2018 - the last year of the 'Davis Cup' as we know it
Treat yourself to a centre court seat at one of the world's premier events in men's tennis, the Davis Cup. The 2018 final will see France take on Croatia at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on 23-25 November. France will be looking to win their 11th title, while Croatia will be hoping to win their second. Stoke your national pride and buy your 2018 Davis Cup tickets here today at StubHub.
Run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) this 2018 event is the last year that the tournament will continue with its traditional format. spread over three regional zones and four weekends during the year. From 2019, the tournament will see a round robin finals format in November of every year. This will feature a week's tennis that will eventually, after the semi-finals and finals, see a nation crowned Tennis World Champions. This has caused controversy amongst several players and fans who believe that home-and-away should still be the way that the tournament is played. Whatever happens, you'll still be able to watch some of the best tennis around. So buy Davis Cup tickets from StubHub!
The Davis Cup - How It All Started
The Davis Cup began in 1900 as a challenge between just the United Kingdom and the United States of America but 2016 saw a staggering 135 nations entering its early stages. The event was the brainchild of four Harvard University lawn tennis team members. One of them, Dwight F Davis designed the tournament's format and commissioned the sterling silver trophy out of his own pocket. Davis himself was able to lift this trophy when the USA won the first tournament held at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston Massachusetts.
From 1900 to 1972 the Davis Cup was run as a challenge tournament and saw Australia dominating. It won 15 times in 18 years! Indeed, during its first 70 years, the only winners were Australia, Great Britan, the USA and France. In 1972 the Davis Cup took its present format as a knockout tournament. After political controversy dogged the 1974 final the first outside nation to win outright was when Sweden saw off Czechoslovakia in a tightly fought final in 1975.
The Davis Cup - age is no barrier
Overall, the most successful Davis Cup team is the USA, winning 32 times and lifting the runners-up trophy 29 times and following on from its early successes, Australia is close on the heels of the US with 28 wins. With eight wins in the '50s and '60s, Roy Emerson of Australia still holds the most titles while Marco de Rossi of San Marino won in 2011 at the tender age of 13 years and 319 days. Playing at the age of 66 in 2007, Vittorio Pellandia also from the tiny municipality of San Marino proved that age is no barrier if you love your sport.
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