1970 Pepsi-Cola Masters
|1970 Pepsi-Cola Masters|
|Date:||December 9 - December 15|
|Surface:||Carpet / Indoor|
|Arthur Ashe / Stan Smith|
The 1970 Pepsi-Cola Masters was a tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo in Japan. It was the first edition of the Masters Grand Prix and was held from December 9 through December 15, 1970. The event included a singles and doubles draw, both of which were held in a round robin format. Stan Smith won the first singles title and then partnered Arthur Ashe to the doubles title as well.
The best six players from the 1970 Grand Prix circuit ranking qualified for the singles event. Cliff Richey, the winner of the Grand Prix ranking, could not participate due to illness. John Newcombe was the first replacement as the number seven ranked but was unable to play which meant that Jan Kodeš, ranked eight, completed the field. Stan Smith won the singles title in the round robin format.
- It was Smith's 6th title of the year and the 9th of his career.
- It was Ashe's 6th title of the year and the 7th of his professional career. It was Smith's 7th title of the year and the 10th of his career.
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- "Smith Bows to Ashe, but Wins Round-Robin Tennis in Tokyo". The New York Times. 15 Dec 1970.