1974 Davis Cup

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1974 Davis Cup
Details
Duration5 October 1973 – 1 December 1974
Edition63rd
Champion
Winning Nation South Africa
1973
1975

The 1974 Davis Cup was the 63rd edition of the Davis Cup, the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 57 teams entered the competition, 33 in the Europe Zone, 12 in the Americas Zone, and 12 in the Eastern Zone. Nigeria made its first appearance in the tournament.

South Africa defeated Colombia in the Americas Inter-Zonal final, India defeated Australia in the Eastern Zone final, and Italy and the Soviet Union were the winners of the two Europe Zones, defeating Romania and Czechoslovakia respectively.

In the Inter-Zonal Zone, South Africa defeated Italy and India defeated the Soviet Union in the semifinals. Due to their opposition to the apartheid policies of the South African government, India refused to travel to South Africa for the final, therefore defaulting the final and awarding South Africa the tournament.[1][2] South Africa became only the fifth nation to win the Davis Cup, breaking the dominance of the United States, Great Britain, France and Australia teams which had won every tournament before this year.[3]

Americas Zone[edit]

North & Central America Zone[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Main Draw[edit]

  First Round
7–9 December
    Final
11–13 January
                 
  Bogotá, Colombia
  Cali, Colombia       United States 1
    Mexico 1       Colombia 4
    Colombia 4  

South America Zone[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Main Draw[edit]

  First Round
    Final
8–10 March
                 
  Bogotá, Colombia (clay)
        Chile 2
    Argentina       South Africa 3
    South Africa w/o  

Americas Inter-Zonal Final[edit]

Colombia vs. South Africa


Colombia
2
Bogotá, Colombia [4]
10–12 May 1974

South Africa
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 Colombia
South Africa
Iván Molina
Ray Moore
8
6
3
6
5
7
4
6
   
2 Colombia
South Africa
Jairo Velasco
Bob Hewitt
1
6
3
6
2
6
     
3 Colombia
South Africa
Iván Molina / Jairo Velasco
Bob Hewitt / Frew McMillan
3
6
0
6
3
6
     
4 Colombia
South Africa
Jairo Velasco
Ray Moore
6
2
4
6
6
3
7
9
6
2
 
5 Colombia
South Africa
Álvaro Betancur
Byron Bertram
6
2
4
6
8
6
8
6
   

Eastern Zone[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Main Draw[edit]

  First Round
26–28 April
    Semifinals
3–5 May
    Final
10–12 May
                           
  Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  Lahore, Pakistan       Australia 3  
    Pakistan 4       Pakistan 0     Calcutta, India
    Philippines 1           Australia 2
  Kanpur, India       India 3
  Taipei, Taiwan (hard)       India 4    
    Chinese Taipei 0       Japan 1  
    Japan 3  

Final[edit]

India vs. Australia


India
3
Calcutta, India [5]
10–12 May 1974

Australia
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 India
Australia
Jasjit Singh
Bob Giltinan
11
9
9
11
12
10
8
6
   
2 India
Australia
Vijay Amritraj
John Alexander
12
14
15
17
8
6
2
6
   
3 India
Australia
Anand Amritraj / Vijay Amritraj
John Alexander / Colin Dibley
17
15
6
8
6
3
16
18
6
4
 
4 India
Australia
Jasjit Singh
John Alexander
6
8
4
6
3
6
     
5 India
Australia
Vijay Amritraj
Bob Giltinan
6
1
5
7
6
4
6
4
   

The Eastern Zone Final set the Davis Cup record for the most games in a tie (327).[6]

Europe Zone[edit]

Zone A[edit]

Qualifying Rounds[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Main Draw[edit]

  First Round
10–12 May; 24–26 May
    Semifinals
19–21 July
    Final
2–4 August
                           
  Bucharest, Romania (clay)
  Vienna, Austria       Romania 3  
    Austria 1       France 2     Mestre, Italy (clay)
    France 3           Romania 2
  Båstad, Sweden (clay)       Italy 3
  Båstad, Sweden (clay)       Italy 3    
    Sweden 4       Sweden 2  
    Netherlands 1  

Final[edit]

Italy vs. Romania


Italy
3
Mestre, Italy [7]
2–4 August 1974
Clay

Romania
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 Italy
Romania
Corrado Barazzutti
Ilie Năstase
7
9
0
6
1
6
     
2 Italy
Romania
Adriano Panatta
Ion Țiriac
6
1
6
3
6
2
     
3 Italy
Romania
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
Ilie Năstase / Ion Țiriac
6
4
8
6
6
8
4
6
6
2
 
4 Italy
Romania
Corrado Barazzutti
Ion Țiriac
6
3
6
0
6
0
     
5 Italy
Romania
Adriano Panatta
Ilie Năstase
0
6
0
6
5
7
     

Zone B[edit]

Qualifying Rounds[edit]

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

Main Draw[edit]

  First Round
10–12 May
    Semifinals
19–21 July
    Final
26–28 July
                           
  Munich, West Germany (clay)
  Düsseldorf, West Germany       Czechoslovakia 3  
    West Germany 3       West Germany 2     Donetsk, Soviet Union (clay)
    Spain 2           Czechoslovakia 2
  Donetsk, Soviet Union       Soviet Union 3
  Cairo, Egypt       Soviet Union 3    
    Egypt 2       Yugoslavia 1  
    Yugoslavia 3  

Final[edit]

Soviet Union vs. Czechoslovakia


Soviet Union
3
Donetsk, Soviet Union [8]
26–28 July 1974
Clay

Czechoslovakia
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 Soviet Union
Czechoslovakia
Alex Metreveli
František Pála
6
2
6
4
3
6
6
2
   
2 Soviet Union
Czechoslovakia
Teimuraz Kakulia
Jan Kodeš
4
6
2
6
3
6
     
3 Soviet Union
Czechoslovakia
Vladimir Korotkov / Alex Metreveli
Jan Kodeš / Vladimír Zedník
4
6
1
6
3
6
     
4 Soviet Union
Czechoslovakia
Alex Metreveli
Jan Kodeš
4
6
6
3
4
6
6
3
7
5
 
5 Soviet Union
Czechoslovakia
Teimuraz Kakulia
František Pála
6
3
4
6
6
4
2
6
6
4
 

Inter-Zonal Zone[edit]

Draw[edit]

  Semifinals
20 September–5 October
Final
                 
  Poona, India
  EUR-B   Soviet Union 1  
  EAS   India 3    
    EAS   India
  Johannesburg, South Africa   AME   South Africa w/o
  AME   South Africa 4
  EUR-A   Italy 1  

Semifinals[edit]

India vs. Soviet Union


India
3
Poona, India [9]
20–22 September 1974

Soviet Union
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 India
Soviet Union
Vijay Amritraj
Teimuraz Kakulia
6
4
11
9
6
3
     
2 India
Soviet Union
Anand Amritraj
Alex Metreveli
4
6
7
9
3
6
     
3 India
Soviet Union
Anand Amritraj / Vijay Amritraj
Vladimir Korotkov / Alex Metreveli
13
15
7
5
19
17
6
3
   
4 India
Soviet Union
Anand Amritraj
Teimuraz Kakulia
6
2
8
10
4
6
6
3
6
3
 
5 India
Soviet Union
Vijay Amritraj
Alex Metreveli
          not
played

South Africa vs. Italy


South Africa
4
Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa [10]
3–5 October 1974 [a]

Italy
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 South Africa
Italy
Bob Hewitt
Antonio Zugarelli
4
6
6
0
9
7
4
6
6
1
 
2 South Africa
Italy
Ray Moore
Adriano Panatta
4
6
6
4
6
3
6
4
   
3 South Africa
Italy
Bob Hewitt / Frew McMillan
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
7
5
6
4
10
8
     
4 South Africa
Italy
Ray Moore
Antonio Zugarelli
6
3
7
5
6
3
     
5 South Africa
Italy
Bob Hewitt
Adriano Panatta
3
6
6
8
2
6
     

Final[edit]

The final between South Africa and India was scheduled to be completed by 1 December 1974 in South Africa. However India refused to travel to South Africa due to opposition to the apartheid policies of the South African government at the time. The final was therefore scrapped and South Africa were awarded the Davis Cup.[1][2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The South Africa vs. Italy tie was originally scheduled to be played from 22 September, however the Italian team originally refused to play in South Africa and the South African team refused Italy's request to play the match in Rome.[11] The match eventually went ahead in South Africa in October.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seminara, Dave (2009-11-28). "The Year the Davis Cup Felt Empty". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  2. ^ a b "South Africa v India". daviscup.com.
  3. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–496, 499. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  4. ^ "Colombia v South Africa". daviscup.com.
  5. ^ "India v Australia". daviscup.com.
  6. ^ "Davis Cup - General Records". daviscup.com. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Italy v Romania". daviscup.com.
  8. ^ "Soviet Union v Czechoslovakia". daviscup.com.
  9. ^ "India v Soviet Union". daviscup.com.
  10. ^ "South Africa v Italy". daviscup.com.
  11. ^ "Defaults seen as possibility in Davis Cup". Spokane Daily Chronicle. AP. 13 August 1974. p. 13 – via Google News Archive.

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