The Fed Cup has already started and we even know who the semi-finalists are, but the men’s team competition is yet to get underway – until this Friday, that is.

Event: Davis Cup 2015

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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Selection: France

Best Odds: 4.00 @ Bet365

Those who believed that the Swiss team will try to defend the title have been let down by both of their main stars, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, so it is certain that we are going to have new champions when the competition comes to its conclusion. As always, there is no shortage of teams that look very good on paper but have little depth, something that needs to be taken into consideration given the structure of the competition. Serbia gets both Djokovic and Troicki for the first round, but that could change later on, while the Czech Republic will face a tough first round against Australia without Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. The home conditions will provide some compensation and one should not rule them out from winning the tie, but it is in any case unclear whether Berdych is going to return to play the future ties or not.

It is becoming a bit of a tradition to single out France as the team with the best depth and, although they’ve failed to deliver in recent years, this edition should be no different in many regards. They have the depth to do even without their top two or so – and, perhaps even more importantly, they aren’t going to face Serbia until the finals. The toughest route for them looks like Germany – USA – Italy, which is nothing they should be afraid of. Another good thing is that the French team is versatile enough to perform well on any given surface, which is a boost given how the surfaces are decided. They might not be the most perfect team around, but it is hard to argue with their team composition, which could – in the ideal case – feature Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gilles Simon. If doubles specialists are required, Nicolas Mahut can lend a hand and so can Julien Benneteau, while Benoit Paire could be utilized as a wild card if such needs arise. Those who are looking for a nicely-priced team to back without having to worry about who is going to get injured all the time could do a lot of worse than to back France to win the 2015 edition of the Davis Cup.