Frantz Granvorka

The performances by Frantz Granvorka, the No 9 for France, in the 2002 World Championships were spell biding and a perfect illustration of the calibre of the young man.

At 28, Granvorka served with precision and pace and was an inspiration on court leading his country to an incredible third place finish. His performance in last year's World Championship saw him duly receive the Best Server of the tournament award.

After 147 caps in the red, white and blue he still cuts a colourful figure on court despite having shorn his frizzy brown hair. Normally a change in hairstyle would automatically make one stand out but amongst a team renowned for their regular exchange of hair colour his speedy darts from behind the base line are more a familiar Granvorka trademark to look out for.

Once again France will be relying on Granvorka to provide some easy points to see them through a pool consisting of Japan, Bulgaria and Poland and improve on last year's World League finish of 10th.