Fed Cup France name Davis Cup skipper Noah as captain

The 56-year-old former French Open champion takes over the national women's team from Amelie Mauresmo.

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Captain of France's Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah reacting during the match between France and the Czech Republic in Trinec on July 17, 2016 play

Captain of France's Davis Cup team, Yannick Noah reacting during the match between France and the Czech Republic in Trinec on July 17, 2016

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Yannick Noah was named captain of France's Fed Cup team for the second time on Wednesday, just five days after having his contract as Davis Cup skipper extended by a year.

The 56-year-old former French Open champion takes over the national women's team from Amelie Mauresmo who held the job from 2013 to 2016.

Mauresmo stepped down last month after revealing she was pregnant, a day after the team lost in the final to the Czech Republic.

Noah led the Fed Cup team to the 1997 title with victory over the Netherlands.

The 1983 Roland Garros champion will take charge for the first time in his second spell when France face Switzerland in Geneva on February 11 and 12.

Noah took over the Davis Cup team for a third time in September 2015 after captaining France to victory in 1991 and 1996.

France lost in the semi-finals of the 2016 Davis Cup to Croatia and travel to Japan for the first round of the 2017 edition in February 3-5.

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