The 1956 Davis Cup was the 45th edition of the Davis Cup, the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 24 teams entered the Europe Zone, 5 teams entered the America Zone, and 3 teams entered the Eastern Zone.

1956 Davis Cup
Details
Duration22 March – 28 December
Edition45th
Teams33
Champion
Winning Nation Australia
1955
1957

The United States defeated Mexico in the America Zone final, India defeated Japan in the Eastern Zone final, and Italy defeated Sweden in the Europe Zone final. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, the United States defeated Italy in the semifinal, and then defeated India in the final. In the Challenge Round the United States were defeated by defending champions Australia. The final was played at Memorial Drive Park in Adelaide, Australia on 26–28 December.[1][2][3]

America ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

  Quarterfinals
2–4 May
Semifinals
6–29 July
Final
3–5 August
                           
 
     United States  
   bye     Victoria, Canada (grass)
       United States 4  
  Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (clay)      Canada 1  
     Canada 5
     Caribbean/West Indies 0     Rye, NY, United States (grass)
       United States 4
         Mexico 1
   bye  
     Mexico     Mexico City, Mexico (clay)
       Mexico 4
       Brazil 1  
   bye
     Brazil  

FinalEdit

United States vs. Mexico

 
United States
4
Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY, United States [4]
3–5 August 1956
Grass
 
Mexico
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Vic Seixas
Mario Llamas
6
4
6
2
6
4
     
2  
 
Ham Richardson
Francisco Contreras
6
3
6
4
6
4
     
3  
 
Sam Giammalva / Barry MacKay
Francisco Contreras / Mario Llamas
13
11
4
6
6
1
6
8
3
6
 
4  
 
Ham Richardson
Mario Llamas
6
3
6
3
6
1
     
5  
 
Sam Giammalva
Esteban Reyes
6
4
6
1
6
3
     

Eastern ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

  Semifinals
22–24 March
Final
18–20 May
                 
 
     Japan  
   bye     Tokyo, Japan
       Japan 2
  Colombo, Ceylon (clay)      India 3
     Ceylon 0
     India 5  

FinalEdit

Japan vs. India

 
Japan
2
Tokyo, Japan [5]
18–20 May 1956
 
India
3
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Atsushi Miyagi
Ramanathan Krishnan
3
6
0
6
3
6
     
2  
 
Kosei Kamo
Naresh Kumar
6
2
4
6
2
6
6
4
6
0
 
3  
 
Kosei Kamo / Atsushi Miyagi
Ramanathan Krishnan / Naresh Kumar
4
6
3
6
1
6
     
4  
 
Atsushi Miyagi
Naresh Kumar
6
4
6
1
6
1
     
5  
 
Kosei Kamo
Ramanathan Krishnan
8
6
3
6
4
6
5
7
   

Europe ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

First Round
27 April–1 May
  Second Round
10–15 May
  Quarterfinals
31 May-4 June
  Semifinals
15–17 July
  Final
20–22 July
   Italy    
 bye        Italy 5  
   Poland 3      Poland 0    
Bologna, Italy (clay)
   Austria 2          Italy 4  
   Denmark          Denmark 1  
 bye        Denmark 4
   Czechoslovakia 5      Czechoslovakia 1    
Paris, France (clay)
   Pakistan 0          Italy 3  
   France          France 2  
 bye        France 5  
   Luxembourg 2       Switzerland 0    
    Switzerland 3          France 4
   West Germany          West Germany 1  
 bye        West Germany 4
   Ireland 4      Ireland 1    
Båstad, Sweden (clay)
   Finland 1          Italy 5
   Turkey 0          Sweden 0
   Netherlands 5        Netherlands 0  
 bye      Chile 5    
   Chile          Chile 2  
   Yugoslavia 4          Great Britain 3  
   Egypt 1        Yugoslavia 0
 bye      Great Britain 5    
Solna, Sweden (clay)
   Great Britain          Great Britain 1
   Monaco 2          Sweden 4  
   Spain 3        Spain 1  
 bye      Belgium 4    
   Belgium          Belgium 1
   Norway 4    
Oslo, Norway (clay)
     Sweden 4  
   Israel 1        Norway 0
 bye      Sweden 5  
   Sweden  

FinalEdit

Sweden vs. Italy

 
Sweden
0
Båstad Tennis Stadium, Båstad, Sweden [6]
20–22 July 1956
Clay
 
Italy
5
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Sven Davidson
Nicola Pietrangeli
4
6
6
3
1
6
4
6
   
2  
 
Ulf Schmidt
Giuseppe Merlo
7
5
2
6
5
7
1
6
   
3  
 
Sven Davidson / Torsten Johansson
Nicola Pietrangeli / Orlando Sirola
4
6
7
5
2
6
3
6
   
4  
 
Torsten Johansson
Orlando Sirola
4
6
6
1
2
6
1
6
   
5  
 
Ulf Schmidt
Nicola Pietrangeli
5
7
3
6
6
1
3
6
   

Inter-Zonal ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

  Semifinals
29 September–1 October
Final
14–16 December
                 
 
  EAS    India  
   bye     Perth, Australia (grass)
    EAS    India 1
  Forest Hills, NY, United States (grass)   AME    United States 4
  EUR    Italy 1
  AME    United States 4  

SemifinalsEdit

United States vs. Italy

 
United States
4
West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NY, United States [7]
29 September–1 October 1956
Grass
 
Italy
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Ham Richardson
Nicola Pietrangeli
6
3
6
2
6
3
     
2  
 
Vic Seixas
Orlando Sirola
6
3
11
9
6
4
     
3  
 
Ham Richardson / Vic Seixas
Nicola Pietrangeli / Orlando Sirola
1
6
6
3
6
4
6
2
   
4  
 
Michael Green
Nicola Pietrangeli
6
3
4
6
3
6
4
6
   
5  
 
Sam Giammalva
Orlando Sirola
12
10
6
3
6
2
     

United States vs. India

 
United States
4
Royal King's Park, Perth, Australia [8]
14–16 December 1956
Grass
 
India
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Herbie Flam
Ramanathan Krishnan
7
5
4
6
10
8
2
6
6
4
 
2  
 
Vic Seixas
Naresh Kumar
6
4
6
1
6
2
     
3  
 
Sam Giammalva / Vic Seixas
Ramanathan Krishnan / Naresh Kumar
6
2
3
6
6
4
6
4
   
4  
 
Michael Green
Ramanathan Krishnan
5
7
4
6
4
6
     
5  
 
Sam Giammalva
Naresh Kumar
6
3
6
4
6
2
     

Challenge RoundEdit

Australia vs. United States

 
Australia
5
Memorial Drive Park, Adelaide, Australia [3]
26–28 December 1956
Grass
 
United States
0
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Lew Hoad
Herbie Flam
6
2
6
3
6
3
     
2  
 
Ken Rosewall
Vic Seixas
6
1
6
4
4
6
6
1
   
3  
 
Lew Hoad / Ken Rosewall
Sam Giammalva / Vic Seixas
1
6
6
1
7
5
6
4
   
4  
 
Ken Rosewall
Sam Giammalva
4
6
6
1
8
6
7
5
   
5  
 
Lew Hoad
Vic Seixas
6
2
7
5
6
3
     

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. ^ "United States v Mexico". daviscup.com.
  5. ^ "Japan v India". daviscup.com.
  6. ^ "Sweden v Italy". daviscup.com.
  7. ^ "United States v Italy". daviscup.com.
  8. ^ "United States v India". daviscup.com.

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