1975 World Championship Tennis circuit

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1975 World Championship Tennis circuit
Ashe left with President Regan in 1982
Ashe left with President Regan in 1982
Details
Duration 20 January 1975 – 7 May 1975
Edition 6th
Tournaments 26
Achievements
Most tournament titles United States Arthur Ashe (5)
Most tournament finals United States Arthur Ashe (7)
Points leader United States Arthur Ashe (760)
1974
1976

The 1975 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1975. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT). The 1975 circuit divided the players in three groups, Red, Blue and Green who played 24 tournaments in 12 countries. The first tournament, U.S. Professional Indoor Championships, was a combined event as was the season's final which was played in Dallas by the eight best performers and was won by American Arthur Ashe who defeated Björn Borg from Sweden in four sets.[1]

Additionally there were three special non–ranking events; the CBS Classic (Puerto Rico, 13–19 January), the Aetna World Cup team contest between Australia and America (Hartford, 6–9 March) and the Rothmans International Trophy an eight-nation contest between 16 players (London, 4–8 March).

The total prize money for the 1975 WCT circuit was $2,068,500 which included $100,000 bonus money.[1]

Overview[edit]

Date Tournament Location Champions Runners-up Score
20 January 1975 U.S. Pro Indoor Philadelphia, PA, USA United States Marty Riessen United States Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 6–2, 6–7(0–7), 6–3
27 January 1975 Fidelity Tournament Richmond, VA, USA Sweden Björn Borg United States Arthur Ashe 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
3 February 1975 St. Petersburg WCT St. Petersburg, FL, USA Mexico Raúl Ramírez United States Roscoe Tanner 6–0, 1–6, 6–2
6 February 1975 Bologna WCT Bologna, Italy Sweden Björn Borg United States Arthur Ashe 7–6, 4–6, 7–6
10 February 1975 Rothmans Toronto WCT Toronto, Canada United States Harold Solomon United States Stan Smith 6–4, 6–1
17 February 1975 Fort Worth WCT Ft. Worth, USA United States John Alexander United States Dick Stockton 7–6, 4–6, 6–3
17 February 1975 La Costa WCT La Costa, CA, USA Australia Rod Laver Australia Allan Stone 6–2, 6–2
17 February 1975 Barcelona WCT Barcelona, Spain United States Arthur Ashe Sweden Björn Borg 7–6, 6–3
23 February 1975 San Antonio WCT San Antonio, TX, USA United States Dick Stockton United States Stan Smith 7–5, 2–6, 7–6
25 February 1975 Rotterdam WTT Rotterdam, Netherlands United States Arthur Ashe Netherlands Tom Okker 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
10 March 1975 Washington WCT Washington, DC, USA United Kingdom Mark Cox United States Dick Stockton 6–2, 7–6
10 March 1975 São Paulo WCT São Paulo, Brazil Australia Rod Laver United States Charlie Pasarell 6–4, 6–4
10 March 1975 Munich WCT Munich, Germany United States Arthur Ashe Sweden Björn Borg 6–4, 7–6
17 March 1975 Memphis WCT Memphis, TN, USA United States Harold Solomon Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
17 March 1975 Caracas WCT Caracas, Venezuela Australia Rod Laver Mexico Raúl Ramírez 7–6, 6–2
23 March 1975 Monte Carlo WCT Monte Carlo, Monaco Spain Manuel Orantes South Africa Bob Hewitt 6–2, 6–4
24 March 1975 Atlanta WCT Atlanta, GA, USA United Kingdom Mark Cox United States John Alexander 6–3, 7–6
24 March 1975 Orlando WCT Orlando, FL, USA Australia Rod Laver United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 6–4
7 April 1975 St. Louis WCT St. Louis, MO, USA United States Vitas Gerulaitis United States Roscoe Tanner 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
11 April 1975 Johannesburg WCT Johannesburg, South Africa United Kingdom Buster Mottram Netherlands Tom Okker 6–4, 6–2
14 April 1975 Tokyo WCT Tokyo, Japan United States Bob Lutz United States Stan Smith 6–4, 6–4
14 April 1975 Denver WCT Denver, CO, USA United States Jimmy Connors United States Brian Gottfried 6–3, 6–4
21 April 1975 Houston Houston, TX, USA Australia Ken Rosewall South Africa Cliff Drysdale 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
21 April 1975 Charlotte WCT Charlotte, NC, USA Mexico Raúl Ramírez United States Roscoe Tanner 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
21 April 1975 Stockholm WCT Stockholm, Sweden United States Arthur Ashe Netherlands Tom Okker 6–4, 6–2
7 May 1975 Dallas WCT Finals Dallas, TX, USA United States Arthur Ashe Sweden Björn Borg 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–0

Schedule[edit]

This is the complete schedule of events on the 1975 WCT circuit, with player progression documented until the quarterfinals stage.[2]

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
20 January U.S. Pro Indoor
Philadelphia, United States
$115,000 - Carpet (i) - 128S/64D
United States Marty Riessen
7–6(7–1), 5–7, 6–2, 6–7(0–7), 6–3
United States Vitas Gerulaitis Chile Jaime Fillol
United States John Alexander
Australia Tony Roche
United States Paul Gerken
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Cliff Richey
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
United States Dick Stockton
United States Erik Van Dillen
27 January Fidelity Tournament
Richmond, USA
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Green group
Sweden Björn Borg
4–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
United States Arthur Ashe Australia Kim Warwick
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Jeff Borowiak
Italy Adriano Panatta
New Zealand Onny Parun
Australia Bob Giltinan
United States Fred McNair
Austria Hans Kary
7–6(8–6), 5–7, 7–6(8–6)
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 February Havatampa–Raymond James Classic
St. Petersburg, United States
Bayfront Center
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Blue group
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–0, 1–6, 6–2
United StatesRoscoe Tanner Australia Rod Laver
Australia Geoff Masters
Chile Jaime Fillol
United States Sandy Mayer
United States Brian Gottfried
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 6–4
United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Roscoe Tanner
6 February Bologna WCT
Bologna, Italy
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Green group
Sweden Björn Borg
7–6, 4–6, 7–6
United StatesArthur Ashe Netherlands Tom Okker
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Niki Pilić
New Zealand Onny Parun
Australia Bob Giltinan
Italy Adriano Panatta
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
10 February Rothmans Toronto WCT
Toronto, Canada
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Red group
United States Harold Solomon
6–4, 6–1
United StatesStan Smith United States Erik van Dillen
United States Marty Riessen
United States Paul Gerken
United States Cliff Richey
United States Bob Lutz
Australia Phil Dent
United States Dick Stockton
United States Erik van Dillen
6–4, 7–5, 6–1
India Vijay Amritraj
India Ashok Amritraj
17 February Fort Worth WCT
Ft. Worth, USA
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Red group
Australia John Alexander
7–6(7–2), 4–6, 6–3
United States Dick Stockton South Africa Cliff Drysdale
India Vijay Amritraj
United States Harold Solomon
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia Milan Holeček
United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
17 February Carlsbad WCT
Carlsbad, USA
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Blue group
Australia Rod Laver
6–2, 6–2
Australia Allan Stone United States Roscoe Tanner
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
South Africa Raymond Moore
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 6–4
United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Roscoe Tanner
17 February Barcelona WCT
Barcelona, Spain
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Green group
United States Arthur Ashe
7–6, 6–3
Sweden Björn Borg New Zealand Onny Parun
Spain José Higueras
United States Steve Krulevitz
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Sweden Kjell Johansson
Australia Kevin Warwick
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
7–5, 6–1
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
23 February San Antonio WCT
San Antonio, USA
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Red group
United States Dick Stockton
7–5, 2–6, 7–6
United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
United States Bob Lutz
United States Paul Gerken
United States Mike Estep
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Phil Dent
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
24 February Rotterdam WTT
Rotterdam, Netherlands
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Green group
United States Arthur Ashe
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Netherlands Tom Okker France Patrice Dominguez
Sweden Björn Borg
South Africa Bob Hewitt
United States Steve Krulevitz
Australia Kevin Warwick
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–2, 6–2
Spain José Higueras
Hungary Balázs Taróczy

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
10 March Washington WCT
Washington, DC, United States
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Red group
United Kingdom Mark Cox
6–2, 7–6
United States Dick Stockton United States Stan Smith
Pakistan Haroon Rahim
Australia John Alexander
United States Bob Lutz
Australia Phil Dent
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Mike Estep
New Zealand Russell Simpson
7–6, 6–3
India Vijay Amritraj
India Ashok Amritraj
10 March São Paulo WCT
São Paulo, Brazil
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Blue group
Australia Rod Laver
6–4, 6–4
United States Charlie Pasarell Brazil Thomas Koch
United States Roscoe Tanner
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Australia Ray Ruffels
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
10 March Munich WCT
Munich, Germany
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Green group
United States Arthur Ashe
6–4, 7–6
Sweden Björn Borg Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Niki Pilić
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
Sweden Kjell Johansson
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–4
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Italy Antonio Zugarelli
17 March Memphis WCT
Memphis, United States
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Red group
United States Harold Solomon
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec Australia John Alexander
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Cliff Richey
India Vijay Amritraj
United States Bob Lutz
Australia Phil Dent
United States Dick Stockton
United States Erik van Dillen
1–6, 7–5, 6–4
United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
17 March Caracas WCT
Caracas, Venezuela
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Blue group
Australia Rod Laver
7–6, 6–2
Mexico Raúl Ramírez United States Jeff Borowiak
United States Roscoe Tanner
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia Allan Stone
South Africa Raymond Moore
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
23 March Monte Carlo WCT
Monte Carlo, Monaco
$60,000 - Clay - 32S/16D
Green group
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–2, 6–4
South Africa Bob Hewitt Spain José Higueras
United Kingdom John Lloyd
Australia Dick Crealy
Italy Adriano Panatta
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
Sweden Björn Borg
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–2
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
24 March Atlanta WCT
Atlanta, United States
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Red group
United Kingdom Mark Cox
6–3, 7–6
Australia John Alexander United States Cliff Richey
United States Harold Solomon
United States Stan Smith
Australia Phil Dent
United States Dick Stockton
Czechoslovakia Milan Holeček
India Vijay Amritraj
India Ashok Amritraj
6–3, 6–2
United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
24 March Orlando WCT
Orlando, United States
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Blue group
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4
United States Vitas Gerulaitis United States Brian Gottfried
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison
United States Jeff Borowiak
United States Roscoe Tanner
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Australia Allan Stone
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 6–4
Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Ray Ruffels

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 April St. Louis WCT
St. Louis, United States
$60,000 - Clay - 32S/16D
Blue group
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
2–6, 6–2, 6–3
United States Roscoe Tanner Australia Rod Laver
United States Brian Gottfried
United States Jeff Borowiak
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Chile Jaime Fillol
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–4, 6–4
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
11 April Johannesburg WCT
Johannesburg, South Africa
$60,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
Green group
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
6–4, 6–2
Netherlands Tom Okker Sweden Björn Borg
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt
New Zealand Onny Parun
Australia Kevin Warwick
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 6–2
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
14 April Tokyo WCT
Tokyo, Japan
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Red group
United States Bob Lutz
6–4, 6–4
United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Harold Solomon
United States Dick Stockton
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
14 April Denver WCT
Denver, United States
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Blue group
United States Jimmy Connors
6–3, 6–4
United States Brian Gottfried United States Sandy Mayer
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Brazil Thomas Koch
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Chile Jaime Fillol
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–2, 3–6, 7–5
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Allan Stone
21 April Houston WCT
Houston, United States
$60,000 - Clay - 32S/16D
Red group
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
South Africa Cliff Drysdale United States Harold Solomon
India Vijay Amritraj
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
United States Bob Lutz
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
7–5, 7–6
United States Mike Estep
New Zealand Russell Simpson
21 April Charlotte WCT
Charlotte, United States
$60,000 - Clay - 32S/16D
Blue group
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
United States Roscoe Tanner Australia Rod Laver
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison
Colombia Iván Molina
Chile Jaime Fillol
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
United States Brian Gottfried
Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
21 April Stockholm WCT
Stockholm, Sweden
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Green group
United States Arthur Ashe
6–4, 6–2
Netherlands Tom Okker New Zealand Onny Parun
United States Fred McNair
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
Spain José Higueras
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Sweden Tenny Svensson
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 7–6
France Patrice Dominguez
Australia Kevin Warwick

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 May WCT Finals
Dallas, United States
Tour Finals
$100,000 – Carpet – 8S
Singles Draw
United States Arthur Ashe
3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–0
Sweden Björn Borg Australia John Alexander
Australia Rod Laver
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Roscoe Tanner
United States Harold Solomon

Standings[edit]

Blue group[edit]

Player Tournaments Played Tournaments Won Matches Won Matches Lost Points Prize Money
Australia Rod Laver * 9 4 30 5 700 $109,731
United States Roscoe Tanner * 9 0 25 9 590 $52,962
Mexico Raúl Ramírez * 9 2 22 7 550 $86,680
United States Brian Gottfried 9 0 19 9 450 $68,300
United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6 1 19 5 420 $40,300
Chile Jaime Fillol 9 0 14 9 390 $22,200
Australia Allan Stone 9 0 10 9 350 $19,000
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 9 0 11 9 420 $26,328
United States Jeff Borowiak 9 0 11 9 330 $22,610
Egypt Ismail El Shafei 9 0 11 9 330 $15,600

Green group[edit]

Player Tournaments Played Tournaments Won Matches Won Matches Lost Points Prize Money
United States Arthur Ashe * 9 4 35 5 760 $177,161
Sweden Björn Borg * 9 2 27 7 640 $78,140
Netherlands Tom Okker 8 0 19 8 470 $41,292
United Kingdom Buster Mottram 9 1 15 8 400 $27,250
South Africa Bob Hewitt 8 0 15 8 395 $33,370
New Zealand Onny Parun 8 0 13 8 350 $18,250
Australia Kim Warwick 8 0 12 8 340 $18,700
Spain José Higueras 9 0 9 9 330 $16,750
France Patrice Dominguez 9 0 9 9 290 $13,350
Australia Bob Giltinan 9 0 8 9 280 $11,930

Red group[edit]

Player Tournaments Played Tournaments Won Matches Won Matches Lost Points Prize Money
Australia John Alexander * 9 1 26 8 610 $94,075
United States Harold Solomon * 9 2 22 7 540 $46,950
United Kingdom Mark Cox * 9 2 22 7 520 $75,822
United States Stan Smith 9 0 19 9 500 $46,189
United States Dick Stockton 9 1 19 8 490 $60,275
United States Bob Lutz 9 1 19 7 470 $41,647
Australia Phil Dent 9 0 14 9 390 $25,200
South Africa Cliff Drysdale 9 0 14 9 390 $40,408
India Vijay Amritraj 9 0 11 9 350 $25,750
United States Marty Riessen 9 0 8 9 350 $42,259

* Qualified for the WCT Finals. The best two players from each group qualified plus the next two players with the highest points total.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1977). World of Tennis '76. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 141–152. ISBN 0362002754. 
  2. ^ atpworldtour.com. "1975 Grand Prix and WCT circuits calendar". 

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