The ITF has created a Virtual Tour of the Davis Cup trophy ahead of the 2011 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Spain and Argentina, being played at the Olympic Stadium in Seville on 2-4 December.
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The Virtual Tour showcases the Davis Cup trophy within an interactive 360-degree design that rotates to allow fans to explore the entire image. Visitors can learn more about the history of Davis Cup by clicking on any of the engraved plaques to display the names of the nations and players from each Final. The Virtual Tour also includes audio histories of each Final provided by the Tennis Radio Network.
The Davis Cup trophy was donated by the competition’s founder Dwight Davis in 1900 as the prize for an international challenge match between USA and British Isles. Davis's international challenge is now the largest annual international team competition in sport and the Davis Cup trophy has grown along with the competition that bears its name.
Made by Shreve, Crump and Low of Boston, Massachusetts, the Davis Cup trophy was originally a lone sterling silver punchbowl. The three plinths have since been added to accommodate the engraved plaques. The trophy is currently 110cm high, 107cm in diameter at its widest point, and weighs 105kg.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The Davis Cup is one of the most iconic trophies in world sport. The Virtual Tour displays its magnitude in a way that has never been seen before, giving fans the opportunity to explore the detailed architecture and share the wonderful history of Davis Cup.”
The ITF worked together with Spherical Images to create the Virtual Tour of the Davis Cup trophy. Based in London, Spherical Images are interactive photography specialists with a client list that includes The Times, BBC and London 2012.
Spherical Images Director Henry Stuart said: "The Davis Cup trophy photography project was technically a huge challenge. We had to photograph the trophy as a whole from every angle, and include a close-up of each individual plaque. We used specialist jewellery photographers to ensure the silver was truly represented, and also had to deal with weather changes, clay on the court and difficult reflections to achieve the final result.”
Stuart added: “Due to the unique nature of the interactivity of the plaques and the need to launch audio, we had to build a custom player and interface to show this project online. It was a pleasure to work on such a prestigious trophy, and be able to share that experience, through the 360-degree image, with tennis fans around the world."
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