The French team will have to win, on November 11 and 12, against the Netherlands, if she intends to remain among the elite of the Billie Jean King Cup, next season. To achieve this, captain Julien Benneteau now officially knows that he cannot count on his best doubles player since Kristina Mladenovic believes that she is not in a condition to honor her selection.
Ranked 14th in the WTA in doubles (112th in singles), the 29-year-old former world No. 1 in the specialty suffered from knee pain at the end of the season. In a press release, the FFT specifies: “Reporting chronic knee pain, Kristina Mladenovic preferred to forfeit the Billie Jean King Cup France-Netherlands play-off match, which will take place at Portel on November 11 and 12. »
“Kristina Mladenovic does not feel fit enough to defend the colors of the France team. The FFT hears the pain of its player and respects her decision.
Chloe Paquet called
The Federation adds, rather surprisingly, that Mladenovic “passed, yesterday (Friday), medical examinations with the doctor of the France team » and that these “did not show new injuries and do not have any medical contraindications. However, Kristina Mladenovic does not feel fit enough to defend the colors of the France team. The French Tennis Federation hears the pain of its player and respects her decision. »
In place of Kristina Mladenovic, to complete his quartet alongside Caroline Garcia (6th WTA), Alizé Cornet (36th) and Diane Parry (65th), Julien Benneteau called on Chloé Paquet (159th).