Trophy presentation, Davis Cup 1973
Trophy presentation, Davis Cup
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The Davis Cup is an annual international tennis competition played between nations.
It was founded by Dwight Davis in 1900 as a challenge between Britain and the USA, but later expanded to included countries from every continent. In its first 75 years, the competition was dominated by England, Australia, France and the USA, which explains the location of the four annual 'Grand Slam' or major tournaments.
In 1973, Australia defeated the USA to regain the Davis Cup. The squad had four players - Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall and Mal Anderson - but only Laver and Newcombe played the final in Cleveland, Ohio. Neale Fraser, who was the team's non-playing captain-coach, the moment of victory and being handed the huge silver trophy is a career highlight and a fond memory. To the right of Neale Fraser is Wayne Reid, who was then President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia. He was later a founding director at the Australian Institute of Sport.