Photo: Srdjan StevanovicGBR, 2013 Suzanne Lenglen Cup winners
The World Team Rankings, set up three years ago, provide the opportunity to see which nations prevail in certain age groups. In this piece, we will look at which nations have shone through in certain age groups.
Team ranking points are awarded in each of the team cup age categories (35-80) allowing a separate ranking to be generated for all the nations in each category.
The rankings take into account the finishing position of nations in each age category over a five-year period.
Men's 35 (Italia Cup) Spain has dominated the number one position since the introduction of team rankings. The Europeans were crowned as men’s 35 World Team Champions in 2010 & 2013 and finished as runners-up in 2012 (there was no cup held in 2011).
Men's 40 (Tony Trabert Cup) Having won this cup in 2010, 2011 & 2012, France remains No. 1 in the World Team Rankings. Netherlands have moved into second position after winning the World Team Championships in 2013.
Men's 45 (Dubler Cup) After losing the final in the Dubler Cup in 2012, France regained the crown in 2013 as well as remaining on top of the rankings which they have dominated since the introduction of the World Team Rankings.
Men's 50 (Fred Perry Cup) In 2013 France moved to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time, a title previously held by USA. Current World Team Champions, Italy, have drastically improved their standing, starting in 23rd in 2010 before moving up to fourth in 2013.
Men's 55 (Austria Cup) Although finishing only fifth in the 2013 World Team Championships, Australia remained number one in the World Team Rankings in this age category as a result of winning the Austria Cup every year between 2010 and 2012. Current World Team Champions, Great Britain, moved from fourth in 2012 to second in 2013 with only 420 points separating the two top teams.
Men's 60 (Von Cramm Cup) The USA have dominated this cup winning nine out of the last eleven Championships and have held the No. 1 spot since the introduction of the World Team Rankings.
Men's 65 (Britannia Cup) Although suffering a defeat to Switzerland in the 2013 World Team Championship, USA remained on top of the rankings for this age group. Switzerland were ninth in the World Team Rankings in 2010 and have steadily moved up to gain second position in 2013.
Men's 70 (Jack Crawford Cup) Austria gained the position as No. 1 in the World Team Ranking in 2012 and retained this title in 2013. USA remain in second place with a deficit of only 960 points.
Men's 75 (Bitsy Grant Cup) USA have dominated this cup winning the title in three of the last four years and have remained No. 1 in the rankings since their introduction.
Men's 80 (Gardnar Mulloy Cup) Another ranking also dominated by the USA having held top spot in the World Team Ranking since 2010. They have also won this cup for the last three years.
Women's 35 (Susanne Lenglen Cup) After winning this cup in three of the last four years, Great Britain claimed the No. 1 team ranking for the first time in 2013. France had held this position for the previous three years.
Women's 40 (Young Cup) With the exception of 2011, France have dominated the World Team Rankings in this age category since their introduction in 2010. Spain moved into second position for the first time in 2013.
Women's 45 (Margaret Court Cup) After taking the world No. 1 spot in the team rankings in 2012, France remained in this position in 2013.
Women's 50 (Maria Esther Bueno Cup) The World Team Ranking in this age category has been led by USA since the rankings were introduced. They have truly dominated the competition, amassing nearly 5000 points more than Australia in second place.
Women's 55 (Maureen Connolly Cup) Having won this cup for the last seven years, USA have held the No. 1 spot in the World Team Rankings since their introduction in 2010. Great Britain have spent that time in second place.
Women's 60 (Alice Marble Cup) Although France started as No. 1 in 2010 when the team rankings were first introduced, this cup and, with it, the team rankings have been dominated by USA since 2011. The Americans lead their nearest rival by nearly 6000 points.
Women's 65 (Kitty Godfrey Cup) With France winning the Kitty Godfrey Cup for the last three years, they have moved from third in the rankings in 2010 and 2011 to occupy the top spot in 2012 and 2013. Great Britain and USA have spent the last two years fighting for second and third place.
Women's 70 (Althea Gibson Cup) USA have remained on top of the rankings in this age category since their introduction.
Women's 75 (Queens Cup) USA have won this cup for the last 4 years and have remained in top position of the World Team Ranking since 2010.
Women's 80 (Doris Hart) This cup joined the World Team Championships in 2011 with 3 nations – although this has now increased to ten Canada are the only nation to have won the cup and, as such, have held the No.1 position in the World Team Rankings.