Number crunching: Yannick Noah and Goffin enjoy enviable year

We look at some interesting stats from this year's Davis Cup.

France's captain Yannick Noah celebrates Lucas Pouille after he won the deciding rubber against Belgium's Steve Darcis.   -  AFP

France won its 10th title Davis Cup title and first since 2001 by defeating Belgium 3-2 in a thrilling tie in Lille recently.

We look at some interesting stats from this year's Davis Cup.

France joined Great Britain in third place on the all-time winners list, and rose to No. 1 in the Davis Cup nations ranking for the first time in 13 years.

French captain Yannick Noah became only the fourth man since the abolition of the Davis Cup Challenge Round in 1972 to lead a team to victory on three or more occasions, following wins in 1991 and 1996.

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Despite its second final appearance in three years, Belgium is still looking for its first Davis Cup title, following final defeats in 1904 and 2015. However, David Goffin won both his singles rubbers in the final to finish the year with an unbeaten 6-0 record in the competition.

A total of 47 broadcasters covered the final on television and via live streaming, with 16.5 million people watching the action on France Television across the weekend.

On court, a total of 620 players from 125 nations contested Davis Cup in 2017.

The competition was played in 59 countries, with a total of 80 home-and-away ties and five group events held in the World Group and three regional zones: Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa.

The Davis Cup website experienced nearly 15 million page views in 2017. The ITF's new live centre and live streaming platform, launched in September, attracted more than 500,000 visits in the first two months.

More than 75,000 fans filled Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille over the three days of play, the third highest attendance for a Davis Cup Final in history.

The total attendance for Davis Cup in 2017 was more than 530,000 spectators.

A total of 15 Top 20 players turned out for their country during the year.


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