- 08 Apr 2004
- Olympic News
Davis Cup: Olympic Draw
On Thursday 8 April 2004, at the Olympic Museum, the draw to determine the order of the Davis Cup quarterfinal matches between Switzerland and France took place. Russell Coutts, the famous skipper of the Alinghi, hero of the America’s Cup, conducted the draw.
Switzerland and France are in the quarterfinals for the third time in four years. The matches take place on 9, 10 and 11 April at the Malley Sports Centre in Lausanne. Interest in the event is such that the matches have already sold out.
Mythical Davis Cup!
Since it began in 1900, thanks to the will and enthusiasm of a young student from Harvard, Davis Dwight Davis, it has made entire generations dream. Our grandparents remember the famous "Musketeers": Cochet, Borotra, Brugnon and Lacoste. In 1927, the unforgettable quartet took the silver cup from under the noses of the English and Americans and won it for France for the first time.
Noah: a true hero!
In 1991, the importance of the captain’s role on the team was finally recognised and Yannick Noah became a true hero! France won the Cup, 59 years after the famous Musketeers. How can we forget the magic moment when the charismatic player led his team in a boisterous conga around the court!
World No. 1
The Swiss team has a trump card up its sleeve: Roger Federer, the world number one. For Federer, this meeting in his home country against France holds a particular importance. He knows the Lake Geneva region well. He took tennis studies training there, "I am waiting for this meeting with as much impatience as pleasure," he said, "and I think that we have a 50% chance of winning!"
Olympic champion in Barcelona
Another key person on the Swiss team is its captain, Marc Rosset, Olympic champion at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
Learn more on tennis
Get all the results (the Davis Cup official website)