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The Australian Davis Cup team is the second most successful team ever to compete in the Davis Cup, winning the coveted title on 28 separate occasions, second behind the United States with 32[3].

Australia
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AssociationTennis Australia
CaptainLleyton Hewitt [1]
CoachJosh Eagle [2]
ITF ranking10 Decrease 1
ColorsGreen & Gold
First year1939 (1905 as Australasia)
Years played89
Ties played (W–L)229 (167–62)
Years in
World Group
26 (46–22)
Davis Cup titles28 (1907, 1908, 1909, 1911,
1914, 1919, 1939, 1950,
1951, 1952, 1953, 1955,
1956, 1957, 1959, 1960,
1961, 1962, 1964, 1965,
1966, 1967, 1973, 1977,
1983, 1986, 1999, 2003)
Runners-up19 (1912, 1920, 1922, 1923,
1924, 1936, 1938, 1946,
1947, 1948, 1949, 1954,
1958, 1963, 1968, 1990,
1993, 2000, 2001)
Most total winsLleyton Hewitt (58–21)
Most singles winsLleyton Hewitt (42–14)
Most doubles winsTodd Woodbridge (25–7)
Best doubles teamMark Woodforde /
Todd Woodbridge (14–2)
Most ties playedLleyton Hewitt (42)
Most years playedLleyton Hewitt (18)

Australia also participated in winning the Davis Cup six times with New Zealand under the alias Australasia (1905–1922).

HistoryEdit

The beginningEdit

Australian players began playing Davis Cup in 1905 as a part of the Australasia Davis Cup team which also allowed players from New Zealand to compete on the same team. The team won the Davis Cup on six occasions in 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1914 and 1919. Despite players from New Zealand being eligible to represent Australasia, Anthony Wilding was the only New Zealander to play for the team while it existed. Following World War I the Australian Davis Cup team was born in 1919 and it assumed all the Australasian Davis Cup team records.

While Australia and New Zealand have always been two separate countries, the two countries did compete together under the alias Australasia in a number of sports including Davis Cup in the first couple of decades of the 20th century.

Australia won the Davis Cup in 1919 and has since played in 41 Davis Cup finals (including 1919) as of 2008, winning on 23 occasions.

DominanceEdit

From 1937 to 1973 the only teams to win the Davis Cup were Australia and USA, in which 31 times were between one another. Australia won the Davis Cup title 17 times in 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973.

The only decades that Australia didn't win the Davis Cup was in the 1920s, 40s and 2010s. Australia was runner up 8 times during the 1920s and 40s.

After the 1973 victory Australia won the title another five times; 1977, 1983, 1986, 1999 and 2003. From 1999 to 2003, Australia got into the Final Round four times and won in 1999 and 2003.

2000 – 2009Edit

In 2003 after an inspirational semifinal against Switzerland where Lleyton Hewitt came back from two sets to love down against Roger Federer to win in five sets in the fourth rubber, to clinch a Davis Cup Final berth. In the Final, Australia defeated Spain 3–1 in front of a home crowd in Melbourne Park in which Mark Philippoussis, with a torn pectoral muscle, defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in five sets just months after Ferrero had reached the world number one ranking spot.

After Australia's 2003 win over Spain, Australia came into the 2004 Davis Cup with high hopes but the dreams were crushed when Sweden managed to beat Australia at home 4–1. Australia then had to play a world group qualifying match against Morocco which they won 4–1. Australia solidified their spot in the 2005 Davis Cup world group and breezed through their first round against Austria 5–0. Argentina was their next round opponents and Australia started off well with Lleyton Hewitt playing Guillermo Coria and in a shocking display of sportsmanship Hewitt won in four sets in front of a home crowd in Sydney. But Australia could not hold the lead and ended up losing the rest of their matches.

In 2006, Australia managed to defeat Switzerland 3–2 in the fifth rubber in the first round. Australia's quarterfinal was against Belarus in Melbourne and with Australia having Lleyton Hewitt back in the team, with Peter Luczak omitted. Australia celebrated after the second day after winning all matches and securing a semifinal spot, the first team to do so. Australia then went on to win the reverse singles making statement with a 5–0 victory over Belarus. Australia suffered a huge 5–0 loss to Argentina in the semifinals.

The 2007 Davis Cup could not have been any worse for Australia playing away in Belgium in their first tie against Belgium, losing their first two rubber Australia faced do or die in the doubles. Lleyton Hewitt was able to win both the doubles and his fourth rubber singles matches to bring the tie back to two all. Chris Guccione then lost in straight sets to put Australia in the world group playoffs. Australia drew Serbia in Serbia for their world group playoff and Serbia, having two of their singles players in the top 100, were clear favorites. After day one the tie was drawn at one all Australia lost their doubles match in four sets and looked in a bad position. Things only got worse for Australia as their top player Lleyton Hewitt came down with sickness and could not compete in the final day. Australia eventually ended up losing 4–1 overall, seeing Serbia into the world group for the first time; the result also saw Australia relegated for only the second time.

The 2008 Davis Cup saw Australia playing away for the fourth consecutive time, playing in Chinese Taipei. Australia beat Chinese Taipei 4–1 and were awarded a home 2nd Round rubber for the first time in almost two years. Australian easily accounted for Thailand winning the rubber 5–0. Australia then advanced to the world group playoffs where they were drawn to play away against Chile. Chile raced out to a 2–0 lead before Chris Guccione and Carsten Ball were able to bring the tie back to 2–1 after winning the doubles match. However, in the 4th match Fernando González defeated Guccione in the reverse singles match to secure the tie. Australia managed to win the remaining dead rubber, with Chile winning the tie 3–2.

The 2009 Davis Cup saw a rematch of last year's second round match against Thailand. This time, Australia had to travel away and won 3–2, only securing the tie in the final rubber. For the second round match-up, Australia was drawn to play away against India. However, due to security concerns in Chennai, Australia refused to play the tie in India, requesting the tie be played in a neutral country. After this request was denied, Australia withdrew from playing, so India advanced to the World Group Playoffs via forfeit.

PresentEdit

The 2010 Davis Cup was a breeze for Australia in the Asia/Oceania playoffs, easily advancing to the World Group Playoffs. 5–0 defeats of Chinese Taipei in the first round in Melbourne and Japan in the second round in Brisbane led to Australia being drawn to play a home tie against Belgium. Played in hot and humid conditions in North Cairns, Australia led 2–1 after the doubles match. Lleyton Hewitt's win in the doubles match gave him the most wins by an Australian in Davis Cup history. After a five-and-a-half-hour rain delay, the reverse singles finally got under way, before being suspended midway through the first set. With Hewitt pulling out of his reverse singles match, Peter Luczak and Carsten Ball were unable to hold onto Australia's lead, going down to Belgium 3–2.

For the fourth year in a row, Australia started its 2011 Davis Cup campaign in the Asia/Oceania playoffs. After receiving a first round bye, Australia played away to China in the second round, whom they defeated 3–1. Australia then advanced to the 2011 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs where they received a home tie against seeded Switzerland. Played on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in Sydney, Australia, Australia led 2–1 after victories by Tomic over Wawrinka in the singles and by Hewitt and Guccione in the doubles. However, in the 1st reverse singles Tomic lost to Federer, tying the play-off at 2–2. In the decisive rubber Hewitt trailed 5–3 in the 5th set against Stanislas Wawrinka when play was suspended due to bad light. When play resumed the following morning, Hewitt was unable to hold serve as Switzerland won the tie 3–2.

Australia began its 2012 Davis Cup campaign once again in the Asia/Oceania playoffs. Australia easily accounted for China in the first round with a 5–0 victory in Geelong, Victoria, and again against South Korea in the semi-finals with a 5–0 win in Brisbane. Australia faced Germany away in Hamburg in the World Group Playoffs for a spot in next year's World Group. Leading 2–1 going into the reverse singles matches, Australia failed to win a match on the final day, losing the tie 3–2.

Australia's historic Davis Cup rivalry with the United StatesEdit

Australia and USA have played each other in the Davis Cup final on 29 separate occasions. Having both teams dominate the competition for 36 years, Australia and USA had an intense rivalry in Davis Cup. In recent years the rivalry has waned, while the two teams had not played each other at all from 1999 to 2016 – when Australia hosted the USA in round 1 of the 2016 Cup.[4] The two nations met again in the second round of the 2017 Davis Cup, which extended their total meetings to 47. As of the completion of the 2017 meeting, the ledger stands at 26–21 in favour of the Americans.

Current squadEdit

Player information and rankings as of 2 February 2019

Squad representing Australia vs Bosnia Herzegovina(Qualifiers)[5]
Player ATP Ranking Years Played Total W-L Singles W-L Doubles W-L
Alex de Minaur #29 (Singles) 2 (2018–) 1–3 1–3 0–0
John Millman #37 (Singles) 2 (2017, 2019) 1–1 1–1 0–0
Jordan Thompson #72 (Singles) 4 (2016–) 5–2 3–2 2–0
John Peers #28 (Doubles) 4 (2016–) 5–3 0–0 5–3
Alexei Popyrin #149 (Singles) 1 (2019) 1–0 1–0 0–0
Players called up within the last 12 months
Player ATP Ranking Years Played Total W-L Singles W-L Doubles W-L
Lleyton Hewitt #127 (Doubles) 19 (1999–2016, 2018) 59–21 42–14 17–7

Recent performancesEdit

Here is the list of all match-ups since 1981, when the competition started being held in the current World Group format.

1980sEdit

1990sEdit

2000sEdit

2010sEdit

Year Competition Date Surface Location Opponent Score Result
2010 Asia/Oceania Group I, 1st Round 5–7 Mar Hard Melbourne (AUS)   Chinese Taipei 5–0 Win
Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinals 7–9 May Clay Brisbane (AUS)   Japan 5–0 Win
World Group Playoffs 19–21 Sep Hard Cairns (AUS)   Belgium 2–3 Loss
2011 Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinal 8–10 Jul Hard (i) Beijing (CHN)   China 3–1 Win
World Group Playoffs 16–18 Sep Grass Sydney (AUS)    Switzerland 2–3 Loss
2012 Asia/Oceania Group I, 1st Round 10–12 Feb Grass Geelong (AUS)   China 5–0 Win
Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinals 6–8 Apr Hard Brisbane (AUS)   South Korea 5–0 Win
World Group Playoffs 14–16 Sep Clay Hamburg (GER)   Germany 2–3 Loss
2013 Asia/Oceania Group I, 1st Round 1–3 Feb Hard Kaohsiung (TPE)   Chinese Taipei 5–0 Win
Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinals 5–7 Apr Clay (i) Namangan (UZB)   Uzbekistan 3–1 Win
World Group Playoffs 13–15 Sep Clay (i) Warsaw (POL)   Poland 4–1 Win
2014 World Group, 1st Round 31 Jan–2 Feb Clay (i) La Roche-sur-Yon (FRA)   France 0–5 Loss
World Group Playoffs 12–14 Sep Grass Perth (AUS)   Uzbekistan 5–0 Win
2015 World Group, 1st Round 6–8 Mar Hard (i) Ostrava (CZE)   Czech Republic 3–2 Win
World Group Quarterfinals 17–19 Jul Grass Darwin (AUS)   Kazakhstan 3–2 Win
World Group Semifinals 18–20 Sep Hard (i) Glasgow (GBR)   Great Britain 2–3 Loss
2016 World Group, 1st round 4–6 Mar Grass Melbourne (AUS)   United States 1–3 Loss
World Group Playoffs 16–18 Sep Grass Sydney (AUS)   Slovakia 3–0 Win
2017 World Group, 1st round 3–5 Feb Hard Melbourne (AUS)   Czech Republic 4–1 Win
World Group Quarterfinals 7–9 Apr Hard Brisbane (AUS)   United States 3–2 Win
World Group Semifinals 15–17 Sep Clay (i) Brussels (BEL)   Belgium 2–3 Loss
2018 World Group, 1st round 2–4 Feb Hard Brisbane (AUS)   Germany 1–3 Loss
World Group Playoffs 14–16 Sep Clay Graz (AUT)   Austria 1–3 Loss
2019 Qualifying Round 1–2 Feb Hard Adelaide (AUS)   Bosnia and Herzegovina 4–0 Win
Finals, Group D 19 Nov Hard (i) Madrid (ESP)   Colombia Pending
20 Nov   Belgium Pending

CaptainsEdit

Name Nationality Tenure
Harry Hopman   1950–69
Neale Fraser   1970–94
John Newcombe   1995–2000
John Fitzgerald   2001–10
Pat Rafter   2010–14
Wally Masur   2015
Lleyton Hewitt   2016–

StatisticsEdit

Since 1981 (Last updated 9 April 2012)

Record
  • Champion: 4 times (3 times Home, 1 time Away)
  • Runner-up: 4 times
  • Lost in Semifinals: 8 times
  • Lost in Quarterfinals: 4 times
  • Lost in First Round: 8 times
  • Not in World Group: 6 times
Home and away record (all 91 match-ups)
  • Performance at home (46 match-ups): 38–8 (82.2%)
  • Performance away (45 match-ups): 25–20 (55.5%)
  • Total: 63–28 (68.8%)
Head-to-head record (1981–)
  • A loss was recorded when Australia forfeited against India in the 2009 Asia/Oceania Group 1 Semifinals.
Record against continents
Africa Asia Europe North America Oceania South America
  Morocco
  South Africa
  Zimbabwe
  China
  Chinese Taipei
  India
  Japan
  Kazakhstan
  South Korea
  Uzbekistan
  Austria
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Croatia
  Czech Republic
  France
  Germany
  Great Britain
  Hungary
  Italy
  Romania
  Russia
  Serbia
  Spain
  Sweden
   Switzerland
  Yugoslavia
  Mexico
  United States
  New Zealand   Argentina
  Brazil
  Chile
  Ecuador
  Paraguay
  Peru
Record: 2–2 (50%) Record: 14–2 (87.5%) Record: 31–15 (67.3%) Record: 6–5 (60%) Record: 3–0 (100%) Record: 7–4 (63%)
Record by decade
  • 2010–2019: 11–4 (73.33%)
  • 2000–2009: 18–10 (64.2%)
  • 1990–1999: 19–9 (67.8%)
  • 1981–1989: 20–7 (74.0%)

Trivia and recordsEdit

  • Australian Roy Emerson holds the record for most Davis Cup titles won by an individual player with 8.
  • Australian Harry Hopman holds the record for most Davis Cup titles won by a captain with 16.
  • Along with the Australian Davis Cup Team winning the Davis Cup in 1999, Australia became the first country to win three of four team competitions in the same year. In 1999, Australia won the Davis Cup, World Team Championship and the Hopman Cup. The only team competition Australia did not win in 1999 was the women's Fed Cup. The second country to replicate this feat by winning three team competitions in one season was the Czech Republic in 2012.
  • Australia completed a rare feat in 1986 when they won both the Davis Cup and the Junior Davis Cup.
  • Australia won both the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup in 2007.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lleyton Hewitt named Australia's Davis Cup captain". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ Eagle takes over Davis Cup as coaches face shake-up
  3. ^ "History | Davis Cup | Pro Tournaments | News and Events | Tennis Australia". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Australia to host USA in 2016 Davis Cup first round". ABC News. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Davis Cup - Draws & Results". www.daviscup.com. Retrieved 23 January 2019.

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