Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the world's largest annual international team competition in sport with 135 nations entering in 2016.

The prestigious ITF event, which is one of the cornerstones of the tennis calendar, gives players the chance to represent their country in an otherwise individual sport.

Founded by Dwight Davis in 1900, the Davis Cup began as a challenge match between USA and British Isles, which was held at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston. Davis himself played in the inaugural tie, steering his country to the first of many titles.

From its inception, Davis Cup has attracted the top players of each generation, from former legends such as Fred Perry, Bill Tilden, Rene Lacoste, Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, to latter day stars such as Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The current World Group format was adopted in 1981, whereby 16 nations contest a knock-out draw over four weekends during the year to decide who is crowned champion. The remaining nations are split into three regional Zones, with promotion and relegation up for grabs on an annual basis between all Groups.

The start of the World Group also coincided with NEC becoming the competition's Title Sponsor, a partnership that lasted 20 years. BNP Paribas took over the role in 2002 and remain Davis Cup's Title Sponsor to this day. The other current partners are Adecco, NH Hotels and Rolex.

In 2015, the 103rd edition of the competition, Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 in the final in Ghent. It was Britain's first Davis Cup title since 1936 and Andy Murray became the first player to win eight live singles rubbers in one year since the inception of the World Group.

USA are the most successful Davis Cup nation, having lifted the trophy 32 times. The Americans are closely followed by Australia on 28, while Great Britain is in third place with 10 wins.

For more information about Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, including drawsheets, results, news and photos, visit the competition's official website.

- DavisCup.com

2016 Dates

World Group first round 4-6 March

- Great Britain 3-1 Japan, Birmingham
Serbia 3-2 Kazakhstan, Belgrade
Italy 5-0 Switzerland, Pesaro
Poland 2-3 Argentina, Gdansk
France 5-0 Canada, Guadeloupe
- Germany 2-3 Czech Republic, Hannover
Australia 1-3 USA, Kooyong
Belgium 2-3 Croatia, Liege

World Group quarterfinals 15-17 July

- Serbia 2-3 Great Britain, Belgrade
- Italy 1-3 Argentina, Pesaro
- Czech Republic 1-3 France, Trinec
- USA 2-3 Croatia, Portland, OR

World Group semifinals 16-18 September

- Great Britain 2-3 Argentina, Glasgow
- Croatia 3-2 France, Zadar

World Group play-offs 16-18 September

- Uzbekistan 2-3 Switzerland, Tashkent 
- Belgium v Brazil 4-0, Ostend
- Australia 3-0 Slovakia, Sydney
- Canada 5-0 Chile, Halifax
- Russia 3-1 Kazakhstan, Moscow
- India 0-5 Spain, New Delhi
- Germany 3-2 Poland, Berlin
- Japan 5-0 Ukraine, Osaka

World Group Final 25-27 November

- Croatia v Argentina


2015 Results

World Group first round 6-8 March

- Germany 2-3 France, Frankfurt
- Great Britain 3-2 USA, Glasgow
- Czech Republic 2-3 Australia, Ostrava
- Kazakhstan 3-2 Italy, Astana
- Argentina 3-2 Brazil, Buenos Aires 
- Serbia 5-0 Croatia, Kraljevo
- Canada 3-2 Japan, Vancouver
- Belgium 3-2 Switzerland, Liege

World Group quarterfinals 17-19 July

- Great Britain 3-1 France, London
Australia 3-2 Kazakhstan, Darwin
Argentina 4-1 Serbia, Buenos Aires
Belgium 5-0 Canada, Middelkerke (Ostend)

World Group semifinals 18-20 September

- Great Britain 3-2 Australia, Glasgow
- Belgium 3-2 Argentina, Brussels

World Group play-offs 18-20 September

- India 3-1 Czech Republic, New Delhi
- Switzerland 4-1 Netherlands, Geneva
- Russia 1-4 Italy, Irkutsk
- Uzbekistan 1-3 USA, Tashkent
- Colombia 2-3 Japan, Pereira
- Dominican Republic 1-4 Germany, Santo Domingo
- Brazil 1-3 Croatia, Florianopolis
- Poland 3-2 Slovakia, Gdynia

World Group Final 27-29 November

- Belgium 1-3 Great Britain, Ghent