1961 Davis Cup

The 1961 Davis Cup was the 50th edition of the Davis Cup, the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 28 teams entered the Europe Zone, 7 teams entered the Americas Zone, and 7 teams entered the Eastern Zone. Ecuador, Indonesia and Morocco made their first appearances in the tournament.

1961 Davis Cup
Details
Duration18 March – 28 December 1961
Edition50th
Teams42
Champion
Winning Nation Australia
1960
1962

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 India in the semifinal, and then Italy defeated the United States in the final. In the Challenge Round Italy were defeated by the defending champions Australia. The final was played at Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on 26–28 December.[1][2][3]

America ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

Quarterfinals
29 April–1 May; 27–29 May; 28–31 July
Semifinals
15–17 July; 4–6 August
Final
18–20 August
  Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco
bye
  Morocco0
Quebec City, Canada (clay)
  Mexico5
  Canada2
Cleveland, OH, United States (clay)
  Mexico3
  Mexico2
Guayaquil, Ecuador (clay)
  United States3
  Ecuador5
St. Louis, MO, United States (clay)
  Colombia0
  Ecuador0
Bridgetown, Barbados (grass)
  United States5
  Caribbean/West Indies0
  United States5

FinalEdit

United States vs. Mexico

 
United States
3
Cleveland Skating Club, Cleveland, OH, United States[4]
18–20 August 1961
Clay
 
Mexico
2
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Chuck McKinley
Rafael Osuna
3
6
3
6
3
6
     
2  
 
Tut Bartzen
Mario Llamas
4
6
6
4
6
4
6
4
   
3  
 
Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston
Rafael Osuna / Antonio Palafox
4
6
6
2
4
6
3
6
   
4  
 
Chuck McKinley
Mario Llamas
6
4
7
5
10
8
     
5  
 
Tut Bartzen
Rafael Osuna
6
3
6
3
7
5
     

Eastern ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

Quarterfinals
18–28 March
Semifinals
1–24 April
Final
6–8 May
  Philippines
Tokyo, Japan
bye
  Philippines2
  Japan3
  Japanw/o
New Delhi, India
  South Korea
  Japan1
Colombo, Ceylon (clay)
  India4
  Ceylon2
Lucknow, India
  Thailand3
  Thailand0
Bandung, Indonesia
  India5
  Indonesia1
  India4

FinalEdit

India vs. Japan

 
India
4
New Delhi, India[5]
6–8 May 1961
 
Japan
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Jaidip Mukerjea
Atsushi Miyagi
2
6
7
9
6
2
2
6
   
2  
 
Ramanathan Krishnan
Osamu Ishiguro
4
6
6
3
6
3
6
3
   
3  
 
Ramanathan Krishnan / Premjit Lall
Atsushi Miyagi / Masao Nagasaki
6
4
6
3
6
4
     
4  
 
Ramanathan Krishnan
Atsushi Miyagi
6
4
6
1
6
4
     
5  
 
Akhtar Ali
Osamu Ishiguro
4
6
6
4
6
0
2
6
6
4
 

Europe ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

First Round
27 April–7 May
Second Round
1–4 June
Quarterfinals
10–19 June
Semifinals
21–23 July
Final
4–6 August
  ItalyBrussels, Belgium (clay)
bye  Italy3
  Belgium3  Belgium2Munich, West Germany (clay)
  Chile2  Italy3
  Switzerland2Scheveningen, Netherlands (clay)  West Germany2
  Netherlands3  Netherlands0
  Czechoslovakia2  West Germany5Paris, France (clay)
  West Germany3  Italy4
  Ireland0Warsaw, Poland  France1
  Poland5  Poland4
  Monaco3  Monaco1Warsaw, Poland
  Luxembourg2  Poland0
  Egypt0Paris, France (clay)  France5
  Brazil5  Brazil1
bye  France4Milan, Italy (clay)
  France  Italy4
  Great BritainVienna, Austria (clay)  Sweden1
bye  Great Britain3
  Austria5  Austria2Birmingham, England (grass)
  Norway0  Great Britain4
  Turkey1Helsinki, Finland  South Africa1
  Finland4  Finland1
  Romania0  South Africa4Båstad, Sweden (clay)
  South Africa5  Great Britain1
  Yugoslavia1Madrid, Spain (clay)  Sweden4
  Spain3  Spain3
  Israel0  New Zealand2Madrid, Spain (clay)
  New Zealand5  Spain1
  Denmark2Budapest, Hungary (clay)  Sweden4
  Hungary3  Hungary2
bye  Sweden3
  Sweden

FinalEdit

Italy vs. Sweden

 
Italy
4
Milan, Italy[6]
4–6 August 1961
Clay
 
Sweden
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Fausto Gardini
Ulf Schmidt
6
4
4
1
6
6
6
6
3
 
2  
 
Nicola Pietrangeli
Jan-Erik Lundqvist
2
6
5
7
6
1
4
6
   
3  
 
Nicola Pietrangeli / Orlando Sirola
Thomas Hallberg / Jan-Erik Lundqvist
6
3
3
6
6
3
6
1
   
4  
 
Nicola Pietrangeli
Ulf Schmidt
6
3
6
2
3
6
6
3
   
5  
 
Fausto Gardini
Thomas Hallberg
6
2
6
1
6
0
     

Inter-Zonal ZoneEdit

DrawEdit

Semifinals
30 September–2 October
Final
13–16 October
EUR  Italy
Rome, Italy (clay)
bye
EUR  Italy4
New Delhi, India
AME  United States1
AME  United States3
EAS  India2

SemifinalsEdit

India vs. United States

 
India
2
National Sports Club, New Delhi, India[7]
30 September–2 October 1961
 
United States
3
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Jaidip Mukerjea
Chuck McKinley
4
6
4
6
7
9
     
2  
 
Ramanathan Krishnan
Whitney Reed
6
4
6
1
7
5
     
3  
 
Ramanathan Krishnan / Premjit Lall
Donald Dell / Chuck McKinley
7
5
0
6
3
6
2
6
   
4  
 
Jaidip Mukerjea
Whitney Reed
2
6
3
6
3
6
     
5  
 
Ramanathan Krishnan
Chuck McKinley
6
3
4
6
1
6
6
3
6
4
 

FinalEdit

Italy vs. United States

 
Italy
4
Foro Italico, Rome, Italy[8]
13–16 October 1961
Clay
 
United States
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Fausto Gardini
Jon Douglas
6
4
6
4
5
7
8
10
0
6
 
2  
 
Nicola Pietrangeli
Whitney Reed
2
6
6
8
6
4
6
4
6
4
 
3  
 
Nicola Pietrangeli / Orlando Sirola
Donald Dell / Whitney Reed
6
4
3
6
6
3
6
2
   
4  
 
Nicola Pietrangeli
Jon Douglas
9
7
6
3
6
2
     
5  
 
Fausto Gardini
Whitney Reed
3
6
7
5
3
6
8
6
6
4
 

Challenge RoundEdit

Australia vs. Italy

 
Australia
5
Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia[3]
26–28 December 1961
Grass
 
Italy
0
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Roy Emerson
Nicola Pietrangeli
8
6
6
4
6
0
     
2  
 
Rod Laver
Orlando Sirola
6
1
6
4
6
3
     
3  
 
Roy Emerson / Neale Fraser
Nicola Pietrangeli / Orlando Sirola
6
2
6
3
6
4
     
4  
 
Rod Laver
Nicola Pietrangeli
6
3
3
6
4
6
6
3
8
6
 
5  
 
Roy Emerson
Orlando Sirola
6
3
6
3
4
6
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 Italy". daviscup.com.
  4. ^ "United States v Mexico". daviscup.com.
  5. ^ "India v Japan". daviscup.com.
  6. ^ "Italy v Sweden". daviscup.com.
  7. ^ "India v United States". daviscup.com.
  8. ^ "Italy v United States". daviscup.com.

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