1978 Davis Cup

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1978 Davis Cup
Details
Edition 67th
Achievements
1977
1979

The 1978 Davis Cup was the 67th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 48 teams would enter the competition, 29 in the Europe Zone, 11 in the Eastern Zone, and 8 in the Americas Zone.

The United States defeated Chile in the Americas Zone final, Australia defeated New Zealand in the Eastern Zone final, and Great Britain and Sweden won the Europe Zones. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, Great Britain defeated Australia and the USA defeated Sweden. The USA defeated Great Britain in the final, which was held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, United States, on 8–10 December.

The competition was significantly affected by political issues. Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Caribbean/West Indies withdrew in protest over South Africa's participation,[1] and the Soviet Union was barred for the second consecutive year, for its refusal to contest matches against Chile and its promised refusal to compete against either South Africa or Rhodesia.

The South Africa / United States tie, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, attracted crowds of up to 5000 protesters each day.[2] In an effort to appease its critics, South Africa named Peter Lamb as one of the six members of its team, as its first-ever "coloured" player.[3] However, Lamb did not play, and his inclusion in the squad was derided as tokenism.

After a decade of dispute, South Africa would be excluded from the 1979 competition, and would not be allowed to compete again until 1992.

Americas Zone[edit]

North & Central America Zone[edit]

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

South America Zone[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Americas Inter-Zonal Final[edit]


Chile
2
Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile
15–17 September 1978

United States
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 Chile
United States
Jaime Fillol
Brian Gottfried
4
6
5
7
2
6
     
2 Chile
United States
Hans Gildemeister
Harold Solomon
5
7
6
3
3
6
1
6
   
3 Chile
United States
Jaime Fillol / Belus Prajoux
Brian Gottfried / John McEnroe
6
3
3
6
6
8
3
6
   
4 Chile
United States
Jaime Fillol
Harold Solomon
6
3
6
2
       
5 Chile
United States
Hans Gildemeister
Brian Gottfried
4
6
7
5
12
10
     
  • United States advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Eastern Zone[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Final[edit]


Australia
4
Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia
24–26 February 1978
grass

New Zealand
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
New Zealand
Tony Roche
Chris Lewis
13
11
6
3
6
2
     
2 Australia
New Zealand
John Alexander
Brian Fairlie
6
4
6
4
6
4
     
3 Australia
New Zealand
John Alexander / Tony Roche
Brian Fairlie / Chris Lewis
6
3
6
4
12
14
4
6
6
1
 
4 Australia
New Zealand
John Alexander
Chris Lewis
8
10
16
14
6
1
9
7
   
5 Australia
New Zealand
Allan Stone
Brian Fairlie
2
6
6
1
      not
completed
  • Australia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Europe Zone[edit]

Zone A[edit]

Qualifying Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Final[edit]


Sweden
3
Båstad Tennis Stadium, Båstad, Sweden
15–17 September 1978
clay

Hungary
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Sweden
Hungary
Kjell Johansson
Balázs Taróczy
7
5
6
2
6
4
     
2 Sweden
Hungary
Björn Borg
Péter Szőke
6
2
6
0
6
0
     
3 Sweden
Hungary
Ove Nils Bengtson / Tenny Svensson
Péter Szőke / Balázs Taróczy
2
6
1
6
10
12
     
4 Sweden
Hungary
Kjell Johansson
Péter Szőke
3
6
7
5
6
1
3
6
6
1
 
5 Sweden
Hungary
Tenny Svensson
Balázs Taróczy
2
6
6
4
5
5
    not
completed
  • Sweden advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Zone B[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Final[edit]


Great Britain
5
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England
15–17 September 1978
grass

Czechoslovakia
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 United Kingdom
Czechoslovakia
John Lloyd
Jiří Hřebec
9
7
6
3
4
6
5
7
12
10
 
2 United Kingdom
Czechoslovakia
Christopher Mottram
Ivan Lendl
6
4
7
5
7
5
     
3 United Kingdom
Czechoslovakia
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
Jan Kodeš / Tomáš Šmíd
6
4
13
15
6
4
2
6
6
4
 
4 United Kingdom
Czechoslovakia
Mark Cox
Ivan Lendl
6
2
6
4
6
3
     
5 United Kingdom
Czechoslovakia
Christopher Mottram
Jiří Hřebec
5
7
3
6
6
3
6
4
6
0
 
  • Great Britain advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Inter-Zonal Zone[edit]

Draw[edit]

  1st Round
6–8 October
Final
8–10 December
                 
  Gothenburg, Sweden (indoor carpet)
  EUR-A   Sweden 2  
  AME   United States 3     Rancho Mirage, California, United States (hard)
    AME   United States 4
London, England (indoor carpet)   EUR-B   Great Britain 1
  EUR-B   Great Britain 3
  EAS   Australia 2  

First round[edit]

Sweden vs. United States[edit]


Sweden
2
Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
6–8 October 1978
carpet (indoors)

United States
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 Sweden
United States
Björn Borg
Arthur Ashe
6
4
7
5
6
3
     
2 Sweden
United States
Kjell Johansson
Vitas Gerulaitis
2
6
1
6
4
6
     
3 Sweden
United States
Ove Nils Bengtson / Björn Borg
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
6
2
3
6
6
3
5
7
3
6
 
4 Sweden
United States
Kjell Johansson
Arthur Ashe
2
6
0
6
5
7
     
5 Sweden
United States
Björn Borg
Vitas Gerulaitis
6
3
6
1
       

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]


Great Britain
3
National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London, England
6–8 October 1978
carpet (indoors)

Australia
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 United Kingdom
Australia
Christopher Mottram
Tony Roche
8
6
3
6
7
5
6
4
   
2 United Kingdom
Australia
John Lloyd
John Alexander
7
5
6
2
6
2
     
3 United Kingdom
Australia
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
Ross Case / Geoff Masters
8
6
3
6
6
4
6
3
   
4 United Kingdom
Australia
John Lloyd
Tony Roche
3
6
3
6
2
6
     
5 United Kingdom
Australia
Christopher Mottram
John Alexander
2
6
3
6
2
6
     

Final[edit]


United States
4
Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
8–10 December 1978
hard

Great Britain
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
United Kingdom
John McEnroe
John Lloyd
6
1
6
2
6
2
     
2 United States
United Kingdom
Brian Gottfried
Christopher Mottram
6
4
6
2
8
10
4
6
3
6
 
3 United States
United Kingdom
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
6
2
6
2
6
3
     
4 United States
United Kingdom
John McEnroe
Christopher Mottram
6
2
6
2
6
1
     
5 United States
United Kingdom
Brian Gottfried
John Lloyd
6
1
6
2
6
4
     

References[edit]