While Leon Smith will be disappointed not to be able to utilise the talents of the world number one on the red dirt in Rouen, his French counterpart has had to deal with a spate of injuries.
Yannick Noah is without the services of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, but the hosts still remain slight favourites due to their strength in depth.
Express Sport take a closer at the makeshift French team tasked with taking their country a step closer to ending a sixteen-year wait for a tenth Davis Cup triumph.
Lucas Pouille and Nicolas Mahut (right) are in the France Davis Cup team
The likeable 23 year-old has emerged as the future of French tennis after a whirlwind eighteen months. His ever-improving game has fired him into the top twenty of the ATP rankings and he has the talent, composure and work-ethic necessary to continue on an upward curve.
His attack-minded approach helped him oust Rafa Nadal at the US Open last year – the biggest win of his career. The Frenchman has struggled to recapture his 2016 form so far this season, but he will not be overly perturbed by a handful of disappointing results.
Pouille’s strongest results have come on hard courts however he has shown in the past that he is adept on clay. He reached the semi-finals of the Rome Masters last year and he has a gamestyle that translates well to all surfaces.
As the highest ranked singles player in the tie, Pouille is expected to deliver two points for his country. The onus is on the 23 year-old to provide the foundation for a French victory and it will be fascinating to see if he can deliver under intense pressure.
Jeremy Chardy will play for the French this weekend
The 30 year-old may have a 100% winning record in the Davis Cup but he has not played for his country in six years. A confident Chardy is a dangerous proposition for any player however his good days have become less frequent in recent times.
Chardy was once ranked twenty-five in the world but he is now located outside the top sixty. The unpredictable Frenchman has a howitzer of a forehand but his backhand is vulnerable and he has a wayward ball-toss that negatively impacts his serve.
This is a golden opportunity for Chardy, who wants to be an actor when he retires from tennis, to emerge from the fringes of the French team and play a starring role.
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Julien Benneteau is in the French Davis Cup squad
Like a fine wine, Mahut just gets better with age. The 35 year-old, who is best known for his record-breaking eleven-hour duel with John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010, has been selected for his explosive doubles game.
Mahut has enjoyed a prosperous eighteen months alongside the currently injured Herbert. The duo has reached the pinnacle of the doubles game together and the current Wimbledon champions have the perfect blend between youth and experience.
While it is a blow for the French to lose Herbert, the evergreen Benneteau is a suitable replacement. The 35 year-old is in the autumn of a career that has been blighted by injuries but he remains a top class operator.
With exquisite touch and finesse in the forecourt, it is easy to see why Benneteau won the Roland Garros doubles crown in 2014 and was a runner-up at Wimbledon last summer.
The doubles match on Saturday afternoon has the potential to be a blockbuster.