1980 Davis Cup

The 1980 Davis Cup was the 69th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 52 teams would enter the competition, 30 in the Europe Zone, 12 in the Americas Zone, and 10 in the Eastern Zone.

Argentina defeated the United States in the Americas Zone final, Australia defeated New Zealand in the Eastern Zone final, and Italy and Czechoslovakia won the Europe Zones. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, Italy defeated Australia and Czechoslovakia defeated Argentina. Czechoslovakia defeated Italy in the final, which was held at Sportovní hala in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on 5–7 December.

1980 Davis Cup
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Edition69th
Champion
Winning Nation Czechoslovakia
1979
1981

Americas Zone

North & Central America Zone

Preliminary rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating Teams

South America Zone

Preliminary rounds

Participating Teams

Main draw

Participating teams

Americas Inter-Zonal Final


Argentina
4
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
7–9 March 1980
clay

United States
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Argentina
United States
José Luis Clerc
John McEnroe
6
3
6
2
4
6
14
12
   
2 Argentina
United States
Guillermo Vilas
Brian Gottfried
7
5
6
4
6
3
     
3 Argentina
United States
Ricardo Cano / Carlos Gattiker
Peter Fleming / John McEnroe
0
6
1
6
4
6
     
4 Argentina
United States
Guillermo Vilas
John McEnroe
6
2
4
6
6
3
2
6
6
4
 
5 Argentina
United States
José Luis Clerc
Brian Gottfried
7
5
6
4
       
  • Argentina advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Eastern Zone

Qualifying rounds

Participating teams

Preliminary rounds

Participating teams

Main draw

Participating teams

Final


Australia
3
Milton Courts, Brisbane, Australia
7–9 March 1980
grass

New Zealand
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Australia
New Zealand
John Alexander
Chris Lewis
7
5
7
9
10
8
4
6
5
7
 
2 Australia
New Zealand
Phil Dent
Onny Parun
6
2
5
7
6
3
3
6
6
2
 
3 Australia
New Zealand
John Alexander / Phil Dent
Chris Lewis / Russell Simpson
6
2
8
6
9
7
     
4 Australia
New Zealand
Phil Dent
Chris Lewis
6
4
6
3
6
2
     
5 Australia
New Zealand
John Alexander
Onny Parun
          not
played
  • Australia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Europe Zone

Zone A

Qualifying round

Participating teams

Preliminary rounds

Participating teams

Main draw

Participating teams

Final


Italy
4
Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
11–13 July 1980
clay

Sweden
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Italy
Sweden
Corrado Barazzutti
Kjell Johansson
6
3
6
3
6
2
     
2 Italy
Sweden
Adriano Panatta
Stefan Simonsson
6
8
6
1
2
6
6
4
4
6
 
3 Italy
Sweden
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
Hans Simonsson / Stefan Simonsson
6
2
6
3
7
5
     
4 Italy
Sweden
Adriano Panatta
Kjell Johansson
3
6
6
2
6
4
1
6
6
4
 
5 Italy
Sweden
Corrado Barazzutti
Stefan Simonsson
8
6
6
1
       
  • Italy advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Zone B

Qualifying round

Participating teams

Preliminary rounds

Participating teams

Main draw

Participating teams

Final


Romania
1
Bucharest, Romania
11–13 July 1980
clay

Czechoslovakia
4
1 2 3 4 5
1 Romania
Czechoslovakia
Dimitru Haradau
Ivan Lendl
4
6
1
6
3
6
     
2 Romania
Czechoslovakia
Florin Segărceanu
Pavel Složil
3
6
3
6
1
6
     
3 Romania
Czechoslovakia
Dimitru Haradau / Florin Segărceanu
Jan Kodeš / Ivan Lendl
3
6
2
6
4
6
     
4 Romania
Czechoslovakia
Eduard Pană
Pavel Složil
5
7
0
6
       
5 Romania
Czechoslovakia
Florin Segărceanu
Stanislav Birner
2
6
6
2
8
6
     
  • Czechoslovakia advance to Inter-Zonal Zone

Inter-Zonal Zone

Draw

  1st round
19–21 September
Final
5–7 December
                 
  Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
  AME   Argentina 2  
  EUR-B   Czechoslovakia 3     Prague, Czechoslovakia (indoor carpet)
    EUR-B   Czechoslovakia 4
Rome, Italy (clay)   EUR-A   Italy 1
  EAS   Australia 2
  EUR-A   Italy 3  

First round

Argentina vs. Czechoslovakia


Argentina
2
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
19–21 September 1980
clay

Czechoslovakia
3
1 2 3 4 5
1 Argentina
Czechoslovakia
José Luis Clerc
Pavel Složil
6
3
3
6
4
6
6
2
6
1
 
2 Argentina
Czechoslovakia
Guillermo Vilas
Ivan Lendl
5
7
6
8
7
9
     
3 Argentina
Czechoslovakia
José Luis Clerc / Guillermo Vilas
Tomáš Šmíd / Ivan Lendl
2
6
4
6
3
6
     
4 Argentina
Czechoslovakia
José Luis Clerc
Ivan Lendl
1
6
5
7
8
6
2
6
   
5 Argentina
Czechoslovakia
Guillermo Vilas
Pavel Složil
6
2
6
2
       

Italy vs. Australia


Italy
3
Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
19–21 September 1980
clay

Australia
2
1 2 3 4 5
1 Italy
Australia
Adriano Panatta
Paul McNamee
5
7
6
4
6
0
6
4
   
2 Italy
Australia
Corrado Barazzutti
Peter McNamara
8
10
6
1
4
6
2
6
   
3 Italy
Australia
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
Peter McNamara / Paul McNamee
2
6
9
7
9
7
2
6
6
4
 
4 Italy
Australia
Adriano Panatta
Peter McNamara
6
1
7
5
6
4
     
5 Italy
Australia
Corrado Barazzutti
Rod Frawley
6
2
4
6
6
8
     

Final


Czechoslovakia
4
Sportovní hala, Prague, Czechoslovakia
5–7 December 1980
carpet (indoors)

Italy
1
1 2 3 4 5
1 Czechoslovakia
Italy
Tomáš Šmíd
Adriano Panatta
3
6
3
6
6
3
6
4
6
4
 
2 Czechoslovakia
Italy
Ivan Lendl
Corrado Barazzutti
4
6
6
1
6
1
6
2
   
3 Czechoslovakia
Italy
Ivan Lendl / Tomáš Šmíd
Paolo Bertolucci / Adriano Panatta
3
6
6
3
3
6
6
3
6
4
 
4 Czechoslovakia
Italy
Tomáš Šmíd
Corrado Barazzutti
6
3
3
6
2
6
     
5 Czechoslovakia
Italy
Ivan Lendl
Gianni Ocleppo
6
3
6
3
       
1980 Davis Cup Americas Zone

The Americas Zone was one of three zones of competition in the 1980 Davis Cup. It comprised two sub-zones: the North and Central American Zone, and the South American Zone.

Argentina advanced to the Interzonal Zone.

1980 Davis Cup Eastern Zone

The Eastern Zone was one of three zones of competition in the 1980 Davis Cup. Australia won the zone and advanced to the Inter-Zonal Zone.

Australia advanced to Inter-Zonal Zone.1Explanation desired.

1980 Davis Cup Europe Zone

The Europe Zone was one of the three zones of competition in the 1980 Davis Cup. Two sub-zones were played, with the winner of each advancing to the Inter-Zonal Zone.

Carlos Gattiker

Carlos Gattiker (6 June 1956 – 19 May 2010) was a professional tennis player from Argentina.

Colombia Davis Cup team

The Colombia Davis Cup team represents Colombia in Davis Cup tennis competition and are governed by the Federación Colombiana de Tenis.

Colombia currently competes in the Americas Zone of Group I and have never competed in the World Group. In 2018, they have reached the Play-offs to the World Group for the sixth time.

For the first time in its history, Colombia advances to the World Group, winning 4–0 to Sweden in the Play-off in 2019 Davis Cup.

Gianni Ocleppo

Gianni Ocleppo (born 6 April 1957) is an Italian retired professional tennis player.

Ocleppo won one ATP Tour singles title (Linz, 1981) and two doubles titles in his career. He played for Italy in the final of the 1980 Davis Cup, losing in a dead rubber to Ivan Lendl.

Ocleppo reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 30 in December 1979. His career-high doubles ranking was World No. 53 in May 1987.

He has two children by former wife Dee Ocleppo (the current wife of Tommy Hilfiger).

Longest tennis match records

This article details longest tennis match records by duration or number of games.

The 1973 introduction of the tiebreak reduced the opportunity for such records to be broken. However, among the Grand Slams, the US Open and the Australian Open (since 2019) use the tiebreak in the final set, while the French Open and Wimbledon instead use the advantage set rules in the final set, which allows for an indefinite number of games until one player is ahead by two.

Tennis in Argentina

Tennis in Argentina is regulated by the Asociación Argentina de Tenis (Argentine Tennis Association), which also selects the coaches of the Argentine teams for the Davis Cup and Federation Cup. There are many tennis courts in Argentina, and the sport, even though still considered middle- to upper-class, is practiced by regardless of age.

Although British immigrants brought the sport to Argentina, it was not until late in the 1970s that Guillermo Vilas' success made the sport popular, reaching second place in the 1975 ATP ranking. He was internationally recognised and was later included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

During the 1980s, José Luis Clerc (4th), Alberto Mancini (8th) and Martín Jaite (10th) followed Vilas and kept interest in the sport alive. Argentina won the 1980 World Team Cup beating Italy 3–0, and reached the final of the 1980 Davis Cup, losing to United States 3–1. In the 1990s it was Gabriela Sabatini who best represented Argentine tennis, becoming an international figure on and off the court.

The boom of Argentine tennis players came in the 2000s, when many players became important in the circuit reaching high ranks. Paola Suárez won eight Grand Slam doubles between 2001 and 2005 and was, together with Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual, the top women's couple for three years in a row.

In 2002, José Acasuso, Guillermo Cañas, Lucas Arnold and Gastón Etlis won again the World Team Cup for Argentina, this time 3–0 against Russia. Five years later, Acasuso, Juan Ignacio Chela, Agustín Calleri and Sebastián Prieto won it again, this time 2–1 against the Czech Republic.

David Nalbandian lost in the final of Wimbledon in 2002.

The 2004 French Open saw an Argentine final between Gastón Gaudio and Guillermo Coria. The following year's French Open saw Mariano Puerta reach the final.

Another example of the importance of the Argentine presence on the circuit was the August 2005 male rankings that counted five Argentine players among the top 12 (from 8th to 12th) of the ATP ranking, and three in the top ten of the Champions Race (5th, 8th and 9th).

The 2005 Tennis Masters Cup, due to a series of last-minute resignations, had 4 Argentine players of the total of 8, with Gaudio reaching semi-finals, and Nalbandian winning the competition against #1 Roger Federer.

In 2009 Juan Martín del Potro became the first Argentinian to win the US Open since Guillermo Vilas did in 1977. Del Potro defeated world number 2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets in semifinals to reach the final and eventually beat world number 1 Roger Federer in five sets. That year Del Potro reached the final of the ATP World Tour Championship.

In 2016, the Argentine Copa Davis team were crowned world champions. Juan Martín del Potro, Federico Delbonis, Leonardo Mayer and Guido Pella earned the country their first title in the sport's most important inter-country competition.

Tipsport Arena (Prague)

Tipsport Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Prague, Czech Republic, whose naming rights are currently leased to Czech betting company Tipsport. The arena, located on the fairgrounds in the neighbourhood of Holešovice, opened in 1962 as Sportovní hala and has a capacity of 13,150 for ice hockey games. It was the home arena of Czech extraliga team HC Sparta Praha and KHL's HC Lev Praha.

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