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Davis Cup in History

Events in Sport

  • 1900-02-09 Dwight Davis establishes a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup
  • 1900-08-08 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge (precursor to Davis Cup) begins at Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts, won 3-0 by US over British Isles
  • 1900-08-09 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Dwight Davis & Holcombe Ward beat Ernest Black & Herbert Roper Barrett 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead over British Isles
  • 1902-08-08 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Brooklyn, NY: Malcolm Whitman beats Reginald Doherty 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to give US a 3-2 win over the British Isles
  • 1903-08-08 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Laurence Doherty beats William Larned 6-3, 6-8, 6-0, 2-6, 7-5 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-1 lead over US (ends 4-1)
  • 1904-07-04 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Paul de Borman & William le Maire de Warzée 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over Belgium (ends 5-0)
  • 1905-07-24 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Holcombe Ward & Beals Wright 8-10, 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 8-6 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)
  • 1906-06-17 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reginald Doherty beat Raymond Little & Holcombe Ward 3-6, 11-9, 9-7, 6-1 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)

Sports History

1907-07-23 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Norman Brookes beats Herbert Roper Barrett 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 to give Australasia a 3-2 win over British Isles

  • 1920-01-21 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1920-07-16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
  • 1922-09-05 17th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in New York (4-1)
  • 1924-09-13 19th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1925-09-12 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1926-09-11 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1), for their 7th straight championship
  • 1928-07-29 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)
  • 1929-07-28 24th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • 1930-07-27 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 4th straight title as Jean Borotra beats American George Lott 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 8-6 for unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • 1931-07-26 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Henri Cochet beats Fred Perry 6-4, 1-6, 9-7, 6-3 to give France 3-2 win over Great Britain and 5th straight title
  • 1932-07-31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 6th straight title as Jean Borotra beats American Wilmer Allison 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2
  • 1933-07-30 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Fred Perry beats André Merlin 4-6, 8-6, 6-2, 7-5 to give Great Britain a 3-2 victory over France; ends French 6 title win streak
  • 1934-07-31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Fred Perry beats American Frank Shields 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 15-13 to give Great Britain unassailable 3-1 lead to retain title; ends 4-1
  • 1935-07-29 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: 3rd straight GB title as Pat Hughes & Raymond Tuckey beat Americans Wilmer Allison & John Van Ryn 6-2, 1-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3 for unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1937-07-27 32nd Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Wimbledon (4-1)
  • 1946-12-28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Melbourne, Australia: Jack Kramer & Ted Schroeder give US unassailable 3-0 lead; beat Australians John Bromwich & Adrian Quist 6-2, 7-5, 6-4; ends 5-0
  • 1947-09-01 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: USA retains title as Ted Schroeder outlasts Australian Dinny Pails 6-3, 8-6, 4-6, 9-11, 10-8 4-1 for a 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • 1948-09-05 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: 3 straight titles for US as Gardnar Mulloy & Bill Talbert beat Australians Colin Long & Bill Sidwell 8-6, 9-7, 2-6, 7-5 for unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1949-08-28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: US takes trophy for third straight year with last day singles wins to Ted Schroeder and Pancho Gonzales; beat Australia, 4-1
  • 1950-07-12 ILTF re-admit Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • 1950-08-26 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Tom Brown beats Ken McGregor in 5 sets but Australia breaks US stranglehold on trophy with a dominant 4-1 victory
  • 1951-12-28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, White City, Sydney: Frank Sedgman outclasses Vic Seixas 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the deciding rubber as Australia beats US, 3-2 in Sydney to retain Cup

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1952-12-31 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Memorial Drive, Adelaide: Vic Seixas beats Ken McGregor in 4 sets but Australia retains title for third straight year; beats US, 4-1 in Adelaide

  • 1953-12-31 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1954-12-28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1955-08-26 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • 1955-12-28 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
  • 1956-12-27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
  • 1957-12-06 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1957-12-28 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958-12-31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
  • 1959-08-31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • 1960-12-13 Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals)
  • 1960-12-28 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1961-12-28 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1962-12-28 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)

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1963-08-01 Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American tennis player to be named in the US Davis Cup team

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1963-12-28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Adelaide: American Chuck McKinley beats Australia's John Newcombe 10-12, 6-2, 9-7, 6-2 in the deciding rubber to give US a thrilling 3-2 victory

  • 1964-09-28 53rd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (3-2)
  • 1965-12-28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Newcombe & Tony Roche beat José Luis Arilla & Manuel Santana of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to give Australia unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 4-1

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1966-12-28 55th Davis Cup, Melbourne: Australian Roy Emerson beats Ramanathan Krishnan of India 6-0, 6-2, 10-8 for an unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 4-1

  • 1967-12-28 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
  • 1968-12-28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)

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1969-09-20 58th Davis Cup: American pair Bob Lutz & Stan Smith clinch final 8-6, 6-1, 11-9 over Ilie Năstase & Ion Țiriac of Romania in Cleveland, OH; ends 5-0

  • 1970-08-31 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)
  • 1971-10-11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)
  • 1972-10-15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)

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1973-12-01 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Cleveland, Ohio: Rod Laver and John Newcombe beat American pair Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead, (ends 5-0); 23rd Cup title for Australia

  • 1973-12-02 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Cleveland: After clinching a famous victory the previous day, Australians Rod Laver and John Newcombe finish a 5-0 rout of the US with wins over Stan Smith and Tom Gorman
  • 1974-12-01 South Africa is awarded the Davis Cup tennis title after India refuses to travel to South Africa for the final in protest of the South African government's apartheid policies

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1975-12-21 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Stockholm, Sweden: Home town hero Björn Borg beats Czech Jan Kodeš 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to give Sweden unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2

  • 1976-12-19 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Santiago, Chile: Paolo Bertolucci & Adriano Panatta give Italy unassailable 3-0 lead; beat Patricio Cornejo & Jaime Fillol of Chile 6-3, 2-6, 9-7, 6-3; ends, 4-1
  • 1977-12-04 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory
  • 1978-12-10 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
  • 1979-12-16 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • 1980-12-07 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)
  • 1981-12-13 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)

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1982-11-27 Davis Cup, Grenoble, France: US takes unassailable, 3-0 lead over France as John McEnroe & Peter Flemming take the doubles 6-3, 6-4, 9-7 over Henri Leconte & Yannick Noah; tie ends 4-1

  • 1983-12-28 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1984-12-18 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)
  • 1985-12-22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • 1986-12-28 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • 1987-03-15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • 1987-12-20 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • 1988-12-17 77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1)
  • 1989-12-17 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)

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1990-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, St. Petersburg, Florida: Rick Leach and Jim Pugh beat Australian pair Pat Cash and John Fitzgerald 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 to clinch an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 3-2) for the US

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1991-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Lyon: Frenchman Guy Forget upsets Pete Sampras 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch a 3-1 final win over the US

  • 1992-12-06 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)
  • 1992-12-06 Davis Cup Tennis, Ft. Worth, Texas: Jim Courier defeats Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give the US a 3-1 victory
  • 1993-12-05 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
  • 1994-12-04 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
  • 1995-03-31 Second time in tennis history, world #1 and #2 ranked players play in the same Davis Cup team; Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi score victories in US quarter-final win against Italy in Palermo
  • 1995-12-03 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Pete Sampras beats Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 to give US a winning 3-1 lead (ends 3-2); record 31st US title
  • 1996-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Malmo, Sweden: Arnaud Boetsch beats Sweden's Nicklas Kulti in closest deciding match in Cup history 7-6, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6, 10-8 to give France 3-2 victory
  • 1997-11-30 86th Davis Cup: Sweden sweeps US in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • 1998-12-06 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)
  • 1999-12-05 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • 2000-12-10 89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)
  • 2001-12-02 Davis Cup Tennis, Melbourne: Nicolas Escudé defeats Wayne Arthurs of Australia 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to give France a 3-2 victory; 9th French title, despite not playing a single match on home soil
  • 2001-12-20 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 2002-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Paris: Mikhail Youzhny beats Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Russia 3-2 win over France; only time in event history that a 2-set deficit turned around in a live 5th rubber of a Final
  • 2003-11-30 92nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Melbourne (3-1)
  • 2004-12-05 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
  • 2005-12-04 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
  • 2006-12-03 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Marat Safin beats José Acasuso of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to clinch Russia's 3-2 victory
  • 2007-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Portland, Oregan: Bob and Mike Bryan team to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-1) over Russia; beat Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev 7-6, 6-4, 6-2; 32nd US title
  • 2008-11-23 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
  • 2009-12-06 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)
  • 2010-12-05 99th Davis Cup: Serbia beats France in Belgrade (3-2)
  • 2011-12-04 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)
  • 2012-11-18 101st Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Spain in Prague (3-2)
  • 2013-11-17 102nd Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Serbia in Belgrade (3-2)
  • 2014-11-23 103rd Davis Cup: Switzerland beats France in Lille (3-1), winning the Davis Cup for the first time
  • 2015-11-29 104th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats Belgium in Ghent 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, 1st win since 1936
  • 2018-08-16 International Tennis Federation votes to change format of the Davis Cup to a big prize money, season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site; 24 team qualifying tournament to start in February 2019
  • 2018-11-25 Davis Cup Tennis, Lille: Marin Čilić beats Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 to wrap up the final for Croatia, 3-1

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2019-11-24 Davis Cup Tennis, Madrid: Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov of Russia 6-3, 7-6 to give Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead and a 6th Cup title; first competition under new week-long format at one venue


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879-07-05 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of Davis Cup, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1945)
  • 1896-06-18 Cota Ramaswami, Indian cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936), born in Madras
  • 1906-08-12 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1985)
  • 1909-05-18 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8 x Grand Slam singles, 6 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Davis Cup 1933, 34, 35, 36), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • 1931-04-17 John Bartlett, Australian tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain), born in Woonona, New South Wales
  • 1933-10-03 Neale Fraser AO, MBE, Australian tennis player (3 x Grand Slam singles, 11 x doubles winner), and coach (Australian Davis Cup team x 4 winner), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1943-11-04 Clark Graebner, American tennis player (US Davis Cup 1968; French Open doubles 1966; US Open runner-up 1967), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Tony Roche

1945-06-17 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach (French Open 1966; 15 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Australian Davis Cup captain), born in Wagga Wagga, NSW

  • 1946-12-31 Cliff Richey, American tennis player (World #6 1970; Davis Cup 1969-70), born in San Angelo, Texas
  • 1959-03-15 Eliot Teltscher, American tennis player (French Open mixed doubles 1983; world #6 singles 1982), born in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • 1960-12-28 John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player (9 x Grand Slam doubles titles; ATP Doubles Finals 1991; Davis Cup 1983, 86), born in Cummins, Australia
  • 1961-06-05 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star (Davis Cup 1987), born in Chennai, India
  • 1964-08-16 Jimmy Arias, tennis player (US Davis Cup team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965-01-04 Guy Forget, French tennis player (ATP Tour Finals 1990; France Davis Cup 1991, 96; Fed Cup/Davis Cup captain; Director French Open), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1966-07-01 Patrick McEnroe, American tennis player, coach and broadcaster (coach US Davis Cup win 2007), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1967-01-03 Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish tennis player (Davis Cup 1998), born in Lund, Sweden
  • 1969-04-01 Arnaud Boetsch, French tennis player (Davis Cup 1996) and broadcaster (France Télévisions), born in Meulam France
  • 1972-03-23 Jonas Bjorkman, Swedish tennis star (Davis Cup 1994), born in Vaxjo Sweden
  • 1976-04-03 Nicolas Escudé, French tennis player, coach (Davis Cup 2001), born in Chartres, France
  • 1976-08-27 Carlos Moyá, Spanish professional tennis player, 1995-2010 (French Open, 1998; Davis Cup, 2006), born in Palma, Spain
  • 1978-04-29 Mike Bryan, American professional tennis player (22 x Grand Slam Doubles titles; 5 x ATP Tour Finals; Olympic gold 2012; Davis Cup 2007), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1978-04-29 Bob Bryan, American professional tennis player (23 x Grand Slam Doubles titles; Olympic gold 2012; 4 x ATP Tour Finals; Davis Cup 2007), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1978-05-29 Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player (Davis Cup 2001; world #4 2002), born in Marseille, France
  • 1982-04-02 David Ferrer, Spanish tennis player (World #3 2013; Davis Cup champion Spain 2008, 09, 11; French Open 2013 runner-up; 23 ATP titles), born in Xàbia, Alicante, Spain
  • 1984-03-30 Mario Ančić, Croatian tennis player (world #7 2006; Davis Cup 2005), born in Split, Croatia
  • 1984-06-22 Janko Tipsarević, Serbian tennis player (Davis Cup 2010), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1984-12-27 Gilles Simon, French tennis player (world #6 2009; Davis Cup 2017), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1985-01-02 Ivan Dodig, Croatian tennis player (6 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Davis Cup 2018), born in Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1991-07-12 Pablo Carreño Busta, Spanish tennis player (Davis Cup 2019; US Open doubles 2016 runner-up), born in Gijón, Spain

Deaths in Sport

  • 1945-11-28 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of the Davis Cup, dies at 66
  • 1985-12-27 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1995-02-02 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8 x Grand Slam singles, 6 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Davis Cup 1933, 34, 35, 36), dies of broken ribs at 85

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