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Argentina
Asociacion Argentina de Tenis
President: Dr Armando Cervone
Captain: Daniel ORSANIC
First year played1921
Champions0
Argentina

The Argentina Davis Cup team is the only team at the 2016 semi-final stage not to have won the Davis Cup in their entire history. They have failed to win the title on each of the four occasions when they have made it to the finals. Argentina have especially been cruelly hurt three times, 2006, 2008, and 2011, since the turn of the millennium and they will just about to be hoping that 2016 is their year. Argentina, though, have faced quite a lot of disappointments in other sports, particularly football, in the last couple of years and victory at the Davis Cup 2016 would be a redemption of the entire nation.

Juan Martín del Potro remains as one of the most successful players from Argentina, but he has not been in great form. Currently, at 142 in the ATP rankings, he is probably the best bet at the disposal of the team. Leonardo Mayer, Federico Delbonis, and Guido Pella are in the squad to take on Great Britain.

8-player_Juan-Martin-del-Potro_150x193
Born on 23 September 1988 at Tandil, Argentina
1.98 m / 97 kg
5-player_FEDERICO-DELBONIS_150x193
Born on 05 October 1990 at Azul, Argentina
1.90 m / 88 kg
6-player-Guido-PELLA-_150x193
Born on 17 May 1990 at Bahia Blanca, Argentina
1.85 m / 83 kg
7-player-Leonardo-MAYER-_150x193
Born on 15 May 1987 at Corrientes, Argentina
1.91 m / 83 kg
Croatia
Croatian Tennis Association
President: Mr Franjo Lukovic
Captain: Zeljko KRAJAN
First year played1993
Champions1
Croatia

The Davis Cup Croatia team is largely seen as an outside contender for the title, but they gather all their experience from 2005 and aim for the title. 2005 remains an unlikely for the Croatia team after they managed to win the title against all the odds by beating Slovakia in the final. Till date, this has been their one and only appearance in the final. In fact, they are even appearing in the semi-final stage for the first time since 2009, which ended in a 4-1 loss to the Czech Republic.

The team will be heavily dependent on players like Marin Čilić and Borna Ćorić, who are at 12th and 54th in the ATP singles ranking. Čilić was not part of the squad that won in 2005, but he remains the most experienced after having been involved since 2006.

Marin DRAGANJA - Davis Cup Croatia Team 2016
Born on 13 May 1991 at Split, Croatia
1.85 m / 80 kg
Ivan DODIG - Davis Cup Croatia team 2016
Born on 02 January 1985 at Medjugorje, Bosnia/Herzegovina
1.83 m / 83 kg
Borna CORIC - Davis Cup Croatia team 2016
Born on 14 November 1996 at Zagreb, Croatia
1.85 m / 75 kg
Marin CILIC - Davis Cup Croatia team 2016
Born on 28 September 1988 at Medjugorje, Bosnia/Herzegovina
1.98 m / 89 kg
France
Fédération Française de Tennis
President: Mr Jean Gachassin
Captain: Yannick NOAH
First year played1919
Champions28
France

The France Davis Cup team has a lot of history after having first competed in 1904. Since then, they have lifted a whopping nine titles, although the majority of them came during the 1920s and 30s, in their history. Even though they are the fifth seed at the 2016 Davis Cup, they have been seen as favourites to overcome unseeded Croatia in the semifinals. Despite the immense history, France has struggled when it comes to recent Davis Cup editions. Their last victory came in 2001, but the team has already suffered three disappointments in the final since then.

The team was knocked out of the 2015 edition by eventual winners Great Britain. They have been at their best during the 2010 and 2014 editions when they reached the final, but only losing to Serbia and Switzerland respectively. After his recent injury, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s may be a blow to the French squad for the semifinals.

PIERRE HUGUES France Davis Cup 2016
Born on 18 March 1991 at Schiltigheim, France
1.88 m / 79 kg
Nicolas MAHUT - France Davis Cup 2016
Born on 21 January 1982 at Angers, France
1.90 m / 80 kg
Great Britain
The Lawn Tennis Association
President: Mrs Cathie Sabin
Captain: Leon SMITH
First year played1900
Champions10
Great Britain

Undoubtedly one of the strongest Davis Cup team around, Great Britain is the overwhelming favourite to win the title in 2016. The team also comes to defend the Davis Cup that they won last season. The 2015 edition of the tournament was branded as the Britain Davis Cup since they managed to remain as one of the strongest throughout the tournament despite having been unseeded. They went on to defeat an equally unseeded Belgian team in the final. However, this was the first victory for the team after 79 years.

The Davis Cup 2016, which is into its 105th edition in its long history, is already having the same effect as a World Cup tournament only for tennis, as Britain have already shown a lot of hunger and desire to retain the title. One of their strongest players is Andy Murray, but the likes of Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, Dan Evans, and Dominic Inglot will be hoping to support as well.

Jamie Murray Britain Davis Sup 2016
Born on 13 February 1986 at Dunblane, Great Britain
1.90 m / 82 kg
Kyle Edmund - Britain Davis Cup 2016
Born on 8 January 1995 at Johannesburg, South Africa
1.88 m / 80 kg
Daniel EVANS - Britain Davis Cup 2016
Born on 23 May 1990 at Birmingham, Great Britain
175 m / 75 kg
ANDY MURRAY - Britain Davis Cup 2016
Born on 15 May 1987 at Glasgow, Great Britain
1.90 m / 84 kg