1981 Davis Cup

The 1981 Davis Cup was the 70th edition of the competition organized by the ITF for men's national teams in tennis. For the first time a graduated system was used in this year's Davis Cup, in which you created a global group of 16 teams. This was made up of the teams that had reached the semi-finals of their respective continental zone in the previous year. The eight teams that lost in the first round of the World Group Relegation play a henceforth to relegation from the World Group. The four losers were relegated in the continental zones, the winners of the respective zones in the following year took up their positions.

The discharged between 11 to 13 December finale in Cincinnati won the U.S. team against Argentina 3-1. The United States defended its title in order from the previous year. For Argentina it was the first Davis Cup final.

  • 2.1 World Group
  • 2.2 final
  • 2.3 Relegation
  • 4.1 References


World Group

  • Argentina Argentina
  • Germany Germany BR BR
  • Mexico Mexico
  • Japan Japan
  • Flag of South Korea South Korea
  • Brazil 1968 Brazil
  • United States of America
  • Sweden Sweden
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • France France
  • Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
  • Romania 1965 Romania

The tournament

World Group


Team John McEnroe Roscoe Tanner Peter Fleming

Captain Arthur Ashe

Date: 11 December to 13 December 1981 Location: Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) Covering: carpet ( indoor )

Result: 3:1

Team Guillermo Vilas José Luis Clerc

Captain Carlos Junquet


The play-offs for World Group were held from October 2 to 4. The winners played in the 1982 season back in the World Group, the losers were relegated in the continental zones.