“I’ve been in his position before, and I know you can be easily inspired when you’re at that age,” Tsonga said. “There will be a lot of emotion and it depends how he handles that.”
“I don’t think it’s going to make that much of a difference,” Isner said. “It’s Davis Cup. It’s a whole different animal than a regular tournament. (Simon‘s) going to take to the court very confident.”
American captain Jim Courier is without Mardy Fish, who pulled out with fatigue this week.
“We’re very prepared. We have a great team, a great coach and captain,” said Harrison, whose only Davis Cup appearance came in the meaningless reverse singles during the 5-0 sweep of Switzerland in February. “I think we’re as prepared as can be.”
“It’s a luxury to have Bob and Mike. It was a luxury I never had when I was a playing member of the Davis Cup team,” Courier said. “We tended to scrambled singles players together, and we didn’t do very well. I have the utmost confidence in them.”
The Bryans know not to discount the French players. France’s victory in the doubles four years ago handed the Bryans only their second loss in Davis Cup, and they have not lost since. Llodra _ who played alongside Arnaud Clement against them in 2008 _ also played doubles against the United States in the 2002 semifinal, which France won 3-2.
“This is one of the toughest teams we’ll be facing,” Bob Bryan said. “Llodra has been one of the biggest rivals over the last 14 years we’ve been playing. (We’ve) played him in big matches all over the world. This is another big one, we’re expecting another tough match.”