Kazakhstani National Team Became a Quarterfinalist of the Davis Cup World Group for the Fifth Time in Its History

The Davis Cup is the largest international team competition in men’s tennis, held annually by the International Tennis Federation. National teams from different countries play in a knock-out format – with the elimination of losing team from the tournament. The Davis Cup rounds consist of five matches (four singles and one doubles) and are held between teams divided into different levels and groups.

The World Group is the highest level, while the following levels are divided into zones – America, Europe/Africa, Asia/Oceania. Each zone contains four groups. Two highest groups hold knock-out competitions and two lowest groups hold round-robin competitions. The winners of the groups rise to a higher level, while the losers go to a lower level (except for the fourth group). The winners of the first group play a qualifying tournament with outsiders of the World Group in order to win the right to play at the highest level in the next season.

This year Kazakhstan returned to the Davis Cup World Series after winning play-off match against Argentina (3: 2) last September. Prior to that game, in April 2017, Kazakhstan’s national team won the first group in Asia/Oceania zone, when outplayed the team of China (4: 1) in play-off of the zonal tournament. As a reminder, in 2016 Kazakhstani national team was eliminated from the World Group for the first time since 2011.

In February 2018, Kazakhstan duo Alexander Nedovesov/Timur Khabibulin brought a match point to the national team in the first round of the World Group. They managed to beat the Swiss team, and the national team of Kazakhstan became a quarterfinalist of the World Group for the fifth time in its history.

"There are no easy opponents at the Davis Cup, especially in the World Group. In this event the players represent their country, they do their utmost, since for them this is one of the most important matches of the year. I am happy about this victory and us getting into the quarterfinal for the fifth time. This is a well-earned and expected victory for both tennis players and their fans," said Bulat Utemuratov, President of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation.

Bulat Utemuratov is known in the country as a major sponsor promoting the development of tennis through building tennis courts and sports infrastructure in many cities across Kazakhstan, as well as through supporting talented children.