Davis Cup has been dominated by European countries over the last ten years (notably
but success should be more widespread over the next decade. Below are some countries that could be forces
to reckon with starting in the next few years.
Taken into account is the fact that while Davis Cup is a team event, it
doesn't demand a particularly deep team.
One or two dominant players are generally enough to win the cup. However, given that top players rarely play
every tie (or sometimes sit entire years out), it is a big boost if a country
does have depth. This allows a team to
make up for any one player's absence, and goes a long way to ensuring a team
will be a consistent threat year in and year out.
Other countries a few years further behind, but still on their way:
South Korea, Russia
and France: A look at the junior and ATP under 20
rankings shows South Korea
could be a force to be reckoned with a bit down the road. They have 3 players in the top 10 in the
junior world rankings, and a couple others starting to make strides in the
pros. Russia also has a couple of top
junior players that seem ready to take the next step, and could be a very
competitive team within the next four years.
Similarly, after France's
current group of Tsonga, Monfils, Gasquet and Simon begin to wind down, France
appears to have some talent waiting in the wings. They currently have 3 of the top 20 teenagers
in the world. There may be a few down
years for the French while they are in transition, but after that their current
crop of teenagers should be able to return the team to relevance.