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Tennis-Noah's French Davis Cup men dispel "losing culture"

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LILLE, France, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Charismatic captain Yannick Noah reckoned that the “losing culture” of French men’s tennis had been dispelled by the way his team had powered to their first Davis Cup title in 16 years on Sunday.


One of the major Davis Cup nations, France had lost three finals since 2001, but the return of Noah as captain seemed to have transformed their mindset as they beat Belgium 3-2 to claim their 10th title.


Yet his team also seemed to be have been galvanised by a defiant streak after criticism of what were considered previous failures.


Lucas Pouille, who bagged the winning point with a 6-3 6-1 6-0 thrashing of Steve Darcis, even wondered aloud why reporters would not applaud the French team when they walked into the news conference room.


“We would have been more applauded if we had lost,” he said.


Noah had taken charge in 2015, a year after Les Bleus were defeated in the final by Switzerland, their third consecutive defeat at that stage after losses in 2002 and 2010.


The idea was that one of the nation’s favourite sportsmen might recreate the feelgood factor of when he had previously led the team to victory in 1991 and 1996.


“When you don’t win for 16 years, everybody is getting used to losing. That losing culture, it was destroying me,” Noah said in a long monologue at the post-match news conference.


Unlike his predecessor Arnaud Clement, who had a much tougher task in 2014 when his team had to tackle Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the final at the same Pierre Mauroy stadium, Noah’s men had been expected to deliver against a team so heavily reliant on one player, David Goffin.


“When they got here, the Belgians were carefree while we had something heavy to carry,” said Noah, whose 1991 upset triumph against the U.S. had a very different feel.


Pouille, who felt he had proved a point with his decisive win over Darcis after criticism of his opening day loss to Goffin, said: “I‘m happy that I played like this after some had buried me on Friday.”


The win restored France’s reputation as Davis Cup powerhouses as they joined Britain on the list of all-time winners far behind the U.S. (32) and Australia (28).


The team led by Tsonga, have often previously been dubbed The Musketeers, in reference to the Four Musketeers -- Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste -- who dominated tennis in the 1920s and 1930s.


This did not impress one of the victorious French team, Richard Gasquet, though.


“We never asked to be named the Musketeers, it’s grotesque,” he said.


“I‘m just very happy that we managed to win that competition, we’d been trying to win it for a long time, it’s fantastic.” (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ian Chadband)





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