With the Davis Cup Spain vs. Great Britain first-round tie coming up from February 2-4th, hosted at our sister hotel in the Puente Romano Tennis Club, we considered a bit of tournament trivia to be in order.
The Puente Romano Tennis Club will host a first-round match between Spain and Great Britain between the 2-4 of February.
Who is this Davis fellow?
Dwight F. Davis was born in St. Louis Missouri (USA) in 1879. In 1898 he was runner-up at the US Open, and just two years later, he and three other school friends from Harvard decided to challenge four British players to a match. This was the kick-start to an annual tournament that began to expand by including Belgium, France, Austria and Australia. Today, more than 130 countries participate in the tournament.
Dwight F. Davis, creator of the Davis Cup.
What makes the trophy so special?
Legend says that Davis took a punch bowl from his mother’s living room as the original trophy for the tournament winner. Thanks to the design of a Boston-based Englishman named Rowland Rhodes and 800€, he created a symbol for international relations still alive today. It has a total of 6 kilos of silver, it is 33 cm tall and has a diameter of 45 cm.
Dwight Davis (centre) with the original Davis Cup Trophy, 1900.
Who has come out on top in the history of the tournament?
The United States have won the most number of tournaments, 32. Australia has the best winning streak from 1950 to 1967, during which they won 15 titles. The Spain team has won the title five times, the last in 2011. And in 2016, Great Britain won its first title in 79 years. The win moved Great Britain to third on the all-time winners list.
The Great Britain team, winners of the Davis Cup in 2016.
The February contest will be the first meeting between Spain and Great Britain in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas since 1986, when the British team won 4-1 at the same stage of competition.
This year, the Spanish team will be represented by Pablo Carreño, Roberto Bautista, Albert Ramos, David Ferrer and Feliciano López. The Great Britain team will be led by Jaimy Murray (brother of the injured Andy Murray), Dominic Inglot, Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady.
You can acquire your tickets to the Spain vs. Great Britain match here.
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