Although the Spanish team stretched very late (the Davis had a century of life when it won it for the first time), only five national teams have raised the Cup in more times than she.
In the photo, Costa, Corretja, Balcells and Ferrero win the first Davis Cup for Spain at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. It was the year 2000. Then came the car auctions of 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011. (See Davis Cup winners )
In 1968, the Open Age of tennis was born, which opened to professional players the doors of all types of tournaments, with the exception of the recalcitrant Olympics that did not lift their veto until 1988. This professional tennis boom gives rise to the birth in 1972 of the Association of Tennis Professionals, organization of men’s tennis that a year later will have its female rhetoric in the WTA. Among the competitions of the ATP are the creation of an official ranking (called ranking of entries) and the organization since 1990 of a male world circuit, circuit that in 2009 undergoes a remodeling happening to be called ATP World Tour.
The Masters Cup
In 1970, the ITF had inaugurated an end of season championship called The Masters . His first winner is the American Stan Smith, who wins the final to the Australian Rod Laver. In 1990, the ATP modified the rules of the tournament and called it ATP Tour World Championship . In the ninth edition of this modality two Spaniards, Álex Corretja and Carles Moyà, reach the final, with victory of Álex. Meanwhile , the ITF has created a new side event, called the Grand Slam Cup , for the 16 tennis players who have performed better in the year’s Grand Slam tournaments. As the players selected to play in both championships are virtually the same, in 1999 the two tournaments are merged into one, restricted to the top 8 ranked players in the world ranking, with the caveat that any player who wins a Grand Slam that year One of the places is assured no matter what their classification. The new version is called Tennis Masters Cup and is based in Shanghai. In 2009, the venue moves to London and the tournament is renamed ATP World Tour Finals . From there, the organizers will take another ten years to find a new name.
I would not like to end this historical sketch without making a linguistic observation. In the paragraph of Zabaleta we could appreciate the Castilian roots of the terms serve, rest and ball in front of the imported service, return and ball . That’s fine, that everyone uses the ones they like best. However, not all foreign terms find their equivalent in our language. Some of those words from others you will know on the march. Others can be consulted in our English Glossary .