The Davis Cup Final 2017
The Davis Cup by BNP is billed as the largest annual international sports event. A total of 134 nations entered this prestigious International Tennis Federation event in 2017. The event gives individual players the chance to represent their countries.
The Davis Cup started in 1900 and was founded by Dwight Davis as a match pitting the USA and the British Isles. Davis himself took part in the its maiden tie and went to steer his country in the first of many titles. Since its inception, it has attracted big names over the generations, with the recent ones being the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
In its current format which was adapted in 1981, 16 countries participate in a knock out draw which takes place over four weekends during the year to determine the winner. The nations that remain are grouped into three regional zones, with teams fighting to avoiding relegation and others fighting for promotion.
The previous edition, which was held in 2016, was won by Argentina when they defeated Croatia 3-2 in the final held at Zagreb. It was also the fifth time Argentina had reached the final and the first time they won their first Davis Cup. USA has won a record 32 times making it the most successful nation to have won the event, followed by Australia on 28 titles and Great Britain on 10 titles.
This year's final will see France battle it out with Belgium at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille between 24-26 November 2017. It will be first time these two go head to head after their last meeting in 2001. France progressed after defeating Serbia 3-1 in Lille, while Belgium overcame Australia after overcoming a 1-2 deficit to record a 3-2 win.
France is looking to join Great Britain in third by winning its 10th Davis Cup. Belgium on the other hand is looking to earn its first title after appearing in two other finals in both 1904 and 2015 without success. When comparing head to head records against these two, France managed to outsmart Belgium in 1999 in the first round of the World Group and also in the semi-finals in 2001. The Belgium's have not had any success on French soil since winning on the clay of Roland Garros in 1952.
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