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The Davis Cup Primer

    So the Davis Cup Final is coming to town. The Cup doesn’t get much attention in the U.S. these days, so you might be wondering why you should care.

    Here’s one reason: The Davis Cup has a storied history, and much of it is dominated by the United States, which has won the international team tennis competition a record 31 times. But the Americans haven’t been on top lately. In fact, it’s been 12 long years since the U.S. has hoisted the trophy, its longest-ever title drought. The American team is looking to get back to its winning tradition in this year’s final against defending champs Russia.

    If you’re thinking of getting on the bandwagon, we’re here to help. Click below to listen to a short primer on the Davis Cup.

    Included:

    • Arthur Ashe on representing his country

    • How John McEnroe raised Davis Cup’s profile in the U.S.

    • Why Jimmy Connors wasn’t a good team player

    • James Blake on the current American squad

     — From OregonLive.com, October 19, 2007

     


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