France captain Yannick Noah has chosen Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates winning a point against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during their Davis Cup finals tennis singles match in Zagreb, Croatia. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, Croatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates winning a point against Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro during their Davis Cup finals tennis singles match in Zagreb, Croatia. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Chardy will lead 10-time champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 file photo Lucas Pouille of France, reacts after beating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 file photo Lucas Pouille of France, reacts after beating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

Pouille sealed France’s victory over Belgium in last year’s final and was widely expected to be picked again. Chardy is unbeaten on indoor clay in the Davis Cup.

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 file picture Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates after winning his men's singles semifinals match against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
FILE – In this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 file picture Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates after winning his men’s singles semifinals match against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who missed most of the season through injury, will then play Marin Cilic, Croatia’s top player, in the second singles match.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, right, and Nicolas Mahut of France talk tactics as they prepare to serve to Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marceleo Melo of Brazil during their ATP World Tour Finals men's doubles tennis match at the O2 arena in London. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, right, and Nicolas Mahut of France talk tactics as they prepare to serve to Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marceleo Melo of Brazil during their ATP World Tour Finals men’s doubles tennis match at the O2 arena in London. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are set to face Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig in Saturday’s doubles.

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 file photo, French captain Yannick Noah, center, holds the cup after France won the Davis Cup at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 file photo, French captain Yannick Noah, center, holds the cup after France won the Davis Cup at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 file photo, people walk outside the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Lille, northern France. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 file photo, people walk outside the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Lille, northern France. Yannick Noah guided France to Davis Cup titles in 1991, 1996 and 2017, but he will step down after this weekend and Amelie Mauresmo will take over. For his final match as captain of France Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah has been as meticulous as ever. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Source: The Associated Press