Argentina Davis Cup team

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Argentina
Flag of Argentina.svg
Nickname La Legión (The Legion)
Captain Martín Jaite
ITF ranking 4 Decrease1
Colors Light Blue & White
First year 1921
Years played 59
Ties played (W–L) 141 (81–60)
Years in
World Group
21 (33–20)
Runners-up 4 (1981, 2006, 2008, 2011)
Most total wins Guillermo Vilas (57–24)
Most singles wins Guillermo Vilas (45–10)
Most doubles wins David Nalbandian (16–5)
Best doubles team José Luis Clerc /
Guillermo Vilas (7–7)
Most ties played Guillermo Vilas (29)
Most years played Guillermo Vilas (14)

The Argentina Davis Cup team represents Argentina in Davis Cup tennis competition and is governed by the Asociación Argentina de Tenis. As of 2011, the team has competed in the World Group since 2002 and reached the finals four times (1981, 2006, 2008, 2011) without winning the Cup. Argentina are currently #4 on the Davis Cup ranking by the ITF.

History[edit]

Argentina's Davis Cup debut in 1921 started on the wrong foot with a walkover loss to Denmark in the first round. They played their first Davis Cup matches in 1923, losing 1–4 in the first round against Switzerland. After several years of toiling in the regional and preliminary rounds, led by Guillermo Vilas and José Luis Clerc, Argentina reached their first finals in 1981, losing to the United States. After avoiding relegation from the World Group the next year, Argentina reached the semifinals in 1983, losing in Stockholm against the Swedish team. In the subsequent years Argentina couldn't repeat that performance and was relegated to the Americas I Group in 1987 and would not return to the World Group until the 2002 Davis Cup, reaching the semifinals again in a loss to Russia that included a historical doubles match between Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin against David Nalbandian and Lucas Arnold Ker that at 6 hours and 20 minutes is the longest doubles match in recorded history.[1] Since 2002, Argentina has reached the finals on three occasions in 2006, 2008 and 2011 losing all three series.

Venues[edit]

Argentina played all of their home games at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club up until 1996. Since then, other venues where used not only in Buenos Aires[2][3] but also in other cities such as Córdoba,[4] Mendoza[5] and Mar del Plata,[6] the city of choice for the 2008 Finals, the only series of this kind Argentina has hosted so far and also their only home series that was not played on clay.[7] Since 2006, Argentina began to play their home matches at the Mary Terán de Weiss Stadium in Buenos Aires.[8]

Current squad[edit]

Rankings as of 6 December 2014

Squad representing Argentina vs. Italy (2014 World Group First Round)
Player ATP Ranking Years Played Total W-L Singles W-L Doubles W-L
Carlos Berlocq #41 (Singles)
#169 (Doubles)
3 (2012–present) 3–4 3–2 0–2
Juan Mónaco #42 (Singles)
#138 (Doubles)
8 (2004, 2008–present) 11–11 11–10 0–1
Eduardo Schwank #343 (Singles)
#211 (Doubles)
4 (2010–2012, 2014–present) 7–6 1–4 6–2
Horacio Zeballos #65 (Singles)
#39 (Doubles)
3 (2010, 2013–present) 5–3 1–1 4–2
Recent callups
Player Most recent appearance
Juan Martín del Potro 2012 World Group Semifinals
Leonardo Mayer 2013 World Group Semifinals

Recent performances[edit]

Here is the list of all match-ups since 1981, when the competition started being held in the current World Group format.

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Competition Date Location Opponent Score Result
2010 World Group, 1st Round 5–7 March Stockholm (SWE)  Sweden 3–2 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 9–11 July Moscow (RUS)  Russia 3–2 Win
World Group, Semifinals 17–19 September Lyon (FRA)  France 0–5 Loss
2011 World Group, 1st Round 4–6 March Buenos Aires (ARG)  Romania 4–1 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 7–9 July[9] Buenos Aires (ARG)  Kazakhstan 5–0 Win
World Group, Semifinals 16–18 September Belgrade (SRB)  Serbia 3–2 Win
World Group, Finals 2–4 December Seville (ESP)  Spain 1–3 Runner-up
2012 World Group, 1st Round 10–12 February Bamberg (GER)  Germany 4–1 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 6–8 April Buenos Aires (ARG)  Croatia 4–1 Win
World Group, Semifinals 14–16 September Buenos Aires (ARG)  Czech Republic 2–3 Loss
2013 World Group, 1st Round 1–3 February Buenos Aires (ARG)  Germany 5–0 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 5–7 April Buenos Aires (ARG)  France 3–2 Win
World Group, Semifinals 13–15 September Prague (CZE)  Czech Republic 2–3 Loss
2014 World Group, 1st Round 31 January – 2 February Mar del Plata (ARG)  Italy 1–3 Loss
World Group, Relegation Play-off 12–14 September TBA (ISR)  Israel


See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Argentina Team Profile, DavisCup.com
  2. ^ Argentina vs. Russia, 04 Apr – 06 Apr 2003, DavisCup.com.
  3. ^ Argentina vs. Colombia, 13 Feb – 15 Feb 1998, DavisCup.com.
  4. ^ Argentina vs. Belarus, 21 Sep – 23 Sep 2003, DavisCup.com.
  5. ^ Argentina vs. Mexico, 09 Feb – 11 Feb 2001, DavisCup.com.
  6. ^ Argentina vs. Bahamas, 05 Apr – 07 Apr 1996, DavisCup.com.
  7. ^ Argentina vs. Spain, 21 Nov – 23 Nov 2008, DavisCup.com.
  8. ^ Argentina vs. Sweden, 10 Feb – 12 Feb 2006, DavisCup.com.
  9. ^ Argentina and Kazakhstan begun their tie on Thursday, a day earlier than originally scheduled, because of a would-be clash with government elections in Buenos Aires, which took place on Sunday the 10th. DavisCup.com