbia, the decisive match that Llodra lost against Troïcki and I almost ended up in tears,” Rinderknech recalled, per We Love Tennis.
Rinderknech made the team but not Gael Monfils
French Davis Cup team captain Sebastian Grosjean snubbed top-ranked French tennis player Gael Monfils out of the selection for the Davis Cup FInals.
Instead, Grosjean named Rinderknech, Ugo Humbert, Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert for the team.
“Gael understands my choice to mix youth and experience.(…) I do not rule out making changes the team before the start, as the regulations allow, especially if Gael does great at Bercy,” Grosjean said, per Tennis Magazine.
Rinderknech, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 65 in the world. broke into the top-100 for the first time in July.
“It’s a very special achievement, but this is not the end of my journey,” Rinderknech told the ATP website in August. “It is something that no one will be able to take away from me. Doing it in a few weeks window with a good friend like Bonzi is also really cool, because we have been with each other [in the FedEx ATP Rankings] week-in and week-out for a few months now. So achieving this goal together is really great as French players. I want to thank my team and all the people that continue to help me along the way to get better every day.”