1981 Davis Cup

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1981 Davis Cup
Details
Edition 70th
Achievements
1980
1982

The 1981 Davis Cup (also known as the 1981 Davis Cup by NEC for sponsorship purposes) was the 70th edition of the tournament between national teams in men's tennis. This was the first year that the tournament moved to a tiered system, with the creation of the 16-team World Group. Teams that reached the Zonal semifinals in the previous year's tournament were chosen for the inaugural World Group. Teams who lose in the first round played each other in the Relegation Play-off, with the four losers relegated to their Zonal competition. Winners of the Zonal competitions earned promotion into the next year's World Group. 53 teams would enter the competition, 16 in the World Group, 23 in the Europe Zone, 8 in the Americas Zone, and 6 in the Eastern Zone. The United States defeated Argentina in the final, which was held at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, OH, United States, on 11-13 December.

World Group[edit]

Participating Teams

Argentina

Australia

Brazil

Czechoslovakia

France

Great Britain

Italy

Japan

Mexico

New Zealand

Romania

South Korea

Sweden

Switzerland

United States

West Germany

Draw[edit]

  First round
6-8 March
Quarterfinals
9-11 July
Semifinals
2-4 October
Final
11-13 December
                                     
Munich, West Germany (indoor carpet)[1]
  West Germany 2  
Timişoara, Romania (hard)[2]
  Argentina 3  
    Argentina 3  
Timişoara, Romania (indoor hard)[3]
    Romania 2  
  Romania 3
Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)[4]
  Brazil 2  
    Argentina 5  
Brighton, England (indoor carpet)[5]
    Great Britain 0  
  Great Britain 3  
Christchurch, New Zealand (grass)[6]
  Italy 2  
    Great Britain 4
Seoul, South Korea (clay)[7]
    New Zealand 1  
  South Korea 0
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (indoor carpet)[8]
  New Zealand 5  
    Argentina 1
Yokohama, Japan (indoor carpet)[9]
    United States 3
  Japan 0  
Båstad, Sweden (clay)[10]
  Sweden 5  
    Sweden 1
Lyon, France (indoor carpet)[11]
    Australia 3  
  France 2
Portland, Oregon, United States (indoor carpet)[12]
  Australia 3  
    Australia 0
Zürich, Switzerland (indoor hard)[13]
    United States 5  
   Switzerland 2  
New York City, New York, United States (hard)[14]
  Czechoslovakia 3  
    Czechoslovakia 1
Carlsbad, California, United States (hard)[15]
    United States 4  
  United States 3
  Mexico 2  

First round losers play in World Group Relegation Play-off.

Final[edit]


United States
3
Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
11 December - 13 December 1981
carpet (indoors)[8]

Argentina
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Argentina
John McEnroe
Guillermo Vilas
6
3
6
2
6
2
     
2 United States
Argentina
Roscoe Tanner
José Luis Clerc
5
7
3
6
6
8
     
3 United States
Argentina
Peter Fleming / John McEnroe
José Luis Clerc / Guillermo Vilas
6
3
4
6
6
4
4
6
11
9
 
4 United States
Argentina
John McEnroe
José Luis Clerc
7
5
5
7
6
3
3
6
6
3
 
5 United States
Argentina
Roscoe Tanner
Guillermo Vilas
11
10
        not
completed

World Group Relegation Play-offs[edit]

Date: 2-4 October

Venue Winner Score Loser
São Paulo, Brazil (clay)  West Germany 3-2  Brazil
Paris, France (clay)  France 4-1  Japan
Sanremo, Italy (clay)  Italy 4-1  South Korea
Tijuana, Mexico (clay)  Mexico 3-2   Switzerland
  • France, Italy, Mexico, and West Germany remain in World Group in 1982.
  • Brazil (AME), Japan (EAS), South Korea (EAS), and Switzerland (EUR) relegated to Zonal competition in 1982.

Americas Zone[edit]

The winner from each bracket advanced to the Americas Inter-zonal play-offs to compete for a spot in the 1982 World Group.

North & Central America Zone[edit]

Semifinals

(Bogotá and Caracas, 9-11 January)

Finals

(Caracas, 13-15 February)

           
 Canada 2
 Colombia 3
 Colombia 5
 Venezuela 0
 Venezuela 4
Caribbean/West Indies 1

South America Zone[edit]

Semifinals

(Lima and Guayaquil, 9-11 January)

Finals

(Santiago, 13-15 February)

           
 Peru 1
 Chile 4
 Chile 5
 Uruguay 0
 Ecuador 2
 Uruguay 3

Americas Inter-Zonal Final[edit]


Colombia
2
América Tenis Club, Bogotá, Colombia
6-8 March 1981
clay (indoors)

Chile
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 Colombia
Chile
Jairo Velasco
Ricardo Acuña
4
6
3
6
15
13
6
4
6
1
 
2 Colombia
Chile
Alejandro Cortés
Hans Gildemeister
4
6
2
6
2
6
     
3 Colombia
Chile
Alejandro Cortés / Alberto Jiménez
Hans Gildemeister / Jairo Velasco
4
6
3
6
6
3
2
6
   
4 Colombia
Chile
Alejandro Cortes
Ricardo Acuña
6
8
4
6
3
6
     
5 Colombia
Chile
Alberto Jiménez
Belus Prajoux
2
1
         
retired

Eastern Zone[edit]

The winner of the Eastern Zone bracket was promoted to the 1982 World Group.

Quarterfinals

(Taipei and Bangkok, 9-11 January)

Semifinals

(Jakarta and Bangkok, 13-15 February)

Final

(Jakarta, 6-8 March)

  Chinese Taipei 1  
  Indonesia 4       Indonesia 3  
           Pakistan 0  
             Indonesia 2
  Thailand 5         India 3
  Malaysia 0       Thailand 0
           India 5    
      

European Zone[edit]

The winner from each zone was promoted to the 1982 World Group.

Zone A[edit]

First round

Monte Carlo, Cairo
8-10 May

Quarterfinals

Algiers
10-12 June
Monte Carlo, Skopje, Cairo
12-14 June

Semifinals

Lleida, Ramat Hasharon
9-11 July

Final

Avilés
25-27 September

  Algeria W/O  
  Zimbabwe       Algeria 0  
           Spain 5  
             Spain 5  
  Monaco 3         Monaco 0  
  Morocco 1       Monaco 3  
           Poland 2  
             Spain 3
             Hungary 2
           Yugoslavia 1  
           Israel 4  
             Israel 2  
             Hungary 3  
           Egypt 1       
  Egypt 5       Hungary 4       
  Greece 0  

Zone B[edit]

First round

Aarhus, Mondorf-les-Bains, Oslo
8-10 May

Quarterfinals

Salzburg, Jurmala, Helsinki, Eindhoven
12-14 June

Semifinals

Portschach, Helsinki
9-11 July

Final

Jurmala
25-27 September

      
           Austria 3  
  Denmark 5       Denmark 2  
  Portugal 0         Austria 0  
             Soviet Union 4  
           Soviet Union 4  
  Belgium W/O       Belgium 1  
  Turkey         Soviet Union 5
             Netherlands 0
           Finland 3  
  Luxembourg 0       Bulgaria 2  
  Bulgaria 5         Finland 0  
             Netherlands 5  
           Netherlands 4       
  Norway 2       Ireland 1       
  Ireland 3  

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Germany F.R. v Argentina". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Romania v Argentina". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Romania v Brazil". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Argentina v Great Britain". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Great Britain v Italy". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  6. ^ "New Zealand v Great Britain". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Korea, Rep. v New Zealand". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  8. ^ a b "United States v Argentina". DavisCup.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Japan v Sweden". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  10. ^ "Sweden v Australia". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  11. ^ "France v Australia". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  12. ^ "United States v Australia". DavisCup.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  13. ^ "Switzerland v Czechoslovakia". DavisCup.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  14. ^ "United States v Czechoslovakia". DavisCup.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  15. ^ "United States v Mexico". DavisCup.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 

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