1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

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The 1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 26th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. Due to an increase in South American entries, the Americas Zone was split into the North/Central American Zone and the South American Zone. The winner of each sub-zone would play to determine who moved to the Inter-Zonal round. 22 teams would enter the Europe Zone, while 7 would enter the Americas Zone. These included first-time entries from Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, although Brazil withdrew without playing a tie, and Paraguay would not play their second tie until 1982.[1] This year also marked the first time that ties were played in South America.

The United States defeated Argentina in the American Zone, but would then lose to Great Britain in the Inter-Zonal play-off. France defeated Great Britain in the Challenge Round, giving France their fifth straight title. The final was played at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France on 24-26 July.[2][3][4]

Zones and rounds in the 1931 Davis cup:
  Regional finals elimination
  Quarterfinal round elimination
  Second round elimination
  First round elimination
  Americas Inter-Zonal elimination
  Semifinal elimination
  Inter-Zonal Zone elimination
  1931 champion
  1931 runner-up

America Zone[edit]

North/Central America draw[edit]

  1st Round
1-3 May
Final
21-23 May
                 
  Mexico City, Mexico (clay)
    United States 5  
    Mexico 0     Montreal, Canada (grass)
      United States 4
    Canada 1
   bye
    Canada  

South America draw[edit]

  1st Round
26-28 March
Semifinals
2-4 April
Final
24-26 April
                           
  Asunción, Paraguay
    Paraguay 0  
    Argentina 5     Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
      Argentina 5  
    Uruguay 0  
    Uruguay
   bye     Santiago, Chile
      Argentina 3
        Chile 0
   bye  
    Brazil    
      Brazil
    Chile w/o  
   bye
    Chile  

Americas Inter-Zonal round[edit]


United States
5
Chevy Chase Lawn Tennis Club, Chevy Chase, MD, United States
28 May - 30 May 1931
clay

Argentina
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Argentina
Frank Shields
Guillermo Robson
3
6
6
2
6
2
6
2
   
2 United States
Argentina
Sidney Wood
Ronald Boyd
6
4
6
1
6
2
     
3 United States
Argentina
Frank Shields / Sidney Wood
Lucilo del Castillo / Adriano Zappa
6
4
8
6
2
6
4
2
   
4 United States
Argentina
Frank Shields
Ronald Boyd
6
2
6
2
6
2
     
5 United States
Argentina
Clifford Sutter
Guillermo Robson
3
6
6
4
6
3
6
3
   

Europe Zone[edit]

Draw[edit]

1st round
16 April-5 May
  2nd round
8-17 May
  Quarterfinals
20 May-6 June
  Semifinals
12-18 June
  Final
9-11 July
  Finland     Helsinki, Finland
 bye       Finland 1  
  Egypt     Egypt 4     Paris, France (clay)
 bye         Egypt 0  
  Yugoslavia     Zagreb, Yugoslavia     Japan 5  
 bye       Yugoslavia 0
  Japan     Japan 5     Eastbourne, England (grass)
 bye         Japan 0  
  Belgium     Brussels, Belgium (clay)     Great Britain 5  
 bye       Belgium 0  
  Great Britain 5     Great Britain 5     Eastbourne, England (grass)
  Monaco 0         Great Britain 5
  Germany 0     Dublin, Ireland (grass)     South Africa 0  
  South Africa 5       South Africa 4
   Switzerland 0     Ireland 1     Prague, Czechoslovakia (clay)
  Ireland 5         Great Britain 4
  Greece 3     Athens, Greece     Czechoslovakia 1
  Austria 2       Greece 1  
  Spain 2     Czechoslovakia 4     Prague, Czechoslovakia
  Czechoslovakia 3         Czechoslovakia 3  
  Italy 4     Turin, Italy (clay)     Italy 0  
  Hungary 1       Italy 3
  Netherlands     Netherlands 0     Copenhagen, Denmark
 bye         Czechoslovakia 5
  Norway     Oslo, Norway (clay)     Denmark 0  
 bye       Norway 0  
  Poland     Poland 3     Copenhagen, Denmark
 bye         Poland 2
  Denmark     Copenhagen, Denmark     Denmark 3  
 bye       Denmark 5
  Romania     Romania 0  
 bye  

Final[edit]


Czechoslovakia
1
Prague, Czechoslovakia
9 July - 11 July 1931
clay

Great Britain
4
1 2 3 4 5
1 Czechoslovakia
United Kingdom
Roderich Menzel
Bunny Austin
6
3
2
6
8
6
3
6
3
6
 
2 Czechoslovakia
United Kingdom
Ladislav Hecht
Fred Perry
1
6
6
8
3
6
     
3 Czechoslovakia
United Kingdom
Ferenc Marsalek / Roderich Menzel
Patrick Hughes / Fred Perry
4
6
6
4
4
6
2
6
   
4 Czechoslovakia
United Kingdom
Ladislav Hecht
Bunny Austin
6
2
7
5
6
4
     
5 Czechoslovakia
United Kingdom
Roderich Menzel
Fred Perry
5
7
3
6
5
7
     

Inter-Zonal Zone[edit]


United States
2
Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
17 July - 19 July 1931
clay

Great Britain
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
United Kingdom
Sidney Wood
Bunny Austin
6
2
0
6
6
8
5
7
   
2 United States
United Kingdom
Frank Shields
Fred Perry
10
8
6
4
6
2
     
3 United States
United Kingdom
George Lott / John Van Ryn
Patrick Hughes / Fred Perry
6
1
6
3
4
6
6
3
   
4 United States
United Kingdom
Sidney Wood
Fred Perry
3
6
10
8
3
6
3
6
   
5 United States
United Kingdom
Frank Shields
Bunny Austin
6
8
3
6
5
7
     

Challenge Round[edit]


France
3
Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
24 July - 26 July 1931
clay

Great Britain
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 France
United Kingdom
Henri Cochet
Bunny Austin
3
6
11
9
6
2
6
4
   
2 France
United Kingdom
Jean Borotra
Fred Perry
6
4
8
10
0
6
6
4
4
6
 
3 France
United Kingdom
Jacques Brugnon / Henri Cochet
Patrick Hughes / Charles Kingsley
6
1
5
7
6
3
8
6
   
4 France
United Kingdom
Jean Borotra
Bunny Austin
5
7
3
6
6
3
5
7
   
5 France
United Kingdom
Henri Cochet
Fred Perry
6
4
1
6
9
7
6
3
   

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.daviscup.com/en/teams/team/profile.aspx?id=PAR
  2. ^ "Davis Cup – 1931 Results". ITF. 
  3. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–496,499. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  4. ^ Max Robertson (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 383. ISBN 0047960426. 

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