1973 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

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1973 Wimbledon Championships
Champion   Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Runner-up   Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Final score   6–1, 9–8, 6–3
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
Other events
Legends    men    women    seniors
WC Doubles    men    women  
Wimbledon Championships
 < 1972 1974 > 

Jan Kodeš defeated Alex Metreveli 6–1, 9–8, 6–3 in the final to win the Gentlemen's Singles title at the 1973 Wimbledon Championships. The final match included a tie-breaker played at 8–8 in the second set; the first ever Wimbledon singles final to include a tie-break. Eighty-one of the top players boycotted Wimbledon in 1973 (including reigning champion Stan Smith) to protest the suspension of Nikola Pilić. This resulted in a large number of qualifiers and lucky losers.[1]

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below. Jan Kodeš is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1. Romania Ilie Năstase, (Fourth Round)
  2. Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš, (Champion)
  3. United Kingdom Roger Taylor, (Semifinals)
  4. Soviet Union Alex Metreveli, (Finals)
  5. United States Jimmy Connors, (Quarterfinals)
  6. Sweden Björn Borg, (Quarterfinals)
  7. Australia Owen Davidson, (Fourth Round)
  8. West Germany Jürgen Faßbender, (Quarterfinals)

Before the withdrawal of players boycotting the event, the original seeding list was:[2]

  1. United States Stan Smith
  2. Romania Ilie Năstase
  3. Australia John Newcombe
  4. United States Arthur Ashe
  5. Australia Ken Rosewall
  6. Netherlands Tom Okker
  7. United States Marty Riessen
  8. Australia Roy Emerson
  9. United States Tom Gorman
  10. United States Cliff Richey
  11. Italy Adriano Panatta
  12. Spain Manuel Orantes
  13. Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
  14. United States Bob Lutz
  15. Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
  16. United Kingdom Roger Taylor

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

Final Eight[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                                   
   United States Sandy Mayer 3 4 6 6 6  
8  West Germany Jürgen Faßbender 6 6 3 4 4  
   United States Sandy Mayer 3 6 3 4    
  4  Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 6 3 6 6    
4  Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 8 6 5 6  
  5  United States Jimmy Connors 6 2 7 4    
    4  Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 1 8 3    
  2  Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 6 9 6    
  6  Sweden Björn Borg 1 8 6 3 5  
3  United Kingdom Roger Taylor 6 6 3 6 7  
3  United Kingdom Roger Taylor 9 7 7 4 5
  2  Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 8 9 5 6 7  
LL  India Vijay Amritraj 4 6 6 3 5
  2  Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 6 3 4 6 7  

Section 1[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
1 Romania I Năstase 6 7 6
Q West Germany H-J Plötz 3 5 2 1 I Năstase 6 7 7 6
Colombia I Molina 6 9 8 6 I Molina 2 9 5 1
LL United States W Brown 4 7 9 3 1 I Năstase 8 7 6
LL United Kingdom P Siviter 4 9 1 2 Q T Sakai 6 5 0
Austria H Kary 6 7 6 6 H Kary 1 3 6 3
Q Japan T Sakai 6 3 9 6 Q T Sakai 6 6 3 6
LL South Africa F McMillan 1 6 8 4 1 I Năstase 4 6 8 4
Q Romania I Sânteiu 7 6 4 5 5 S Mayer 6 8 6 6
LL Mexico R Chavez 5 4 6 7 7 LL R Chavez 9 1 7 2
United States S Mayer 7 6 6 S Mayer 7 6 9 6
LL United Kingdom R Lewis 5 4 3 S Mayer 7 6 6
Q United States J Mesmer 5 2 4 LL V Zednik 5 2 4
LL United Kingdom C Iles 7 6 6 LL C Iles 3 3 6 2
Q India G Misra 4 4 1 LL V Zednik 6 6 4 6
LL Czechoslovakia V Zednik 6 6 6

Section 2[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
8 West Germany J Faßbender 6 6 6
Hungary I Gulyás 4 4 1 8 J Faßbender 6 6 4 6
LL Spain J Moreno 8 6 6 6 LL J Moreno 3 3 6 2
LL United Kingdom M Collins 6 8 3 3 8 J Faßbender 8 7 6
Australia R Keldie 6 6 6 R Keldie 6 5 0
LL United States DR Bohrnstedt 4 3 3 R Keldie 6 6 6
Q West Germany F Gebert 5 3 6 3 Q T Svensson 3 4 4
Q Sweden T Svensson 7 6 4 6 8 J Faßbender 6 8 6 6
Italy N Pietrangeli 8 8 5 7 HJ Pohmann 4 6 8 4
LL New Zealand J Simpson 6 9 7 9 LL J Simpson 6 8 6 6
Australia N Fraser 6 6 5 6 5 LL JC Hagey 4 9 0 4
LL United States JC Hagey 8 2 7 3 7 LL J Simpson 2 7 6 5 13
United Kingdom J Paish 4 5 6 HJ Pohmann 6 5 4 7 15
Q Mexico M Lara 6 7 8 Q M Lara 6 4 9 3
LL United Kingdom C Mchugo 7 4 5 2 HJ Pohmann 8 6 8 6
West Germany HJ Pohmann 5 6 7 6

Section 3[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
4 Soviet Union A Metreveli 6 6 6
LL United Kingdom S Matthews 3 4 4 4 A Metreveli 2 7 2 6 7
Q Australia B Giltinan 6 6 9 Q B Giltinan 6 5 6 1 5
LL Hungary R Machán 3 4 8 4 A Metreveli 4 7 6 6
LL Australia G Braun 3 4 3 J Cooper 6 5 3 4
Q Australia A McDonald 6 6 6 Q A McDonald 4 2 5
Australia J Cooper 6 6 6 J Cooper 6 6 7
United States H Fitzgibbon 4 4 2 4 A Metreveli 6 7 6
LL United States P Walthall 6 8 6 9 J Feaver 2 5 3
Poland T Nowicki 3 9 3 7 LL P Walthall 6 4 4 7 9
LL India C Mukherjea 6 3 6 6 6 LL C Mukherjea 4 6 6 5 7
Q West Germany H Engert 4 6 8 3 2 LL P Walthall 2 3 1
Q United States E Scott 4 5 9 4 J Feaver 6 6 6
United Kingdom J Feaver 6 7 8 6 J Feaver 3 6 6 9
LL Australia C Letcher 8 6 6 6 6 LL C Letcher 6 1 1 8
LL United States R Stock 9 3 8 4 4

Section 4[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
5 United States J Connors 6 6 6
LL United Kingdom M Farrell 4 3 4 5 J Connors 6 6 5 6
United Kingdom D Lloyd 6 6 6 D Lloyd 4 3 7 2
Italy C Barazzutti 4 3 4 5 J Connors 6 6 6
Soviet Union S Likhachev 2 6 1 1 LL R Simpson 2 1 2
Q Australia W Durham 6 0 6 6 Q W Durham 4 3 7 2
LL United States T Karp 3 4 6 4 LL R Simpson 6 6 5 6
LL New Zealand R Simpson 6 6 3 6 5 J Connors 6 6 6
Q United Kingdom J Clifton 4 6 3 LL B Mitton 3 3 2
Chile J Pinto-Bravo 6 8 6 J Pinto-Bravo 8 9 5 6 2
Q Rhodesia C Dowdeswell 4 6 6 4 3 LL D Joubert 9 7 7 3 6
LL South Africa D Joubert 6 3 2 6 6 LL D Joubert 6 9 4 1 7
LL South Africa B Mitton 8 6 6 LL B Mitton 4 8 6 6 9
France T Bernasconi 6 1 3 LL B Mitton 7 2 4 7 7
Q Netherlands J Hordijk 7 2 2 Z Guerry 5 6 6 5 5
United States Z Guerry 9 6 6

Section 5[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 5 6 3
Q Australia S Ball 7 8 6 Q S Ball 0 r.
France J-L Rouyer 0 2 2 S Baranyi 1
Hungary S Baranyi 6 6 6 S Baranyi 2 5 6 6 6
LL Japan K Tanabe 4 3 4 J Austin 6 7 3 4 4
LL Switzerland P Kanderal 6 6 6 LL P Kanderal 8 3 3
Soviet Union T Kakoulia 6 6 3 0 4 J Austin 9 6 6
United States J Austin 3 4 6 6 6 S Baranyi 3 2 8 7 1
LL United States G Peebles 7 4 2 6 B Borg 6 6 6 5 6
West Germany K Meiler 9 6 6 K Meiler 6 6 9
LL India J Singh 3 7 6 3 Q B Martin 1 4 8
Q United States B Martin 6 9 2 6 K Meiler 4 4 6 6 3
Belgium P Hombergen 6 6 6 6 B Borg 6 6 3 2 6
Australia S Myers 3 3 1 P Hombergen 4 2 4
Q India P Lall 3 4 8 6 B Borg 6 6 6
6 Sweden B Borg 6 6 9

Section 6[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
Czechoslovakia F Pala 6 1 6 7
LL United States D Bleckinger 3 6 3 5 F Pala 4 2 4
LL United States D Crawford 4 2 4 LL N Holmes 6 6 6
LL United States N Holmes 6 6 6 LL N Holmes 4 4 6 6 3
United States R McKinley 6 6 6 R McKinley 6 6 3 2 6
LL Australia P McNamee 4 1 0 R McKinley 8 2 6 1 7
Q United States G Russo 6 2 9 4 7 LL J Kuki 6 6 0 6 5
LL Japan J Kuki 1 6 8 6 9 R McKinley 3 2 8 7 1
Czechoslovakia J Hřebec 6 6 7 3 R Taylor 6 6 6 5 6
Australia F Sedgman 0 4 5 J Hřebec 6 3 6 6
Italy A Zugarelli 6 6 6 A Zugarelli 4 6 2 2
LL Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia D Stojović 3 2 4 J Hřebec 2 6 5 5
LL Australia J James 7 2 6 2 2 3 R Taylor 6 3 7 7
West Germany H Elschenbroich 5 6 3 8 6 H Elschenbroich 5 6 6 5 2
Q France J-L Haillet 7 2 6 6 2 3 R Taylor 7 1 4 7 6
3 United Kingdom R Taylor 5 6 3 8 6

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
United Kingdom J Lloyd 8 4 6 6 6
LL France J-F Caujolle 9 6 3 4 3 J Lloyd 6 6 6
LL Australia P Kronk 7 5 4 6 4 Q K Hancock 3 2 2
Q Australia K Hancock 5 7 6 3 6 J Lloyd 1 7 4 2
Belgium B Mignot 6 6 6 V Amritraj 6 5 6 6
Q Austria P Pokorny 1 1 3 B Mignot 5 4 4
India V Amritraj 6 6 6 V Amritraj 7 6 6
LL Australia H Turnbull 4 2 4 V Amritraj 6 7 6 7
LL Soviet Union K Pugayev 6 1 5 8 7 O Davidson 1 5 8 5
LL Australia E Ewert 3 6 7 9 LL E Ewert 6 6 6
United States M Machette 3 6 6 6 M Machette 1 1 2
Q New Zealand T Parun 6 4 3 1 LL E Ewert 5 4 6 6 5
Australia B Phillips-Moore 6 9 7 7 O Davidson 7 6 3 2 7
Q United Kingdom R Drysdale 3 7 5 B Phillips-Moore 5 2 3
LL France P Joly 4 4 4 7 O Davidson 7 6 6
7 Australia O Davidson 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
India A Amritraj 6 6 9
LL Pakistan S Meer 4 4 8 A Amritraj 3 4 3
LL India J Mukherjea 7 6 6 LL J Mukherjea 6 6 6
LL Ecuador E Zuleta 5 1 3 LL J Mukherjea 6 6 3 6
Q South Africa R Buwalda 5 6 6 6 LL G Perkins 1 4 6 3
Q Pakistan M Iqbal 7 3 2 4 Q R Buwalda 6 3 2 4
LL Australia G Perkins 6 6 3 9 LL G Perkins 3 6 6 6
Japan J Kamiwazumi 4 4 6 7 LL J Mukherjea 5 9 3 4
United Kingdom S Warboys 2 6 7 6 4 2 J Kodeš 7 8 6 6
Q South Africa J Yuill 6 4 9 4 6 Q J Yuill 4 6 3 6 10
LL United Kingdom P Curtis 6 6 6 LL P Curtis 6 3 6 1 8
Q Australia G Thomson 4 4 2 Q J Yuill 8 4 3
LL Italy P Marzano 6 6 2 6 2 J Kodeš 9 6 6
Mexico R Ramírez 3 4 6 2 LL P Marzano 6 3 6 2 3
LL Japan K Hirai 6 4 1 3 2 J Kodeš 4 6 1 6 6
2 Czechoslovakia J Kodeš 4 6 6 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://aeltc2011.wimbledon.com/125th-championships/history/index.html
  2. ^ Wimbledon: The Official History of the Championships. Barrett, John. Collins Willow 2011 ISBN 0-00-711707-8

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