MADRID (AP) — The changes in the Davis Cup go beyond its revamped format.
In addition to a new playing formula that will bring nations together for a weeklong tournament in a single venue,...
LONDON (AP) — Paul Hutchins, the former British Davis Cup captain who led the team to the final in 1978, has died. He was 73.
The Lawn Tennis Association and Hutchins' family announced the...
Defending champion Croatia to face Spain in new Davis Cup
MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Croatia will meet Rafael Nadal's Spain in the first edition of the revamped Davis Cup Finals in November.
Russia also was drawn into the same three-nation group for the inaugural 18-team tournament that will be played in Madrid.
Ex-champs Serbia, Germany, Russia reach new Davis Cup Finals
Serbia held off a spirited fightback by Uzbekistan to clinch a berth in the finals tournament of the revamped Davis Cup on Saturday.
The 2010 champion seemed in control of the tie with a 2-0 lead after straight-set wins by Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic. But Uzbekistan leveled at 2-2 and Sanjar Fayziev took the opening set in the deciding fifth rubber. Krajinovic, however, won the next two sets to send Serbia through.
Australia into Davis Cup finals in Madrid
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia won its Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 to secure a spot in this year's 18-team final in Madrid.
The Australian doubles pair of John Peers and Jordan Thompson defeated Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday on hard courts at Memorial Drive to give the home side an unbeatable 3-0 lead.
Alexei Popyrin, in his Davis Cup debut, followed with a 6-1 7-6 (2) victory over Nerman Fatic. The fifth match was not played.
Germany, Serbia, Russia lead on Day 1 of revamped Davis Cup
Alexander Zverev gave Germany a commanding 2-0 lead over Hungary in the revamped Davis Cup on the opening day Friday.
The third-ranked Zverev, who has repeatedly criticized the event's format changes, eased past Peter Nagy 6-2, 6-2 to double Germany's advantage after Philipp Kohlschreiber rallied to beat Zsombor Piros 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4.
Serbia, Russia, Australia, Kazakhstan, and Italy were also on the brink of qualifying for the new finals tournament in November after taking 2-0 leads.
Australia takes 2-0 Davis Cup lead over Bosnia-Herzegovina
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — John Millman and Alex de Minaur gave Australia a 2-0 lead over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Davis Cup qualifying on Friday.
Millman defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-2 in the opening singles match at Adelaide's Memorial Drive and De Minaur followed with a 6-3 7-6 (0) victory against Mirza Basic.
Play concludes Saturday with a doubles match and reverse singles.
Spanish soccer league to sponsor new Davis Cup Finals
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer league will sponsor the new Davis Cup Finals organized by a group founded by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
La Liga says it will promote the tennis competition through its international broadcasts in Europe, Asia, Africa, the United States and Latin America.
The league says the campaign will air during matches in October. The overhauled Davis Cup Finals will be played from Nov. 18-24. The first two editions are taking place in Madrid.
Davis Cup: Millman to play Dzumhur in opening match
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — John Millman will play the opening singles match of Australia's Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on hard courts at Memorial Drive.
Millman was matched against the Bosnia's top player Damir Dzumhur following Thursday's official draw with Australia's No. 1 Alex de Minaur to meet Mirza Basic in the second singles match on Friday.
Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt slams Davis Cup changes
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt is not happy about the new format beginning this year for the Davis Cup.
Hewitt called the new setup "ridiculous" on Tuesday and ripped into former Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique, whose Kosmos investment group has been involved with the revamp.
Hewitt says "now we're getting run by a Spanish football player, which is like me come out and asking to change things for the Champions League. He knows nothing about tennis."
De Minaur in Australia’s Davis Cup team; Tomic, Kyrgios out
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alex de Minaur is in. Nick Kyrgios is out. Bernard Tomic was not even a consideration.
There were no surprises in the team Lleyton Hewitt picked for Australia's Davis Cup match against Bosnia and Herzegovina next month.
The squad was published in a news release Tuesday after the last of the local players in the men's and women's singles draws were ousted from the Australian Open.
Davis Cup feud between Hewitt, Tomic deepens Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The feud between Australia's Davis Cup captain and an exiled player escalated at the season-opening major when Lleyton Hewitt said Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family.
Tomic, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011, followed his first-round loss at the Australian Open by saying Hewitt should quit as Davis Cup captain because he favors certain players and is unpopular with others.
The Latest: Tomic critical of Hewitt after Aussie Open match
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open: (all times local):
Bernard Tomic has continued his criticism of Australia's Davis Cup captain, saying LLeyton Hewitt is causing division among the players and should be replaced.
Tomic, who was beaten 6-2 6-4, 7-6 (3) by sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, said he would not play Davis Cup again with Hewitt as captain.
Former pro Mardy Fish announced as new US Davis Cup captain
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association says former top-10 player Mardy Fish is the country's new Davis Cup captain.
Fish's appointment to succeed Jim Courier was announced Wednesday.
AP source: Ex-pro Mardy Fish picked as US Davis Cup captain
Former top-10 player Mardy Fish will be the new captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, taking over the job as the event shifts to a drastically different setup.
Steve Darcis makes a successful return from injury absence
PUNE, India (AP) — Steve Darcis successfully returned from injury with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain in the first round of the Maharashtra Open on Monday.
The 34-year-old Belgian had been sidelined by an elbow injury and last played in the Davis Cup final against France in November, 2016.
Sebastien Grosjean appointed France’s Davis Cup captain
PARIS (AP) — The French tennis federation says Sebastien Grosjean has been appointed as the country's Davis Cup captain.
Grosjean takes over from Yannick Noah after Amelie Mauresmo pulled out to focus on her new coaching job with French player Lucas Pouille.
The French federation says Grosjean will also be in charge of the men's team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 40-year-old Grosjean won four titles, including the 2001 Paris Masters, before retiring in 2010.
Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to help Pouille
PARIS (AP) — Amelie Mauresmo won't be captaining France's Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille.
The French Tennis Federation announced Thursday it was searching for a new captain, who will also look after the national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
A statement from the federation said Mauresmo gave up the role to focus on her new job with French player Pouille, ranked 32.
2019 Davis Cup: Adelaide to host first-round match
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia will play Bosnia and Herzegovina on hard courts at Memorial Drive in Adelaide in the first round of next year's revamped Davis Cup competition on Feb. 1-2.
The two teams will meet for the first time when they play for one of 12 spots in the finals. The winners will join Croatia, France, United States, Spain and wild cards Argentina and Britain in the 18-team event from Nov. 18-24 next year in Madrid.
Davis Cup organizers downplay criticism from French players
MADRID (AP) — Despite renewed complaints from France's players about the upcoming changes to the Davis Cup, the organizers of the revamped tennis tournament are adamant that everything will soon be better.
Javier Alonso, the CEO of the company behind the new competition, spoke to The Associated Press two days after France's Davis Cup team lashed out at the changes being made to the traditional tournament. Lucas Pouille even said he would boycott the competition.
French players united in defeat against Davis Cup overhaul
LILLE, France (AP) — French players don't like the new Davis Cup format and they're saying it loud and clear.
After failing to defend their title this weekend in northern France in a 3-1 loss to Croatia, the French lashed out at future plans adopted earlier this year and Lucas Pouille said he would boycott the competition from now on.
Cilic stays in control as Croatia wins Davis Cup
LILLE, France (AP) — After an agonizing defeat in Croatia's previous Davis Cup final, there was no letdown for Marin Cilic this time.
Cilic was two sets up against Juan Martin del Potro two years ago in Zagreb, with Croatia leading Argentina 2-1 on the final day, when his game collapsed as the South Americans fought back and ultimately won the final.
This weekend in northern France, Cilic did not give even a glimmer of hope to his French opponents that they could stage a comeback of their own.
Noah replaces Chardy with Pouille in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah is sending out Lucas Pouille to face Croatia's top player Marin Cilic in Sunday's first reverse singles match of the Davis Cup final in an attempt to keep his team in contention.
France cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 by winning the doubles on Saturday but Croatia still remains favorite to claim one more point to dethrone the defending champions.
Doubles win keeps French hopes alive in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Suddenly realizing he was listening to France's national anthem for maybe the last time in his Davis Cup captain role, Yannick Noah could not hold back tears.
Standing next to his players during "La Marseille," Noah was emotional before Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert took on Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles of the final on Saturday.
ITF president says Davis Cup, ATP Cup could ‘work together’
LILLE, France (AP) — ITF president David Haggerty is confident he can find a deal with the ATP to make sure their two team competitions do not clash on an already busy calendar.
Speaking in France at the final of the last Davis Cup played in its traditional format, Haggerty said he had "very positive" conversations with tennis stakeholders last week after the men's tennis tour announced the debut of the ATP Cup for January 2020, six weeks after the Davis Cup final.
Tsonga doubtful with groin injury at Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is doubtful for the remainder of the Davis Cup final after apparently injuring his groin during his loss to Marin Cilic on Friday.
The Frenchman was hurt in the third set of his 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Croatia's top player.
Croatia leads 2-0 after the opening singles and could win its second Davis Cup crown on Saturday in the doubles.
Croatia eases to 2-0 over France in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah's gamble on players and court surface backfired against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday.
Noah chose Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to meet Croatia on indoor clay, and they were thrashed in straight sets on the first day, leaving the Croats on the verge of their second Davis Cup crown.
Borna Coric dismantled Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, and Marin Cilic defeated Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in the opening singles.
France soccer players send support to Davis Cup team
LILLE, France (AP) — There will be an air of sporting "deja vu" when France takes on Croatia in the Davis Cup final.
The two nations already faced off this year in the World Cup final, with France's national soccer team emerging victorious 4-2.
Yannick Noah, the Davis Cup captain for France, is a longtime soccer fan. He said his team took inspiration from the country's victory in Russia, adding he spoke with France coach Didier Deschamps ahead of this weekend's final.
Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — With no player standing out as a clear leader, France captain Yannick Noah chose Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.
The 40th-ranked Chardy, in the team only after Richard Gasquet withdrew injured, will lead defending champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.
Yannick Noah taking no chances ahead of Davis Cup final
PARIS (AP) — Laid-back in everyday life, Yannick Noah is meticulous when it comes to being a tennis coach.
So over the last 10 days, the France captain has been paying close attention to anything that could derail his team's chances of winning an 11th Davis Cup title against Croatia this weekend.
The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new companion
LONDON (AP) — The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new team-competition companion.
The men's tennis tour said Thursday the debut of the ATP Cup will take place in January 2020, just a week before the start of the Australian Open.
Pouille to lead France in Davis Cup final against Croatia
PARIS (AP) — Lucas Pouille will lead France in the Davis Cup final against Croatia this month as the hosts bid to win successive titles.
Pouille was the highest-ranked player among Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jeremy Chardy, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the team picked by captain Yannick Noah on Tuesday
Pouille wrapped up France's 10th Davis title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final.
Frenchman Gasquet out of Davis Cup final with injury
PARIS (AP) — Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Davis Cup final against Croatia later this month because of injury.
Gasquet, the No. 1 French player, wrote on Twitter on Monday about his withdrawal but did not specify his injury. According to L'Equipe newspaper, Gasquet, ranked No. 26, is hampered by a groin problem.
Gerard Pique juggles business with soccer at Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With his plan to revamp tennis' Davis Cup, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is laying the groundwork for a life after soccer.
Barcelona, however, needs its budding entrepreneur more now than ever to help stop a slump in the Spanish league.
Pique says Rafael Nadal to play in new Davis Cup format
MADRID (AP) — Gerard Pique is not worried about the possible absence of some top players in the revamped Davis Cup, especially since Rafael Nadal has said he will play in the new-look competition when it debuts next year.
The Barcelona defender, who spearheads the company behind the new format of the Davis Cup, said Wednesday that Nadal has told him he will play as long as he is not injured.
Courier to AP: Decided in ’17 to leave as Davis Cup captain
Jim Courier says he decided a year ago to step aside as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team after the 2018 competition ended.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced Thursday that Courier was "stepping down," less than two weeks after the Americans lost to host Croatia 3-2 in the Davis Cup semifinals.
The USTA's news release did not say why he was leaving after eight years on the job.
Madrid to host Davis Cup finals in 2019 and 2020
LONDON (AP) — Madrid will host the first two finals of the newly-transformed Davis Cup.
Beginning next year, the top team event in men's tennis will be played as an 18-team, season-ending tournament at a neutral site.
Teams will play one week in February to advance to the final in November, which the International Tennis Federation says will be played at the La Caja Magica in the Spanish capital in 2019 and 2020.
Argentina, Britain handed spots in revamped Davis Cup finals
LONDON (AP) — Argentina and Britain have been given wild-card slots into the finals of the revamped Davis Cup .
They will join 16 other teams in the finals of the international tennis competition in November 2019, including 2018 semifinalists Croatia, France, Spain and the United States.
France opts for clay to take on Croatia in Davis Cup final
PARIS (AP) — France has chosen clay as the surface for the Davis Cup final against Croatia as it bids to win back-to-back titles in the team competition.
The final will be held at the 26,429-capacity Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille from Nov. 23-25, under a retractable roof.
It will be the third time in five years that Lille has hosted the final after France lost Switzerland in 2014 at the same venue and won the title against Belgium last year.
Lille again chosen to stage Davis Cup final
PARIS (AP) — The Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille will host the Davis Cup final for the second successive year when defending champion France takes on Croatia from Nov. 23-25, organizers said on Friday.
There were raucous scenes in the northern city last November when Lucas Pouille beat Steve Darcis to seal France's 3-2 victory over Belgium.
Lille also staged the 2014 final when France was beaten by Switzerland.
Old Davis Cup format shines bright in US-Croatia series
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Fans banging drums and blowing trumpets for hours on end. Colorful costumes. Chants more reminiscent of soccer games than tennis matches.
Plus, a series of marathon matches featuring constant momentum changes and drama.
The atmosphere at the best-of-five semifinal series between Croatia and the United States over the weekend was a reminder of what makes the old Davis Cup format so attractive.
After soccer final, Croatia plays France again in Davis Cup
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — First it was the World Cup soccer final. Now it's the Davis Cup.
Croatia will meet France again to decide tennis' premier team event.
After eight hours of tennis on Sunday, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3 in the fifth and decisive match of a topsy-turvy semifinal.
Davis Cup: Already out, Spain salvages pride against France
LILLE, France (AP) — In a contest with nothing at stake except pride, Marcel Granollers of Spain defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (2), 6-3, 13-11 in the final singles match of their Davis Cup semifinal on Sunday.
France sealed its spot in the final on Saturday when Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut won the doubles to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Earlier Sunday, Richard Gasquet lost 1-6, 6-4, 14-12 to Albert Ramos Vinolas meaning France advanced with a 3-2 win.
Chair umpire Ramos hands Cilic warning for slamming racket
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Chair umpire Carlos Ramos issued a code violation to Croatia after Marin Cilic slammed his racket to the clay and mangled the frame during a Davis Cup loss to Sam Querrey of the United States.
Since it was the first violation of the match, it was only a warning. No points were deducted and Cilic did not exchange any words with Ramos.
"Usually when you break a racket you get a code violation," Cilic said.
Thiem beats De Minaur to give Austria 3-1 win over Australia
GRAZ, Austria (AP) — Dominic Thiem overcame a spirited fightback by Alex de Minaur to give Austria a 3-1 victory over Australia in a Davis Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.
The eighth-ranked Austrian won 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 but had to come back twice from a break down in the fourth set.
The meaningless last singles rubber, between Dennis Novak and Jordan Thompson, was canceled.
Bryan’s return from Davis Cup retirement helps keep US alive
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Doubles specialist Mike Bryan's decision to come out of Davis Cup retirement gave the United States a much-needed lift.
Bryan teamed with Ryan Harrison for the first time and helped the Americans outlast Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 7-5, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over nearly five hours to cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 in their semifinal on Saturday.
Davis Cup: Hewitt steps in to keep playoff alive for Aussies
GRAZ, Austria (AP) — Captain Lleyton Hewitt stepped in to help Australia reduce its deficit against Austria to 2-1 in a Davis Cup World Group playoff on Saturday.
Hewitt teamed with John Peers to win the doubles rubber against Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Former No. 1 Hewitt, who came out of retirement this year to compete on the ATP doubles circuit, had not played in the Davis Cup since 2016.
Defending champion France advances to Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Doubles pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut gave France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal on Saturday as the defending champions reached back-to-back finals for the first time since 2002.
The French veterans, both aged 36, defeated Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7) on the indoor hard court set up inside the Pierre Mauroy soccer stadium.
Davis Cup: Paire and Pouille give France 2-0 lead vs Spain
LILLE, France (AP) — Benoit Paire overcame nerves to win on his Davis Cup debut and Lucas Pouille won a five-set battle as the pair gave defending champion France a 2-0 lead over Spain in the semifinals on Friday.
Paire beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on the indoor hard court at Stade Pierre Mauroy before France's No. 1 player Pouille defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.