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1974 Davis Cup

1974 edition of the Davis Cup

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1974 Davis Cup
Details
Duration5 October 1973 – 1 December 1974
Edition63rd
Teams55
Champion
Winning Nation  South Africa
1973
1975

The 1974 Davis Cup was the 63rd edition of the Davis Cup, the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 57 teams would enter the competition, 33 in the Europe Zone, 12 in the Americas Zone, and 12 in the Eastern Zone. Nigeria made its first appearance in the tournament.

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

In the Inter-Zonal Zone, South Africa defeated Italy and India defeated the Soviet Union in the semifinals. Due to their opposition to the apartheid policies of the South African government, India refused to travel to South Africa for the final, therefore defaulting the final and awarding South Africa the tournament.[1][2] South Africa became only the fifth nation to win the Davis Cup, breaking the dominance of the United States, Great Britain, France and Australia teams which had won every tournament before this year.[3]

1974 Davis Cup Intro articles: 4

Americas Zone

North & Central America Zone

Preliminary Rounds

  First Round
19–21 October 1973
Qualifying Round
23–25 November 1973
                 
Kingston, Jamaica (indoor hard)
   Canada 3  
Mexico City, Mexico (clay)
   Caribbean/West Indies 2  
     Canada 1
     Mexico 4
   Mexico
 bye  
 bye  
Bogotá, Colombia
   Colombia  
     Colombia 3
     Venezuela 2
 bye
   Venezuela  

Main Draw

  Semifinals
7–9 December
Final
11–13 January
                 
 
     United States  
   bye     Bogotá, Colombia
       United States 1
  Cali, Colombia      Colombia 4
     Mexico 1
     Colombia 4  

South America Zone

Preliminary Rounds

  First Round
5–7 October; 14–16 December
Qualifying Round
4–6 January
                 
  Guayaquil, Ecuador (clay)
     Ecuador 5  
     Uruguay 0     Guayaquil, Ecuador (clay)
       Ecuador 0
  Montevideo, Uruguay (clay)      South Africa 5
     Brazil 0
     South Africa 5  

Main Draw

  Semifinals
Final
8–10 March
                 
  Bogotá, Colombia (clay)
     Chile  
   bye     Bogotá, Colombia (clay)
       Chile 2
       South Africa 3
     South Africa w/o
     Argentina  

Americas Inter-Zonal Final

Colombia vs. South Africa


Colombia
2
Bogotá, Colombia [4]
10–12 May 1974

South Africa
3
1 2 3 4 5
1
Iván Molina
Ray Moore
8
6
3
6
5
7
4
6
   
2
Jairo Velasco
Bob Hewitt
1
6
3
6
2
6
     
3
Iván Molina / Jairo Velasco
Bob Hewitt / Frew McMillan
3
6
0
6
3
6
     
4
Jairo Velasco
Ray Moore
6
2
4
6
6
3
7
9
6
2
 
5
Álvaro Betancur
Byron Bertram
6
2
4
6
8
6
8
6
   

1974 Davis Cup Americas Zone articles: 10

Eastern Zone

Preliminary Rounds

  First Round
5–7 April
Qualifying Round
5–21 April
                 
   Pakistan  
Karachi, Pakistan
 bye  
     Pakistan 4
     Malaysia 1
   Malaysia
 bye  
Manila, Philippines
   Philippines 3  
Manila, Philippines
   Indonesia 1  
     Philippines 5
     Hong Kong 0
   Hong Kong
 bye  
 bye  
Tokyo, Japan
   South Vietnam  
     South Vietnam 0
Tokyo, Japan
     Japan 3
   Japan 3
   South Korea 0  
 bye  
   Chinese Taipei  
     Chinese Taipei w/o
     Sri Lanka
 bye
   Sri Lanka  

Main Draw

  Quarterfinals
26–28 April
Semifinals
3–5 May
Final
10–12 May
                           
  Rawalpindi, Pakistan
     Australia  
   bye     Rawalpindi, Pakistan
       Australia 3  
  Lahore, Pakistan      Pakistan 0  
     Pakistan 4
     Philippines 1     Calcutta, India
       Australia 2
  Taipei, Taiwan (hard)        India 3
     Chinese Taipei 0  
     Japan 3     Kanpur, India
       Japan 1
       India 4  
   bye
     India  

Final

India vs. Australia


India
3
Calcutta, India [5]
10–12 May 1974

Australia
2
1 2 3 4 5
1
Jasjit Singh
Bob Giltinan
11
9
9
11
12
10
8
6
   
2
Vijay Amritraj
John Alexander
12
14
15
17
8
6
2
6
   
3
Anand Amritraj / Vijay Amritraj
John Alexander / Colin Dibley
17
15
6
8
6
3
16
18
6
4
 
4
Jasjit Singh
John Alexander
6
8
4
6
3
6
     
5
Vijay Amritraj
Bob Giltinan
6
1
5
7
6
4
6
4
   

The Eastern Zone Final set the Davis Cup record for the most games in a tie (327).[6]

1974 Davis Cup Eastern Zone articles: 9

Europe Zone

Zone A

Pre-Qualifying Rounds

  First Round
5–7 October 1973
Qualifying Round
28–30 December 1973
                 
  Istanbul, Turkey (indoor clay)
     Turkey 3  
     Lebanon 2     Istanbul, Turkey
       Turkey 5
       Luxembourg 0
   bye
     Luxembourg  

Preliminary Rounds

  First Round
22 March–21 April
Qualifying Round
3–19 May
                 
   New Zealand  
Vienna, Austria
 bye  
     New Zealand 1
Zürich, Switzerland
     Austria 3
    Switzerland 2
   Austria 3  
   France  
Porto, Portugal (clay)
 bye  
     France 5
Lisbon, Portugal (clay)
     Portugal 0
   Portugal 4
   Ireland 1  
Warsaw, Poland
   Poland 3  
Båstad, Sweden (clay)
   Hungary 2  
     Poland 1
     Sweden 4
 bye
   Sweden  
Helsinki, Finland
   Finland 5  
Scheveningen, Netherlands (clay)
   Turkey 0  
     Finland 1
     Netherlands 4
 bye
   Netherlands  

Main Draw

  Quarterfinals
10–12 May; 24–26 May
Semifinals
19–21 July
Final
2–4 August
                           
 
     Romania  
   bye     Bucharest, Romania (clay)
       Romania 3  
  Vienna, Austria      France 2  
     Austria 1
     France 3     Mestre, Italy (clay)
       Romania 2
  Båstad, Sweden (clay)        Italy 3
     Sweden 4  
     Netherlands 1     Båstad, Sweden (clay)
       Sweden 2
       Italy 3  
   bye
     Italy  

Final

Italy vs. Romania


Italy
3
Mestre, Italy [7]
2–4 August 1974
Clay

Romania
2
1 2 3 4 5
1
Corrado Barazzutti
Ilie Năstase
7
9
0
6
1
6
     
2
Adriano Panatta
Ion Țiriac
6
1
6
3
6
2
     
3
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
Ilie Năstase / Ion Țiriac
6
4
8
6
6
8
4
6
6
2
 
4
Corrado Barazzutti
Ion Țiriac
6
3
6
0
6
0
     
5
Adriano Panatta
Ilie Năstase
0
6
0
6
5
7
     

Zone B

Pre-Qualifying Rounds

  First Round
17–19 December 1973
Qualifying Round
11–13 January; 5–7 April
                 
   Egypt  
Cairo, Egypt
 bye  
     Egypt 3
Lagos, Nigeria
     Morocco 0
   Nigeria 2
   Morocco 3  
 bye  
Tehran, Iran
   Iran  
     Iran 4
     Israel 1
 bye
   Israel  

Preliminary Rounds

  First Round
19–21 April
Qualifying Round
3–5 May
                 
   West Germany  
West Berlin (clay)
 bye  
     West Germany 5
Monte Carlo, Monaco (clay)
     Denmark 0
   Monaco 2
   Denmark 3  
   Spain  
Barcelona, Spain (clay)
 bye  
     Spain 5
Oslo, Norway (indoor hard)
     Norway 0
   Norway 4
   Iran 1  
Cairo, Egypt
   Egypt 3  
Cairo, Egypt (clay)
   Bulgaria 1  
     Egypt 5
     Great Britain 0
 bye
   Great Britain  
Brussels, Belgium
   Belgium 5  
Brussels, Belgium
   Greece 0  
     Belgium 2
     Yugoslavia 3
 bye
   Yugoslavia  

Main Draw

  Quarterfinals
10–12 May
Semifinals
19–21 July
Final
26–28 July
                           
 
     Czechoslovakia  
   bye     Munich, West Germany (clay)
       Czechoslovakia 3  
  Düsseldorf, West Germany      West Germany 2  
     West Germany 3
     Spain 2     Donetsk, Soviet Union (clay)
       Czechoslovakia 2
  Cairo, Egypt        Soviet Union 3
     Egypt 2  
     Yugoslavia 3     Donetsk, Soviet Union
       Yugoslavia 1
       Soviet Union 3  
   bye
     Soviet Union  

Final

Soviet Union vs. Czechoslovakia


Soviet Union
3
Donetsk, Soviet Union [8]
26–28 July 1974
Clay

Czechoslovakia
2
1 2 3 4 5
1
Alex Metreveli
František Pála
6
2
6
4
3
6
6
2
   
2
Teimuraz Kakulia
Jan Kodeš
4
6
2
6
3
6
     
3
Vladimir Korotkov / Alex Metreveli
Jan Kodeš / Vladimír Zedník
4
6
1
6
3
6
     
4
Alex Metreveli
Jan Kodeš
4
6
6
3
4
6
6
3
7
5
 
5
Teimuraz Kakulia
František Pála
6
3
4
6
6
4
2
6
6
4
 

1974 Davis Cup Europe Zone articles: 48

Inter-Zonal Zone

Draw

  Semifinals
20 September–5 October
Final
                 
  Poona, India
  EUR-B    Soviet Union 1  
  EAS    India 3    
    EAS    India
  Johannesburg, South Africa   AME    South Africa w/o
  AME    South Africa 4
  EUR-A    Italy 1  

Semifinals

India vs. Soviet Union


India
3
Poona, India [9]
20–22 September 1974

Soviet Union
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Vijay Amritraj
Teimuraz Kakulia
6
4
11
9
6
3
     
2
Anand Amritraj
Alex Metreveli
4
6
7
9
3
6
     
3
Anand Amritraj / Vijay Amritraj
Vladimir Korotkov / Alex Metreveli
13
15
7
5
19
17
6
3
   
4
Anand Amritraj
Teimuraz Kakulia
6
2
8
10
4
6
6
3
6
3
 
5
Vijay Amritraj
Alex Metreveli
          not
played

South Africa vs. Italy


South Africa
4
Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa [10]
3–5 October 1974 [a]

Italy
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Bob Hewitt
Antonio Zugarelli
4
6
6
0
9
7
4
6
6
1
 
2
Ray Moore
Adriano Panatta
4
6
6
4
6
3
6
4
   
3
Bob Hewitt / Frew McMillan
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
7
5
6
4
10
8
     
4
Ray Moore
Antonio Zugarelli
6
3
7
5
6
3
     
5
Bob Hewitt
Adriano Panatta
3
6
6
8
2
6
     

Final

The final between South Africa and India was scheduled to be completed by 1 December 1974, but India refused to travel to South Africa due to opposition to the apartheid policies of the South African government at the time; therefore, the final was scratched, and South Africa was awarded the Davis Cup.[1][2]

1974 Davis Cup Inter-Zonal Zone articles: 4

Notes

  1. ^ The South Africa vs. Italy tie was originally scheduled to be played from 22 September, however the Italian team originally refused to play in South Africa and the South African team refused Italy's request to play the match in Rome.[11] The match eventually went ahead in South Africa in October.

References

  1. ^ a b Seminara, Dave (2009-11-28). "The Year the Davis Cup Felt Empty". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  2. ^ a b "South Africa v India". daviscup.com.
  3. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–496, 499. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  4. ^ "Colombia v South Africa". daviscup.com.
  5. ^ "India v Australia". daviscup.com.
  6. ^ "Davis Cup - General Records". daviscup.com. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Italy v Romania". daviscup.com.
  8. ^ "Soviet Union v Czechoslovakia". daviscup.com.
  9. ^ "India v Soviet Union". daviscup.com.
  10. ^ "South Africa v Italy". daviscup.com.
  11. ^ "Defaults seen as possibility in Davis Cup". Spokane Daily Chronicle. AP. 13 August 1974. p. 13 – via Google News Archive.

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