Daniel Langre Wins Match For Mexico In Davis Cup|
Feb. 11, 2004
KINGSTON, Jamaica - USC men's tennis senior Daniel Langre won his first round singles and doubles match on behalf of his native country of Mexico in the first round of the Davis Cup on Feb. 6 in Kingston, Jamaica.
Mexico, playing in the Americas Zone Group II, defeated Jamaica, 4-1, to advance to the tournament second round. The team will resume play on April 9-11 to face the Bahamas.
Four singles matches and one doubles match were played. Langre paired with Victor Romero in doubles and defeated Karl Hale and Ryan Russell, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0. In singles, Langre defeated a familiar opponent in Scott Willinski, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Willinski was a three-year letterwinner at USC (1997-99).
Langre follows a long line of former Trojans from Mexico who found great success competing for the Davis Cup. USC All-American Rafael Osuna (1961-63) owns Mexico's Davis Cup record for most total wins, most singles wins, most doubles wins and was a part of Mexico's best-ever doubles team. Fellow Trojan All-American Jorge Lozano (1983-86) played on Mexico's Davis Cup team for a record 14 years.
Sponsored by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Davis Cup is a year-round competition for teams of men from many nations. It is the largest annual men's team competition in the world.
The team that wins the competition takes possession of a large silver cup for one year. The cup was donated in 1900 by the competition's namesake, Dwight Filley Davis, who was then a student at Harvard University and who later became an American statesman.
Each year in the Davis Cup, 16 nations form what is called the World Group, made up of teams that have qualified through regional play or by rankings and past success. These nations are matched up against one another in four rounds of single-elimination contests. These contests are called ties, and within the contests each match is called a rubber. In World Group play, ties consist of four singles matches and one doubles match, scheduled over three days. All matches are the best three-out-of-five sets.
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