Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals

Did you know? Five unique features of the Davis Cup

Monday, July 8th, 2019

More than a hundred years of history go a long way. The Davis Cup by Rakuten begins a new and exciting stage without forgetting the wonderful legends and traditions of a unique competition.

  

- Among more than 5,000 tennis players who have competed for their country in the Davis Cup is the Italian Nicola Pietrangeli, the player with the most victories, both singles (78) and doubles (42).

 

- 6 hours and 43 minutes. That is the duration of the longest single match in history, between the Argentine Leo Mayer and Brazilian Joao Souza in the fourth match of the first round of the World Group 2015, with the former coming out on top. As for doubles, the record is held by the Czechs Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol, who needed 7 hours and 1 minute to break the Swiss Marco Chiudinelli and Stan Wawrinka.

 

- The record number of spectators on one Davis Cup day was recorded in the 2014 final in Lille (France) when Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka's Switzerland won their first ever title, with a total of 27,448 spectators.

 

- More and more countries are competing in the Davis Cup each year - from the two who faced each other in its first edition (1900) to 135 who have been fighting in the different categories of the competition in 2019, which will culminate in November in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals.

 

- The champion trophy, also known as silver "salad bowl" or "ensaladera", is the oldest sports trophy in the world, initially weighing 6 kg. The names of the champions are engraved on it so, over the years, it has been necessary to add wooden pedestals to embed the plates with the names of the winning country and the players who were part of the victorious team. Today it weighs more than 100 kilos and measures more than a metre high and wide.

 

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