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!
Davis Cup is played in a group format. 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.
In 2019, the format of the Davis Cup will be changed. Teams will play one week in February to advance to the championship in November, replacing the current Davis Cup format that is played over four weekends throughout the year. Players will compete for what the ITF says rivals Grand Slam prize money.
2019 World Group Davis Cup Schedule and Tickets
- Davis Cup Tickets and Ticket Liquidator
- Qualifiers- February 1-2, 2019
- Finals – November 18-24, 2019, Madrid @ La Caja Magica
There are six confirmed participants: France, Croatia, Spain and USA, as this year’s Davis Cup semifinalists, and Argentina and Great Britain, that were awarded two wild cards. For this edition, the format of the cup will be changed: finals will take place in a group-stage format over the first four days, with the countries divided into six groups of three teams. Each tie will consist of three matches – two singles and one doubles – of best-of-three sets.
The Six Groups are:
- France, Serbia, Japan
- Croatia, Spain, Russia
- Argentina, Germany, Chile
- Belgium, Australia, Columbia
- Great Britian, Kazakhstan, Netherlands
- USA, Italy, Canada
The six group winners and the two second-placed teams with the best records will qualify for the knock-out quarter-finals. The teams placed 5th to 16th will compete in the following year’s Qualifiers, while the teams placed 17th and 18th will be relegated to their respective Zone Groups.
Qualifying Rounds (February 1-2, 2019)
The 12 seeded nations for the 2019 Qualifying Round are (current Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking in brackets):
1. Argentina (3)
2. Belgium (4)
3. Great Britain (5)
4. Serbia (8)
5. Italy (10)
6. Germany (11)
7. Kazakhstan (13)
8. Czech Republic (14)
9. Sweden (15)
10. Austria (16)
11. Canada (17)
12. Japan (18)
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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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