While the Davis Cup final between Switzerland and France was already a highly anticipated event expected to garner an extraordinary contingency of fans from both nations cramming to see their countrymen make them proud, few anticipated the crowd to break the previous record set for an officially sanctioned tennis match.
However, that was certainly the case, as the ITF announced on Friday morning ahead of the opening rubber that 27,432 tickets were sold on Friday, which overtook the Spain vs USA Davis Cup Final in 2004.
The Stade Pierre Mauroy cost 282 million euros to erect.
While this will remain the record for an officially sanctioned match, the actual record for a tennis match is the famous “Battle of the Sexes” challenge match in 1973 between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King at the Houston Astrodome which drew a crowd of more than 30,000, even though it was not officially sanctioned by the sport’s governing body.
An estimated television audience between 50-90 million viewers witnessed King control the encounter against Riggs, thus beating him in three straight sets.
The Davis Cup Final will take place over three days: Day 1 for singles matches, Day 2 for the doubles rubber, and Day 3 for the reverse singles rubbers if necessary.