Mladenovic and Garcia cleared to play in Fed Cup final

PARIS (AP) Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia can play for France in the Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic after the French tennis federation lifted their ban on Saturday.

They had been provisionally suspended for ''damaging'' the federation's image at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In Brazil, the players criticized the FTT following their defeat in the first round of the doubles over a clothing mix-up, saying they were not informed that, as doubles partners, they had to wear the same colors.

The pair was told just before going on court that they could lose by default if they did not change their clothing, and Mladenovic had to lend Garcia some spare gear.

The FFT said the players ''expressed regrets for remarks they made following a terrible disappointment and frustration.''

France hosts the Czech Republic from Nov. 12-13.