The Davis Cup is an international competition that pits teams from countries all over the world against each other in a knock-out format tournament. It began as a competition between the United States and Great Britain in 1900, but most recently included 130 countries in 2013. The United States has won the tournament the most times at 32, followed by Australia at 28. The next closest to Australia is a big drop off, with Great Britain and France at 9 each. Only 13 different countries have won the tournament, which takes places every year.
The best 16 national teams, according to ITF rankings, are placed in the World Group and compete for the title. The rest of the countries are placed in subgroups, such as Americas Zone, Africa Zone and Asia/Oceania Zone. The United States, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Sweden and Spain have all been in the World Group over 30 times – a format that didn’t start until 1972. The format includes four singles match and one double match, with the winning team needing to win 3 of those to move to the next round of the tournament. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Davis Cup tennis tickets.
2014 Davis Cup Preview
The quarterfinals of the Davis Cup take place in April 2014, with the semifinals occurring in September and the finals being in late November. The United States fell in the opening round to Great Britain 3-1, and now GB will face Italy. The Czech Republic are the favorites to win the tournament, and they face Japan in the quarterfinals after being the Netherlands 3-2.
In the 2013 Davis Cup, the Czech Republic defeated Serbia 3-2 in the final in Belgrade to win the title. They beat Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Argentina to reach the finals. Novak Djokovic won his two finals matches for both of Serbia’s points, but Tomas Berdych and the Czechs were able to take all three of the other matchups.
Check out our Davis Cup Preview History page for previews of previous Davis Cup tournaments.
Davis Cup Event Guide
Where will the Davis Cup take place?
Each matchup will take place in one of the two team’s countries. Check the schedule above after each round to see which team will be hosting the next round.
Who plays in the Davis Cup?
Most teams, barring injury, will include the best players from their country. Andy Murray plays for Great Britain, Rafael Nadal for Spain, and so on. The tennis in the World Group at the Davis Cup is always world class.
What is the format for every Davis Cup matchup?
The match ups usually take place Friday through Sunday, with two singles matches going on Friday – usually the country’s two best players. Saturday will be the doubles match, then Sunday will be two more singles matchups. The same players can participate in both singles days, but must go against separate opponents OR the coach can substitute another player in.