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Mauresmo withdraws as Davis Cup captain to coach Pouille

PARIS (AFP) – Amelie Mauresmo announced on Thursday that she has decided not to captain France s Davis Cup team and will coach Lucas Pouille instead.

Mauresmo, who would have been the first women s captain of France s men s tennis team, was appointed in June to take over from Yannick Noah in 2019, when the Cup will be played under a new single-week format in Madrid.

Noah led France to three Davis Cup victories ended his third spell as captain in November with defeat to Croatia in the final.

Mauresmo, a former World No.1 and double Grand Slam winner, led France s women s team to the final of the Fed Cup in 2016. She has also coached Andy Murray.

The 24-year-old Pouille reached No. 10 in the world in March but the French player has since fallen back to 32nd.

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