September 18, 2015 / 12:12 PM / 2 years ago

Clement sacked as France Davis Cup captain

PARIS (Reuters) - Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement has been sacked following France’s quarter-final defeat against Britain, the French federation (FFT) said on Friday.

Great Britain v France - Davis Cup World Group Quarter Final - Queen's Club, London. 15/7/15. France captain Arnaud Clement during practice. Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers

“(The federation) has acknowledged the difficulties of the captain to ... get the best out of the best players,” the FFT said in a statement.

Clement, who took Les Bleus to the 2014 final, had a contract until the end of the 2016 season.

Cedric Pioline and Yannick Noah, the last French man to win a grand slam title in 1983 at the French Open, are among the favorites to take over from Clement.

Clement, who won the Davis Cup as a player in 2001, started his stint as captain in 2013.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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