France coach Clement picks Benneteau to face Czechs in Davis Cup, names Simon as replacement

France captain Arnaud Clement picked Julien Benneteau instead of Gilles Simon on Monday in his team to face two-time defending champion Czech Republic in their Davis Cup semifinal this month.

Tenth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 14 Richard Gasquet and No. 24 Gael Monfils have also been selected for the best-of-five series, which is to be held at Roland Garros — home of the French Open — from Sept. 12-14.

"Julien didn't play very well at the U.S. Open (losing in the first round), but he is experienced and I can count on him whether it's singles or doubles," Clement said.

Simon has been named as a replacement, the French Tennis Federation said Monday, although Clement can change his team up until the eve of the match.

With Michael Llodra out with a left elbow injury, Clement must decide who will play alongside Benneteau in the doubles.

"I have a lot of options," Clement said. "I have three possible doubles teams: Richard and Jo; Jo and Julien, but also Julien and Richard."

The countries are tied at 7-7 in Davis Cup meetings but have not met since 2009, when the Czechs beat France 3-2 in the first round.