Date with History as Davis Cup returns to Forest Hills for the first time since 1959

If you love your history then you will love the news that Davis Cup tennis is returning to the iconic Forest Hills stadium for the first time since 1959, a date so far back in history that Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle were the respective presidents of the USA and France.

The Davis Cup tie consists of a best-of-five match series between South Africa and Venezuela on the weekend of September 18 and 19. Organisers are taking advantage of the fact the key players will be in and around New York as the weekend falls immediately after the US Open. The format host of the event will be the West Side Tennis Club, a private tennis club based out of the famous stadium.

The winner will remain in the Davis Cup Group II for the 2022 Davis Cup campaign, two levels below the Davis Cup World Group that determines the Davis Cup champion in the Davis Cup World Finals in Madrid.

The event will be played on a hard court in the 13,000-seat stadium, which hosted the finals of the U.S. Championships and U.S. Open from 1923 to 1977.

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Two years ago CBS explained how a series of concerts led Forest Hills out of the doldrums and back into mainstream relevance

The stadium last hosted the Davis Cup in 1959 when Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser led Australia to the Davis Cup title with a 3-2 victory over the U.S. team led by Alex Olmedo, Butch Buchholz and Barry McKay.

According to the Sunny Side Post, the top South African players in the ATP rankings are Kevin Anderson, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 5 and is now No. 75; Lloyd Harris, ranked No. 49, who beat Rafael Nadal last week in Washington, D.C.; and former Australian Open and Wimbledon doubles finalist Raven Klaasen, who is ranked No. 23 in doubles.

Venezuela is led by No. 585-ranked Ricardo Rodriguez, the all-time leading Davis Cup player for his country.

‘We could not be more excited to bring world class tennis back to the West Side Tennis Club, one of the most historic venues in American sports,’ said West Side Tennis Club President Monika Jain.

A recap of the 2019 Davis Cup Rakuten Madrid final tournament in which hosts Spain won their sixth title (their first since 2011), defeating Canada in the final 2–0. There was no 2020 competition.

‘While Forest Hills is most synonymous as the former home of the U.S. Open, the West Side Tennis Club has also hosted many Davis Cup matches, Wightman Cup matches as well as the Tournament of Champions men’s event for many years. We are thrilled to add another chapter of our illustrious tennis history,’ Jain added.

Tickets for the event can be found at and special VIP hospitality, sponsorship, box seat and ‘Speak Easy’ packages are available by emailing

The first day of play will feature two best-of-three-set singles matches starting at 11am and the second day, also starting at 11am, will feature the reverse two best-of-three-set singles matches and a best-of-three-set doubles match.

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Charlie Charters is a former rugby union official and sports marketing executive turned thriller writer whose debut book Bolt Action was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2010.
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