1976 World Championship Tennis circuit

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1976 World Championship Tennis circuit
Ashe (left) was prize money leader
Ashe (left) was prize money leader
Details
Duration 5 January 1975 – 4 May 1975
Edition 7th
Tournaments 26
Achievements
Most tournament titles United States Arthur Ashe (5)
Most tournament finals United States Arthur Ashe (6)
Prize money leader United States Arthur Ashe ($253,013)
Points leader United States Arthur Ashe (860)
1975
1977

The 1976 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1976. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT) and consisted of a schedule of 25 tournaments leading up to a singles WCT Finals play-off in Dallas and a doubles play-off in Kansas City in May. A total of 54 players participated, 30 players less than in the previous three years, and the group system used in the previous editions was replaced by a single pool. The U.S. Pro Indoor was the only tournament in which all players participated, all other tournaments had a 16 men draw. The season final was played by the eight best performers and was won by the Swede Björn Borg who defeated Guillermo Vilas from Argentina in four sets.[1] The total prize money for the 1976 WCT circuit was $2,400,000, including a $320,000 Avis Challenge Cup round–robin special event played in Hawaii in January and May.[2]

The Aetna World Cup between teams of the US and Australia was played in March in Hartford and was won by the US 6–1.[3]

Overview[edit]

Date Tournament Location Draw Prize Money Surface Winner Finalist Score
5 January 1976 Monterrey WCT Monterrey, Mexico 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Eddie Dibbs United States Harold Solomon 7–6, 6–2
7 January 1976 Columbus WCT Columbus, Ohio, USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 3–6, 6–3, 7–6
12 January 1976 Indianapolis WCT Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 16S / 8D Indoor / Carpet United States Arthur Ashe United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–7, 6–4
14 January 1976 Atlanta WCT Atlanta, Georgia, USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet Romania Ilie Năstase United States Jeff Borowiak 6–2, 6–4
26 January 1976 U.S. Pro Indoor Philadelphia, PA, USA 64S / 32D $118,600 Indoor / Carpet United States Jimmy Connors Sweden Björn Borg 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 6–0
2 February 1976 Barcelona WCT Barcelona, Spain 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Eddie Dibbs South Africa Cliff Drysdale 6–1, 6–1
4 February 1976 Richmond WCT Richmond, VA, USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Arthur Ashe United States Brian Gottfried 6–2, 6–4
10 February 1976 Toronto WCT Toronto, Canada 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet Sweden Björn Borg United States Vitas Gerulaitis 2–6, 6–3, 6–1
10 February 1976 Lagos WCT Lagos, Nigeria (Caracas, Venezuela) 16S / 8D Outdoor / Clay United States Dick Stockton United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 6–2
17 February 1976 St. Louis WCT St. Louis, USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet Argentina Guillermo Vilas India Vijay Amritraj 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
17 February 1976 Rome WCT Rome, Italy 16S / 8D $60,000 Outdoor / Clay United States Arthur Ashe United States Bob Lutz 6–2, 0–6, 6–3
23 February 1976 Fort Worth WCT Fort Worth, TX, USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet Argentina Guillermo Vilas Australia Phil Dent 6–7, 6–1, 6–1
23 February 1976 Rotterdam WCT Rotterdam, Netherlands 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Arthur Ashe United States Bob Lutz 6–3, 6–3
8 March 1976 Memphis WCT Memphis, USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet India Vijay Amritraj United States Stan Smith 6–2, 0–6, 6–0
8 March 1976 Mexico City WCT Mexico City, Mexico 16S / 8D $60,000 Outdoor / Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez United States Eddie Dibbs 7–6, 6–2
15 March 1976 Washington WCT Washington D.C., USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Harold Solomon New Zealand Onny Parun 6–3, 6–1
15 March 1976 Jackson WCT Mexico City, Mexico 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall Mexico Raúl Ramírez 6–3, 6–3
29 March 1976 Caracas WCT Caracas, Venezuela 16S / 8D $60,000 Outdoor / Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez Romania Ilie Năstase 6–3, 6–4
29 March 1976 Sao Paulo WCT Sao Paulo, Brazil 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet Sweden Björn Borg Argentina Guillermo Vilas 7–6, 6–2
5 April 1976 Johannesburg WCT Johannesburg, South Africa 16S / 8D Outdoor / Hard New Zealand Onny Parun South Africa Cliff Drysdale 7–6, 6–3
5 April 1976 Houston WCT Houston, USA 16S / 8D $25,000 Outdoor / Clay United States Harold Solomon Australia Ken Rosewall 6–1, 4–6, 6–1
12 April 1976 Monte Carlo WCT Monte Carlo, Monaco 16S / 8D $60,000 Outdoor / Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas Poland Wojtek Fibak 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
13 April 1976 Charlotte WCT Charlotte, NC, USA 16S / 8D Indoor / Carpet Australia Tony Roche United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
19 April 1976 Stockholm WCT Stockholm, Sweden 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak Romania Ilie Năstase 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
19 April 1976 Denver WCT Denver, USA 16S / 8D $60,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Jimmy Connors Australia Ross Case 7–6, 6–2
4 May 1976 Dallas WCT Finals Dallas, USA 8S $100,000 Indoor / Carpet Sweden Björn Borg Argentina Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 6–1, 7–5, 6–1

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of events on the 1976 WCT circuit, with player progression documented until the quarterfinals stage.[4]

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 January Monterrey WCT
Monterrey, Mexico
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 16S/8D
United States Eddie Dibbs
7–6, 6–2
United States Harold Solomon United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Emilio Montano
Australia Geoff Masters
United States Cliff Richey
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
7 January Columbus WCT
Columbus, USA
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 16S/8D
United States Arthur Ashe
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison Australia Phil Dent
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Australia Kevin Warwick
United States Dick Stockton
Netherlands Tom Okker
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
7–6, 6–4
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
12 January Indianapolis WCT
Indianapolis, USA
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 16S/8D
United States Arthur Ashe
6–2, 6–7, 6–4
United States Vitas Gerulaitis Australia Ray Ruffels
United States Stan Smith
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Syd Ball
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Bob Lutz
United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–2, 6–4
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Tom Gorman
14 January Atlanta Open
Atlanta, USA
$60,000 - Carpet (i) - 16S/8D
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–2, 6–4
United States Jeff Borowiak Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Australia John Alexander
Sweden Björn Borg
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Zimbabwe Andrew Pattison
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent

6–3, 6–4
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Germany Karl Meiler
26 January U.S. Pro Indoor
Philadelphia, USA
$118,000 - Carpet (i) - 64S/32D
United States Jimmy Connors
7–6(7–5), 6–4, 6–0
Sweden Björn Borg Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Dick Stockton
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Tom Gorman
Australia Rod Laver
Australia Rod Laver
United States Dennis Ralston
6–3, 5–7, 7–6(7–5)
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 February Barcelona WCT
Barcelona, Spain
United States Eddie Dibbs
6–1, 6–1
South Africa Cliff Drysdale Australia Dick Crealy
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Erik Van Dillen
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Germany Karl Meiler
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–3
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Germany Karl Meiler
4 February Richmond WCT
Richmond, USA
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
United States Arthur Ashe
6–2, 6–4
United States Brian Gottfried Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Netherlands Tom Okker
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
United States Billy Martin
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 7–5
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
10 February Lagos Open
Lagos, Nigeria
Clay - 16S/8D
United States Dick Stockton
6–3, 6–2
United States Arthur Ashe United States Bob Lutz
United States Jeff Borowiak
Germany Karl Meiler
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Harold Solomon
Australia Dick Crealy
10 February Toronto Indoor
Toronto, Canada
Sweden Björn Borg
2–6, 6–3, 6–1
United States Vitas Gerulaitis Romania Ilie Năstase
United States Marty Riessen
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodes
Australia Tony Roche
India Vijay Amritraj
Chile Jaime Fillol
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7(3–7), 6–2, 6–3
Soviet Union Alexander Metreveli
Romania Ilie Năstase
17 February Rome WCT
Rome, Italy
Clay
United States Arthur Ashe
6–2, 0–6, 6–3
United States Bob Lutz United States Dick Stockton
Italy Adriano Panatta
Netherlands Tom Okker
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Stan Smith
United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4
Australia Dick Crealy
South Africa Frew McMillan
17 February St. Louis WCT
St. Louis, USA
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
7–6, 6–2
India Vijay Amritraj Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Billy Martin
United States Brian Gottfried
Australia John Alexander
Australia Ken Rosewall
Spain Manuel Orantes
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 6–2
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
23 February Rotterdam WCT
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
United States Arthur Ashe
6–3, 6–3
United States Bob Lutz Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Rod Laver
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
United States Stan Smith
Australia Rod Laver
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–1, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(5)
United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
24 February Colonial National Invitational
Fort Worth, USA
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–7, 6–1, 6–1
Australia Phil Dent United States Sandy Mayer
United States Roscoe Tanner
United States Harold Solomon
United States Sherwood Stewart
United States Tom Gorman
United States Cliff Richey
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Sandy Mayer
6–4, 7–5
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Harold Solomon

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 March U.S. Indoor National Championships
Memphis, USA
India Vijay Amritraj
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
United States Stan Smith United States Bob Lutz
Sweden Björn Borg
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia John Newcombe
United States Roscoe Tanner
United States Marty Riessen
India Vijay Amritraj
India Anand Amritraj

6–3, 6–4
United States Marty Riessen
United States Roscoe Tanner
8 March Mexico City WCT
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–6 6–2
United States Eddie Dibbs Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Mexico Marcelo Lara
United States Brian Gottfried
Australia Ken Rosewall
United States Tom Gorman
Australia Syd Ball
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia Brian Fairlie
15 March Washington Indoor
Washington, USA
United States Harold Solomon
6–3 6–1
New Zealand Onny Parun Australia John Newcombe
United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Eddie Dibbs
South Africa Ray Moore
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia Allan Stone
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Harold Solomon

6–4, 7–5
United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
15 March Tennis South Invitational
Jackson, USA
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–3, 6–3
Mexico Raúl Ramírez India Vijay Amritraj
Australia Ross Case
United States Tom Gorman
United States Dick Stockton
United States Billy Martin
Australia Phil Dent
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez

7–5, 4–6, 6–0
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
29 March Caracas Open
Caracas, Venezuela
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–4
Romania Ilie Năstase United States Arthur Ashe
United States Jeff Borowiak
South Africa Ray Moore
United States Dick Stockton
United States Brian Gottfried
United States Erik Van Dillen
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 6–4
United States Jeff Borowiak
Romania Ilie Năstase
29 March Sao Paulo WCT
Sao Paolo, Brasil
Sweden Björn Borg
7–6, 6–2
Argentina Guillermo Vilas Zimbabwe Andrew Pattison
Brazil Tomas Koch
Chile Jaime Fillol
Australia Phil Dent
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
7–5, 6–1
United States Charlie Pasarell
Australia Allan Stone

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 April Johannesburg Indoor
Johannesburg, South Africa
New Zealand Onny Parun
7-6, 6–3
South Africa Cliff Drysdale Australia Ross Case
Netherlands Tom Okker
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Australia Kim Warwick
Australia Geoff Masters
South Africa Ray Moore
United States Marty Riessen
United States Roscoe Tanner

6–2, 7–5
South Africa Frew McMillan
Netherlands Tom Okker
5 April Houston Open
Houston, USA
United States Harold Solomon
6–4, 1–6, 6–1
Australia Ken Rosewall United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Bob Lutz
Australia Phil Dent
Romania Ilie Năstase
Australia John Alexander
Australia Rod Laver
Australia Ken Rosewall

6–4, 6–2
United States Charlie Pasarell
Australia Allan Stone
12 April Monte Carlo Open
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–1, 6–1, 6–4
Poland Wojciech Fibak France Francois Jauffret
West Germany Karl Meiler
South Africa Ray Moore
Italy Adriano Panatta
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Sweden Björn Borg
Poland Wojciech Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler

7–6, 6–1
Sweden Björn Borg
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
13 April Charlotte WCT
Charlotte, USA
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
United States Vitas Gerulaitis United States Eddie Dibbs
Australia Ken Rosewall
United States Cliff Richey
Australia Ross Case
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Geoff Masters
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 7–5
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Gene Mayer
19 April Denver Open
Denver, USA
United States Jimmy Connors
7–6, 6–2
Australia Ross Case United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Billy Martin
Australia Geoff Masters
United States Charlie Pasarell
Australia John Alexander
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent

6–7, 6–2, 7–5
United States Jimmy Connors
United States Billy Martin
19 April Stockholm WCT
Stockholm, Sweden
Poland Wojciech Fibak
6–4, 7–6
Romania Ilie Năstase Italy Adriano Panatta
Netherlands Tom Okker
Sweden Björn Borg
Australia Mark Edmondson
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Soviet Union Alexander Metreveli
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–4, 7–5
Netherlands Tom Okker
Italy Adriano Panatta
28 April Masters Doubles WCT
Kansas City, USA
Poland Wojciech Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–2, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
United States Bob Lutz
United States Ramsey Smith

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 May WCT Finals
Dallas, United States
Tour Finals
$100,000 – Carpet – 8S
Singles Draw
Sweden Björn Borg
1–6, 6–1, 7–5, 6–1
Argentina Guillermo Vilas United States Harold Solomon
United States Dick Stockton
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Robert Lutz
United States Arthur Ashe
Mexico Raúl Ramírez

Standings[edit]

Player Tournaments Played Tournaments Won Matches Won Matches Lost Points Prize Money
United States Arthur Ashe * 8 5 26 3 860 $253,013
Mexico Raul Ramirez * 8 2 18 6 705 $104,700
Argentina Guillermo Vilas * 7 3 19 4 695 $99,163
United States Eddie Dibbs * 8 2 19 6 675 $79,538
Sweden Björn Borg * 8 2 17 6 650 $135,838
United States Dick Stockton * 8 1 17 5 595 $62,475
United States Bob Lutz * 8 0 15 9 585 $69,013
United States Harold Solomon * 8 2 16 7 565 $75,038
United States Vitas Gerulaitis 8 0 12 10 540 $40,900
United States Brian Gottfried 8 0 14 8 535 $54,600

* Qualified for the WCT Finals.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Solomon Makes Dallas Again With Field Set For WCT Finals, May 4–9" (PDF). World Championship Tennis. April 28, 1976. 
  2. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1977). World of Tennis. London: Macdonald and Jane's. pp. 139–148. ISBN 978-0-354-09011-7. 
  3. ^ "US tennis team wins World Cup.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 9 March 1976. p. 18. 
  4. ^ atpworldtour.com. "1976 Grand Prix and WCT circuits calendar". 

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