1972 World Championship Tennis circuit

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1972 World Championship Tennis circuit
Newcombe won 6 tour titles
Newcombe won 6 tour titles
Details
Duration 6 February – 26 November
Edition 3rd
Tournaments 26
Achievements
Most tournament titles Australia John Newcombe (6)
Most tournament finals Australia Rod Laver (7)
Australia Ken Rosewall (7)
Points leader Australia John Newcombe
1971
1973

The 1972 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1972. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT). The circuit included twenty-three regular events, and two circuit finals, one taking place in May, counting for the second half of the 1971 season, and the first part of the 1972 season, and a smaller one taking place in November, counting for the second half of the 1972 season.

Schedule[edit]

This is the complete schedule of events on the 1972 WCT circuit, with player progression documented until the quarterfinals stage.[1]

Key
WCT Finals
Regular series

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 February Fidelity WCT
Richmond, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Rod Laver
2–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–3
South Africa Cliff Drysdale United States Arthur Ashe
Australia John Newcombe
United States Robert Lutz
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Charlie Pasarell
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 7–6
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
8 February U.S. Professional Indoor
Philadelphia, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
Australia Ken Rosewall United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Jeff Borowiak
United States Robert Lutz
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
20 February 1972 Canadian Open (WCT)
Toronto, Canada
Regular series
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Rod Laver
6–1, 6–4
Australia Ken Rosewall Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Charlie Pasarell
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Fred Stolle
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 March 1972 Saga Bay Tennis Classic
Hollywood, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Ken Rosewall
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
South Africa Cliff Drysdale Australia Fred Stolle
United States Charlie Pasarell
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–5, 6–4
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
16 March 1972 Kemper International Tennis Tournament
Chicago, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Netherlands Tom Okker
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe United States Robert Lutz
Australia Ken Rosewall
United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Marty Riessen
Australia John Alexander
United States Robert Lutz
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 6–3
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 April 1972 River Oaks Tennis Tournament
Houston, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Rod Laver
6–2, 6–4
Australia Ken Rosewall Netherlands Tom Okker
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Australia William Bowrey
Australia John Alexander
Australia John Newcombe
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 6–3
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
16 April Quebec International Tennis Open
Quebec City, Canada
Regular series
$50,000 - (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Marty Riessen
7–5, 6–2, 7–5
Australia Rod Laver South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ray Ruffels
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Australia Terry Addison
Australia John Alexander
23 April 1972 North Carolina National Bank Tennis Classic
Charlotte, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Ken Rosewall
2–6, 6–2, 6–2
United States Cliff Richey South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia John Alexander
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia William Bowrey
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
30 April United Bank Tennis Classic
Denver, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S
Singles Draw
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Robert Lutz
Australia John Newcombe
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia John Alexander

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 May Alan King Tennis Classic
Las Vegas, United States
Regular series
$50,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia John Newcombe
6–3, 6–4
South Africa Cliff Drysdale United States Marty Riessen
United States Frank Froehling
Australia Rod Laver
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
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Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
10 May WCT Finals
Dallas, United States
WCT Finals
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 8S
Singles Draw
Australia Ken Rosewall
4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6
Australia Rod Laver United States Marty Riessen
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia John Newcombe
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Robert Lutz

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 July Holton Tennis Classic
St. Louis, United States
Regular series
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia John Newcombe
6–3, 6–3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Charlie Pasarell
Australia Tony Roche
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
United States Cliff Richey
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
7–6, 6–2
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6 July 1972 U.S. Pro Tennis Championships
Boston, United States
Regular series
Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Robert Lutz
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Netherlands Tom Okker South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia Rod Laver
United States Marty Riessen
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia Tony Roche
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 1–6, 7–6
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
12 July Washington Star International
Washington, United States
Regular series
Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Tony Roche
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
United States Marty Riessen Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia John Newcombe
Australia John Alexander
United States Cliff Richey
United States Arthur Ashe
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
29 July First National Tennis Classic
Louisville, United States
Regular series
Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Arthur Ashe
6–4, 6–4
United Kingdom Mark Cox Australia John Newcombe
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Tony Roche
Netherlands Tom Okker
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia John Alexander
United States Phil Dent
6–4, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 August Boston WCT
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Hard – S32/D16
United States Robert Lutz
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Netherlands Tom Okker South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia Rod Laver
United States Marty Riessen
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Tony Roche
Australia John Newcombe

6–3, 1–6, 7–6
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
13 August 1972 Cleveland Classic
Cleveland, United States
Regular series
Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United Kingdom Mark Cox
6–3, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Australia Ray Ruffels United Kingdom Roger Taylor
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia Ken Rosewall
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
United States Marty Riessen
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
7–6, 6–3
United States Frank Froehling
United States Charlie Pasarell
20 August 1972 Colonial Nat'l Invitation Tennis Tourn't
Fort Worth, United States
Regular series
Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia John Newcombe
5–7, 1–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–4
Australia Ken Rosewall Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia John Alexander
Australia Tony Roche
United Kingdom Graham Stillwell
United States Marty Riessen
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 6–2
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
11 September Rothmans International
Montreal, Canada
Regular series
Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Arthur Ashe
7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Australia Roy Emerson Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia John Newcombe
United States Marty Riessen
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Cliff Richey
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–1, 4–6, 7–6
United States Robert Maud
Australia Ken Rosewall
18 September Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles, United States
Regular series
$60,000 - Hard - 64S/64D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 6–4
United States Roscoe Tanner Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Tom Gorman
Spain Manuel Orantes
Australia Ken Rosewall
South Africa Raymond Moore
Australia Bob Carmichael
United States Jimmy Connors
United States Pancho Gonzales
6–3, 7–6
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 October Redwood Bank Pacific Coast Championships
Alamo, United States
Regular series
Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia John Newcombe
6–1, 6–1, 7–5
South Africa Cliff Drysdale Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia Terry Addison
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia John Alexander
Australia Roy Emerson
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–4
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
22 October Rothmans International
Vancouver, Canada
Regular series
Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia John Newcombe
6–7, 7–6, 7–6, 7–5
United States Marty Riessen United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Robert Lutz
Australia Roy Emerson
Netherlands Tom Okker
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Fred Stolle
7–6, 6–0
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia Allan Stone
29 October Canada Dry International
Essen, West Germany
Regular series
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6
United States Robert Lutz United States Cliff Richey
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia John Newcombe
West Germany Wilhelm Bungert
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Arthur Ashe

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 November 1972 Swedish Pro Tennis Championships
Gothenburg, Sweden
Regular series
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia John Newcombe
6–0, 6–3, 6–1
Australia Roy Emerson Netherlands Tom Okker
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia Allan Stone
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Pakistan Haroon Rahim
United States Jeff Borowiak
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
18 November Rotterdam Indoors
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Regular series
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Arthur Ashe
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Netherlands Tom Okker Australia John Newcombe
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Robert Lutz
United Kingdom Robin Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia John Newcombe
6–2, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
26 November WCT Winter Finals
Rome, Italy
WCT Finals
$25,000 - Carpet (i) - 8S
Singles Draw
United States Arthur Ashe
6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6
United States Robert Lutz Netherlands Tom Okker
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
United States Marty Riessen
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia John Newcombe

Statistical information[edit]

These tables present the number of singles (S), and doubles (D) titles won by each player and each nation during the season, within all the tournament categories of the 1972 WCT circuit: the WCT Finals, and the regular series tournaments.[1] The players/nations are sorted by: 1) total number of titles (a doubles title won by two players representing the same nation counts as only one win for the nation); 2) importance of those titles (a WCT Finals win equalling two regular tournaments wins); 3) a singles > doubles hierarchy; 4) alphabetical order (by family names for players).

Titles won by player[edit]

Total titles Player Finals Regular series All titles
S S D S D
10 Australia John Newcombe 6 4 6 4
Netherlands Tom Okker 1 9 1 9
United States Marty Riessen 1 9 1 9
7 Australia Rod Laver 5 2 5 2
5 United States Arthur Ashe 1 3 1 4 1
3 Australia Ken Rosewall 1 2 3 0
Australia Tony Roche 1 2 1 2
Australia Roy Emerson 3 0 3
2 United States Robert Lutz 1 1 1 1
Australia Bob Carmichael 2 0 2
Australia Ray Ruffels 2 0 2
1 United Kingdom Mark Cox 1 1 0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić 1 1 0
United States Stan Smith 1 1 0
Australia John Alexander 1 0 1
United States Jimmy Connors 1 0 1
United States Phil Dent 1 0 1
South Africa Cliff Drysdale 1 0 1
United States Pancho Gonzales 1 0 1
Australia Fred Stolle 1 0 1
United Kingdom Roger Taylor 1 0 1

Titles won by nation[edit]

Total titles Nation Finals Regular series All titles
S S D S D
22  Australia 1 13 8 14 8
19  United States 1 6 12 7 12
10  Netherlands 1 9 1 9
2  United Kingdom 1 1 1 1
1  Yugoslavia 1 1 0
South Africa South Africa 1 0 1

Standings[edit]

These are the standings of the top twenty singles players on the WCT circuit, at the end of the 1971 World Championship Tennis circuit, and after each edition of the WCT Finals in the 1972 season.

1971 Standings
# Player
1 Australia Rod Laver
2 Netherlands Tom Okker
3 Australia Ken Rosewall
4 South Africa Cliff Drysdale
5 United States Arthur Ashe
6 Australia John Newcombe
7 United States Marty Riessen
8 United States Robert Lutz
9 Australia Roy Emerson
10 Spain Andrés Gimeno
11 United States Charlie Pasarell
12 Australia John Alexander
13 United States Dennis Ralston
14 Australia Ray Ruffels
= Egypt Ismail El Shafei
= Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
17 South Africa Robert Maud
18 United Kingdom Mark Cox
19 United Kingdom Roger Taylor
20 Australia Fred Stolle
1972 Standings (May)
# Player
1 Australia Rod Laver
2 Australia Ken Rosewall
3 Netherlands Tom Okker
4 South Africa Cliff Drysdale
5 United States Marty Riessen
6 United States Arthur Ashe
7 United States Robert Lutz
8 Australia John Newcombe
9 Australia Roy Emerson
= United States Charlie Pasarell
11 Australia John Alexander
12 United Kingdom Roger Taylor
13 Spain Andrés Gimeno
14 United Kingdom Mark Cox
15 United States Jeff Borowiak
16 Australia Fred Stolle
= Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
18 Egypt Ismail El Shafei
19 Australia Bob Carmichael
20 Australia Ray Ruffels
1972 Standings (November)
# Player
1 Australia John Newcombe
2 United States Arthur Ashe
3 Netherlands Tom Okker
4 United Kingdom Mark Cox
5 South Africa Cliff Drysdale
= United States Marty Riessen
7 United States Robert Lutz
= Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
9 Australia Roy Emerson
= Australia Tony Roche
= Egypt Ismail El Shafei
12 United States Cliff Richey
13 United States Charlie Pasarell
14 Australia Ray Ruffels
15 Australia Ken Rosewall
= United Kingdom Roger Taylor
17 Australia John Alexander
18 Australia Bob Carmichael
= Australia Allan Stone
= Pakistan Haroon Rahim
= United States Jeff Borowiak

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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