1978 Davis Cup

1978 Davis Cup

1978 Davis Cup
Details
Edition 67th
Achievements
1977
1979

The 1978 Davis Cup was the 67th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 48 teams would enter the competition, 29 in the Europe Zone, 11 in the Eastern Zone, and 8 in the Americas Zone.

The United States defeated Chile in the Americas Zone final, Australia defeated New Zealand in the Eastern Zone final, and Great Britain and Sweden won the Europe Zones. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, Great Britain defeated Australia and the USA defeated Sweden. The USA defeated Great Britain in the final, which was held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, United States, on 8–10 December.

The competition was significantly affected by political issues. Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Caribbean/West Indies withdrew in protest over South Africa's participation,[1] and the Soviet Union was barred for the second consecutive year, for its refusal to contest matches against Chile and its promised refusal to compete against either South Africa or Rhodesia.

The South Africa / United States tie, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, attracted crowds of up to 5000 protesters each day.[2] In an effort to appease its critics, South Africa named Peter Lamb as one of the six members of its team, as its first-ever "coloured" player.[3] However, Lamb did not play, and his inclusion in the squad was derided as tokenism.

After a decade of dispute, South Africa would be excluded from the 1979 competition, and would not be allowed to compete again until 1992.

Contents

  • Americas Zone 1
    • North & Central America Zone 1.1
      • Main draw 1.1.1
    • South America Zone 1.2
      • Preliminary Rounds 1.2.1
      • Main draw 1.2.2
    • Americas Inter-Zonal Final 1.3
  • Eastern Zone 2
    • Preliminary Rounds 2.1
    • Main draw 2.2
    • Final 2.3
  • Europe Zone 3
    • Zone A 3.1
      • Qualifying Rounds 3.1.1
      • Preliminary Rounds 3.1.2
      • Main draw 3.1.3
      • Final 3.1.4
    • Zone B 3.2
      • Preliminary Rounds 3.2.1
      • Main draw 3.2.2
      • Final 3.2.3
  • Inter-Zonal Zone 4
    • Draw 4.1
    • First round 4.2
      • Sweden vs. United States 4.2.1
      • Great Britain vs. Australia 4.2.2
  • Final 5
  • References 6

Americas Zone

North & Central America Zone

Main draw

Participating Teams

South America Zone

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Americas Inter-Zonal Final


Chile
2
Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile
15–17 September 1978

United States
3
1 2 3 4 5
1
Jaime Fillol
Brian Gottfried
4
6
5
7
2
6
     
2
Hans Gildemeister
Harold Solomon
5
7
6
3
3
6
1
6
   
3
Jaime Fillol / Belus Prajoux
Brian Gottfried / John McEnroe
6
3
3
6
6
8
3
6
   
4
Jaime Fillol
Harold Solomon
6
3
6
2
       
5
Hans Gildemeister
Brian Gottfried
4
6
7
5
12
10
     
  • United States advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Eastern Zone

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Final


Australia
4
Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia
24–26 February 1978
grass

New Zealand
0
1 2 3 4 5
1
Tony Roche
Chris Lewis
13
11
6
3
6
2
     
2
John Alexander
Brian Fairlie
6
4
6
4
6
4
     
3
John Alexander / Tony Roche
Brian Fairlie / Chris Lewis
6
3
6
4
12
14
4
6
6
1
 
4
John Alexander
Chris Lewis
8
10
16
14
6
1
9
7
   
5
Allan Stone
Brian Fairlie
2
6
6
1
      not
completed
  • Australia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Europe Zone

Zone A

Qualifying Rounds

Participating Teams

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Final


Sweden
3
Båstad Tennis Stadium, Båstad, Sweden
15–17 September 1978
clay

Hungary
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Kjell Johansson
Balázs Taróczy
7
5
6
2
6
4
     
2
Björn Borg
Péter Szőke
6
2
6
0
6
0
     
3
Ove Nils Bengtson / Tenny Svensson
Péter Szőke / Balázs Taróczy
2
6
1
6
10
12
     
4
Kjell Johansson
Péter Szőke
3
6
7
5
6
1
3
6
6
1
 
5
Tenny Svensson
Balázs Taróczy
2
6
6
4
5
5
    not
completed
  • Sweden advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Zone B

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Final


Great Britain
5
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England
15–17 September 1978
grass

Czechoslovakia
0
1 2 3 4 5
1
John Lloyd
Jiří Hřebec
9
7
6
3
4
6
5
7
12
10
 
2
Christopher Mottram
Ivan Lendl
6
4
7
5
7
5
     
3
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
Jan Kodeš / Tomáš Šmíd
6
4
13
15
6
4
2
6
6
4
 
4
Mark Cox
Ivan Lendl
6
2
6
4
6
3
     
5
Christopher Mottram
Jiří Hřebec
5
7
3
6
6
3
6
4
6
0
 
  • Great Britain advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Inter-Zonal Zone

Draw

  1st Round
6–8 October
Final
8–10 December
                 
  Gothenburg, Sweden (indoor carpet)
  EUR-A   Sweden 2  
  AME   United States 3     Rancho Mirage, California, United States (hard)
    AME   United States 4
London, England (indoor carpet)   EUR-B   Great Britain 1
  EUR-B   Great Britain 3
  EAS   Australia 2  

First round

Sweden vs. United States


Sweden
2
Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
6–8 October 1978
carpet (indoors)

United States
3
1 2 3 4 5
1
Björn Borg
Arthur Ashe
6
4
7
5
6
3
     
2
Kjell Johansson
Vitas Gerulaitis
2
6
1
6
4
6
     
3
Björn Borg
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
6
2
3
6
6
3
5
7
3
6
 
4
Kjell Johansson
Arthur Ashe
2
6
0
6
5
7
     
5
Björn Borg
Vitas Gerulaitis
6
3
6
1
       

Great Britain vs. Australia


Great Britain
3
National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London, England
6–8 October 1978
carpet (indoors)

Australia
2
1 2 3 4 5
1
Christopher Mottram
Tony Roche
8
6
3
6
7
5
6
4
   
2
John Lloyd
John Alexander
7
5
6
2
6
2
     
3
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
Ross Case / Geoff Masters
8
6
3
6
6
4
6
3
   
4
John Lloyd
Tony Roche
3
6
3
6
2
6
     
5
Christopher Mottram
John Alexander
2
6
3
6
2
6
     

Final


United States
4
Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
8–10 December 1978
hard

Great Britain
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
John McEnroe
John Lloyd
6
1
6
2
6
2
     
2
Brian Gottfried
Christopher Mottram
6
4
6
2
8
10
4
6
3
6
 
3
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
6
2
6
2
6
3
     
4
John McEnroe
Christopher Mottram
6
2
6
2
6
1
     
5
Brian Gottfried
John Lloyd
6
1
6
2
6
4
     

References

  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bJcuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iaEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6518,604605&dq=davis+cup+canada+1978&hl=en
  2. ^ http://africanactivist.msu.edu/image.php?objectid=32-131-147
  3. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20070425,00.html