Jo Wilfried Tsonga opens France's Davis Cup quarter-final clash against the United States against Ryan Harrison.
The French are mindful of their opponents' general dislike for the red dirt and so they're holding the tie on the slow clay of the Monte Carlo Country Club, the venue of the third Masters 1000 event of the year which gets underway in a few weeks time.
Tsonga would have been expecting to face John Isner on day one but after the withdrawal of Mardy Fish due to injury, he's up against the teenager Harrison, making his Davis Cup debut.
“He’s a young player and he improved a lot in the last couple of years and it’s going to be a good match and he will give everything on the court, I know that, but I will try to play my best tennis in this match,” Tsonga said.
“We are playing in France and the Club is part of France and of course we enjoy the place, the weather," he continued. "I hope it will be okay and it will be a good weekend of tennis.”
Harrison is a fast improving player and he made the fourth round of Indian Wells recently. His feisty attitude will undoubtedly be well suited to the Davis Cup but his clay-court record is poor. It isn't Tsonga's favourite surface either but the Frenchman should have far too much in this one. Expect him to win in straight sets.