Amelie Mauresmo has decided to take up a coaching role with Lucas Pouille instead of taking over as France’s Davis Cup captain.
The 39-year-old former world number one looked set to replace Yannick Noah in 2019 and become the nation’s first female Davis Cup captain.
However, Mauresmo, who coached Britain’s Andy Murray for two years and also guided France’s women to the Fed Cup final in 2016, has withdrawn from the position after being approached by compatriot Pouille.
The 24-year-old reached number 10 in the world in March and the two-time Grand Slam winner will now look to take him to the next level in the new year.
Meanwhile, a statement from the French Tennis Federation has confirmed Mauresmo is no longer set to become the Davis Cup captain, which had initially been confirmed in June.
It read: “[Amelie Mauresmo] has accepted this challenge [to coach Pouille] and renounces the position of captain of the Davis Cup France team to carry out this mission. “The French Tennis Federation supports and encourages this project which serves the interests of French tennis.”