Los Angeles Open (tennis)

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Los Angeles Open
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Tournament information
Founded 1927
Abolished 2012
Location Los Angeles, California
United States
Venue Los Angeles Tennis Club (1927–1974, 1980–1983)
Pauley Pavilion (1975–1979)
Los Angeles Tennis Center (1984–2012)
Category Grand Prix Tennis
(1970–1990)
Grand Prix Super Series (1970–75)
ATP World Series
(1990–1997)
ATP International Series
(1998–2008)
ATP World Tour 250 series
(2009–2012)
Surface Hard / Outdoors
Draw 28S/32Q/16D (2012)
Prize money $557,550 (2012)

The Los Angeles Open was a former tennis tournament held in Los Angeles, United States from 1927 until 2012. The inaugural edition of the event, known as the Pacific Southwest Championships was organized by Perry T. Jones and held at the Los Angeles Tennis Club (LATC) in October 1927 and Bill Tilden and Kea Bouman were the first singles champions.[1] The tournament quickly became a prestigious event on the tennis calendar.[2]

The tournament was usually held in July or August, and hosted the top men (and until 1975, women) in the world.[3] Tournament winners from its beginning in 1927 until 1967 included most of the world's No. 1 tennis players: Bill Tilden, Ellsworth Vines, Don Budge, Fred Perry, Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzales and amateur champions Roy Emerson. In the open era the event was known by various (sponsored) names including Farmers Classic, Countrywide Classic, Los Angeles Tennis Open, Pacific South West Open and Jack Kramer Open. Jack Kramer became the tournament director in 1970 when Jones retired.[2] In the open era, the tournament was won by Rod Laver twice, a second and third time by Gonzales, Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Richard Krajicek, and Andre Agassi. In doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan won a record six titles.[4]

From 1975 to 1979 the tournament was played indoors at the Pauley Pavilion.[5][6] Since 1984 the one-week tournament was held at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA, which was built to host the 1984 Summer Olympics tennis event. The matches were played on the Straus Stadium court with a capacity of 6,500 and the 1,500-seat capacity Grandstand court. It was last an ATP World Tour 250 series tournament on the ATP Tour and had a 28-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw. The tournament, with prize money of $557,550 in 2012, was one of the events included in the US Open Series. Special events during the tournament's run included Kids Day, Fashion Day, Valspar Performance Challenge, and a Legends Invitational Singles competition.

Colombian investors who purchased the tournament's license for $1.5 million at the end of 2012 moved the tournament to Bogotá.[7][8] The new tournament is called the Claro Open Colombia.[9]

Main Entrance to the Countrywide Classic at UCLA's L.A. Tennis Center.
Straus Stadium at the L.A. Tennis Center, on the UCLA campus.
Grandstand court at the LA Tennis Open.

Past winners[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1927 United States Bill Tilden United States Francis Hunter 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
1928 France Henri Cochet France Christian Boussus 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
1929 United States John Doeg United States John Van Ryn 8–10, 7–5, 9–7, 8–6
1930 United States Ellsworth Vines United States Gregory Mangin 14–12, 6–3, 6–4
1931 United States Ellsworth Vines (2) United Kingdom Fred Perry 8–10, 6–3, 4–6, 7–5, 6–2
1932 United Kingdom Fred Perry Japan Jiro Satoh 6–2, 6–4, 7–5
1933 United Kingdom Fred Perry (2) Japan Jiro Satoh 6–4, 1–6, 6–0, 7–5
1934 United Kingdom Fred Perry (3) United States Lester Stoefen 10–8, 6–4, 6–3
1935 United States Donald Budge Czechoslovakia Roderich Menzel 1–6, 11–9, 6–3, retired
1936 United States Donald Budge (2) United Kingdom Fred Perry 6–2, 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
1937 United States Donald Budge (3) Nazi Germany Gottfried von Cramm 2–6, 7–5, 6–4, 7–5
1938 Australia Adrian Quist Australia John Bromwich 6–3, 0–6, 6–4, 6–4
1939 Australia John Bromwich Kingdom of Yugoslavia Franjo Punčec 4–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–4
1940 United States Bobby Riggs United States Don McNeill 5–7, 2–6, 6–0, 12–10, 6–3
1941 United States Frank Parker United States Frank Kovacs 7–5, 6–0, 6–1
1942 United States Frank Parker (2) Ecuador Pancho Segura 6–4, 6–1, 6–3
1943 United States Jack Kramer Ecuador Pancho Segura 0–6, 6–1, 6–2
1944 United States Frank Parker (3) United States William Talbert 6–4, 6–8, 8–6
1945 United States Frank Parker (4) United States Herbert Flam 6–2, 6–4
1946 United States Jack Kramer (2) United States Ted Schroeder 6–2, 6–8, 6–2, 8–6
1947 United States Jack Kramer (3) United States Ted Schroeder 10–8, 6–4, 6–4
1948 United States Ted Schroeder United States Frank Parker 4–6, 7–9, 7–5, retired
1949 United States Pancho Gonzalez United States Ted Schroeder 6–3, 9–11, 8–6, 6–4
1950 Australia Frank Sedgman United States Ted Schroeder 9–7, 6–3, 6–2
1951 Australia Frank Sedgman (2) United States Tony Trabert 6–3, 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
1952 United States Vic Seixas Australia Frank Sedgman 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
1953 Australia Ken Rosewall United States Vic Seixas 6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
1954 United States Vic Seixas (2) United States Tony Trabert 7–5, 6–3, 6–4
1955 United States Tony Trabert United States Herbert Flam 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
1956 United States Herbert Flam Australia Ken Rosewall 4–6, 6–1, 5–7, 6–3, 7–5
1957 United States Vic Seixas (3) United States Gilbert Shea 9–7, 6–3, 6–4
1958 United States Ham Richardson United States Alex Olmedo 7–5, 6–2, 4–6, 9–7
1959 Australia Roy Emerson India Ramanathan Krishnan 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
1960 United States Barry MacKay United States Earl Buchholz 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
1961 United States Jon Douglas Australia Roy Emerson 6–2, 1–6, 6–4
1962 Australia Roy Emerson (2) Australia Rod Laver 16–14, 6–3
1963 United States Arthur Ashe United States Whitney Reed 2–6, 9–7, 6–2
1964 Australia Roy Emerson (3) United States Dennis Ralston 6–3, 6–3
1965 United States Dennis Ralston United States Arthur Ashe 6–4, 6–3
1966 United States Allen Fox Australia Roy Emerson 6–3, 6–3
1967 Australia Roy Emerson (4) United States Marty Riessen 12–14, 6–3, 6–4
1968 Australia Rod Laver Australia Ken Rosewall 4–6, 6–0, 6–0
1969 United States Pancho Gonzalez (2) United States Cliff Richey 6–0, 7–5
1970 Australia Rod Laver (2) Australia John Newcombe 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
1971 United States Pancho Gonzalez (3) United States Jimmy Connors 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
1972 United States Stan Smith United States Roscoe Tanner 6–4, 6–4
1973 United States Jimmy Connors Netherlands Tom Okker 7–5, 7–6
1974 United States Jimmy Connors United States Harold Solomon 6–3, 6–1
1975 United States Arthur Ashe (2) United States Roscoe Tanner 3–6, 7–5, 6–3
1976 United States Brian Gottfried United States Arthur Ashe 6–2, 6–2
1977 United States Stan Smith (2) United States Brian Gottfried 7–5, 3–6 6–4
1978 United States Arthur Ashe (3) United States Brian Gottfried 6–2, 6–4
1979 United States Peter Fleming United States John McEnroe 6–4, 6–4
1980 United States Gene Mayer United States Brian Teacher 6–3, 6–2
1981 United States John McEnroe United States Sandy Mayer 6–7, 6–3, 6–3
1982 United States Jimmy Connors United States Mel Purcell 6–2, 6–1
1983 United States Gene Mayer (2) United States Johan Kriek 7–6, 6–1
1984 United States Jimmy Connors (4) United States Eliot Teltscher 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
1985 United States Paul Annacone Sweden Stefan Edberg 7–6, 6–7, 7–6
1986 United States John McEnroe (2) Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–2, 6–3
1987 United States David Pate Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–4, 6–4
1988 Sweden Mikael Pernfors United States Andre Agassi 6–2, 7–5
1989 United States Aaron Krickstein United States Michael Chang 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
1990 Sweden Stefan Edberg United States Michael Chang 7–6, 2–6, 7–6
1991 United States Pete Sampras United States Brad Gilbert 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
1992 Netherlands Richard Krajicek Australia Mark Woodforde 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
1993 Netherlands Richard Krajicek (2) United States Michael Chang 0–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)
1994 Germany Boris Becker Australia Mark Woodforde 6–2, 6–2
1995 Germany Michael Stich Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4), 6–2
1996 United States Michael Chang Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–4, 6–3
1997 United States Jim Courier Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–4, 6–4
1998 United States Andre Agassi United Kingdom Tim Henman 6–4, 6–4
1999 United States Pete Sampras (2) United States Andre Agassi 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–1)
2000 United States Michael Chang (2) United States Jan-Michael Gambill 6–7(2–7), 6–3, retired
2001 United States Andre Agassi (2) United States Pete Sampras 6–4, 6–2
2002 United States Andre Agassi (3) United States Jan-Michael Gambill 6–2, 6–4
2003 South Africa Wayne Ferreira Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
2004 Germany Tommy Haas Germany Nicolas Kiefer 7–6(8–6), 6–4
2005 United States Andre Agassi (4) Luxembourg Gilles Müller 6–4, 7–5
2006 Germany Tommy Haas (2) Russia Dmitry Tursunov 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
2007 Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek United States James Blake 7–6(9–7), 5–7, 6–2
2008 Argentina Juan Martín del Potro United States Andy Roddick 6–1, 7–6(7–2)
2009 United States Sam Querrey Australia Carsten Ball 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
2010 United States Sam Querrey (2) United Kingdom Andy Murray 5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–3
2011 Latvia Ernests Gulbis United States Mardy Fish 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
2012 United States Sam Querrey (3) Lithuania Ričardas Berankis 6–0, 6–2

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1968 Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
7–5, 6–1
1969 United States Pancho Gonzales
United States Ron Holmberg
United States Jim McManus
United States Jim Osborne
6–3, 6–4
1970 Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
United States Stan Smith
United States Bob Lutz
7–6, 6–2
1971 Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
United States Frank Froehling
United States Clark Graebner
7–6, 6–4
1972 United States Jimmy Connors
United States Pancho Gonzales (2)
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
6–3, 7–6
1973 Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Vladimír Zedník
United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Nastase
6–2, 6–4
1974 Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–2
1975 India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
1976 United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
1977 South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
United States Robert Lutz
United States
Stan Smith
6–3, 6–4
1978 Australia John Alexander (2)
Australia Phil Dent (2)
United States Fred McNair
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–3
1979 United States Marty Riessen (2)
United States Sherwood Stewart
Poland Wojciech Fibak
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–4, 6–4
1980 United States Brian Teacher
United States Butch Walts
India Anand Amritraj
United States John Austin
6–2, 6–4
1981 United States Tom Gullikson
United States Butch Walts (2)
United States John McEnroe
United States Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–4
1982 United States Sherwood Stewart (2)
United States Ferdi Taygan
United States Bruce Manson
United States Brian Teacher
6–1, 6–7, 6–3
1983 United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
United States Sandy Mayer
United States Ferdi Taygan
6–1, 6–2
1984 United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Sandy Mayer
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
1985 United States Scott Davis
United States Robert Van't Hof
United States Paul Annacone
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6–3, 7–6
1986 Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
3–6, 7–5, 7–6
1987 South Africa Kevin Curren
United States David Pate
United States Brad Gilbert
United States Tim Wilkison
6–3, 6–4
1988 United States John McEnroe (2)
Australia Mark Woodforde
Australia Peter Doohan
United States Jim Grabb
6–4, 6–4
1989 United States Martin Davis
United States Tim Pawsat
Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
7–5, 7–6
1990 United States Scott Davis (2)
United States David Pate (2)
Sweden Peter Lundgren
Kenya Paul Wekesa
3–6, 6–1, 6–3
1991 Argentina Javier Frana
United States Jim Pugh
Canada Glenn Michibata
United States Brad Pearce
7–5, 2–6, 6–4
1992 United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Jim Pugh (2)
United States Francisco Montana
United States David Wheaton
7–6, 7–6
1993 South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Germany Michael Stich
Canada Grant Connell
United States Scott Davis
7–6, 7–6
1994 Australia John Fitzgerald
Australia Mark Woodforde (2)
United States Scott Davis
United States Brian MacPhie
4–6, 6–2, 6–0
1995 South Africa Brent Haygarth
United States Kent Kinnear
United States Scott Davis
Croatia Goran Ivanišević
6–4, 7–6
1996 South Africa Marius Barnard
South Africa Piet Norval
Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
7–5, 6–2
1997 Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
India Mahesh Bhupathi
United States Rick Leach
7–6, 6–4
1998 Australia Patrick Rafter
Australia Sandon Stolle
United States Jeff Tarango
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–4, 6–4
1999 Zimbabwe Byron Black
South Africa Wayne Ferreira (2)
Croatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Brian MacPhie
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
2000 Australia Paul Kilderry
Australia Sandon Stolle
United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
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2001 United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Andy Roddick
7–5, 7–6(8–6)
2002 France Sébastien Grosjean
Germany Nicolas Kiefer
United States Justin Gimelstob
France Michaël Llodra
6–4, 6–4
2003 United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Travis Parrott
Australia Joshua Eagle
Netherlands Sjeng Schalken
6–4, 3–6, 7–5
2004 United States Bob Bryan (2)
United States Mike Bryan (2)
Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
2005 United States Rick Leach
United States Brian MacPhie
Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–4
2006 United States Bob Bryan (3)
United States Mike Bryan (3)
United States Eric Butorac
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6–2, 6–4
2007 United States Bob Bryan (4)
United States Mike Bryan (4)
United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin
7–6(7–5), 6–2
2008 India Rohan Bopanna
United States Eric Butorac
United States Travis Parrott
Serbia Dušan Vemić
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
2009 United States Bob Bryan (5)
United States Mike Bryan (5)
Germany Benjamin Becker
Germany Frank Moser
6–4, 7–6(2)
2010 United States Bob Bryan (6)
United States Mike Bryan (6)
United States Eric Butorac
Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer
6–7(6–8), 6–2, [10–7]
2011 The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Belgium Xavier Malisse
India Somdev Devvarman
Philippines Treat Conrad Huey
7–6(7–3), 7–6(12–10)
2012 Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
Belgium Xavier Malisse (2)
United Kingdom Jamie Delgado
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
7–6(7–5), 4–6, [10–7]

Most titles[edit]

# of titles Name Years
Singles
4
United States Andre Agassi
United States Jimmy Connors
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Frank Parker
2005, 2002, 2001, 1998
1984, 1982, 1974, 1973
1967, 1964, 1962, 1959
1945, 1944, 1942, 1941
3
United States Sam Querrey
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Pancho Gonzalez
United States Vic Seixas
United States Jack Kramer
United States Donald Budge
United Kingdom Fred Perry
2012, 2010, 2009
1978, 1975, 1963
1971, 1969, 1949
1957, 1954, 1952
1947, 1946, 1943
1937, 1936, 1935
1934, 1933, 1932
2
Germany Tommy Haas
United States Michael Chang
United States Pete Sampras
Netherlands Richard Krajicek
United States John McEnroe
United States Gene Mayer
United States Stan Smith
Australia Rod Laver
Australia Frank Sedgman
United States Ellsworth Vines
2006, 2004
2000, 1996
1999, 1991
1993, 1992
1986, 1981
1983, 1980
1977, 1972
1970, 1968
1951, 1950
1931, 1930
Doubles
6
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001
2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001

Previous names[edit]

Years Name Sponsor
2010–2012 Farmers Classic Farmers Insurance Group
2009 LA Tennis Open None
2006–2008 Countrywide Classic Countrywide Bank
1998–2005 Mercedes-Benz Cup Mercedes-Benz
1995–1997 Infiniti Open Infiniti
1979–1981 Jack Kramer Open None
Los Angeles Open Volvo
1927–1975 Pacific Southwest Championships

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wright, Irvine C., ed. (1928). Wright & Ditson's Lawn Tennis Guide for 1928. Boston: Wright & Ditson. pp. 133–134. 
  2. ^ a b Baltzell, E. Digby (1995). Sporting Gentlemen : Men's Tennis from the Age of Honor to the Cult of the Superstar. New York [u.a.]: Free Press. pp. 233–241. ISBN 9780029013151. 
  3. ^ Farmers Insurance Group Increases Role at LA Tennis Open With Title Sponsorship, Farmersclassic.com
  4. ^ Diane Pucin, Bryan twins set tennis record in doubles, Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2010
  5. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1976). World of Tennis '76 : a BP and Commercial Union yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 100–101. ISBN 9780362002768. OCLC 650229036. 
  6. ^ Adam Karon (July 23, 2000). "L.A. brings a little bit of tinseltown to tournament". Daily Bruin. 
  7. ^ Farmers Classic: L.A. To Lose Its Big Tennis Tourney, Insidetennis.com
  8. ^ "ATP approves event in Bogotá from 2013". www.atpworldtour.com. ATP. December 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Claro Open Colombia, ATP World Tour, 2013

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°04′12″N 118°26′53″W / 34.070°N 118.448°W / 34.070; -118.448