Australia Davis Cup team

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Australia
Flag of Australia.svg
Captain Patrick Rafter
Coach Josh Eagle [1]
ITF ranking 15 Decrease1 (15 September 2014)
Colors Green & Gold
First year 1919 (1905 as Australasia)
Years played 89
Ties played (W–L) 229 (167–62)
Years in
World Group
26 (46–22)
Davis Cup titles 28 (1907, 1908, 1909, 1911,
1914, 1919, 1939, 1950,
1951, 1952, 1953, 1955,
1956, 1957, 1959, 1960,
1961, 1962, 1964, 1965,
1966, 1967, 1973, 1977,
1983, 1986, 1999, 2003)
Runners-up 19 (1912, 1920, 1922, 1923,
1924, 1936, 1938, 1946,
1947, 1948, 1949, 1954,
1958, 1963, 1968, 1990,
1993, 2000, 2001)
Most total wins Lleyton Hewitt (52–16)
Most singles wins Lleyton Hewitt (39–13)
Most doubles wins Todd Woodbridge (25–7)
Best doubles team Mark Woodforde /
Todd Woodbridge (14–2)
Most ties played Lleyton Hewitt (34)
Most years played Lleyton Hewitt (15)

The Australian Davis Cup team is the second most successful team ever to compete in the Davis Cup, winning the coveted title on 29 separate occasions, second behind the United States with 32.

Australia also participated in winning the Davis Cup five times with New Zealand under the alias Australasia (1905–1914).

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

Australian players began playing Davis Cup in 1905 as a part of the Australasia Davis Cup team which also allowed players from New Zealand to compete on the same team. The team would win the Davis Cup on five occasions in 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911 and 1914. Despite players from New Zealand being eligible to represent Australasia, Tony Wilding would be the only New Zealander to play for the team while it existed. Following World War 1 the Australian Davis Cup team was born in 1919 and it assumed all the Australasian Davis Cup team records.

Australia and New Zealand have always been two separate countries, however the two countries did compete together under the alias Australasia in a number of sports including Davis Cup in the first couple of decades of the 20th century.

Australia won the Davis Cup in 1919 and has since played in 41 Davis Cup finals (including 1919) as of 2008, winning on 23 occasions.

Dominance[edit]

From the era of 1937 to 1973 the only teams to win the Davis Cup were Australia and USA, in which 35 times were between one another. Australia won the Davis Cup title 16 times between these years in 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973.

The only decades that the team didn't win the Davis Cup was the 20's, 40's and the current decade. Australia were runner's up 8 times during the 20's and 40's.

After the 1973 victory Australia would go on to win the title another five times; 1977, 1983, 1986, 1999 and 2003. From 1999 to 2003, Australia got into the Final Round four times in 5 years but could only convert on these opportunities twice in 1999 and 2003.

2000 - 2009[edit]

In 2003 after an inspirational semifinal against Switzerland where Lleyton Hewitt came back from two sets to love down against Roger Federer to win in five sets in the fourth rubber, to clinch a Davis Cup Final berth. In the Final, Australia defeated Spain 3–1 in front of a home crowd in Melbourne Park in which Mark Philippoussis defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in five sets just months after Ferrero had reached the world number one ranking spot.

After Australia's 2003 win over Spain, Australia came into the 2004 Davis Cup with high hopes but the dreams were crushed when Sweden managed to beat Australia at home 4–1. Australia then had to play a world group qualifying match against Morocco which they won 4–1. Australia solidified their spot in the 2005 Davis Cup world group and breezed through their first round against Austria 5–0. Argentina was their next round opponents and Australia started off well with Lleyton Hewitt playing Guillermo Coria and in a shocking display of sportsmanship Hewitt won in four sets in front of a home crowd in Sydney. But Australia could not hold the lead and ended up losing the rest of their matches.

In 2006, Australia managed to defeat Switzerland 3–2 in the fifth rubber in the first round. Australia's quarterfinal was against Belarus in Melbourne and with Australia having Lleyton Hewitt back in the team, with Peter Luczak omitted. Australia celebrated after the second day after winning all matches and securing a semifinal spot, the first team to do so. Australia then went on to win the reverse singles making statement with a 5–0 victory over Belarus. Australia suffered a huge 5–0 loss to Argentina in the semifinals.

The 2007 Davis Cup could not have been any worse for Australia playing away in Belgium in their first tie against Belgium, losing their first two rubber Australia faced do or die in the doubles. Lleyton Hewitt was able to win both the doubles and his fourth rubber singles matches to bring the tie back to two all. Chris Guccione then lost in straight sets to put Australia in the world group playoffs. Australia drew Serbia in Serbia for their world group playoff and Serbia, having two of their singles players in the top 100, were clear favorites. After day one the tie was drawn at one all Australia lost their doubles match in four sets and looked in a bad position. Things only got worse for Australia as their top player Lleyton Hewitt came down with sickness and could not compete in the final day. Australia eventually ended up losing 4–1 overall, seeing Serbia into the world group for the first time; the result also saw Australia relegated for only the second time.

The 2008 Davis Cup saw Australia playing away for the fourth consecutive time, playing in Chinese Taipei. Australia beat Chinese Taipei 4–1 and were awarded a home 2nd Round rubber for the first time in almost two years. Australian easily accounted for Thailand winning the rubber 5–0. Australia then advanced to the world group playoffs where they were drawn to play away against Chile. Chile raced out to a 2–0 lead before Chris Guccione and Carsten Ball were able to bring the tie back to 2–1 after winning the doubles match. However in the 4th match Fernando González defeated Guccione in the reverse singles match to secure the tie. Australia managed to win the remaining dead rubber, with Chile winning the tie 3–2.

The 2009 Davis Cup saw a rematch of last year's second round match against Thailand. This time, Australia had to travel away and won 3–2, only securing the tie in the final rubber. For the second round match-up, Australia was drawn to play away against India. However due to security concerns in Chennai, Australia refused to play the tie in India, requesting the tie be played in a neutral country. After this request was denied, Australia withdrew from playing, so India advanced to the World Group Playoffs via forfeit.

Present[edit]

The 2010 Davis Cup was a breeze for Australia in the Asia/Oceania playoffs, easily advancing to the World Group Playoffs. 5–0 defeats of Chinese Taipei in the first round in Melbourne and Japan in the second round in Brisbane led to Australia being drawn to play a home tie against Belgium. Played in hot and humid conditions in North Cairns, Australia led 2–1 after the doubles match. Lleyton Hewitt's win in the doubles match gave him the most wins by an Australian in Davis Cup history. After a five and a half hour rain delay, the reverse singles finally got under way, before being suspended midway through the first set. With Hewitt pulling out of his reverse singles match, Peter Luczak and Carsten Ball were unable to hold onto Australia's lead, going down to Belgium 3–2.

For the fourth year in a row, Australia started its 2011 Davis Cup campaign in the Asia/Oceania playoffs. After receiving a first round bye, Australia played away to China in the second round, whom they defeated 3–1. Australia then advanced to the 2011 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs where they received a home tie against seeded Switzerland. Played on grass at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in Sydney, Australia, Australia led 2–1 after victories by Tomic over Wawrinka in the singles and by Hewitt and Guccione in the doubles. However in the 1st reverse singles Tomic lost to Federer, tying the play-off at 2–2. In the decisive rubber Hewitt trailed 5–3 in the 5th set against Stanislas Wawrinka when play was suspended due to bad light. When play resumed the following morning, Hewitt was unable to hold serve as Switzerland won the tie 3–2.

Australia began its 2011 Davis Cup campaign once again in the Asia/Oceania playoffs. Australia easily accounted for China in the first round with a 5-0 victory in Geelong, Victoria, and again against South Korea in the semi-finals with a 5-0 win in Brisbane. Australia faced Germany away in Hamburg in the World Group Playoffs for a spot in next year's World Group. Leading 2-1 going into the reverse singles matches, Australia failed to win a match on the final day, losing the tie 3-2.

Australia's historic Davis Cup rivalry with the United States[edit]

Australia and USA have played each other in the Davis Cup final on 29 different occasions. Having both teams dominate the competition for 36 years, Australia and USA had an intense rivalry in Davis Cup. In recent years the rivalry has waned, while the two teams have not played each other since 1999.

Current squad[edit]

Player information and rankings as of 31 January 2014

Squad representing Australia vs. France (World Group First Round)
Player ATP Ranking Years Played Total W-L Singles W-L Doubles W-L
Chris Guccione #104 (Doubles) 9 (2005–2009, 2011–) 17–6 9–7 8–0
Lleyton Hewitt #41 (Singles) 16 (1999–) 54–17 40–14 14–3
Nick Kyrgios #162 (Singles) 2 (2013–) 1–2 1–0 0–1
Thanasi Kokkinakis #401 (Singles) 1 (2014–) 0–0 0–0 0–0
Players called up within the last year
Player ATP Ranking Years Played Total W-L Singles W-L Doubles W-L
Bernard Tomic #65 (Singles) 4 (2010–) 12–2 12–2 0–0
Matthew Ebden #68 (Singles) 2 (2012–) 5–0 4–0 1–0
Marinko Matosevic #56 (Singles) 3 (2011–) 3–2 2–2 1–0

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 Asia/Oceania Group I, 1st Round 5–7 Mar Melbourne (AUS)  Chinese Taipei 5–0 Win
Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinals 7–9 May Brisbane (AUS)  Japan 5–0 Win
World Group Playoffs 19-21 Sep Cairns (AUS)  Belgium 2–3 Loss
2011 Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinal 8–10 Jul Beijing (CHN)  China 3–1 Win
World Group Playoffs 16–18 Sep Sydney (AUS)  Switzerland 2–3 Loss
2012 Asia/Oceania Group I, 1st Round 10–12 Feb Geelong (AUS)  China 5-0 Win
Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinals 6–8 Apr Brisbane (AUS)  South Korea 5-0 Win
World Group Playoffs 14–16 Sep Hamburg (GER)  Germany 2–3 Loss
2013 Asia/Oceania Group I, 1st Round 1–3 Feb Kaohsiung (TPE)  Chinese Taipei 5–0 Win
Asia/Oceania Group I, Semifinals 5–7 Apr Namangan (UZB)  Uzbekistan 3–1 Win
World Group Playoffs 13–15 Sep Warsaw (POL)  Poland 4–1 Win
2014 World Group, 1st Round 31 Jan–2 Feb La Roche-sur-Yon (FRA)  France 5-0 Lost
World Group Playoffs 12–14 Sep Perth (AUS)  Uzbekistan 5-0 Win

Statistics[edit]

Since 1981 (Last updated 9 April 2012)

Record
  • Champion: 4 times (3 times Home, 1 time Away)
  • Runner-up: 4 times
  • Lost in Semifinals: 7 times
  • Lost in Quarterfinals: 4 times
  • Lost in First Round: 7 times
  • Not in World Group: 5 times
Home and away record (all 90 match-ups)
  • Performance at home (45 match-ups): 37–8 (82.2%)
  • Performance away (45 match-ups): 25–20 (55.5%)
  • Total: 62–28 (68.8%)
Head-to-head record (1981–)
  • A loss was recorded when Australia forfeited against India in the 2009 Asia/Oceania Group 1 Semifinals.
Record against continents
Africa Asia Europe North America Oceania South America
 Morocco
 South Africa
 Zimbabwe
 China
 Chinese Taipei
 India
 Japan
 South Korea
 Uzbekistan
 Austria
 Belarus
 Belgium
 Croatia
 Czech Republic
 France
 Germany
 Great Britain
 Hungary
 Italy
 Romania
 Russia
 Serbia
 Spain
 Sweden
 Switzerland
 Yugoslavia
 Mexico
 United States
 New Zealand  Argentina
 Brazil
 Chile
 Ecuador
 Paraguay
 Peru
Record: 2-2 (50%) Record: 9-2 (81%) Record: 31-14 (68%) Record: 6-5 (60%) Record: 3-0 (100%) Record: 7-4 (63%)
Record by decade
  • 2010–2019: 5–2 (71.4%)
  • 2000–2009: 18–10 (64.2%)
  • 1990–1999: 19–9 (67.8%)
  • 1981–1989: 20–7 (74.0%)

Trivia and records[edit]

  • Along with the Australian Davis Cup Team winning the Davis Cup in 1999, Australia became the only country to win three of four team competitions in the same year. In 1999 Australia won the Davis Cup, World Team Championship and the Hopman Cup. The only team competition Australia did not win in 1999 was the women's Fed Cup.
  • Australia completed a rare feat in 1986 when they won both the Davis Cup and the Junior Davis Cup.
  • Australia won both the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup in 2007.


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