1973 Wimbledon Championships
|1973 Wimbledon Championships|
|Date:||25 June – 8 July|
|Category:||Grand Slam (ITF)|
London, United Kingdom
|Billie Jean King|
|Jimmy Connors / Ilie Năstase|
|Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King|
|Billie Jean King / Owen Davidson|
The 1973 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 25 June until 8 July. It was the 87th staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1973.
In May 1973 Nikola Pilić, Yugoslavia's number one tennis player, was suspended by his national lawn tennis association, who claimed he had refused to play in a Davis Cup tie for his country against New Zealand earlier that month. The initial suspension of nine months, supported by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), was later reduced by the ILTF to one month which meant that Pilic would not be permitted to play at Wimbledon. The recently formed men's players union, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) stated that if Pilic was not allowed to compete none should. As a result 81 of the top players, including reigning champion Stan Smith, boycotted Wimbledon in 1973 to protest the suspension of Nikola Pilić. Thirteen of the 16 men's seeds had withdrawn. This resulted in a large number of qualifiers and lucky losers. Three ATP players, Ilie Năstase, Roger Taylor and Ray Keldie defied the boycott and were fined by the ATP's disciplinary committee. Despite the boycott the attendance of 300,172 was the second highest in the championships' history to that date.
- It was King's 10th career Grand Slam title (her 6th in the Open Era), and her 5th Wimbledon title.
King became the only player to win the 'triple crown' (Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles) twice in the post-war era, repeating her success of 1967.
- "Davis Cup Results". ITF. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- John Barrett, ed. (1974). World of Tennis '74. London: Queen Anne. pp. 15–17, 45–47. ISBN 978-0362001686.
- "Wimbledon faces 2004 boycott". BBC. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "The History of the Championships". AELTC. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- Navratilova won the Wimbledon women's singles crown 9 times. That is an all-time record.
1973 French Open
|Grand Slams||Succeeded by
1973 US Open