1979 Davis Cup

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1979 Davis Cup
Details
Edition 68th
Achievements
1978
1980

The 1979 Davis Cup was the 68th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 53 teams would enter the competition, 29 in the Europe Zone, 13 in the Americas Zone, and 10 in the Eastern Zone.

The United States defeated Argentina in the Americas Zone final, Australia defeated New Zealand in the Eastern Zone final, and Italy and Czechoslovakia won the Europe Zones. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, the USA defeated Australia and Italy defeated Czechoslovakia. The USA defeated Italy in the final, which was held at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA, United States, on 14–16 December.

South Africa was expelled from the Davis Cup for the second time, for failing to abandon its apartheid policies.[1] The organizers of the competition had been reluctant to let political issues affect the competition, but their hand was forced by the threat of a boycott of the competition by numerous other nations (Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and the West Indies had already withdrawn from the 1978 competition, and in 1977 the United States, Britain, and France had withdrawn before re-entering[2]). South Africa would not be allowed to participate again until 1992, after the fall of the apartheid system.


Americas Zone[edit]

North & Central America Zone[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

South America Zone[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Americas Inter-Zonal Final[edit]


United States
4
Racquet Club of Memphis, Memphis, TN, United States
14–16 September 1979
carpet (indoors)

Argentina
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Argentina
Vitas Gerulaitis
José Luis Clerc
6
1
7
5
6
1
     
2 United States
Argentina
John McEnroe
Guillermo Vilas
6
2
6
3
6
2
     
3 United States
Argentina
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
José Luis Clerc / Guillermo Vilas
2
6
4
6
11
9
6
4
6
1
 
4 United States
Argentina
John McEnroe
José Luis Clerc
6
2
6
3
       
5 United States
Argentina
Vitas Gerulaitis
Guillermo Vilas
7
9
3
0
      retired
 
  • United States advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Eastern Zone[edit]

Qualifying Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Final[edit]


New Zealand
2
Wilding Park, Christchurch, New Zealand
16–19 March 1979
grass

Australia
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 New Zealand
Australia
Onny Parun
Mark Edmondson
3
6
6
3
6
3
6
2
   
2 New Zealand
Australia
Russell Simpson
John Alexander
4
6
6
4
5
7
4
6
   
3 New Zealand
Australia
Onny Parun / Russell Simpson
John Alexander / Phil Dent
4
6
7
9
3
6
     
4 New Zealand
Australia
Russell Simpson
Mark Edmondson
3
6
2
6
4
6
     
5 New Zealand
Australia
Onny Parun
John Alexander
7
5
6
3
6
3
     
  • Australia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Europe Zone[edit]

Zone A[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Final[edit]


Italy
4
Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
14–16 September 1979
clay

Great Britain
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Italy
United Kingdom
Adriano Panatta
Christopher Mottram
0
6
4
6
4
6
     
2 Italy
United Kingdom
Corrado Barazzutti
John Lloyd
6
1
6
4
6
4
     
3 Italy
United Kingdom
Corrado Barazzutti / Antonio Zugarelli
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
7
5
10
8
6
1
     
4 Italy
United Kingdom
Adriano Panatta
John Lloyd
6
3
6
2
6
3
     
5 Italy
United Kingdom
Corrado Barazzutti
Christopher Mottram
8
6
7
5
       
  • Italy advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Zone B[edit]

Qualifying Round[edit]

Participating Teams
  •  Iran — advanced to Preliminary Rounds
  •  Turkey

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Participating Teams

Main draw[edit]

Participating Teams

Final[edit]


Czechoslovakia
3
Prague, Czechoslovakia
14–16 September 1979
clay

Sweden
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 Czechoslovakia
Sweden
Tomáš Šmíd
Kjell Johansson
6
4
6
3
6
2
     
2 Czechoslovakia
Sweden
Ivan Lendl
Björn Borg
4
6
5
7
2
6
     
3 Czechoslovakia
Sweden
Jan Kodeš / Tomáš Šmíd
Ove Nils Bengtson / Björn Borg
2
6
6
3
6
4
6
0
   
4 Czechoslovakia
Sweden
Ivan Lendl
Kjell Johansson
8
10
6
4
6
4
4
6
6
1
 
5 Czechoslovakia
Sweden
Tomáš Šmíd
Per Hjertquist
3
5
        retired
 
  • Czechoslovakia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Inter-Zonal Zone[edit]

Draw[edit]

  1st Round
5–8 October
Final
14–16 December
                 
  Sydney, Australia (grass)
  AME   United States 4  
  EAS   Australia 1     San Francisco, CA, United States (indoor carpet)
    AME   United States 5
Rome, Italy (clay)   EUR-A   Italy 0
  EUR-B   Czechoslovakia 1
  EUR-A   Italy 4  

First round[edit]

Australia vs. United States[edit]


Australia
1
White City Stadium, Sydney, Australia
5–8 October 1979
grass

United States
4
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
United States
Mark Edmondson
Vitas Gerulaitis
8
6
16
14
8
10
3
6
3
6
 
2 Australia
United States
John Alexander
John McEnroe
7
9
2
6
7
9
     
3 Australia
United States
John Alexander / Phil Dent
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
9
7
6
4
6
4
     
4 Australia
United States
John Alexander
Vitas Gerulaitis
7
5
4
6
6
8
2
6
   
5 Australia
United States
Mark Edmondson
John McEnroe
3
6
4
6
       

Italy vs. Czechoslovakia[edit]


Italy
4
Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
5–7 October 1979
clay

Czechoslovakia
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Italy
Czechoslovakia
Corrado Barazzutti
Tomáš Šmíd
1
6
6
3
1
6
6
3
5
7
 
2 Italy
Czechoslovakia
Adriano Panatta
Ivan Lendl
6
4
1
6
6
0
6
0
   
3 Italy
Czechoslovakia
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
Jan Kodeš / Tomáš Šmíd
6
8
6
2
6
1
6
2
   
4 Italy
Czechoslovakia
Corrado Barazzutti
Ivan Lendl
4
6
6
1
6
2
3
6
7
5
 
5 Italy
Czechoslovakia
Adriano Panatta
Tomáš Šmíd
6
3
6
2
       

Final[edit]


United States
5
San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, United States
14–16 December 1979
carpet (indoors)

Italy
0
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Italy
Vitas Gerulaitis
Corrado Barazzutti
6
2
3
2
       
retired
2 United States
Italy
John McEnroe
Adriano Panatta
6
2
6
3
6
4
     
3 United States
Italy
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
6
4
12
10
6
2
     
4 United States
Italy
John McEnroe
Antonio Zugarelli
6
4
6
3
6
1
     
5 United States
Italy
Vitas Gerulaitis
Adriano Panatta
6
1
6
3
6
3
     

References[edit]