French Davis Cup team stages off-kilter photo shoot

by: Jonathan Scott | April 05, 2013

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Spin friend The Slice has a great post today about les hommes on the French Davis Cup squad, in action this weekend, as so many teams are. In the first photo (at right, from the French Tennis Federation), it appears that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga truly didn't know his own strength all this time. But wait, there's image numero deux: It was all a photo trick and hoax, a bit late for April Fool's Day. It ends up that the third picture—via the French Tennis Federation, as are the others—is perhaps most amusing of all of them, what with half of the French team's six players and coach looking positively thrilled (Arnaud Clement, Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet) while the other trois (Tsonga, Julien Benneateau, Michael Llodra) look stern or even confused. (Noticeably absent: Benoit Paire, with whom Llodra had an unfortunate dust-up on court at the Miami tournament last week. Maybe the French don't go to war so often, or win many of those conflicts, but they sure do like to infighting.

Question, s'il vous plait: Why are they looking in three different directions for this team shot? And could the man in the suit behind them not be removed from his perch to accommodate their portrait snapping a couple minutes? That said, more photos and info on this team are available at its wonderfully brief, Twitter-friendly website.

So bring on the weekend—what teams and players are you most excited to see facing each other this weekend in Davis Cup action? And who do you wish would get with the program for his respective federation?

Got a thought, a tip, or a point to make? Hit me on Twitter @jonscott9.

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