1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

The 1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 34th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. 20 teams entered the Europe Zone, while 7 entered the America Zone.

1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge
John Bromwich and Adrian Quist with the Davis Cup trophy in Sydney, November 1939
John Bromwich and Adrian Quist with the Davis Cup trophy in Sydney, November 1939
Details
Duration5 May – 5 September
Edition34th
Champion
Winning Nation Australia
1938
1946

Australia defeated Cuba in the North & Central America Zone final, and then received a walkover in the America Inter-Zonal final after Brazil, the only team in the South America Zone, withdrew. In the Europe Zone final Yugoslavia defeated Germany. In the Inter-Zonal play-off Australia defeated Yugoslavia, and then defeated the United States in the Challenge Round. The final was played at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States on 2–5 September.[1][2][3]

America ZoneEdit

North & Central America ZoneEdit

  Quarterfinals
30 June–23 July
Semifinals
14–16 July
Final
10–12 August
                           
 
     Philippines  
   bye     Long Beach, CA, United States (grass)
       Philippines 0  
  Mexico City, Mexico (clay)      Australia 5  
     Australia 5
     Mexico 0     Rumson, NJ, United States (grass)
       Australia 5
  Havana, Cuba (clay)        Cuba 0
     Canada 1  
     Cuba 4    
       Cuba w/o
       Japan[a]  
   bye
     Japan  

FinalEdit

Cuba vs. Australia

 
Cuba
0
Seabright Lawn Tennis Club, Rumson, NJ, United States [5]
10–12 August 1939
Grass
 
Australia
5
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
José Agüero
John Bromwich
6
8
0
6
2
6
     
2  
 
Ricardo Morales
Adrian Quist
0
6
2
6
2
6
     
3  
 
Ricardo Morales / Lorenzo Nodarse
John Bromwich / Adrian Quist
1
6
0
6
3
6
     
4  
 
Ricardo Morales
John Bromwich
6
8
6
8
1
6
     
5  
 
José Agüero
Adrian Quist
1
6
0
6
0
6
     

Americas Inter-Zonal FinalEdit

Australia defeated Brazil by walkover.[6]

Europe ZoneEdit

 
Second-round match between Germany and Poland in Warsaw: Henner Henkel, Georg von Metaxa, Józef Hebda, Adam Baworowski

DrawEdit

First Round
5–7 May
  Second Round
11–21 May
  Quarterfinals
25–29 May
  Semifinals
2–5 June
  Final
28–30 July
   Great Britain    
 bye        Great Britain 3  
   New Zealand      New Zealand 2    
 bye          Great Britain 3  
   France    
Paris, France (clay)
     France 2  
 bye        France 4
   China      China 1    
Berlin, Germany (clay)
 bye          Great Britain 0  
   Sweden          Germany 5  
 bye        Sweden 4  
   Denmark      Denmark 1    
Berlin, Germany (clay)
 bye          Sweden 1
   Germany 5          Germany 4  
    Switzerland 0        Germany 3
   Poland 4      Poland 2    
   Netherlands 1          Germany 2
   Romania 2          Yugoslavia 3
   Hungary 3        Hungary 1  
   Yugoslavia 5      Yugoslavia 4    
Milan, Italy (clay)
   Ireland 0          Yugoslavia 3  
 bye    
Naples, Italy (clay)
     Italy 2  
   Italy        Italy 3
 bye      Monaco 0    
   Monaco          Yugoslavia 3
 bye          Belgium 2  
   Belgium        Belgium 3  
 bye      India 2    
   India          Belgium 5
 bye    
     Norway 0  
   Norway        Norway w/o
 bye      Czechoslovakia[b]  
   Czechoslovakia  

FinalEdit

Yugoslavia vs. Germany

 
Yugoslavia
3
A.T.K. Stadium, Zagreb, Yugoslavia [7]
28–30 July 1939
 
Germany
2
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Franjo Punčec
Rolf Göpfert
6
3
6
1
6
0
     
2  
 
Dragutin Mitić
Henner Henkel
0
6
1
6
6
4
4
6
   
3  
 
Franjo Kukuljević / Franjo Punčec
Henner Henkel / Roderich Menzel
7
9
6
4
4
6
6
3
1
4
 
4  
 
Dragutin Mitić
Rolf Göpfert
6
1
6
2
6
3
     
5  
 
Franjo Punčec
Henner Henkel
10
8
6
3
6
0
     

Inter-Zonal FinalEdit

Australia vs. Yugoslavia

 
Australia
4
Longwood Cricket Club, Boston, MA, United States [8]
24–26 August 1939
Grass
 
Yugoslavia
1
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Adrian Quist
Dragutin Mitić
6
0
6
4
6
3
     
2  
 
John Bromwich
Franjo Punčec
2
6
6
8
6
0
2
6
   
3  
 
John Bromwich / Adrian Quist
Franjo Kukuljević / Franjo Punčec
6
2
6
3
6
3
     
4  
 
John Bromwich
Dragutin Mitić
6
1
6
3
6
2
     
5  
 
Adrian Quist
Franjo Kukuljević
6
2
6
3
6
4
     

Challenge RoundEdit

United States vs. Australia

 
United States
2
Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, PA, United States [3]
2–5 September 1939
Grass
 
Australia
3
1 2 3 4 5
1  
 
Bobby Riggs
John Bromwich
6
4
6
0
7
5
     
2  
 
Frank Parker
Adrian Quist
6
3
2
6
6
4
1
6
7
5
 
3  
 
Joe Hunt / Jack Kramer
John Bromwich / Adrian Quist
7
5
2
6
5
7
2
6
   
4  
 
Bobby Riggs
Adrian Quist
1
6
4
6
6
3
6
3
4
6
 
5  
 
Frank Parker
John Bromwich
0
6
3
6
1
6
     

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Japan withdrew from the competition after their top player, Jiro Yamagishi, joined the Imperial Japanese Navy.[4]
  2. ^ The tie between Norway and Czechoslovakia was abandoned due to the German invasion and partition of Czechoslovakia in March 1939.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 495–496, 499. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ Max Robertson (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 384. ISBN 0047960426.
  3. ^ a b "United States v Australia". daviscup.com.
  4. ^ "The Bulletin - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Cuba v Australia". daviscup.com.
  6. ^ "Australia v Brazil". daviscup.com.
  7. ^ "Yugoslavia v Germany". daviscup.com.
  8. ^ "Australia v Yugoslavia". daviscup.com.

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