Sport: Again, the Davis Cup

The famed Davis Cup, stowed away in an Australian vault for six years, was polished last week for an old ritual. In Melbourne's ancient Town Hall, twenty envelopes, containing challenges from 20 nations, were plucked one by one from the big silver bowl. This ceremony, to determine the 1946 Davis Cup draw, set the wheels of international tennis turning again.

Great Britain, faced with the task of building a brand-new team, drew France's better-seasoned team as a first-round foe, seemed sure to die a quick death. Sweden, best bet to win the European zone...

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