10 Facts About Davis Cup


Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men's tennis.

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Women's equivalent of the Davis Cup is the Billie Jean King Cup, formerly known as the Fed Cup.

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Davis Cup allowed only amateurs and national registered professional players to compete until 1973, five years after the start of the Open Era.

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Davis Cup nevertheless tried to entice top international talent to the U S and sanctioned semi-official tours of the top American players to Great Britain.

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From 1892, England and Ireland had been competing in an annual national-team-based competition, similar to what would become the standard Davis Cup format, mixing single and doubles matches, and in 1895 England played against France in a national team competition.

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Dwight F Davis was in attendance at this tournament, and was thought to have got wind of the idea as it was discussed in the tournament's popular magazine, and Davis's name was mentioned as someone who might 'do something for the game.

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Davis Cup nevertheless went on to become a prominent politician in the United States in the 1920s, serving as US Secretary of War from 1925 to 1929 and as Governor-General of the Philippines from 1929 to 1932.

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The American team, of which Dwight Davis Cup was captain, surprised the British by winning the first three matches.

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The Davis Cup competition was initially played as a challenge cup.

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Davis Cup games have been affected by political protests several times, especially in Sweden:.

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