1968 Davis Cup

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1968 Davis Cup
Details
Edition 57th
Achievements
1967
1969

The 1968 Davis Cup was the 57th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 49 teams would enter the competition, 32 in the Europe Zone, 9 in the Americas Zone, and 8 in the Eastern Zone.[1]

The United States defeated Ecuador in the Americas Zone final, India defeated Japan in the Eastern Zone final, and West Germany and Spain won the Europe Zones. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, the USA defeated Spain, India defeated West Germany, and then the USA defeated India in the final. The USA then defeated defending champions Australia in the Challenge Round. The final was played at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre in Adelaide, Australia on 26–28 December.

Americas Zone[edit]

North & Central America draw[edit]

  1st Round
3–13 May
Final
24–26 May
                 
  Richmond, VA, United States (hard)
  1   United States 5  
  3   Caribbean/West Indies 0     Berkeley, CA, United States (hard)
    1   United States 5
Mexico City, Mexico (clay)   2   Mexico 0
  4   Canada 0
  2   Mexico 5  

South America draw[edit]

  1st Round
27–29 April
Semifinals
March–May
Final
24–27 May
                           
  Caracas, Venezuela
    Venezuela 3  
    Argentina 2     Caracas, Venezuela (hard)
      Venezuela 0  
    Ecuador 3  
    Ecuador
   bye     Guayaquil, Ecuador (clay)
      Ecuador 3
        Chile 1
   bye  
    Peru     Lima, Peru
      Peru 0
    Chile 5  
   bye
    Chile  

Although Peru had entered the draw on three previous occasions, this was the first time it actually competed in a tie.

Americas Inter-Zonal Final[edit]


United States
5
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, United States
7–9 June 1968
carpet (indoors)

Ecuador
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Ecuador
Arthur Ashe
Pancho Guzmán
6
3
6
3
6
2
     
2 United States
Ecuador
Clark Graebner
Miguel Olvera
6
2
6
1
6
2
     
3 United States
Ecuador
Clark Graebner / Bob Lutz
Pancho Guzmán / Miguel Olvera
6
3
6
2
7
5
     
4 United States
Ecuador
Clark Graebner
Pancho Guzmán
4
6
6
3
6
4
6
4
   
5 United States
Ecuador
Arthur Ashe
Miguel Olvera
6
1
6
3
6
0
     

Eastern Zone[edit]

Zone A Draw[edit]

  1st Round
Semifinals
March–April
Final
10–12 May
                           
 
    Indonesia w/o  
    South Vietnam     Manila, Philippines
      Indonesia 1  
    Philippines 4  
    Philippines
   bye     Tokyo, Japan
      Philippines 1
        Japan 4
   bye  
    South Korea     Tokyo, Japan
      South Korea 0
    Japan 5  
   bye
    Japan  

Zone B Draw[edit]

  1st Round
20–22 March
Final
25–27 March
                 
  Colombo, Ceylon (clay)
    Malaysia 1  
    Ceylon 4     Guwahati, India
      Ceylon 2
    India 3
   bye
    India  

Eastern Inter-Zonal Final[edit]


Japan
1
Tokyo, Japan
21–23 September 1968

India
4
1 2 3 4 5
1 Japan
India
Keishiro Yanagi
Premjit Lall
2
6
4
6
3
6
     
2 Japan
India
Koji Watanabe
Ramanathan Krishnan
2
6
6
3
3
6
2
6
   
3 Japan
India
Isao Watanabe / Koji Watanabe
Ramanathan Krishnan / Jaidip Mukerjea
2
6
2
6
7
5
6
1
0
6
 
4 Japan
India
Keishiro Yanagi
Ramanathan Krishnan
4
6
3
6
1
6
     
5 Japan
India
Koji Watanabe
Premjit Lall
8
6
6
1
6
2
     

Europe Zone[edit]

Zone A Draw[edit]

  First round
26 April-7 May
Quarterfinals
23–26 May
Semifinals
13–16 June
Final
19–21 July
                                     
Valencia, Spain (clay)
  Spain 3  
Barcelona, Spain (clay)
  Netherlands 2  
    Spain 4  
Bandol, France* (clay)
    Sweden 1  
  Rhodesia 1
Barcelona, Spain (clay)
  Sweden 4  
    Spain 4  
Bournemouth, England (clay)
    Great Britain 1  
  Great Britain 3  
London, England (grass)
  France 0  
    Great Britain 5
Helsinki, Finland (clay)
    Finland 0  
  Finland 4
Barcelona, Spain (clay)
  Portugal 1  
    Spain 3
Cagliari, Italy (clay)
    Italy 2
  Italy 5  
Biella, Italy (clay)
  Hungary 0  
    Italy 5
Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Monaco 0  
  Monaco 3
Reggio Emilia, Italy (clay)
  Ireland 1  
    Italy 3
Zagreb, Yugoslavia
    Soviet Union 2  
  Yugoslavia 4  
Moscow, Soviet Union
  New Zealand 0  
    Yugoslavia 0
Tbilisi, Soviet Union
    Soviet Union 5  
  Greece 1
  Soviet Union 4  
  • The Sweden / Rhodesia tie was originally scheduled to be held in Båstad, Sweden, but protests over Rhodesia's participation prevented it from taking place. The Swedish Tennis Federation agreed to move the tie to a neutral site.[2]

Zone A Final[edit]


Spain
3
Real Club de Tenis de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
19–21 July 1968
clay

Italy
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 Spain
Italy
Juan Gisbert
Martin Mulligan
6
4
2
6
6
2
6
4
   
2 Spain
Italy
Manuel Santana
Nicola Pietrangeli
6
3
3
6
4
6
6
4
6
2
 
3 Spain
Italy
José Luis Arilla / Manuel Orantes
Martin Mulligan / Nicola Pietrangeli
5
7
2
6
6
3
3
6
   
4 Spain
Italy
Juan Gisbert
Nicola Pietrangeli
8
6
6
4
6
2
     
5 Spain
Italy
Manuel Orantes
Martin Mulligan
2
4
6
4
6
7
6
6
   

Zone B draw[edit]

  First round
28 April-6 May
Quarterfinals
17–26 May
Semifinals
14–16 June
Final
19–21 July
                                     
Linz, Austria
  South Africa 5  
Tehran, Iran
  Austria 0  
    South Africa 5  
Tehran, Iran
    Iran 0  
  Iran 4
  Israel 1  
    South Africa w/o  
Luxembourg, Luxembourg (clay)
    Romania  
  Luxembourg 1  
Oslo, Norway (clay)
  Norway 4  
    Norway 0
Bucharest, Romania (clay)
    Romania 5  
  Romania 4
Düsseldorf, West Germany
  Denmark 1  
    South Africa 2
Sofia, Bulgaria
    West Germany 3
  Bulgaria 5  
Sofia, Bulgaria
  Turkey 0  
    Bulgaria 0
Freiburg, West Germany
    West Germany 5  
  West Germany 4
Munich, Germany (clay)
   Switzerland 1  
    West Germany 4
Brussels, Belgium
    Czechoslovakia 1  
  Belgium 3  
Brussels, Belgium (clay)
  Poland 2  
    Belgium 2
Prague, Czechoslovakia (clay)
    Czechoslovakia 3  
  Czechoslovakia 3
  Brazil 2  

Zone B Final[edit]


West Germany
3
Düsseldorf, West Germany
19–21 July 1968

South Africa
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 West Germany
South Africa
Wilhelm Bungert
Bob Hewitt
9
7
7
5
7
5
     
2 West Germany
South Africa
Inge Buding
Ray Moore
6
3
4
6
10
8
6
8
6
4
 
3 West Germany
South Africa
Inge Buding / Jürgen Faßbender
Bob Hewitt / Frew McMillan
4
6
2
6
4
6
     
4 West Germany
South Africa
Wilhelm Bungert
Ray Moore
6
1
6
1
6
1
     
5 West Germany
South Africa
Inge Buding
Bob Hewitt
7
5
6
2
2
6
6
3
   

Inter-Zonal Zone[edit]

Draw[edit]

  1st Round
August–October
Final
9–11 November
                 
  Munich, West Germany
  EUR-B   West Germany 2  
  EAS   India 3     San Juan, Puerto Rico (hard)
    EAS   India 1
Cleveland, OH, United States (hard)   AME   United States 4
  AME   United States 4
  EUR-A   Spain 1  

First round[edit]


West Germany
2
Munich, West Germany
4–6 October 1968

India
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 West Germany
India
Inge Buding
Premjit Lall
6
2
2
6
3
6
4
6
   
2 West Germany
India
Wilhelm Bungert
Ramanathan Krishnan
4
6
6
0
8
6
7
5
   
3 West Germany
India
Wilhelm Bungert / Jürgen Faßbender
Ramanathan Krishnan / Jaidip Mukerjea
2
6
2
6
3
6
     
4 West Germany
India
Inge Buding
Ramanathan Krishnan
2
6
5
7
2
6
     
5 West Germany
India
Wilhelm Bungert
Premjit Lall
6
1
4
6
6
4
6
3
   

United States
4
Harold Clark Courts, Cleveland, OH, United States
16–19 August 1968
hard

Spain
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Spain
Clark Graebner
Manuel Santana
2
6
3
6
3
6
     
2 United States
Spain
Arthur Ashe
Juan Gisbert
6
2
6
4
6
2
     
3 United States
Spain
Clark Graebner / Charlie Pasarell
Juan Gisbert / Manuel Santana
11
13
17
15
7
5
6
2
   
4 United States
Spain
Clark Graebner
Juan Gisbert
9
7
6
3
6
1
     
5 United States
Spain
Arthur Ashe
Manuel Santana
11
13
7
5
6
3
13
15
6
4
 

Final[edit]


United States
4
Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
9–11 November 1968
hard

India
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
India
Arthur Ashe
Premjit Lall
6
2
5
7
6
2
6
4
   
2 United States
India
Clark Graebner
Ramanathan Krishnan
5
7
6
4
2
6
1
6
   
3 United States
India
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
Ramanathan Krishnan / Jaidip Mukerjea
6
2
6
3
6
2
     
4 United States
India
Arthur Ashe
Ramanathan Krishnan
6
1
6
3
6
3
     
5 United States
India
Clark Graebner
Premjit Lall
9
11
9
7
7
5
6
4
   

Challenge Round[edit]


Australia
1
Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide, Australia
26–28 December 1968
grass

United States
4
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
United States
Bill Bowrey
Clark Graebner
10
8
4
6
6
8
6
3
1
6
 
2 Australia
United States
Ray Ruffels
Arthur Ashe
8
6
5
7
3
6
3
6
   
3 Australia
United States
John Alexander / Ray Ruffels
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
4
6
4
6
2
6
     
4 Australia
United States
Ray Ruffels
Clark Graebner
6
3
6
8
6
2
3
6
1
6
 
5 Australia
United States
Bill Bowrey
Arthur Ashe
2
6
6
3
11
9
8
6
   

See also[edit]

  • The White Game, a 1968 Swedish documentary film about the protestes around the match between Sweden and Rhodesia.

References[edit]

External links[edit]