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1973 Davis Cup

1973 edition of the Davis Cup

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1973 Davis Cup
Details
Duration10 November 1972 – 2 December 1973
Edition62nd
Teams53
Champion
Winning Nation  Australia
1972
1974

The 1973 Davis Cup was the 62nd edition of the Davis Cup, the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 53 teams entered the competition, 31 in the Europe Zone, 12 in the Americas Zone, and 10 in the Eastern Zone.

For the first time, preliminary rounds were used in every zone, effectively giving byes through the first two rounds of competition to the previous year's finalists from the American and Eastern zones, and to the previous year's semifinalists from the European zones. This year's competition also marked the first time that professional tennis players were allowed to compete.[1]

The United States defeated Chile in the Americas Inter-Zonal final, Australia defeated India in the Eastern Zone final, and Czechoslovakia and Romania were the winners of the two Europe Zones, defeating the Soviet Union and Italy respectively.

In the Inter-Zonal Zone, Australia defeated Czechoslovakia and the United States defeated Romania in the semifinals. Australia then defeated the United States in the final, breaking the defending champions' 5-year winning run. The final was held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, United States on 30 November-2 December. It marked the first time that the final was held indoors.[1][2][3]

1973 Davis Cup Intro articles: 3

Americas Zone

North & Central America Zone

Preliminary Rounds

  First Round
23–25 February
Qualifying Round
9–11 March
                 
Bogotá, Colombia (clay)
   Colombia 4  
Bogotá, Colombia
   Canada 1  
     Colombia 3
     Caribbean/West Indies 2
 bye
   Caribbean/West Indies  
   Mexico  
Mexico City, Mexico (clay)
 bye  
     Mexico 4
     Venezuela 1
 bye
   Venezuela  

Main Draw

  Semifinals
23–25 March
Final
11–13 May
                 
 
     United States  
   bye     Mexico City, Mexico (clay)
       United States 4
  Mexico City, Mexico (clay)      Mexico 1
     Mexico 5
     Colombia 0  

South America Zone

Preliminary Rounds

  First Round
23–25 February
Qualifying Round
2–4 March; 23–25 March
                 
Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
   Argentina 5  
Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
   Ecuador 0  
     Argentina 4
     Brazil 1
 bye
   Brazil  
   Uruguay  
Punta del Este, Uruguay
 bye  
     Uruguay 0
     South Africa 5
 bye
   South Africa  

Main Draw

  Semifinals
13–15 April
Final
4–6 May
                 
 
     Chile  
   bye     Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
       Chile 3
  Montevideo, Uruguay (clay)      Argentina 2
     Argentina 4
     South Africa 1  

Americas Inter-Zonal Final

United States vs. Chile


United States
4
Burns Park Tennis Club, North Little Rock, AR, United States [4]
3–5 August 1973
Hard

Chile
0
1 2 3 4 5
1
Tom Gorman
Jaime Fillol
17
15
6
4
4
6
6
3
   
2
Stan Smith
Patricio Cornejo
7
9
6
2
8
6
6
4
   
3
Stan Smith / Erik van Dillen
Patricio Cornejo / Jaime Fillol
7
9
37
39
8
6
6
1
6
3
 
4
Tom Gorman
Patricio Cornejo
6
3
6
1
6
1
     
5
Stan Smith
Jaime Fillol
          not
played

The doubles match between Smith/van Dillen and Cornejo/Fillol set the Davis Cup record for the most games in a doubles rubber (122). The second set, which went to 37-39, set the record for the most games played in a set (76).[5]

1973 Davis Cup Americas Zone articles: 7

Eastern Zone

Preliminary Round

  Preliminary Round
23–28 March
       
  Seoul, South Korea
     South Korea 1
     Japan 4
  Jakarta, Indonesia
     Indonesia 5
     Hong Kong 0
  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
     Malaysia 0
     Pakistan 3
  Penang, Malaysia (grass)
     South Vietnam 3
     Sri Lanka 0

Main Draw

  Quarterfinals
9–15 April
Semifinals
20–22 April
Final
4–6 May
                           
 
     Australia  
   bye     Tokyo, Japan
       Australia 4  
  Tokyo, Japan      Japan 1  
     Japan 3
     Indonesia 0     Madras, India
       Australia 4
  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (grass)        India 0
     Pakistan 4  
     South Vietnam 1     Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (grass)
       Pakistan 0
       India 4  
   bye
     India  

Final

India vs. Australia


India
0
Madras, India [6]
4–6 May 1973

Australia
4
1 2 3 4 5
1
Anand Amritraj
John Newcombe
2
6
1
6
0
6
     
2
Vijay Amritraj
Mal Anderson
1
6
2
6
1
6
     
3
Vijay Amritraj / Premjit Lall
Geoff Masters / John Newcombe
6
4
2
6
5
7
3
6
   
4
Premjit Lall
John Cooper
6
4
0
6
6
8
1
6
   
5
Vijay Amritraj
John Newcombe
10
12
6
3
      not
completed

1973 Davis Cup Eastern Zone articles: 10

Europe Zone

Zone A

Preliminary Round

  Preliminary Round
13–22 April
       
  Vienna, Austria
     Austria 3
     Monaco 0
  Dublin, Ireland (indoor hard)
     Ireland 0
     Norway 5
  Athens, Greece
     Greece 3
     Finland 2

Main Draw

  First Round
3–6 May
Quarterfinals
18–20 May
Semifinals
20–22 July
Final
3–5 August
                                     
   Romania  
Scheveningen, Netherlands (clay)
 bye  
     Romania 3  
Tel Aviv, Israel (hard)
     Netherlands 2  
   Israel 1
Bucharest, Romania (clay)
   Netherlands 4  
     Romania 4  
     New Zealand 1  
   Yugoslavia  
Zagreb, Yugoslavia (clay)
 bye  
     Yugoslavia 2
Vienna, Austria (clay)
     New Zealand 3  
   Austria 2
Bucharest, Romania
   New Zealand 3  
     Romania 3
Oslo, Norway (clay)
     Soviet Union 2
   Norway 3  
Oslo, Norway (clay)
   Denmark 2  
     Norway 0
     France 5  
 bye
Moscow, Soviet Union
   France  
     France 2
Athens, Greece
     Soviet Union 3  
   Greece 1  
Budapest, Hungary
   Hungary 4  
     Hungary 2
     Soviet Union 3  
 bye
   Soviet Union  

Final

Romania vs. Soviet Union


Romania
3
Bucharest, Romania [7]
3–5 August 1973
Clay

Soviet Union
2
1 2 3 4 5
1
Toma Ovici
Alex Metreveli
5
7
5
7
2
6
     
2
Ilie Năstase
Teimuraz Kakulia
6
0
6
3
6
0
     
3
Ilie Năstase / Ionel Sânteiu
Sergei Likhachev / Alex Metreveli
0
6
6
3
4
6
7
5
2
6
 
4
Ilie Năstase
Alex Metreveli
6
0
6
2
6
4
     
5
Toma Ovici
Teimuraz Kakulia
6
3
6
3
6
1
     

Zone B

Preliminary Round

  Preliminary Round
10–12 November 1972; 6–22 April
       
  Cairo, Egypt
     Egypt 5
     Turkey 0
  Lisbon, Portugal (clay)
     Portugal 0
      Switzerland 5
  Sofia, Bulgaria
     Bulgaria 5
     Iran 0
  Casablanca, Morocco
     Morocco 5
     Luxembourg 0

Main Draw

  First Round
27 April–6 May
Quarterfinals
18–20 May
Semifinals
20–22 July
Final
3–5 August
                                     
   Czechoslovakia  
Cairo, Egypt (clay)
 bye  
     Czechoslovakia 4  
Cairo, Egypt
     Egypt 1  
   Egypt 4
Prague, Czechoslovakia (clay)
   Poland 1  
     Czechoslovakia 3  
     West Germany 2  
   Great Britain  
Munich, West Germany (clay)
 bye  
     Great Britain 1
Geneva, Switzerland
     West Germany 4  
    Switzerland 0
Prague, Czechoslovakia (clay)
   West Germany 3  
     Czechoslovakia 4
Sofia, Bulgaria
     Italy 1
   Bulgaria 3  
Reggio Emilia, Italy (clay)
   Belgium 2  
     Bulgaria 0
     Italy 5  
 bye
Turin, Italy
   Italy  
     Italy 3
Rabat, Morocco (clay)
     Spain 2  
   Morocco 1  
Båstad, Sweden (clay)
   Sweden 4  
     Sweden 2
     Spain 3  
 bye
   Spain  

Final

Czechoslovakia vs. Italy


Czechoslovakia
4
Prague, Czechoslovakia [8]
3–5 August 1973
Clay

Italy
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Jan Kodeš
Corrado Barazzutti
5
7
6
3
4
6
6
2
1
6
 
2
Jiří Hřebec
Antonio Zugarelli
12
10
6
1
6
1
     
3
Jan Kodeš / František Pála
Giordano Majoli / Pietro Marzano
6
2
8
6
6
4
     
4
Jiří Hřebec
Corrado Barazzutti
9
7
6
1
6
4
     
5
Jan Kodeš
Antonio Zugarelli
6
1
6
3
0
6
6
2
   

1973 Davis Cup Europe Zone articles: 50

Inter-Zonal Zone

Draw

  Semifinals
17–19 August; 16–18 November
Final
30 November–2 December
                 
  Melbourne, Australia
  EUR-B    Czechoslovakia 1  
  EAS    Australia 4     Cleveland, OH, United States (indoor carpet)
    EAS    Australia 5
  Alamo, CA, United States (hard)   AME    United States 0
  AME    United States 4
  EUR-A    Romania 1  

Semifinals

Australia vs. Czechoslovakia


Australia
4
Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia [9]
16–18 November 1973
Grass

Czechoslovakia
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Rod Laver
Jan Kodeš
6
3
7
5
7
5
     
2
John Newcombe
Jiří Hřebec
4
6
10
8
4
6
5
7
   
3
Rod Laver / Ken Rosewall
Jan Kodeš / Vladimír Zedník
6
4
14
12
7
9
8
6
   
4
Rod Laver
Jiří Hřebec
5
7
6
3
6
4
4
6
6
4
 
5
John Newcombe
Jan Kodeš
6
2
6
2
6
4
     

United States vs. Romania


United States
4
Round Hill Country Club, Alamo, CA, United States [10]
17–19 August 1973
Hard

Romania
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Marty Riessen
Ilie Năstase
2
6
4
6
2
6
     
2
Stan Smith
Toma Ovici
7
5
6
1
6
3
     
3
Stan Smith / Erik van Dillen
Ilie Năstase / Ionel Sânteiu
6
2
7
5
6
2
     
4
Marty Riessen
Toma Ovici
6
1
4
6
6
1
7
5
   
5
Stan Smith
Ilie Năstase
5
7
6
2
6
3
4
6
6
3
 

Final

United States vs. Australia


United States
0
Public Auditorium, Cleveland, OH, United States [3]
30 November–2 December 1973
Carpet (indoors)

Australia
5
1 2 3 4 5
1
Stan Smith
John Newcombe
1
6
6
3
3
6
6
3
4
6
 
2
Tom Gorman
Rod Laver
10
8
6
8
8
6
3
6
1
6
 
3
Stan Smith / Erik van Dillen
Rod Laver / John Newcombe
1
6
2
6
4
6
     
4
Tom Gorman
John Newcombe
2
6
1
6
3
6
     
5
Stan Smith
Rod Laver
3
6
4
6
6
3
2
6
   

1973 Davis Cup Inter-Zonal Zone articles: 7

References

  1. ^ a b Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–496, 499. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ Max Robertson (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 384. ISBN 0047960426.
  3. ^ a b "United States v Australia". daviscup.com.
  4. ^ "United States v Chile". daviscup.com.
  5. ^ "Davis Cup - General Records". daviscup.com. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ "India v Australia". daviscup.com.
  7. ^ "Romania v Soviet Union". daviscup.com.
  8. ^ "Czechoslovakia v Italy". daviscup.com.
  9. ^ "Australia v Czechoslovakia". daviscup.com.
  10. ^ "United States v Romania". daviscup.com.

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