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Davis Cup Trivia - How Will The "Tie" Get Decided?

By: William J. Kellogg
President, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
Column #2, January 14th, 2006

Question of the day: When the United States Tennis Team takes on Romania at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club February 10-12, 2006, how will the "Tie" get decided?

Answer: Each Tie starts on Friday of the Davis Cup weekend with two singles matches. The matches are back-to-back, "best-of-five" set matches and can last from 1 ½ to 5 hours. The matches in La Jolla will start at 11:00AM on Friday and the first country to win three matches, wins the "Tie". If the scheduled matches cannot be completed in the allotted time, play will be suspended and will resume the following day.

Assuming all goes as planned (no weather delays), Saturday is reserved for one "best-of-five" doubles match. The doubles match in La Jolla is scheduled to start at 1:00PM and will again be a "best-of-five" set match.

If neither country has won three matches by the end of the second day, the result will be determined when play resumes at 11:00AM Sunday when the singles match-ups of the first day are reversed: i.e. if the #1 players from each country played each other on Friday, then the #1 players will play the #2 players on Sunday. Sunday's matches will take place regardless of whether the results of the Tie have been determined. However, if the Tie is decided, the remaining matches will be reduced to "best-of-three" set matches.

Next Question: So how do you win the Davis Cup?

Answer: Actually, you can't win the Davis Cup since it is a perpetual trophy. However, to win the Davis Cup Competition you must play four Ties in a single calendar year and win them all. It's a draw of 16 nations and once you lose you are out of luck. The next Tie (quarter-finals) will be held in early April, the semis in September and the Finals always take place during the first weekend in December. The results of the Finals are engraved on a silver plate and include the names of the players and the captains of the winning team for each year.

For most of its history, the Davis Cup competition was always won by one of four countries: The United States, Great Britain, France or Australia. However, in more recent years countries from all over the world have come out on top. Last year was a good example when Croatia defeated the United States in the opening round and went on to win the competition, defeating Russia in the finals.

Next column: What it takes to bring a Davis Cup tie to town.

To view a copy of the Davis Cup 2006 draw, please visit www.DavisCup.com

* William J. ("Bill") Kellogg is President of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. He also
chairs the United States Tennis Association's Davis Cup Committee and in this capacity fosters
community involvement when Ties are held in the United States. Kellogg currently serves on the
International Tennis Federation's Seniors Committee, serves as a Vice-President and Delegate
of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a past President of the San Diego District
Tennis Association and Youth Tennis San Diego.

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