1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

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1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge
John Bromwich and Adrian Quist with the Davis Cup trophy in Sydney, November 1939
John Bromwich and Adrian Quist with the Davis Cup trophy in Sydney, November 1939
Details
Duration5 May – 5 September
Edition34th
Champion
Winning Nation Australia
1938
1946

The 1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 34th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. 20 teams entered the Europe Zone, while 7 entered the America Zone.

Australia defeated Cuba in the North & Central America Zone final, and then received a walkover in the America Inter-Zonal final after Brazil, the only team in the South America Zone, withdrew. In the Europe Zone final Yugoslavia defeated Germany. In the Inter-Zonal play-off Australia defeated Yugoslavia, and then defeated the United States in the Challenge Round. The final was played at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States on 2–5 September.[1][2][3]

America Zone[edit]

North & Central America Zone[edit]

  Quarterfinals
30 June–23 July
Semifinals
14–16 July
Final
10–12 August
                           
 
    Philippines  
   bye     Long Beach, CA, United States (grass)
      Philippines 0  
  Mexico City, Mexico (clay)     Australia 5  
    Australia 5
    Mexico 0     Rumson, NJ, United States (grass)
      Australia 5
  Havana, Cuba (clay)       Cuba 0
    Canada 1  
    Cuba 4    
      Cuba w/o
      Japan[a]  
   bye
    Japan  

Final[edit]

Cuba vs. Australia


Cuba
0
Seabright Lawn Tennis Club, Rumson, NJ, United States [5]
10–12 August 1939
Grass

Australia
5
1 2 3 4 5
1 Cuba
Australia
José Agüero
John Bromwich
6
8
0
6
2
6
     
2 Cuba
Australia
Ricardo Morales
Adrian Quist
0
6
2
6
2
6
     
3 Cuba
Australia
Ricardo Morales / Lorenzo Nodarse
John Bromwich / Adrian Quist
1
6
0
6
3
6
     
4 Cuba
Australia
Ricardo Morales
John Bromwich
6
8
6
8
1
6
     
5 Cuba
Australia
José Agüero
Adrian Quist
1
6
0
6
0
6
     

Americas Inter-Zonal Final[edit]

Australia defeated Brazil by walkover.[6]

Europe Zone[edit]

Second-round match between Germany and Poland in Warsaw: Henner Henkel, Georg von Metaxa, Józef Hebda, Adam Baworowski

Draw[edit]

First Round
5–7 May
  Second Round
11–21 May
  Quarterfinals
25–29 May
  Semifinals
2–5 June
  Final
28–30 July
  Great Britain    
 bye       Great Britain 3  
  New Zealand     New Zealand 2    
 bye         Great Britain 3  
  France    
Paris, France (clay)
    France 2  
 bye       France 4
  China     China 1    
Berlin, Germany (clay)
 bye         Great Britain 0  
  Sweden         Germany 5  
 bye       Sweden 4  
  Denmark     Denmark 1    
Berlin, Germany (clay)
 bye         Sweden 1
  Germany 5         Germany 4  
   Switzerland 0       Germany 3
  Poland 4     Poland 2    
  Netherlands 1         Germany 2
  Romania 2         Yugoslavia 3
  Hungary 3       Hungary 1  
  Yugoslavia 5     Yugoslavia 4    
Milan, Italy (clay)
  Ireland 0         Yugoslavia 3  
 bye    
Naples, Italy (clay)
    Italy 2  
  Italy       Italy 3
 bye     Monaco 0    
  Monaco         Yugoslavia 3
 bye         Belgium 2  
  Belgium       Belgium 3  
 bye     India 2    
  India         Belgium 5
 bye    
    Norway 0  
  Norway       Norway w/o
 bye     Czechoslovakia[b]  
  Czechoslovakia  

Final[edit]

Yugoslavia vs. Germany


Yugoslavia
3
A.T.K. Stadium, Zagreb, Yugoslavia [7]
28–30 July 1939

Germany
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Germany
Franjo Punčec
Rolf Göpfert
6
3
6
1
6
0
     
2 Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Germany
Dragutin Mitić
Henner Henkel
0
6
1
6
6
4
4
6
   
3 Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Germany
Franjo Kukuljević / Franjo Punčec
Henner Henkel / Roderich Menzel
7
9
6
4
4
6
6
3
1
4
 
4 Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Germany
Dragutin Mitić
Rolf Göpfert
6
1
6
2
6
3
     
5 Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Germany
Franjo Punčec
Henner Henkel
10
8
6
3
6
0
     

Inter-Zonal Final[edit]

Australia vs. Yugoslavia


Australia
4
Longwood Cricket Club, Boston, MA, United States [8]
24–26 August 1939
Grass

Yugoslavia
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Adrian Quist
Dragutin Mitić
6
0
6
4
6
3
     
2 Australia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
John Bromwich
Franjo Punčec
2
6
6
8
6
0
2
6
   
3 Australia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
John Bromwich / Adrian Quist
Franjo Kukuljević / Franjo Punčec
6
2
6
3
6
3
     
4 Australia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
John Bromwich
Dragutin Mitić
6
1
6
3
6
2
     
5 Australia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Adrian Quist
Franjo Kukuljević
6
2
6
3
6
4
     

Challenge Round[edit]

United States vs. Australia


United States
2
Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, PA, United States [3]
2–5 September 1939
Grass

Australia
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 United States
Australia
Bobby Riggs
John Bromwich
6
4
6
0
7
5
     
2 United States
Australia
Frank Parker
Adrian Quist
6
3
2
6
6
4
1
6
7
5
 
3 United States
Australia
Joe Hunt / Jack Kramer
John Bromwich / Adrian Quist
7
5
2
6
5
7
2
6
   
4 United States
Australia
Bobby Riggs
Adrian Quist
1
6
4
6
6
3
6
3
4
6
 
5 United States
Australia
Frank Parker
John Bromwich
0
6
3
6
1
6
     

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japan withdrew from the competition after their top player, Jiro Yamagishi, joined the Imperial Japanese Navy.[4]
  2. ^ The tie between Norway and Czechoslovakia was abandoned due to the German invasion and partition of Czechoslovakia in March 1939.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–496, 499. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ Max Robertson (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 384. ISBN 0047960426.
  3. ^ a b "United States v Australia". daviscup.com.
  4. ^ "The Bulletin - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Cuba v Australia". daviscup.com.
  6. ^ "Australia v Brazil". daviscup.com.
  7. ^ "Yugoslavia v Germany". daviscup.com.
  8. ^ "Australia v Yugoslavia". daviscup.com.

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