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Tuesday, November 27, 2018


by Harry Cummins

A rare and heartwarming scene unfolded last weekend in Lille, France.

Marin Cilic, the former U.S. Open tennis champion and 7th ranked player in the world, had just dispatched France's Lucas Pouille in straight sets to give Croatia the 2018 Davis Cup. This reversed the outcome of soccer's World Cup final earlier this year, where France beat Croatia 4-2.

Moments after the match, amid a jubilant Croatian locker room, the vanquished French team entered, extending congratulations, warmly embracing their opponents, offering toasts and finally posing for a group photograph with their heated rivals.

History will remember Croatia as the last winners of the current Davis Cup format before the century-old competition is revamped next year.  It should remember France for much more.

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