1979 Davis Cup

1979 Davis Cup

1979 Davis Cup
Details
Edition 68th
Achievements
1978
1980

The 1979 Davis Cup was the 68th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 53 teams would enter the competition, 29 in the Europe Zone, 13 in the Americas Zone, and 10 in the Eastern Zone.

The United States defeated Argentina in the Americas Zone final, Australia defeated New Zealand in the Eastern Zone final, and Italy and Czechoslovakia won the Europe Zones. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, the USA defeated Australia and Italy defeated Czechoslovakia. The USA defeated Italy in the final, which was held at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA, United States, on 14–16 December.

South Africa was expelled from the Davis Cup for the second time, for failing to abandon its apartheid policies.[1] The organizers of the competition had been reluctant to let political issues affect the competition, but their hand was forced by the threat of a boycott of the competition by numerous other nations (Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and the West Indies had already withdrawn from the 1978 competition, and in 1977 the United States, Britain, and France had withdrawn before re-entering[2]). South Africa would not be allowed to participate again until 1992, after the fall of the apartheid system.


Contents

  • Americas Zone 1
    • North & Central America Zone 1.1
      • Preliminary Rounds 1.1.1
      • Main draw 1.1.2
    • South America Zone 1.2
      • Preliminary Rounds 1.2.1
      • Main draw 1.2.2
    • Americas Inter-Zonal Final 1.3
  • Eastern Zone 2
    • Qualifying Rounds 2.1
    • Preliminary Rounds 2.2
    • Main draw 2.3
    • Final 2.4
  • Europe Zone 3
    • Zone A 3.1
      • Preliminary Rounds 3.1.1
      • Main draw 3.1.2
      • Final 3.1.3
    • Zone B 3.2
      • Qualifying Round 3.2.1
      • Preliminary Rounds 3.2.2
      • Main draw 3.2.3
      • Final 3.2.4
  • Inter-Zonal Zone 4
    • Draw 4.1
    • First round 4.2
      • Australia vs. United States 4.2.1
      • Italy vs. Czechoslovakia 4.2.2
  • Final 5
  • References 6

Americas Zone

North & Central America Zone

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

South America Zone

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Americas Inter-Zonal Final


United States
4
Racquet Club of Memphis, Memphis, TN, United States
14–16 September 1979
carpet (indoors)

Argentina
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Vitas Gerulaitis
José Luis Clerc
6
1
7
5
6
1
     
2
John McEnroe
Guillermo Vilas
6
2
6
3
6
2
     
3
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
José Luis Clerc / Guillermo Vilas
2
6
4
6
11
9
6
4
6
1
 
4
John McEnroe
José Luis Clerc
6
2
6
3
       
5
Vitas Gerulaitis
Guillermo Vilas
7
9
3
0
      retired
 
  • United States advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Eastern Zone

Qualifying Rounds

Participating Teams

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Final


New Zealand
2
Wilding Park, Christchurch, New Zealand
16–19 March 1979
grass

Australia
3
1 2 3 4 5
1
Onny Parun
Mark Edmondson
3
6
6
3
6
3
6
2
   
2
Russell Simpson
John Alexander
4
6
6
4
5
7
4
6
   
3
Onny Parun / Russell Simpson
John Alexander / Phil Dent
4
6
7
9
3
6
     
4
Russell Simpson
Mark Edmondson
3
6
2
6
4
6
     
5
Onny Parun
John Alexander
7
5
6
3
6
3
     
  • Australia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Europe Zone

Zone A

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Final


Italy
4
Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
14–16 September 1979
clay

Great Britain
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Adriano Panatta
Christopher Mottram
0
6
4
6
4
6
     
2
Corrado Barazzutti
John Lloyd
6
1
6
4
6
4
     
3
Corrado Barazzutti / Antonio Zugarelli
Mark Cox / David Lloyd
7
5
10
8
6
1
     
4
Adriano Panatta
John Lloyd
6
3
6
2
6
3
     
5
Corrado Barazzutti
Christopher Mottram
8
6
7
5
       
  • Italy advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Zone B

Qualifying Round

Participating Teams
  •  Iran — advanced to Preliminary Rounds
  •  Turkey

Preliminary Rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

Final


Czechoslovakia
3
Prague, Czechoslovakia
14–16 September 1979
clay

Sweden
2
1 2 3 4 5
1
Tomáš Šmíd
Kjell Johansson
6
4
6
3
6
2
     
2
Ivan Lendl
Björn Borg
4
6
5
7
2
6
     
3
Jan Kodeš / Tomáš Šmíd
Björn Borg
2
6
6
3
6
4
6
0
   
4
Ivan Lendl
Kjell Johansson
8
10
6
4
6
4
4
6
6
1
 
5
Tomáš Šmíd
Per Hjertquist
3
5
        retired
 
  • Czechoslovakia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Inter-Zonal Zone

Draw

  1st Round
5–8 October
Final
14–16 December
                 
  Sydney, Australia (grass)
  AME   United States 4  
  EAS   Australia 1     San Francisco, CA, United States (indoor carpet)
    AME   United States 5
Rome, Italy (clay)   EUR-A   Italy 0
  EUR-B   Czechoslovakia 1
  EUR-A   Italy 4  

First round

Australia vs. United States


Australia
1
White City Stadium, Sydney, Australia
5–8 October 1979
grass

United States
4
1 2 3 4 5
1
Mark Edmondson
Vitas Gerulaitis
8
6
16
14
8
10
3
6
3
6
 
2
John Alexander
John McEnroe
7
9
2
6
7
9
     
3
John Alexander / Phil Dent
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
9
7
6
4
6
4
     
4
John Alexander
Vitas Gerulaitis
7
5
4
6
6
8
2
6
   
5
Mark Edmondson
John McEnroe
3
6
4
6
       

Italy vs. Czechoslovakia


Italy
4
Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
5–7 October 1979
clay

Czechoslovakia
1
1 2 3 4 5
1
Corrado Barazzutti
Tomáš Šmíd
1
6
6
3
1
6
6
3
5
7
 
2
Adriano Panatta
Ivan Lendl
6
4
1
6
6
0
6
0
   
3
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
Jan Kodeš / Tomáš Šmíd
6
8
6
2
6
1
6
2
   
4
Corrado Barazzutti
Ivan Lendl
4
6
6
1
6
2
3
6
7
5
 
5
Adriano Panatta
Tomáš Šmíd
6
3
6
2
       

Final


United States
5
San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, United States
14–16 December 1979
carpet (indoors)

Italy
0
1 2 3 4 5
1
Vitas Gerulaitis
Corrado Barazzutti
6
2
3
2
       
retired
2
John McEnroe
Adriano Panatta
6
2
6
3
6
4
     
3
Bob Lutz / Stan Smith
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
6
4
12
10
6
2
     
4
John McEnroe
Antonio Zugarelli
6
4
6
3
6
1
     
5
Vitas Gerulaitis
Adriano Panatta
6
1
6
3
6
3
     

References

  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19780417&id=FQ9PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bgIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4837,4807800
  2. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=edk0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=Kn4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6973,226181&dq=us+withdraws+from+davis+cup&hl=en