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About the Davis Cup

Competition Format

The new season-ending Davis Cup Finals event will take place over the course of one week on 18-24 November in 2019. The Finals will feature 18 teams – 12 qualifiers, the previous year’s four semifinalists and two wild card nations.

The 18 teams will compete in six round-robin groups of three teams. The six group winners plus the two second-placed teams with the best records based on sets and games won will qualify for the quarterfinals.

The Davis Cup champions will be crowned after the completion of the knockout phase.

The two teams with the worst record after the round-robin phase of the Finals will be relegated to Zone Group action the following year. The 12 teams that finish in 5th to 16th position will compete in the qualifying event the following year.


Davis Cup by BNP Paribas began in 1900 as a competition between USA and Great Britain and it now is the world’s largest annual international team competition in sport with 132 countries participating in 2018.

The competition was created in Boston in 1900 by four Harvard University students and the first year saw the USA defeat the British Isles 3-0. One of the American players, Dwight Davis, designed the format of the tournament and ordered a trophy, and the tournament would soon be named after that very trophy.

In 1905, the tournament expanded to include France, Austria, Belgium, and Australasia and by the 1920s over 20 nations regularly participated. In 1969, 50 nations competed for the first time.

Throughout those years, the previous year’s champion automatically received a spot in the final and was challenged by the winner of a knockout competition between the other countries. The format was changed in 1972 with all countries now taking part in an elimination event.

Since 1981, Davis Cup has been organized into a 16-team World Group and regional zonal groups split across three regions (Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe/Africa) and four tiers (Group I, II, III, and IV).

Canada first began competing in Davis Cup in 1913, when it reached the semifinals. Its next best results until the 1990s were making the Americas Zone final in 1970 and 1982. In 1990, the Canadians won three consecutive ties for the first time in 78 years of Davis Cup competition to advance to the World Group. Canada remained in the World Group in 1991 and 1992, then returned to zonal competition for 11 years until briefly making another World Group appearance in 2004.

Team Canada then clinched three consecutive away ties in 2011 to earn a spot in the 2012 World Group. Canada has been in the top tier ever since, advancing to the World Group semifinals for the first time in a historic and unforgettable 2013 season. In 2019, Canada will compete in a refurbished Davis Cup format alongside 24 world-class teams for a spot in the season-ending Davis Cup Finals event.