1923 International Lawn Tennis Challenge


1923 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

The 1923 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 18th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. For the first time, the competition would be split into two zones: the "America Zone" and the "Europe Zone". This change was necessitated by having more than 16 teams compete for the cup (thus not fitting into one easily workable draw). The past several years had also seen a rise in the number of defaults, as teams from around the globe tried to work out the logistics of playing such an international tournament. Regional zones would help alleviate these problems.

The Europe Zone consisted of 13 teams (although Romania would default their first-round tie). The America Zone was made up of 4 teams, with only one of these teams, Canada, actually located in the Americas. (The United States, as defending champions, were automatically qualified for the final, Challenge Round). Oddly, Argentina would compete in the Europe Zone. The winners of the Zones met in an Inter-Zonal playoff, with the winner challenging the United States for the championship.

Australia would defeat France in the Inter-Zonal play-off, but would once again fall to the United States in the challenge round. The final was played at the West Side Tennis Club in New York City, United States on 31 August-3 September.

America Zone

Draw

4TeamBracket-info
RD1date=26-28 July
RD2date=9-12 August

RD1T1-loc=Orange, NJ, United States (grass)
RD1-seed1= | RD1-team1=davis|AUS | RD1-score1=4
RD1-seed2= | RD1-team2=davis|Hawaii | RD1-score2=1

RD1T2-loc=Montreal, Canada (grass)
RD1-seed3= | RD1-team3=davis|CAN|1921 | RD1-score3=0
RD1-seed4= | RD1-team4=davis|JPN | RD1-score4=5

RD2T1-loc=Chicago, IL, United States (grass)
RD2-seed1= | RD2-team1=davis|AUS | RD2-score1=4
RD2-seed2= | RD2-team2=davis|JPN | RD2-score2=1

Final

DavisCupbox
team1=Japan
team2=Australia
venue=South Side Tennis Club, Chicago, Illinois, United States
date=9 August - 12 August, 1923
surface=grass
score1=1
score2=4
R1= TennisMatch |T1P1=Zenzo Shimizu |0 |3 |3 | | |T2P1=James Anderson |6 |6 |6 | |
R2= TennisMatch |T1P1=Masanosuke Fukada |3 |4 |3 | | |T2P1=John Hawkes |6 |6 |6 | |
R3= TennisMatch |T1P1=Seiichiro Kashio |T1P2=Zenzo Shimizu |1 |2 |2 | | |T2P1=James Anderson |T2P2=John Hawkes |6 |6 |6 | |
R4= TennisMatch |T1P1=Zenzo Shimizu |6 |3 |2 |6 |6 |T2P1=John Hawkes |4 |6 |6 |1 |4
R5= TennisMatch |T1P1=Masanosuke Fukada |1 |6 |2 |1 | |T2P1=James Anderson |6 |3 |6 |6 | |

Europe Zone

Draw

DCWorld
RD1date=
RD2date=
RD3date=
RD4date=

RD1T1-loc=
RD1-seed1= | RD1-team1=davis|NED | RD1-score1=
RD1-seed2= | RD1-team2=bye | RD1-score2=

RD1T2-loc=
RD1-seed3= | RD1-team3=davis|ITA|1861 | RD1-score3=
RD1-seed4= | RD1-team4=bye | RD1-score4=

RD1T3-loc=Brussels, Belgium (clay)
RD1-seed5= | RD1-team5=davis|GBR | RD1-score5=3
RD1-seed6= | RD1-team6=davis|BEL | RD1-score6=2

RD1T4-loc=
RD1-seed7= | RD1-team7=davis|ESP|1785 | RD1-score7=w/o
RD1-seed8= | RD1-team8=davis|ROU | RD1-score8=

RD1T5-loc=Bordeaux, France (clay)
RD1-seed9= | RD1-team9=davis|FRA | RD1-score9=4
RD1-seed10= | RD1-team10=davis|DEN | RD1-score10=1

RD1T6-loc=Dublin, Ireland (grass)
RD1-seed11= | RD1-team11=davis|IRL | RD1-score11=3
RD1-seed12= | RD1-team12=davis|IND|British | RD1-score12=2

RD1T7-loc=Territet, Switzerland
RD1-seed13= | RD1-team13=davis|SUI | RD1-score13=3
RD1-seed14= | RD1-team14=davis|TCH | RD1-score14=2

RD1T8-loc=
RD1-seed15= | RD1-team15=bye | RD1-score15=
RD1-seed16= | RD1-team16=davis|ARG | RD1-score16=

RD2T1-loc=Noordwijk, Netherlands (clay)
RD2-seed1= | RD2-team1=davis|NED | RD2-score1=5
RD2-seed2= | RD2-team2=davis|ITA|1861 | RD2-score2=0

RD2T2-loc=Manchester, England (grass)
RD2-seed3= | RD2-team3=davis|GBR | RD2-score3=2
RD2-seed4= | RD2-team4=davis|ESP|1785 | RD2-score4=3

RD2T3-loc=Dublin, Ireland (grass)
RD2-seed5= | RD2-team5=davis|FRA | RD2-score5=4
RD2-seed6= | RD2-team6=davis|IRL | RD2-score6=1

RD2T4-loc=Geneva, Switzerland
RD2-seed7= | RD2-team7=davis|SUI | RD2-score7=4
RD2-seed8= | RD2-team8=davis|ARG | RD2-score8=1

RD3T1-loc=Eastbourne, England (grass)
RD3-seed1= | RD3-team1=davis|NED | RD3-score1=0
RD3-seed2= | RD3-team2=davis|ESP|1785 | RD3-score2=5

RD3T2-loc=Lyon, France (clay)
RD3-seed3= | RD3-team3=davis|FRA | RD3-score3=3
RD3-seed4= | RD3-team4=davis|SUI | RD3-score4=2

RD4T1-loc=Deauville, France (clay)
RD4-seed1= | RD4-team1=davis|ESP|1785 | RD4-score1=2
RD4-seed2= | RD4-team2=davis|FRA | RD4-score2=3

Final

DavisCupbox
team1=France
team2=Spain |team2-var=1785
venue=Sporting Club, Deauville, France
date=28 July - 1 August, 1923
surface=clay
score1=3
score2=2
R1= TennisMatch |T1P1=René Lacoste |6 |6 |5 |6 | |T2P1=Manuel de Gomar |3 |4 |7 |4 |
R2= TennisMatch |T1P1=Jean-Francois Blanchy |6 |6 |3 |6 | |T2P1=Eduardo Flaquer |1 |2 |6 |1 |
R3= TennisMatch |T1P1=Jacques Brugnon |T1P2=René Lacoste |4 |6 |13 |6 |4 |T2P1=Eduardo Flaquer |T2P2=Manuel de Gomar |6 |8 |11 |1 |6
R4= TennisMatch |T1P1=René Lacoste |6 |6 |6 | | |T2P1=Eduardo Flaquer |1 |3 |2 | |
R5= TennisMatch |T1P1=Jean-Francois Blanchy |3 |6 |2 |2 | |T2P1=Manuel de Gomar |6 |2 |6 |6 |

Inter-Zonal Zone

DavisCupbox
team1=France
team2=Australia
venue=Longwood Cricket Club, Boston, MA, United States
date=10 August - 14 August, 1923
surface=grass
score1=1
score2=4
R1= TennisMatch |T1P1=André Gobert |6 |6 |3 |4 |3 |T2P1=Gerald Patterson |4 |3 |6 |6 |6
R2= TennisMatch |T1P1=Henri Cochet |6 |3 |6 |7 |6 |T2P1=Pat O'Hara-Wood |4 |6 |0 |9 |3
R3= TennisMatch |T1P1=Henri Cochet |T1P2=André Gobert |0 |8 |6 |3 |8 |T2P1=Pat O'Hara-Wood |T2P2=Gerald Patterson |6 |6 |4 |6 |10
R4= TennisMatch |T1P1=Henri Cochet |2 |6 |4 |2 | |T2P1=Gerald Patterson |6 |2 |6 |6 |
R5= TennisMatch |T1P1=André Gobert |6 |2 |1 |4 | |T2P1=Pat O'Hara-Wood |2 |6 |6 |6 | |

Challenge Round

DavisCupbox
team1=United States |team1-var=1912
team2=Australia
venue=West Side Tennis Club, New York, NY, United States
date=31 August - 3 September 1923
surface=grass
score1=4
score2=1
R1= TennisMatch |T1P1=Bill Tilden |6 |6 |6 | | |T2P1=John Hawkes |4 |2 |1 | |
R2= TennisMatch |T1P1=Bill Johnston |6 |2 |6 |5 |2 |T2P1=James Anderson |4 |6 |2 |7 |6
R3= TennisMatch |T1P1=Bill Tilden |T1P2=Norris Williams |17 |11 |2 |6 |6 |T2P1=James Anderson |T2P2=John Hawkes |15 |13 |6 |3 |2
R4= TennisMatch |T1P1=Bill Tilden |6 |6 |1 |7 | |T2P1=James Anderson |2 |3 |6 |5 |
R5= TennisMatch |T1P1=Bill Johnston |6 |6 |6 | | |T2P1=John Hawkes |0 |2 |1 | |


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