South African Open (tennis)

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South African Open
Defunct tennis tournament
Event name South African Championships (1891–1967)
South African Open (1968–??, 1993–95)
Altech NCR South African Open (19??–89)
Panasonic South African Open (1992)
Tour Grand Prix Tour (1972–89)
GP Championship Series (1970–74)
World Championship Series (1983–87)
ATP Tour (1990–95)
Founded 1891
Abolished 1995
Surface Hard (1891–1995)

The South African Open – formerly the South African Championships, the Altech NCR South African Open and the Panasonic South African Open – is a defunct Grand Prix Tennis Tour, World Championship Series and ATP Tour affiliated tennis tournament played from 1891 to 1995. The tournament was independent in 1970 and 1971 and between 1970 and 1974 the event was part of the Grand Prix Championship Series of tournaments that were the precursors to the current ATP World Tour Masters 1000. It was mainly held in Johannesburg in South Africa, except in 1993, when it was held in Durban, and in 1994, when it was held in Sun City. The tournament was played on outdoor hard courts.

ATP Tour tennis returned to South Africa in 2009 under the banner of the SA Tennis Open. The history of this event, however, is not part of the history of the Open.[1] The Tennis Open, which was part of the 250 series of events, was discontinued in 2011.[2]

History[edit]

The first South African Championships were played in 1891 and took place in Port Elizabeth. The tournament was held at and organized by the Port Elizabeth Lawn Tennis Club. This inaugural edition consisted of a men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles event. In 1905 the women's doubles competition was added. The first men's singles winner was Lionel Richardson from Bloemfontein. After the formation of the South African Lawn Tennis Union in 1903 the location of the tournament circulated between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, Kimberly and Pretoria. In 1931 Ellis Park in Johannesburg became the permanent venue for the championships.[3]

Results[edit]

NB: The following tables comprise only of champions in the Open Era. For a full list of champions, see their respective main articles.

Men's singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1969 Australia Rod Laver Netherlands Tom Okker 6–3, 10–8, 6–3
1970 Australia Rod Laver South Africa Frew McMillan 4–6, 6–2, 6–1, 6–2
1971 Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Fred Stolle 6–4, 6–0, 6–4
1972 United States Cliff Richey Spain Manuel Orantes 6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
1973 United States Jimmy Connors United States Arthur Ashe 6–4, 7–6, 6–3
1974 United States Jimmy Connors United States Arthur Ashe 7–6, 6–3, 6–1
1975 United States Harold Solomon United States Brian Gottfried 6–2, 6–4, 5–7, 6–1
1976 United States Harold Solomon United States Brian Gottfried 6–2, 6–7, 6–3, 6–4
1977 Argentina Guillermo Vilas United Kingdom Buster Mottram 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
1978 United States Tim Gullikson United States Harold Solomon 2–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
1979 Zimbabwe Andrew Pattison Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Victor Pecci 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
1980 Australia Kim Warwick United States Fritz Buehning 6–2, 6–1, 6–2
1981 United States Vitas Gerulaitis United States Jeff Borowiak 6–4, 7–6, 6–1
1982 United States Vitas Gerulaitis Argentina Guillermo Vilas 7–6, 6–2, 4–6, 7–6
1983 United States Johan Kriek United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell 6–4, 4–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
1984 United States Eliot Teltscher United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 6–1, 7–6
1985 United States Matt Anger United States Brad Gilbert 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
1986 Israel Amos Mansdorf United States Matt Anger 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 7–5
1987 Australia Pat Cash United States Brad Gilbert 7–6, 4–6, 2–6, 6–0, 6–1
1988 Switzerland Jakob Hlasek South Africa Christo van Rensburg 6–7, 6–4, 6–1, 7–6
1989 South Africa Christo van Rensburg United States Paul Chamberlin 6–4, 7–6, 6–3
1990–1991 Not Held
1992 United States Aaron Krickstein Commonwealth of Independent States Alexander Volkov 6–4, 6–4
1993 United States Aaron Krickstein South Africa Grant Stafford 6–3, 7–6
1994 Germany Markus Zoecke Germany Hendrik Dreekmann 6–4, 6–1
1995 Germany Martin Sinner France Guillaume Raoux 6–1, 6–4


Men's doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1969 United States Pancho Gonzales
South Africa Ray Moore
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
1972 Australia John Newcombe
Australia Fred Stolle
Australia Terry Addison
Australia Bob Carmichael
6–3, 6–4
1973 United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Lew Hoad
South Africa Robert Maud
6–2, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
1974 South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–4, 6–3
1975 South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
Germany Karl Meiler
United States Charlie Pasarell
7–5, 6–4
1976 United States Brian Gottfried
United States Sherwood Stewart
Spain Juan Gisbert
United States Stan Smith
1–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–6
1977 United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
United States Peter Fleming
South Africa Raymond Moore
6–3, 7–5, 6–7, 7–6
1978 United States Peter Fleming
South Africa Raymond Moore
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 7–6
1979 South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
United States Mike Cahill
United Kingdom Christopher Mottram
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
1980 United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Paul McNamee
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
1981 United States Terry Moor
South Africa John Yuill
United States Fritz Buehning
New Zealand Russell Simpson
6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7, 12–10
1982 United States Brian Gottfried
United States Frew McMillan
Israel Shlomo Glickstein
Zimbabwe Andrew Pattison
6–2, 6–2
1983 United States Steve Meister
United States Brian Teacher
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–7, 7–6, 6–2
1984 United States Tracy Delatte
Paraguay Francisco González
United States Steve Meister
United States Eliot Teltscher
7–6, 6–1
1985 United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
Israel Amos Mansdorf
Israel Shahar Perkiss
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
1986 United States Mike De Palmer
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
United States Sherwood Stewart
3–6, 6–2, 7–6
1987 United States Kevin Curren
United States David Pate
United States Eric Korita
United States Brad Pearce
6–4, 6–4
1988 United States Kevin Curren
United States David Pate
South Africa Gary Muller
United States Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–4
1989 United States Luke Jensen
United States Richey Reneberg
United States Kelly Jones
United States Joey Rive
6–0, 6–4
1990-1991 Not Held
1992 South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
South Africa Wayne Ferreira
South Africa Piet Norval
6–4, 6–4
1993 South Africa Lan Bale
Zimbabwe Byron Black
South Africa Johan de Beer
South Africa Marcos Ondruska
7–6, 6–2
1994 South Africa Marius Barnard
South Africa Brent Haygarth
South Africa Ellis Ferreira
South Africa Grant Stafford
6–3, 7–5
1995 France Rodolphe Gilbert
France Guillaume Raoux
Germany Martin Sinner
Netherlands Joost Winnink
6–4, 3–6, 6–3

Women's singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1968 Australia Margaret Court United Kingdom Virginia Wade 6–4, 6–4
1969 United States Billie Jean King United States Nancy Richey 6–3, 6–4
1970 Australia Margaret Court United States Billie Jean King 6–4, 1–6, 6–3
1971 Australia Margaret Court Australia Evonne Goolagong 6–3, 6–1
1972 United States Evonne Goolagong United Kingdom Virginia Wade 4–6, 6–3, 6–0
1973 United States Chris Evert Australia Evonne Goolagong 6–3, 6–3
1974 Australia Kerry Melville Australia Dianne Fromholtz 6–3, 7–5
1975 South Africa Annette du Plooy South Africa Brigitte Cuypers 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
1976 South Africa Brigitte Cuypers United States Laura DuPont 6–7, 6–4, 6–1
1977 South Africa Linky Boshoff South Africa Brigitte Cuypers 6–1, 6–4
1978 South Africa Brigitte Cuypers United States Linda Siegel 6–1, 6–0
1979 South Africa Brigitte Cuypers South Africa Tanya Harford 7–6, 6–2
1980 United Kingdom Lesley Charles South Africa Rene Uys 7–5, 6–4
1981 United States Kathleen Horvath United States Kathy Rinaldi 7–6, 6–4
1982–1983 Not Available
1984 United States Chris Evert-Lloyd United States Andrea Jaeger 6–3, 6–0
1985 Not Available
1986 South Africa Dinky van Rensburg South Africa Rene Mentz 6–3, 6–1
1987 United States Gretchen Magers United States Louise Allen 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1988–1995 Not Held

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Official Guide to Professional Tennis, page 48, compiled by the ATP World Tour.
  2. ^ "Door shut on 2012 ATP-sanctioned SA Open". SuperSport. 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Russell Eldridge, ed. (1977). Tennis : The South African Story. Owen Williams. pp. 14, 15. OCLC 86066820.