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ITF proposes changes to Davis Cup Competition

There was a major announcement a few days ago by the ITF regarding its proposed changes to the Davis Cup World Group from 2019 making the event more like a World Cup of Tennis played over one week at the one venue.   If this proposal is formally adopted by the ITF it will of course mean the end to Davis Cup matches being played in Australia, so long as we remain in the World Group, but the prospect of week-long series with most of the top players playing is an attractive proposition.

The news item on the ITF website reads as follows:

26 Feb 2018

“The ITF today announced plans for a 25-year, $3 billion partnership with investment group Kosmos that will transform Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and generate substantial revenues for global tennis development.

The ITF Board of Directors unanimously endorsed a proposal to create a major new annual season-ending World Cup of Tennis Finals that will crown the Davis Cup champions. Featuring 18 nations and played over one week in a world-class location in November, the event will be staged by Kosmos in partnership with the ITF.

Gerard Piqué, the Spain and FC Barcelona football star, is the founder and President of Kosmos. The group is backed by Hiroshi Mikitani, the Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, the Tokyo-based e-commerce company.

The investment from Kosmos will include significant increases in prize money for players and ITF member nations, and the funding of grass roots projects and other tennis development programmes.

The proposal is subject to further development, and the successful completion of due diligence and finalisation of a formal agreement.

ITF President David Haggerty said: “This is a complete game-changer for the ITF and for tennis. Our Board has supported a bold and ambitious plan for the future of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, one of the sport’s most cherished and important events and a key cornerstone in our ITF2024 strategy.

“Our vision is to create a major season-ending finale that will be a festival of tennis and entertainment, featuring the world’s greatest players representing their nations to decide the Davis Cup champions.

“This new partnership will not only create a true World Cup of Tennis, but will also unlock record levels of new investment for future generations of tennis players and fans around the world.”

Several world-class cities have already expressed interest in hosting the new event, and the ITF and Kosmos will continue discussions with a view to launching the Finals in 2019.

The plans will be submitted to the ITF Annual General Meeting, to be held in August in Orlando, Florida. A two-thirds majority will be required for final approval.

Gerard Piqué said: “Kosmos is thrilled to join in this exciting partnership with the ITF. Together we can elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by putting on a must-see World Cup of Tennis Finals featuring the top nations and top players. Kosmos will also invest $3 billion over 25 years into tennis that will help develop the game worldwide.”

Under the plans, the World Cup of Tennis Finals will be played over seven days in November in the traditional week of the Davis Cup Final. The Finals will feature a round-robin format followed by a quarterfinal knockout stage. Each tie will consist of two singles and one doubles over best-of-three sets. The 16 World Group nations will automatically qualify for the Finals, and a further two nations will be selected.

There will also be a play-off round held during the Finals which will include the eight nations that qualify from the Zone Group I events. The eight play-off winners will earn a place in the following year’s Finals.

There will be no change to the format of zone group competition. In Zone Groups I and II, home-and-away ties will continue to be played during the traditional three weeks in the calendar. Zone Groups III and IV will continue to consist of week-long round-robin events.

Further details will be announced in due course.”

Player Profile: Cooper White – fighting for a place in our Junior Davis Cup team

Over the Australian Summer of Tennis 2017-18 the big story was the sudden rise of 18 year-old Alex De Minaur which gained him a berth in Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Germany and saw him push world #5 Alexander Zverev to a fifth set tie-breaker.

Everyone needs heros and role models so Alex’s success must be inspirational for the next generation of aspiring young Australian players.   De Minaur himself has been a member of the Australian Junior Davis Cup team and has been carefully mentored by Tennis Australia and Lleyton Hewitt over the last few years who have taken him to Davis Cup ties first as a spectator, then hitting partner and now as a team member.

The Foundation recently introduced a Junior Membership category in a bid to foster interest in the Davis Cup amongst the younger generation, so we thought you may be interested in reading a bit about one of our very promising junior members.   His name is Cooper White, 14 year-old son of Anna White who has been an active helper of the ADCTF for a number of years.   Like De Minaur, Cooper has had a successful summer of tennis, including playing in three tournaments in New Zealand, which enabled him to rapidly improve his ranking and make him a contender for selection for our Junior Davis Cup Team.

COOPER WHITE: Player Profile

Australian Ranking: 144

World Junior ITF Ranking: 576

December Showdown:

2017 14/u Australian Championships won Singles and Doubles title

14/u National Teams Championships – Represented Victoria – winning the Sproule Stephens Cup

2017 14/u Australian Claycourt Championships (in Canberra) won Singles and Doubles title

Canberra Junior International (ITF) – Singles finalist & Doubles winner

2017 14/u Australian Grasscourt Championships (in Berri, SA) finalist in Singles, SF Doubles

In July was selected by Tennis Australia for a 6 week tour of Europe as one of four 14 year old boys. Played in France, the Netherlands and Germany, coming home with the Bavarian Junior Open Doubles win.

Represented Victoria at Pizzey Cup 2017 (April 2017)

Represented Victoria winning 2014 Bruce Cup in Darwin and 2015 in Tasmania the team finished second.

Represented Victoria at the 12u National Teams Championships in 2014 (7th) and again in 2015 where they were the winning team & won the Rod Laver Cup.

Represented Victoria in the Super 10 Nationals 2013 – finished second

2014 – Australian Qualifier for the Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open held at the IMG Academy in Florida USA, winning the 12u Boys.

Started playing tennis at age 6 at Eaglemont Tennis Club.


On behalf of the Foundation we wish Cooper every success in pursuing his tennis career.


Australia goes down to Germany in Brisbane

Germany defeated Australia 3-1 in Brisbane from February 2nd – 4th to progress to the quarter-finals of the 2018 Davis Cup Competition.

The competition started well for Australia when rookie Alex de Minaur nearly caused a huge upset against Germany’s top player, world no.5 Alexander Zerev, only losing in a fifth set tie-breaker.  We found out later that Alex had torn a stomach muscle half-way through the match so his effort was even more meritorious.

In the second rubber Nick Kyrgios had little trouble in beating Jan-Lennard Stuff 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 so Australia had high hopes after day one.  The doubles rubber on Saturday however was a big disappointment with the scratch pairing of Matthew Eden and John Peers losing in 5 sets without playing their best tennis.

Australia therefore had to win both rubbers on Sunday but apparently Nick Kyrgios re-injured his elbow in training on Saturday and so was not able to play at his best against Zerev on Sunday.  He was clearly frustrated, at one point smashing his racquet, and lost in straight sets to give Germany victory in the tie.

Australia’s next match to qualify for the World Group in 2019 will now be in September 2018.

Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart Valedictory Dinner

Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart was honoured with a valedictory dinner at Kooyong LTC on 2nd October.  

Neale Fraser and former Board Member Ian Johnson spoke glowingly of Graeme’s 20 years service as a Director including 14 years in the role of Secretary and recounted some anecdotes about Graeme’s involvement in the Foundation.   Graeme’s endeavours were supported by his wife Helene who is currently caring for Graeme who has been in poor health lately.

Members of the Foundation extend their best wishes to Graeme and wish him all the best for the future.

Australia goes down to Belgium 2-3 in semi-final.

The Australian Davis Cup team journeyed to Brussels to take on Belgium in the Davis Cup Semi-Final from 15-17 September.

After the first day’s play the tie was level at 1 rubber all and Australia was victorious in Saturday’s doubles tie giving us good chances for victory.  The Sunday singles rubbers however went in favour of Belgium, supported by a vociferous home crowd, to send the home team into the Davis Cup final v France.

Australia will now play Germany in Australia in February 2018 in the first round of the 2018 Davis Cup.

ADCTF Raffle winners announced.

The ADCTF Wimbledon Dinner, held at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on 15 July, was a very enjoyable evening and will hopefully become a regular event on our calendar.

The evening featured interviews with Kathryn Oyeniyi, Manager of the Australian Davis Cup team, and Bruce Reynolds of Reynolds Racquet Services which were very informative, but the highlight of the night was the drawing of the ADCTF raffle.

Winners are:

1st: Douglas Kneen (Mont Albert)

2nd: Myra Scott (Toorak)

3rd: S.Dulson (Ormond)

Congratulations to the three winners and thanks to all those who supported the raffle.

Bentleigh Travel sponsored the major prize – a Hopman Cup 2017 Holiday package.

Belgium Tie Tour Details Announced

The semi-final tie against Belgium will be played in Brussels from September 15-17.  Bentleigh Travel are organising a tour in conjunction with the tie including an extensive tour of Portugal after the tennis has finished.

Details may be found under the publications tab on this website.

Australia defeats USA 3-2

The young Australian Davis Cup team scored an upset 3-2 victory over a full-strength USA team in the Davis Cup Quarter-Final held at Brisbane from 7-9 April.

The tie got off to a great start with Jordan Thompson defeating the USA’s top ranked player, Jack Sock, in 4 sets followed by Nick Kyrios downing John Isner in straight sets.   Kyrgios out served his big-serving opponent sending down 15 aces to 9 from Isner.

The doubles rubber was a close match with the Americans prevailing in 5 sets to keep the tie alive however it was to no avail as Kyrgios despatched Sam Querry, again in straight sets, in the fourth rubber to secure the victory for Australia.   Isner beat Groth in the dead fifth rubber.

Australia now goes into the semi-finals away against Belgium with Serbia playing France in the other semi.

John Peers prepares to serve in the doubles rubber.

Australia defeats Czech Republic 4-1

Australia was victorious in its first round World Group Davis Cup tie v the Czech Republic at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club from February 3-5.   We now play the USA in Australia in the quarter finals from April 7-9.  The venue will be announced by Tennis Australia shortly.


Davis Cup 2017 Draw announced

The ITF has released the draw for the 2017 Davis Cup.  Australia is scheduled to meet the Czech Republic (seeded 3) at home in Australia from 3-5 February 2017.  The winner will go on to play the winner of the USA v Switzerland match.

The draw may be found here.