The top-tier World Group final of his year’s edition of the Davis Cup, the annual national teams tennis tournament, was shown by 42 broadcasters in 162 territories, with host broadcaster RTS Serbia gaining a peak audience share of 36 per cent on the final day in Belgrade, the International Tennis Federation has said.
The competition was won by the Czech Republic, which became the eighth nation to win back-to-back titles by defeating Serbia 3-2 in the final on November 15-17.
Over 46,000 fans attended the final, bringing the total attendance for the Davis Cup in 2013 to over 535,000 spectators, the ITF said.
Meanwhile, the English- and Spanish-language Davis Cup websites showed a 10-per-cent growth in 2013, with 5.3 million visits, 2.8 million unique visitors and 26.6 million page views achieved by the end of the final. The ITF said that the competition’s social media properties experienced a 100-per-cent increase in users this year, with around 130,000 Twitter followers and 120,000 Facebook ‘likes’.
Francesco Ricci Bitti, the ITF’s president, said: “It has been another successful year for Davis Cup, with strong player participation, good crowds, and excellent TV and media coverage. Whether competing in the World Group or as a developing nation in one of the regional zones, players have continued to rise to the unique challenge of competing in a team environment in front of their home fans.”