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Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Explained

The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is structured with a 16 nation World Group, contested over four weekends during the year. The remaining countries are then divided into three regional Zones depending on their location.

Competition format

Davis CupDavis Cup ties are played over three days, Friday to Sunday. There are five matches, known as rubbers, the winner being the first to win three rubbers. The competition begins with two singles rubbers on the first day (Friday), a doubles rubber on the second day (Saturday) and finally two singles rubbers on the third day (Sunday). All rubbers are the best out of five sets and the home nation chooses the venue and court surface.

The tie is hosted by one of the competing nations. The host nation is decided depending on where the two teams played their most recent tie against each other, as long as the tie took place after 1970. Any ties before this date don’t count towards the choice of ground. If a nation had home advantage last time then it will be away next time, and vice versa. If the nations have never previously met, last met before 1970, or if they last faced each other at a neutral venue, then the choice of ground is decided by lot.

World Group

World Group play-offs

The eight nations that win their World Group first round ties progress to play in the quarter finals, semi finals and subsequent final, at which the winning team is crowned champion.

The World Group play-offs decide promotion and relegation between the eight first round losers from World Group and eight winners from Zone Group I.

Zone Groups

The Zone Groups are divided into three regions: Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa. Within each region there are either three or four divisions, Group I being the highest and Group IV being the lowest.

GB and Davis Cup 

Great Britain have won the Davis Cup a total of ten times since it started in 1900, the most recent historic victory coming in November 2015 against Belgium. 

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