Beginner’s Guide to the Davis Cup 2023
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The Davis Cup is unlike any other tournament in men’s tennis. Known as the World Cup of tennis, the tournament was founded in 1900 by Dwight Davis and is the largest annual international team competition in world sport.
With a record-breaking 155 nations entering the Davis Cup this year, preparations have already begun ahead of this year’s Qualifiers and Play-offs hitting the courts in February. With that in mind, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to all the must-know information surrounding the tournament this year, the teams, how it works and Great Britain’s history at the event.
What is the structure of the 2023 Davis Cup?
The 2023 Davis Cup will kick off on the 3-5 February with qualifiers and play-offs taking place. The field is split into three groups:
Davis Cup Qualifiers: The 12 winners from the qualifiers will advance to the 2023 Davis Cup Finals, where 16 teams will contest the Group Stage in September. The 12 losing teams from the Qualifiers will compete in the World Group I.
World Group I Play Offs: The 12 winning nations from the World Group I Play-offs will progress to 2023 World Group I. The 12 losing nations will contest a World Group II tie in 2023.
World Group II Play Offs: The 12 winning nations in World Group II will progress to 2023 World Group I. The 12 losing nations will compete in their respective Group III Regionals.
The Davis Cup Group stage will then take place in September, with the Finals being scheduled in November where eight countries will battle it out for the trophy.
Key Davis Cup 2023 dates
|3-5 January||Davis Cup Qualifiers, World Group I Play-offs & World Group II Play-offs|
|12-17 September||Davis Cup Finals Group Stage|
|16-18 September||World Group I, World Group II|
|21-26 November||Davis Cup Final|
|TBC||Group III, Group IV and Group V regional events|
What is the scoring format at the Davis Cup?
Ties in the Davis Cup Qualifiers consist of five matches played over two days: two singles on day one, followed by the doubles and two reverse singles on day two. All matches are the best of three tie-break sets.
Each Davis Cup tie consists of five rubbers – with the winner being the country which wins three or more of the five matches.
The Finals follow a different format – with ties played as a best of three rubbers; two singles and one doubles.
Who won the Davis Cup in 2022?
Canada defeated Australia 2-0 in the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga last year, becoming world champions for the first time in their history.
Great Britain bowed out in the Group Stages in Glasgow clinching a win over Kazakhstan after losses in doubles deciders against USA and Netherlands.
Which teams are competing at the Davis Cup 2023?
From 155 nations we're down to the final eight, set to go head-to-head for the Davis Cup crown at the Finals in Malaga from 21-26 November. The final eight include:
- Great Britain
- Czech Republic
How many players are in each team?
Each nation assembles a team of four or five players, with the country captain deciding which players will compete in the singles and doubles matches.
Great Britain’s history in the Davis Cup
Great Britain are the only nation to have competed in all editions of the tournament since its creation and have lifted the trophy a total of ten times, most recently in 2015.
Where to watch the Davis Cup
You can also watch the match highlights from Great Britain’s ties on our YouTube Channel.