Davis Cup

The 2023 Davis Cup qualifying round will begin on Friday, February 3 and ends on Sunday, February 5, 2023. 

Outside of the four major Grand Slam tournaments each year the Davis Cup is one of the most popular events on the pro-tennis circuit. Dubbed “The World Cup of Tennis” the tournament is held annually across weekends between February and November. The Davis Cup tennis competition pits the world’s best men’s national teams and has origins dating back to 1900.

The women’s equivalent of the Davis Cup is the Billie Jean King Cup (formerly the Fed Cup), run since 1963.

Along with the four Grand Slam tournaments the competition is regulated by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as are the Olympic Games tennis events, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. It is considered the premier men’s only international tennis event and takes place in a knock-out format between teams from all around the world.

Davis Cup 2023

  • Date: February - November, 2023
  • Edition: 111th
  • Sponsor: Rakuten
  • Current Davis Cup Champions: Canada (defeated Australia for 1st title in 2022) who beat

Known as the “World Cup of Tennis” the Davis Cup winners are titled the World Champion Team and all ITF member nations have a competing team in the competition. The series was founded by Dwight F. Davis who played for America in the inaugural competition at Boston, Massachusetts. After the passing of Dwight F. Davis in 1945 the competition was renamed as the Davis Cup in 1945. It now runs over a range of weekends across the year and each round is an elimination round held in one of the countries of the competing national teams.

The 2023 Davis Cup season begins with 72 competing teams in 36 home-and-away ties across the Qualifiers, World Group 1 Play-offs and World Group 11 Play-offs held during the first week of February.

Davis Cup Betting Odds

Davis Cup odds are hugely popular each year and the defending champions often sit high up the betting markets in the overall Davis Cup Champions betting markets.

Davis Cup betting opens early in the year before the first of the four weekends of play in February or March and betting is available on the outright tournament winner, as well as exotic markets on Davis Cup results including the best of each regional zone. Punters can also take advantage of Davis Cup betting match-by-match once the schedule is released with head-to-head odds the most popular. Other markets available include those on the set results of each game, a specified team to win by Love and which team will win the first set.

2023 Davis Cup World Group 1 & World Group 2 Playoffs Draws

The 2023 Davis Cup by Rakuten World Group I and World Group II Play-offs draws have now been announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

There are 48 competing nations in 24 ties, to be played in cities around the world on the first week of February 2023.

The 2023 World Group I Play-offs winning nations move on to compete in World Group I ties in September 2023, alongside the 12 losing nations from the 2023 Qualifiers (held in February).

The draw for the 2023 World Cup Qualifiers were subsequently made at the Davis Cup Final 8 knockout stage in Malaga in November.

The 2023 World Group I Play-offs losing nations and winning nations from the World Group II Play-offs then compete in World Group II ties in September 2023. Losing nations from World Group II Play-offs will compete in Regional Group III events later in 2023.

2023 Davis Cup Qualifying Round

  • Date: 3rd –5th February, 2023

The 2023 Davis Cup Qualifying round will feature 24 teams facing off for just 12 spots in the Finals, in series decided on a home and away basis.

The qualification will be as follows:

  • 12 teams ranked 3rd–16th in the 2022 Finals except the 2 wild card teams
  • 12 winning teams from the 2022 World Group I

The 12 winning teams from the Davis Cup play-offs will play at the Davis Cup Finals and the 12 losing teams will play at the Davis Cup World Group I.

2023 Davis Cup Qualified Teams


# Nations Ranking correct as of November 28, 2022. 

2023 Davis Cup Qualifying Round Draw

Home team Score Away team Location Venue Surface
 Croatia  Austria TBA TBA TBA
 Hungary  France TBA TBA TBA
 Uzbekistan  United States TBA TBA TBA
 Germany  Switzerland Trier Trier Arena Hard (i)
 Colombia  Great Britain TBA TBA TBA
 Norway  Serbia TBA TBA TBA
 Chile  Kazakhstan TBA TBA TBA
 South Korea  Belgium TBA TBA TBA
 Sweden  Bosnia and Herzegovina TBA TBA TBA
 Netherlands  Slovakia TBA TBA TBA
 Finland  Argentina TBA TBA TBA
 Portugal  Czech Republic TBA TBA TBA

2023 Davis Cup Finals

  • Group Stage Date: 12–17 September 2023
  • Knockout Stage Date: 22–26 November 2023
  • Knockout Stage Venue: Martin Carpena Arena, Málaga, Spain
  • Surface: Hard indoor

The 2023 Davis Cup Finals will feature 16 nations. The qualification will be as follows:

  • 2 finalists of the 2022 Finals (Australia and Canada)
  • 2 wild card teams (Italy and Spain)
  • 12 winners of the 2023 qualifying round

Participating teams

  •  Australia (2022 F)
  •  Canada (TH)
  •  Italy (WC)
  •  Spain (WC)

The premier Davis Cup Group is the World Group that consists of 18 participating teams.

Davis Cup team rankings are determined by the ITF ranking system and each year the defending champion and the runner-up are the top two seeds in the competition.

Nations which are not in the World Group compete in one of three regional zones (Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe/Africa).

From 2019 the World Group now takes place as one single tournament and is known as the Davis Cup Finals. The lower zone gGoups I and II are composed of single ties deciding promotion or relegation.

The Groups are divided into five levels:

Level Group(s)
1 World Group
18 countries
2 Group One Americas Zone
6 countries
Group One Europe/Africa Zone
11 countries
Group One Asia/Oceania Zone
7 countries
3 Group Two Americas Zone
8 countries
Group Two Europe/Africa Zone
16 countries
Group Two Asia/Oceania Zone
8 countries
4 Group Three Americas Zone
9 countries
Group Three Europe Zone
15 countries
Group Three Africa Zone
10 countries
Group Three Asia/Oceania Zone
9 countries
5 Group Four Asia/Oceania Zone
11 countries

Table Credit: Wiki.

Note: The total number of nations in Group One is 24. However, the distribution among the three zones may vary each year, according to the number of nations promoted or relegated between Group One and the World Group. The number of nations in the World Group and Group One together is 22 from Euro/Africa Zone, 9 from Americas Zone and 9 from Asia/Oceania Zone.

Davis Cup Past Winners & Records

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With their win in 2015, Great Britain broke a 79-year Davis Cup drought. Photo by Keith Prowse

The United States boast the most Davis Cup titles with 32 victories in the competition over its long history. The USA has also finished runners-up a further 29 times and their last win was in 2007.

Australia is the second most successful team in the history books with 28 winning titles and 19 seconds in the Davis Cup final, with their last victory being in 2003.

Australia also boast the all-time record of most consecutive Finals appearances with 23 from 1946 – 68. In 2015 Great Britain secured their 10th title breaking a 79-year-drought to be crowned the World Champion team and their first in the Open Era that started in 1968.

Titles by country (since 1972)[edit]

Country Titles First Last
 United States 9 1972 2007
 Sweden 7 1975 1998
 Australia 6 1973 2003
 Spain 6 2000 2019
 France 4 1991 2017
 West Germany
3 1988 1993
 Czech Republic
3 1980 2013
 Russia 3 2002 2021
 Croatia 2 2005 2018
 South Africa 1 1974
 Italy 1 1976
 Serbia 1 2010
 Switzerland 1 2014
 Great Britain 1 2015
 Argentina 1 2016
 Canada 1 2022

The only countries to boast titles in both the Men’s Davis Cup and Women’s Fed Cup in the same year are the United States, Australia and the Czech Republic. Along with the most titles overall, the United States also hold the record for most consecutive title victories claiming seven straight from 1920-26.

The Czech Republic and America boast the highest number of years in the Davis Cup World Group (35) followed by France (34) and Germany (33)

  • Most Titles: United States (32)
  • Most Consecutive Titles: United States (7)
  • Most Consecutive Finals Appearances: Australia (23)
  • Most Years in World Group: USA (37)