After getting the knowledge about the Davis Cup, now its time to know some of the interesting facts about Davis Cup, a tournament which has a long history of over 114 years. Remember, Davis Cup is a team event which is played between the nations recognized by the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and no ATP rankings are involved.
Some of the Interesting Facts about Davis Cup
- Dwight F Davis, who initiated the first ever international tennis tournament bear the expenses of the tournament trophy when it was first played in the year 1900. The total expense was US$ 1000
- If we calculate the cost of the Davis Cup trophy today that it can be more than US$ 700, 000
- Total 217 ounces of silver is used in the trophy. It is 13 inches tall and it has a diameter of 18 inches. Rowland Rhodes is the designer of the trophy he was an English national.
- Each year the winner and the runners up team names get engraved on the plinth of the trophy. When one bowl is finished, another bowl is added to accommodate fresh winner’s name on the trophy, hence it is a never ending process.
- Since its inception the Davis Cup trophy has been presented 101 times till 2013.
- Davis Cup is the only team tournament in the world which has lasted a full century.
- Despite the game of tennis being more individual than a team game playing in Davis Cup and for that matter playing for your country has always been a matter of pride for the most of the tennis players around the world.
- From 1905 to 1914 Australia and New Zealand have sent a combined team to play in the Davis Cup as ‘Australasia’.
- The United States have won the most number of Davis Cup tournaments which is 32.
- Australia had the best winning streak from 1950 to 1967, during which they won 15 titles.
- In the year 1974 both South Africa and India reached the Davis Cup finals for the first time ever. They even became the first non American and Non Europe teams. But because South African government’s apartheid politics, India refused to compete and South Africa was declared winners by default. But since then South Africa has never reached in the finals of the Davis Cup.
- Davis Cup matches in Sweden have been stopped twice because of various political reasons. First in 1968 due to Rhodesia problem, then in 1975 because of human rights violation in Chile, as Chile was playing that tie. Recently in 2009 the match between Sweden and Israel was allowed to a small audience, citing security concerns occurred due to political unrest in Gaza a year earlier.
- The tie-breaker was included only in the year 1989. Prior to that there was no tie-breaker in any set. Now only fifth set doesn’t have a tie-breaker.