Dwight Davis and the Foundation of the Davis Cup in Tennis: Just another Doubleday Myth?

  title={Dwight Davis and the Foundation of the Davis Cup in Tennis: Just another Doubleday Myth?},
  author={Simon J. Eaves and Robert J. Lake},
  journal={Journal of Sport History},
  pages={1 - 23}
Abstract:Dwight F. Davis is widely credited with having invented, or at least conceived, the original idea for the international tennis competition that bears his name, the Davis Cup. This paper aims to debunk this myth through comprehensive critical analysis of the period preceding Davis's apparent epiphany in 1899. Previous national-team-based competitions are investigated, alongside key figures in American and British/Irish tennis, to demonstrate that numerous others had proposed the idea… 
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