A total of 536 players from 125 nations have contested
the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in another memorable
year for the competition. Czech Republic, led by Tomas
Berdych and Radek Stepanek, became the eighth nation to
win back-to-back titles after defeating Serbia 3-2 in
the Final in Belgrade on 15-17 November.
Thirty-four-year-old Stepanek, the oldest singles player
to contest a World Group Final, also became the first
player in history to
win consecutive live fifth singles rubbers in a Davis
Cup Final. With two victories in the Final, Novak
Djokovic won seven live singles rubbers in a year for
the second time.
Davis Cup was played in 57 countries in 2013, with a
total of 83 home-and-away ties and six group events held
in the World Group and three regional zones: Americas,
Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa.
Over 46,000 fans attended the World Group Final in
Belgrade, bringing the total attendance for Davis Cup in
2013 to over 535,000 spectators.
It was another successful year for Davis Cup on
television, with the World Group Final shown by 42
broadcasters in 162 territories. Host broadcaster RTS
Serbia received a peak audience share of 36 per cent on
the final day in Belgrade.
The Davis Cup websites in English and Spanish have shown
a 10 per cent growth in 2013, with 5.3 million visits,
2.8 million unique visitors and 26.6 million page views
achieved by the end of the World Group Final. The
competition’s social media properties have seen a 100
per cent increase in users this year, with around
130,000 Twitter followers and 120,000 Facebook likes.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “It has been
another successful year for Davis Cup, with strong
player participation, good crowds, and excellent TV and
media coverage. Whether competing in the World Group or
as a developing nation in one of the regional zones,
players have continued to rise to the unique challenge
of competing in a team environment in front of their