In 1965, East Dallas sealed its place in history when it hosted the first Davis Cup at a public park. The Samuell Grand courts had opened just two years before as a competition space and training area for neighborhood kids.
During the match, the U.S. men’s team beat Mexico in the American Zone final. Arthur Ashe, the first African-American on the U.S. Davis Cup team, helped clinch the victory by winning his two singles matches. One was against Mexico’s No. 1 player, Rafael Osuna. The U.S. team later lost to Spain in the semifinal.
The Davis Cup, which began as a competition between the United States and Great Britain, is now the world’s largest annual international sports team competition. More than 130 countries are entered in the 2019 tournament.
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