How many Davis Cups has the US won?
The most important international team event in men's tennis is just around the corner. Team USA will try to lift the trophy again more than a decade after their last victory.
Some of the very best tennis players in the world will be competing in the three cities (Madrid, Turin and Innsbruck) where the group stages of the Davis Cup will be played, starting on Thursday.
Half of the men’s top 10 will be in the competition, including superstars Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, who will lead their nations in Group F (with Germany and Austria) in Innsbruck, and in Group A (with Spain and Ecuador) in Madrid, respectively.
A classic of the competition, the US, who’s part of Group E with Italy and Colombia, will be seeking glory with John Isner (No. 24 in the ATP rankings), No. 38 Frances Tiafoe, No. 26 Reilly Opelka and experts doubles Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram. They will be led again by former player Mardy Fish.
Team USA looking for their 33rd trophy
If the Americans were to reign supreme this year, it would be their 33rd title in all their history. They have been the most successful country over the history of the tournament, which started in 1900, winning 32 trophies and finishing as runners-up 29 times.
Australia sits second in the standings, having won the tournament 28 times, while France and Great Britain are in third and fourth positions, both countries with 10 titles each.
The last time the US won the competition was back in 2007, defeating Russia with John McEnroe as captain, who holds the record for US Davis Cup singles wins (41).
Mike and Bob Bryan are also US recordmen in the tournament, as they have played the most times representing the US, with 33 and 31 respectively.
That means the USTA hasn’t been successful in the oldest tennis competition for 12 years, as 2020’s edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.