The 1951 Davis Cup was the 40th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 21 teams entered the Europe Zone, and 5 teams entered the America Zone. The Europe Zone began using a seeding system, where the previous year's quarterfinalists were guaranteed a bye in the first round.

1951 Davis Cup
Details
Duration3 May – 28 December
Edition40th
Teams27
Champion
Winning Nation Australia
1950
1952

The United States defeated Canada in the America Zone final, and Sweden defeated West Germany in the Europe Zone final. The USA defeated Sweden in the Inter-Zonal play-off, but fell to defending champions Australia in the Challenge Round. The final was played at White City Stadium in Sydney, Australia on 26–28 December.[1][2][3]

America ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

  Quarterfinals
20–22 July
Semifinals
3–5 August
Final
10–12 August
                           
  Louisville, KY, United States (grass)
     Japan 0  
     United States 5     Rye, NY, United States (grass)
       United States 5  
       Mexico 0  
     Mexico
   bye     Montreal, Canada (grass)
       United States 5
         Canada 0
   bye  
     Cuba     Montreal, Canada (grass)
       Cuba 0
       Canada 5  
   bye
     Canada  

FinalEdit

Canada vs. United States

 
Canada
0
Mount Royal Tennis Club, Montreal, Canada [4]
10–12 August 1951
Grass
 
United States
5
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Lorne Main
Tony Trabert
1
6
2
6
3
6
     
2  
 
Brendan Macken
Dick Savitt
3
6
1
6
3
6
     
3  
 
Brendan Macken / Henri Rochon
Budge Patty / Tony Trabert
4
6
3
6
2
6
     
4  
 
Henri Rochon
Art Larsen
2
6
1
6
3
6
     
5  
 
Lorne Main
Budge Patty
3
6
3
6
2
6
     

Europe ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

First Round
3–11 May
  Second Round
11–22 May
  Quarterfinals
14–19 June
  Semifinals
13–19 July
  Final
27–29 July
   Sweden    
Vienna, Austria (clay)
 bye        Sweden 5  
   Austria      Austria 0    
 bye          Sweden 5  
   France          Great Britain 0  
 bye        France 2
   Great Britain      Great Britain 3    
Båstad, Sweden (clay)
 bye          Sweden 5  
   Philippines    
Paris, France (clay)
     Philippines 0  
 bye        Philippines 4  
   Finland 1      Brazil 1    
   Brazil 4          Philippines 4
   Ireland          Netherlands 1  
 bye        Ireland 2
   Netherlands 4      Netherlands 3    
Båstad, Sweden (clay)
   Monaco 1          Sweden 5
   Norway 2          West Germany 0
   Egypt 3        Egypt 1  
 bye      Belgium 4    
   Belgium          Belgium 2  
   Yugoslavia 2          West Germany 3  
   West Germany 3        West Germany 4
 bye      Denmark 1    
   Denmark          West Germany 3
    Switzerland 5          Italy 2  
   Luxembourg 0         Switzerland 1  
 bye      Poland 4    
Milan, Italy (clay)
   Poland          Poland 0
 bye    
Milan, Italy (clay)
     Italy 5  
   South Africa        South Africa 2
 bye      Italy 3  
   Italy  

FinalEdit

Sweden vs. West Germany

 
Sweden
5
Bastad Tennis Stadium, Båstad, Sweden [5]
27–29 July 1951
Clay
 
West Germany
0
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Lennart Bergelin
Gottfried von Cramm
6
4
6
1
6
4
     
2  
 
Sven Davidson
Ernst Buchholz
6
2
6
1
6
4
     
3  
 
Lennart Bergelin / Sven Davidson
Gottfried von Cramm / Rolf Göpfert
9
7
9
7
8
10
6
2
   
4  
 
Lennart Bergelin
Ernst Buchholz
6
1
5
7
6
4
6
3
   
5  
 
Sven Davidson
Helmut Gulcz
6
0
6
2
6
1
     

Inter-Zonal FinalEdit

United States vs. Sweden

 
United States
5
Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia [6]
13–15 December 1951
Grass
 
Sweden
0
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Tony Trabert
Sven Davidson
6
3
6
4
9
7
     
2  
 
Ted Schroeder
Lennart Bergelin
6
2
6
2
6
4
     
3  
 
Ted Schroeder / Tony Trabert
Lennart Bergelin / Sven Davidson
10
12
6
0
6
3
6
2
   
4  
 
Ted Schroeder
Sven Davidson
6
2
6
2
6
1
     
5  
 
Tony Trabert
Lennart Bergelin
6
1
10
8
6
4
     

Challenge RoundEdit

Australia vs. United States

 
Australia
3
White City Stadium, Sydney, Australia [3]
26–28 December 1951
Grass
 
United States
2
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Mervyn Rose
Vic Seixas
3
6
4
6
7
9
     
2  
 
Frank Sedgman
Ted Schroeder
6
4
6
3
4
6
6
4
   
3  
 
Ken McGregor / Frank Sedgman
Ted Schroeder / Tony Trabert
6
2
9
7
6
3
     
4  
 
Mervyn Rose
Ted Schroeder
4
6
11
13
5
7
     
5  
 
Frank Sedgman
Vic Seixas
6
4
6
2
6
2
     

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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 "Australia v United States". daviscup.com.
  4. ^ "Canada v United States". daviscup.com.
  5. ^ "Sweden v West Germany". daviscup.com.
  6. ^ "Australia v Italy". daviscup.com.

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