Successes Davis Cup Semi Final 21/09/2001 - 23/09/2001
The Davis Cup is an international single and double men’s tennis tournament. The competition was first held in 1900 and has since grown into an annual event hosting 130 competing nations. Initially titled the International Lawn Tennis Challenge, the tournament became known as the Davis Cup after the death of its founder, Dwight Davis, in 1945. Each match, or rubber, is played in a best-of-five set format, usually spanning three days. On the first day, the first two rubbers are singles. On the second day, the doubles rubber is played, followed by two singles on the third day. The United States has been the most successful nation to date, winning the event 32 times and finishing as runners-up 29 times, closely followed by Australia with 28 victorious and 18 lost finals.
The Davis Cup often evokes special emotions. Apart from the Hopman Cup and the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, it is the only tournament contested between teams of players from competing countries. Seen as a prestigious event, most top tennis players are proud to represent their country in the Davis Cup.
Facts and Figures
A.CLEMENT (FRA) def. R.SLUITER (NED) 3-6 6-2 1-2 - Retired
N.ESCUDE (FRA) def. S.SCHALKEN (NED) 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4) 8-6
C.PIOLINE / F.SANTORO (FRA) def. P.HAARHUIS / S.SCHALKEN (NED) 7-5 6-1 7-5 S.SCHALKEN (NED) def. A.CLEMENT (FRA) 7-6(6) 7-6(3)
J.SIEMERINK (NED) def. F.SANTORO (FRA) 6-4 6-4