Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in world sport.
This prestigious event, which is one of the cornerstones of the tennis calendar, gives players the chance to represent their country in an otherwise individual sport.
Founded by Dwight Davis in 1900, Davis Cup began as a challenge match between USA and British Isles, which was held at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston.
Davis himself played in the inaugural Davis Cup tie, steering his country to the first of many title victories. USA has won the Davis Cup 32 times - more than any other nation.
From its inception, Davis Cup has attracted the top players of each generation, from former legends such as Fred Perry, Bill Tilden, Rene Lacoste, Rod Laver and John McEnroe to latter day stars such as Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Please click on the following links for more information on the Structure and History of the competition.
International Tennis Federation
The competition is managed and run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis.
The objective of the ITF is:
- to further grow and develop the sport worldwide.
- to develop the game at all levels at all ages for both able-bodied and disabled men and women.
- to make, amend and uphold the rules of the game.
- to promote the International Team Championships and competitions of the ITF.
- to preserve the integrity and independence of tennis as a sport.
- to perform all without discrimination on grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, sex or religion.
The ITF has over 200 member National Associations - more than most other international sporting federations. Member nations come from every continent, and each association is involved in organising tennis and promoting the interests of the game.
The ITF also owns and runs Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, the largest annual international team competition in world sport.
For more information, please visit the ITF website - ITFTennis.com,or the official Fed Cup website - FedCup.com.