The Davis Cup, the largest annual international team competition in world sport, is going to be played on Yucatecan soil for the first time in history, when the series between Mexico and Bolivia takes place from 6 to 8 March on the “Lorenzo Molina Casares” tennis stadium at the Club Campestre, in Merida, Yucatán.
This prestigious event, one of the cornerstones of the tennis calendar, gives players the chance to represent their country in an otherwise individual sport.
Founded by Dwight Davis in 1900, the Davis Cup began as a challenge match between USA and the British Isles, held at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston. Davis himself played in the inaugural Davis Cup tie, steering his country to the first of many title victories.
The United States has won the Davis Cup 32 times – more than any other nation. From its inception, the Davis Cup has attracted the top players of each generation, from former legends such as Fred Perry, Bill Tilden, Rene Lacoste, Rod Laver and John McEnroe to latter day stars such as Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, and more recently, players such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
This prestigious world class sports event was announced Friday February 13 at the Grand Museo del Mundo Maya, in the presence of the State Secretary of Tourism Development, Saul Ancona Salazar, and the members of the Mexican Davis Cup team including Team Captain Leo Lavalle, an icon of the sport in Mexico.
Never in 105 years of tennis history in Yucatan has the city of Merida hosted an event of this magnitude. Sports Promoter Jorge Robleda Moguel and State Secretary of Tourism Development Saul Ancona Salazar joined forces to bring this international event to the Peninsula for the first time.
Bolivia’s best Davis Cup performance has been to reach Americas Zone Group II. They will play at this level for the ninth time. Bolivia will travel to Mexico in the first round of Americas Zone Group II in 2015. The two teams have never met before.
Mexico missed being promoted to Americas Zone Group I after falling 3-2 to Barbados at the National Tennis Centre in St Michael. Tigre Hank won the opening singles rubber for Mexico before combining with Santiago Rodriguez to win the doubles rubber. Barbados won both the reverse singles rubbers, however, to earn a first promotion to Zone Group I.
Mexico’s best performance in a Davis Cup goes all the way back to 1962, when they finished as runner-up. Mexico also reached the quarterfinals in 1986 and 1987. Unfortunately, in the last three decades, Mexican tennis players have not been able to qualify for any major tennis tournament.
Sports promoter Jorge Robleda Moguel, concluded the press conference stating that: “This is a dream come true for tennis in Yucatan”.
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