2016 Davis Cup starts with Great Britain defending title
The United States looks to add to their tournament-leading 32 titles when the 2016 Davis Cup gets started on March 4th. The United States have dominated the international tennis event, founded in 1900, but have not taken home first place since 2007. John Isner, the 11th ranked player in the world, heads a U.S. team that could be ready to finally take back the Davis Cup and distance themselves further from Australia (28 titles).
While the United States team has the best overall history and figures to have a strong team for the 2016 Davis Cup, the competition is about as good as it gets. In what many view as the most intense tournament the sport has to offer, some of the best tennis players in the world will be leading their countries in an effort to be crowned the “World Champion” team. Naturally, that places Great Britain (led by Andy Murray) as one of the teams to fear, especially since they’re third in the event’s history with 10 titles and are the reigning world champs after winning in 2015.
Murray makes Great Britain quite formidable, but new father Novak Djokovic could certainly make things interesting, as he aims to get Serbia (winners in 2010) their second ever Davis Cup championship. With a new outlook on life and a reign of terror in professional tennis as the world’s top-ranked player, Djokovic easily makes an otherwise pedestrian team a serious threat.
With all of pro tennis’ biggest stars representing their respective countries, the 2016 Davis Cup surely won’t disappoint. Gone is the intensity of individual titles and pride, but in place is honor for country, history and tradition. France could have a chance to add to that in 2016, as they’ll try to become just the fourth 10+ title winner at the event, while also nabbing their first win since 2001. Other legit threats could be the Czech Republic, who were recently dominant with back to back titles in 2012 and 2013.
Regardless of how the 2016 Davis Cup goes down, there is plenty to get excited about with the engaging knockout format and the elite level of competition at hand. According to international ticket reseller Ticketbis, fans are in for quite the bargain considering the level of talent and overall play as this year’s Davis Cup tickets start as low as $26.40 to see Poland and Argentina get things started on March 4th at Ergo Arena in Poland.
Tickets are sure to climb as the rounds advance and the stakes get higher, but fans can feel the heat of some of the more intense matchups almost immediately. This is perfectly on display in the Great Britain vs. Japan matches, with Japan vs. Great Britain tickets topping $222 on average and maxing out around $255 on their day two battle.
The No. 1 ranked Djokovic naturally fuels the price spike for Great Britain, but considering Great Britain is also the defending champ, any match fans want to take in live for them will likely be fairly expensive. With that being the reality, fans may want to exploit value in other early round matches such as Italy vs. Switzerland (just over $50 on day one), while a three-day pass for that specific match can provide major savings ($81.56 to start).
The 2016 Davis Cup is definitely a can’t miss event for die hard pro tennis fans, as it takes the elite top-ranked players to a whole different level. In addition, it’s an extremely unpredictable tournament. Great Britain likely will enter the three-pronged tourney (having match locations set up in Italy, Poland and the UK) as the early favorites, but it’s anyone’s guess who actually emerges as the world champion when the Davis Cup is through.