Davis Cup, The World Cup of Tennis, by BNP Paribas, supervised by the ITF, International Tennis Federation, brings an unbelievable 134 nations together for the world’s largest annual international team competition in any sport. Many of the world’s top tennis players claim Davis Cup is different than the rest of the tournament season. As they compete for their national team, they not only commit to represent themselves, but they take pride in representing their teams and nations. The biggest tennis stars, such as Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Peter Sampras, Andre Agassi, Marat Safin and Roger Federer all represented and showed their best tennis for their countries in Davis Cup!

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Davis Cup Semi-finals and play-offs – Sept 15-17

WORLD GROUP Semifinals:

Semifinal 1: Belgium vs. Australia
Location: Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium
Surface: Red Clay, Indoor

Belgium
Team Ranking: 4
Captain: Johan Van Herck
Best Players – Singles: David Goffin – 14, Steve Darcis – 53, Ruben Bemelmans – 96
Best Players – Doubles: Joran Vliegen – 128, Sander Gille – 137

Australia
Team Ranking: 7
Captain: Lleyton Hewitt
Best Players – Singles: Nick Kyrgios – 20, Bernard Tomic – 69, Jordan Thomson – 80
Best Players – Doubles: John Peers – 3, Sam Groth – 61, Nick Kyrgios – 71

Semifinal 2: France vs. Serbia
Location: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Llille, France
Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor

France
Team Ranking: 3
Captain: Yannick Noah
Best Players – Singles: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 12, Gael Monfils – 13, Lucas Pouille – 18, Richard Gasquet – 30, Gilles Simon – 36, Benot Paire – 37
Best Players – Doubles: Nicolas Mahut – 10, Pierre-Hugues Herbert – 13, Edouard Roger-Vasselin – 31

Serbia
Team Ranking: 8
Captain: Nedad Zimonjic
Best Players – Singles: Novak Djokovic – 4, Victor Troicki – 45, Janko Tipsarevic – 55
Best Players – Doubles: Nedad Zimonjic – 48, Victor Troicki – 67

PLAY-OFFS

Argentina vs. Kazachstan
Location: National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan
Surface: Hard, Indoor

Croatia vs. Colombia
Location: Plaza de Toros La Santamaria, Bogota, Colombia
Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor

Switzerland vs. Belarus
Location: Swiss Tennis Arena, Biel
Surface: Hard, Indoor

Czech Republic vs. Netherlands
Location: Sportcampus Zuiderpark, The Hague, Netherlands
Surface: Red Clay, Indoor

Germany vs. Portugal
Location: Clube de Tenis do Jamor, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal
Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor

Japan vs. Brasil
Location: Utsubo Tennis Center, Osaka, Japan
Surface: Hard, Outdoor

Russia vs. Hungary
Location: Kopaszi Dam, Budapest, Hungary
Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor

Canada vs. India
Location: Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Canada
Surface: Hard, Indoor

ZONE GROUPS

GROUP I, AMERICAS, RELEGATION PLAY-OFF, SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFFS
Dominican Republic vs. Peru
Location: Centro De Tenis Parque Del Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Surface: Hard, Outdoor

GROUP I, ASIA/OCEANIA, RELEGATION PLAY-OFF, SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFFS
Korea, Rep. vs. Chinese Taipei
Location: Yang Gu Tennis Park, Yang Gu
Surface: Hard, Outdoor

GROUP I, EUROPE/AFRICA, RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFFS
Austria vs. Romania
Location: Union Tennis Club Wels, Wels, Austria
Surface: Clay, Outdoor

Israel vs. Ukraine
Location: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon, Israel
Surface: Hard, Outdoor

SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFFS
Slovakia vs. Poland
Location: Aegon Arena NTC, Bratislava, Slovakia
Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor

GROUP II, AMERICAS, THIRD ROUND
Barbados vs. Venezuela
Location: National Tennis Centre, Widley, Barbados
Surface: Hard, Outdoor

GROUP II, ASIA/OCEANIA, THIRD ROUND
Pakistan vs. Thailand
Location: Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad, Pakistan
Surface: Grass, Outdoor

GROUP II, EUROPE/AFRICA, THIRD ROUND
Sweden vs. Lithuania
Location: Bastad Tennis Stadium, Bastad, Sweden
Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor

Denmark vs. South Africa
Location: Ceres Park & Arena, Aarhus, Denmark
Surface: Hard, Indoor

Davis Cup Finals  – Nov 24-26, 2017

  • TBD

Davis Cup 1st Round – Feb 3-5, 2017

  • US vs. Switzerland – Birmingham, AL
  • Croatia vs. Spain –  Sportska Dvorana Gradski vrt in Osijek.

Davis Cup Quarter-finals – Apr 7-9

  • Australia vs USA – Queensland Tennis Centre – Tennyson, Australia
  • Belgium vs Italy – Spiroudome – Charleroi, Belgium

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About Davis Cup

Davis Cup, originally known as the International Lawn Tennis Challenge is considered to be The World Cup of Tennis. It was first played in 1900 when four Harvard University men tennis player wished to organize a match between The United States and Great Britain. Once approved, one of the enthusiast tennis team members, Dwight Davis, decided to create a tournament format and buy a champions trophy from his own pocket money.

At the time, Americans gained a quick lead 3-0 at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, the site of the competition. The tournament continued to grow in popularity and by 1905, teams such as France, Austria, Belgium, and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) became its regular participants. The competition became so famous that by the 1920s, there were over 20 nations, and by 1969, there were over 50 nations competing in Davis Cup.

The main and most important World Group consists of 16 nations and the rest of the countries are divided into three regional Zones based on their location – Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe/Africa. In addition, each Zone has three to four subdivisions – Group I. through Group IV. with Group I. being the highest. World Group is being played four times a year; eight teams that win their first rounds progress to quarterfinals, then semifinals, finals and at the end, they become champions. Also, they are guaranteed the participation in the highest Group the following year, however, those who lose have to compete against eight winners from Zone Group I and defeat their spots in the highest competition.

The matches between nations in World Group and Zone Groups I and II follow a best-of-five rubbers format – two singles on first and a third day and doubles on the second day, and are played over a three-day weekend at the location determined by the hosting nation. Zone Groups III and IV follow slightly different format than other three groups. They are usually played over a week at one location and follow a round-robin format.

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