The first round of the Davis Cup is about to start (February 3rd) and will span almost the entire year. The cup pits the best tennis nations against each other in a mix of singles and doubles matches, and we won’t have a winner until November.
It’s hard to predict a winner for this event so early, as some of the big named players don’t take part until their country reaches the final rounds. But there is still some good competition to be had.
While we wait for the cup to begin, here’s a look at some of the favorites.
Odds to win the 2017 Davis Cup:
At the top of the list is Serbia. With Novak Djokovic in their corner, Serbia is a tough team by any standard. It also has the 37th-ranked Viktor Troicki and 92nd-ranked Dušan Lajović to call upon. Serbia is not known for being a great tennis nation but it did manage to win the Cup back in 2010.
The hopes of France will lie primarily on Gaël Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but the French team also has the likes of Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Mahut, and Pierre-Hugues Herbert at it’s disposal. The team doesn’t have any megastars but it does have a reliable cast of high-ranked players on its side.
The U.S. has won more Davis Cups than any other country, raking in 32 over the years. But the last one came back in 2007 and they haven’t been much of a threat since. This year, the U.S. has 19th-ranked John Isner and 20th-ranked Jack Sock leading the way, along with Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey. It’s not exactly a stacked lineup, but these young guns are passionate, and that could get the job done.
Great Britain: 10/1
World number one Andy Murray has represented Great Britain before at the Davis Cup, but it really isn’t a priority for him. If Britain makes the final rounds then Murray will likely be called upon. As for the earlier rounds, little bother Jamie and Dominic Inglot will carry the load.
The Argentinians defied the odds last year to claim its first ever Davis Cup. Despite a relatively weak team, they managed to beat cup favorites Great Britain in the semifinals and sealed the win over Croatia in the finals. Argentina starts 2017 as the top seed but it will take a lot to win back-to-back titles.
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