Thursday, August 29, 2013

Davis Cup: play for the love of your country

Professional sports , including tennis, have a clear goal, to make money . If it is true that also seeks
to add trophies, grow in the rankings and become famous , but all as a way to have more sponsors , play in tournaments and the top end ... earn more and more money. But there is a small glimmer of hope that keeps the essence of pure sport . A cup where the individual is shelved for teamwork ... and not the 4 or 5 players that form but of the millions of people living in a nation and these athletes delegated the responsibility to defend his jersey , no prize without individual fame. This is the Davis Cup.The Davis Cup is an international tennis competition , organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF ) . Unlike most tennis events worldwide, in the Davis Cup players involved not individually , but national teams for various players nominated by their national federation sports . The Davis Cup , held since 1900 , is a men-only tournament , with the Fed Cup equivalent for female players .
It is the largest annual sporting event counting with 125 existing different national teams during its 2010 edition . The exercise is champion Czech Republic won its second title in the competition after winning the 2012 Davis Cup 3-2 to Spain .
A little history . The Davis Cup is named after its creator, Dwight Filley Davis , tennis player and politician
born in 1879 . Davis conceived the idea of ​​creating a national team competition in which the best U.S. will face a team from the British Isles. The first meeting was prepared in 1905 at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline , just outside Boston , winning the British Americans 3-0 . Davis , who played with the U.S. team , donated the money for the development of a silver cup , to a design by Rowland Rhodes based on a punch bowl topped with flower ornaments 33 cm high and 43 cm in diameter. Inside this bowl was recorded misnamed the tournament name " International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy" , and in his left side listed the names of the participants. The competition had an unexpected continuity and from 1945 , the year he died Davis ( November 28 ) , was renamed the Davis Cup .
The custom of record names Cup finalists and winners , and the fact that it is delivered in property missing soon made room for new entries . In 1921 , Davis won a silver tray of 95 cm in diameter punch bowl base , which were recorded by the end of 1921-1933 . When it was full , they built a wooden base with name plates continued enrollment of 34 editions . In 1969 it was necessary to add a second base, wider than space available until 2002 , when it added a third .

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