Gilles Simon is France's Davis pick

Updated: April 5, 2012, 12:07 PM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- France captain Guy Forget has chosen Gilles Simon to play singles against the United States in their Davis Cup quarterfinal Friday on clay.

Even though the 13th-ranked Simon is nursing a sore back and practiced little, Forget selected him Thursday ahead of lower-ranked Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

Sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will open against 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Simon, who replaced the injured Gael Monfils, will ...

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