1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

The 1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 26th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. Due to an increase in South American entries, the Americas Zone was split into the North/Central American Zone and the South American Zone. The winner of each sub-zone would play to determine who moved to the Inter-Zonal round. 22 teams would enter the Europe Zone, while 7 would enter the Americas Zone. These included first-time entries from Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, although Brazil withdrew without playing a tie, and Paraguay would not play their second tie until 1982.[1] This year also marked the first time that ties were played in South America.

The United States defeated Argentina in the American Zone, but would then lose to Great Britain in the Inter-Zonal play-off. France defeated Great Britain in the Challenge Round, giving France their fifth straight title. The final was played at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France on 24-26 July.[2][3][4]

Zones and rounds in the 1931 Davis cup:
  Regional finals elimination
  Quarterfinal round elimination
  Second round elimination
  First round elimination
  Americas Inter-Zonal elimination
  Semifinal elimination
  Inter-Zonal Zone elimination
  1931 champion
  1931 runner-up

Contents

  • America Zone 1
    • North/Central America draw 1.1
    • South America draw 1.2
    • Americas Inter-Zonal round 1.3
  • Europe Zone 2
    • Draw 2.1
    • Final 2.2
  • Inter-Zonal Zone 3
  • Challenge Round 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

America Zone

North/Central America draw

  1st Round
1-3 May
Final
21-23 May
                 
  Mexico City, Mexico (clay)
    United States 5  
    Mexico 0     Montreal, Canada (grass)
      United States 4
    Canada 1
   bye
    Canada  

South America draw

  1st Round
26-28 March
Semifinals
2-4 April
Final
24-26 April
                           
  Asunción, Paraguay
    Paraguay 0  
    Argentina 5     Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
      Argentina 5  
    Uruguay 0  
    Uruguay
   bye     Santiago, Chile
      Argentina 3
        Chile 0
   bye  
    Brazil    
      Brazil
    Chile w/o  
   bye
    Chile  

Americas Inter-Zonal round


United States
5
Chevy Chase Lawn Tennis Club, Chevy Chase, MD, United States
28 May - 30 May 1931
clay

Argentina
0
1 2 3 4 5
1
Frank Shields
Guillermo Robson
3
6
6
2
6
2
6
2
   
2
Sidney Wood
Ronald Boyd
6
4
6
1
6
2
     
3
Frank Shields / Sidney Wood
Lucilo del Castillo / Adriano Zappa
6
4
8
6
2
6
4
2
   
4
Frank Shields
Ronald Boyd
6
2
6
2
6
2
     
5
Clifford Sutter
Guillermo Robson
3
6
6
4
6
3
6
3
   

Europe Zone

Draw

1st round
16 April-5 May
  2nd round
8-17 May
  Quarterfinals
20 May-6 June
  Semifinals
12-18 June
  Final
9-11 July
  Finland     Helsinki, Finland
 bye       Finland 1  
  Egypt     Egypt 4     Paris, France (clay)
 bye         Egypt 0  
  Yugoslavia     Zagreb, Yugoslavia     Japan 5  
 bye       Yugoslavia 0
  Japan     Japan 5     Eastbourne, England (grass)
 bye         Japan 0  
  Belgium     Brussels, Belgium (clay)     Great Britain 5  
 bye       Belgium 0  
  Great Britain 5     Great Britain 5     Eastbourne, England (grass)
  Monaco 0         Great Britain 5
  Germany 0     Dublin, Ireland (grass)     South Africa 0  
  South Africa 5       South Africa 4
  Switzerland 0     Ireland 1     Prague, Czechoslovakia (clay)
  Ireland 5         Great Britain 4
  Greece 3     Athens, Greece     Czechoslovakia 1
  Austria 2       Greece 1  
  Spain 2     Czechoslovakia 4     Prague, Czechoslovakia
  Czechoslovakia 3         Czechoslovakia 3  
  Italy 4     Turin, Italy (clay)     Italy 0  
  Hungary 1       Italy 3
  Netherlands     Netherlands 0     Copenhagen, Denmark
 bye         Czechoslovakia 5
  Norway     Oslo, Norway (clay)     Denmark 0  
 bye       Norway 0  
  Poland     Poland 3     Copenhagen, Denmark
 bye         Poland 2
  Denmark     Copenhagen, Denmark     Denmark 3  
 bye       Denmark 5
  Romania     Romania 0  
 bye  

Final


Czechoslovakia
1
Prague, Czechoslovakia
9 July - 11 July 1931
clay

Great Britain
4
1 2 3 4 5
1
Roderich Menzel
Bunny Austin
6
3
2
6
8
6
3
6
3
6
 
2
Ladislav Hecht
Fred Perry
1
6
6
8
3
6
     
3
Ferenc Marsalek / Roderich Menzel
Patrick Hughes / Fred Perry
4
6
6
4
4
6
2
6
   
4
Ladislav Hecht
Bunny Austin
6
2
7
5
6
4
     
5
Roderich Menzel
Fred Perry
5
7
3
6
5
7
     

Inter-Zonal Zone


United States
2
Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
17 July - 19 July 1931
clay

Great Britain
3
1 2 3 4 5
1
Sidney Wood
Bunny Austin
6
2
0
6
6
8
5
7
   
2
Frank Shields
Fred Perry
10
8
6
4
6
2
     
3
John Van Ryn
Patrick Hughes / Fred Perry
6
1
6
3
4
6
6
3
   
4
Sidney Wood
Fred Perry
3
6
10
8
3
6
3
6
   
5
Frank Shields
Bunny Austin
6
8
3
6
5
7
     

Challenge Round


France
3
Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
24 July - 26 July 1931
clay

Great Britain
2
1 2 3 4 5
1
Henri Cochet
Bunny Austin
3
6
11
9
6
2
6
4
   
2
Jean Borotra
Fred Perry
6
4
8
10
0
6
6
4
4
6
 
3
Jacques Brugnon / Henri Cochet
Patrick Hughes / Charles Kingsley
6
1
5
7
6
3
8
6
   
4
Jean Borotra
Bunny Austin
5
7
3
6
6
3
5
7
   
5
Henri Cochet
Fred Perry
6
4
1
6
9
7
6
3
   

References

  1. ^ http://www.daviscup.com/en/teams/team/profile.aspx?id=PAR
  2. ^ "Davis Cup – 1931 Results". ITF. 
  3. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–496,499.  
  4. ^ Max Robertson (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 383.  

External links

  • Davis Cup Official Website