1921 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

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The 1921 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 16th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. In the playoff finals, newcomers Japan surprised Australia, 4-1, but would fall to defending champions the United States in the challenge round. The final was played at the West Side Tennis Club in New York City, United States on 2–5 September.[1][2]

Playoff[edit]

Teams[edit]

The tournament saw a boom in entries, with a record 12 teams entering to challenge for the cup. Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, India, Japan, the Philippines, and Spain all entered the tournament for the first time, although Argentina and the Philippines withdrew after the draw.

Draw[edit]

  First round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
18–21 August
Final
22–27 August
                                     
  France  
Paris, France (clay)
 bye  
    France 1  
    India 4  
  India
Chicago, IL, United States (grass)
 bye  
    India 0  
    Japan 5  
  Japan w/o  
  Philippines  
    Japan w/o
Prague, Czechoslovakia
    Belgium  
  Czechoslovakia 2
Newport, RI, United States (grass)
  Belgium 3  
    Japan 4
Toronto, Canada (clay)
    Australia 1
  Australia 5  
Pittsburgh, PA, United States (grass)
  Canada 0  
    Australia 3
Hendon, England (clay)
    Great Britain 2  
  Great Britain 4
Cleveland, OH, United States (grass)
  Spain 1  
    Australia 5
    Denmark 0  
  Argentina  
 bye  
    Argentina
    Denmark w/o  
 bye
  Denmark  

First Round[edit]


Czechoslovakia
2
Prague, Czechoslovakia
13–16 June 1921

Belgium
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 Czechoslovakia
Belgium
Karel Ardelt
Jean Washer
6
4
5
7
5
7
3
6
   
2 Czechoslovakia
Belgium
Ladislav Zemla
Albert Lammens
6
2
6
4
6
2
     
3 Czechoslovakia
Belgium
Jaroslav Just / Ladislav Zemla
Albert Lammens / Jean Washer
6
4
6
3
6
8
4
6
0
6
 
4 Czechoslovakia
Belgium
Ladislav Zemla
Jean Washer
3
6
6
3
9
7
2
6
6
2
 
5 Czechoslovakia
Belgium
Karel Ardelt
Albert Lammens
3
6
2
6
6
4
1
6
   

Australia
5
Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Toronto, Canada
23–27 July 1921
clay

Canada
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
Canada
James Anderson
Henri Laframboise
4
6
7
5
6
0
6
2
   
2 Australia
Canada
John Hawkes
Paul Bennett
8
6
6
4
6
4
     
3 Australia
Canada
James Anderson / Clarence Todd
Paul Bennett / George Holmes
6
2
6
3
6
1
     
4 Australia
Canada
James Anderson
Paul Bennett
6
3
6
0
6
2
     
5 Australia
Canada
Clarence Todd
Henri Laframboise
6
2
6
2
6
8
6
2
   

Great Britain
4
London Country Club, Hendon, United Kingdom
23–25 May 1921
clay

Spain
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 United Kingdom
Spain
Gordon Lowe
Manuel de Gomar
6
3
4
6
6
1
6
0
   
2 United Kingdom
Spain
Randolph Lycett
Manuel Alonso-Areyzaga
6
4
6
2
6
4
     
3 United Kingdom
Spain
Max Woosnam / Randolph Lycett
Manuel Alonso-Areyzaga / Manuel de Gomar
2
6
9
7
6
2
6
2
   
4 United Kingdom
Spain
Gordon Lowe
Manuel Alonso-Areyzaga
6
8
1
6
6
8
     
5 United Kingdom
Spain
Randolph Lycett
Manuel de Gomar
6
1
6
8
7
9
6
3
6
2
 

Quarterfinals[edit]


France
1
Racing Club of France, Paris, France
16–18 July 1921
clay

India
4
1 2 3 4 5
1 France
India
Jean Samazeuilh
Sydney Jacob
6
3
8
6
7
5
     
2 France
India
William Laurentz
Mohammed Sleem
6
4
2
6
6
3
2
6
0
6
 
3 France
India
Jacques Brugnon / William Laurentz
Lewis Deane / Athar-Ali Fyzee
1
6
6
2
7
5
2
6
4
6
 
4 France
India
Jean Samazeuilh
Mohammed Sleem
1
6
3
6
3
6
     
5 France
India
Jacques Brugnon
Lewis Deane
3
6
6
4
5
7
6
4
6
8
 

Australia
3
Allegheny County Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
4–6 August 1921
grass

Great Britain
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
United Kingdom
James Anderson
Max Woosnam
6
4
6
2
6
4
     
2 Australia
United Kingdom
John Hawkes
Gordon Lowe
4
6
4
6
1
6
     
3 Australia
United Kingdom
James Anderson / Clarence Todd
Oswald Turnbull / Max Woosnam
4
6
9
7
4
6
6
2
6
4
 
4 Australia
United Kingdom
James Anderson
Gordon Lowe
6
2
6
3
3
6
6
2
   
5 Australia
United Kingdom
John Hawkes
Max Woosnam
3
6
6
0
9
7
3
6
3
6
 

Semifinals[edit]


India
0
Lake Forest, Chicago, Illinois, United States
18–20 August 1921
grass

Japan
5
1 2 3 4 5
1 India
Japan
Mohammed Sleem
Zenzo Shimizu
5
7
6
2
0
6
2
6
   
2 India
Japan
Hassan-Ali Fyzee
Ichiya Kumagae
6
3
3
6
3
6
7
9
   
3 India
Japan
Lewis Deane / Hassan-Ali Fyzee
Ichiya Kumagae / Zenzo Shimizu
1
6
1
6
6
2
6
2
0
6
 
4 India
Japan
Hassan-Ali Fyzee
Zenzo Shimizu
2
6
1
6
7
9
     
5 India
Japan
Mohammed Sleem
Ichiya Kumagae
7
9
1
6
1
6
     

Australia
5
Mayfield Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
19–21 August 1921
grass

Denmark
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
Denmark
James Anderson
Vagn Ingerslev
6
0
6
1
7
5
     
2 Australia
Denmark
Norman Peach
Erik Tegner
7
5
6
2
6
4
     
3 Australia
Denmark
James Anderson / Clarence Todd
Povl Henriksen / Erik Tegner
6
0
6
2
6
1
     
4 Australia
Denmark
James Anderson
Erik Tegner
6
0
6
2
6
1
     
5 Australia
Denmark
Norman Peach
Vagn Ingerslev
3
6
6
2
6
0
3
6
6
2
 

Final[edit]


Japan
4
Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
22–27 August 1921
grass

Australia
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Japan
Australia
Zenzo Shimizu
James Anderson
6
4
7
5
6
4
     
2 Japan
Australia
Ichiya Kumagae
John Hawkes
3
6
2
6
8
6
6
2
6
3
 
3 Japan
Australia
Ichiya Kumagae / Zenzo Shimizu
James Anderson / Clarence Todd
6
4
4
6
6
8
0
6
   
4 Japan
Australia
Zenzo Shimizu
John Hawkes
4
6
6
2
6
3
6
2
   
5 Japan
Australia
Ichiya Kumagae
James Anderson
3
6
6
4
2
6
7
5
6
2
 

Challenge round[edit]


United States
5
West Side Tennis Club, New York, NY, United States
2–5 September 1921
grass

Japan
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Japan
Bill Johnston
Ichiya Kumagae
6
2
6
4
6
2
     
2 United States
Japan
Bill Tilden
Zenzo Shimizu
5
7
4
6
7
5
6
2
6
1
 
3 United States
Japan
Watson Washburn / Norris Williams
Ichiya Kumagae / Zenzo Shimizu
6
2
7
5
4
6
7
5
   
4 United States
Japan
Bill Tilden
Ichiya Kumagae
9
7
6
4
6
1
     
5 United States
Japan
Bill Johnston
Zenzo Shimizu
6
3
5
7
6
2
6
4
   

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Davis Cup – 1921 Results". ITF. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–506. ISBN 978-0942257700. 

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