1968 French Open – Men's Singles

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Men's Singles
1968 French Open
ChampionAustralia Ken Rosewall
Runner-upAustralia Rod Laver
Final score6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Details
Draw135 (8Q)
Seeds16
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women mixed
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Fourth-seeded Roy Emerson was the defending champion but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Pancho Gonzales.

Second-seeded Ken Rosewall defeated Rod Laver in the final, 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2 to win the title. It was Rosewall's second French title, and his fifth Grand Slam title of an eventual eight. The tournament was the first Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era, in which professionals were allowed to compete against amateurs. Rosewall and Laver, who had not appeared in a Grand Slam tournament since 1956 and 1962 respectively, were no longer barred from entering.

Missing from this year's French Open were WCT's "Handsome Eight" and top amateurs Santana, Ashe, Graebner and Okker. It was future champion Năstase's first ever grand slam event.

Seeds[edit]

01.   Australia Rod Laver (Final)
02.   Australia Ken Rosewall (Champion)
03.   Spain Andrés Gimeno (Semifinals)
04.   Australia Roy Emerson (Quarterfinals)
05.   United States Pancho Gonzales (Semifinals)
06.   Australia Fred Stolle (Second round)
07.   Australia Lew Hoad (First round, withdrew)
08.   South Africa Bob Hewitt (Third round)
09.   Romania Ion Țiriac (Quarterfinals)
10.   West Germany Wilhelm Bungert (First round, withdrew)
11.   Italy Nicola Pietrangeli (First round, withdrew)
12.   Hungary István Gulyás (Fourth round)
13.   United States Cliff Richey (Fourth round)
14.   Australia Ray Ruffels (Fourth round)
15.   Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš (First round, withdrew)
16.   Soviet Union Alex Metreveli (First round, withdrew)

Click on the seed number of a player to go to their draw section.

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

Finals[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                     
2 Australia Ken Rosewall 8 6 3 6
Brazil Thomaz Koch 6 2 6 3
2 Australia Ken Rosewall 3 6 7 3 6
3 Spain Andrés Gimeno 6 3 5 6 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boro Jovanović 4 0 2
3 Spain Andrés Gimeno 6 6 6
2 Australia Ken Rosewall 6 6 2 6
1 Australia Rod Laver 3 1 6 2
5 United States Pancho Gonzales 7 6 3 4 6
4 Australia Roy Emerson 5 3 6 6 4
5 United States Pancho Gonzales 3 3 1
1 Australia Rod Laver 6 6 6
9 Romania Ion Țiriac 6 6 3 3 0
1 Australia Rod Laver 4 4 6 6 6

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
2 Australia K Rosewall 10 6 6
United States T Edlefsen 8 1 1 2 Australia K Rosewall 6 6 6
Australia C Stubs 6 6 1 6 6 Australia C Stubs 1 1 0
France J-C Barclay 4 8 6 2 2 2 Australia K Rosewall 6 6 6
Australia B Geraghty w/o Brazil JE Mandarino 2 4 2
Chile J Pinto Bravo Chile J Pinto Bravo 3 6 3 9
France J-B Chanfreau 4 3 5 Brazil JE Mandarino 6 4 6 11
Brazil JE Mandarino 6 6 7 2 Australia K Rosewall 6 4 7 6
15 Czechoslovakia J Kodeš w/o United States H Fitzgibbon 1 6 5 4
Brazil F Gentil Brazil F Gentil 2 0 0
Poland T Nowicki w/o United Kingdom P Hutchins 6 6 6
United Kingdom P Hutchins United Kingdom P Hutchins 3 3 3
Italy S Tacchini w/o United States H Fitzgibbon 6 6 6
United States H Fitzgibbon United States H Fitzgibbon 6 7 6
Q France P Proisy Q France P Proisy 3 5 3
India R Krishnan w/o

Section 2[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
7 Australia L Hoad w/o
Poland W Gąsiorek Poland W Gąsiorek 2 6 10 6 6
South Africa R Summers 6 4 6 France M Leclercq 6 2 12 2 2
France M Leclercq 8 6 8 Poland W Gąsiorek 7 7 2 0 2
France F Jauffret 8 6 6 France F Jauffret 5 5 6 6 6
United Kingdom J Barrett 6 4 2 France F Jauffret 3 6 6 8
Ecuador F Guzmán w/o Czechoslovakia J Kukal 6 4 0 6
Czechoslovakia J Kukal France F Jauffret 1 1 1
10 West Germany W Bungert w/o Brazil T Koch 6 6 6
Q France Y Christiaen Q France Y Christiaen 6 6 4 2 1
South Africa T Ryan South Africa T Ryan 3 4 6 6 6
Philippines A Marcial w/o South Africa T Ryan 4 1 2
India J Mukerjea w/o Brazil T Koch 6 6 6
France G Pilet France G Pilet 4 2 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Ivančić w/o Brazil T Koch 6 6 7
Brazil T Koch

Section 3[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
3 Spain A Gimeno
Philippines E Cruz w/o 3 Spain A Gimeno 5 6 6 6
Romania S Dron Romania S Dron 7 1 3 2
France P Jauffret w/o 3 Spain A Gimeno 6 6 6
Q France P Joly 4 4 0 West Germany I Buding 3 4 3
West Germany I Buding 6 6 6 West Germany I Buding
Czechoslovakia P Štrobl Czechoslovakia P Štrobl w/o
Colombia I Molina w/o 3 Spain A Gimeno 6 6 6
14 Australia R Ruffels 14 Australia R Ruffels 4 4 3
Soviet Union V Kazakevitch w/o 14 Australia R Ruffels 5 7 6 8
Hungary F Komáromi 4 2 6 3 South Africa F McMillan 7 5 4 6
South Africa F McMillan 6 6 3 6 14 Australia R Ruffels 6 6 6
France D Contet 0 0 0 Chile P Cornejo 4 2 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Špear 6 6 6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Špear 4 6 3 2
Chile P Cornejo Chile P Cornejo 6 3 6 6
Austria D Herdy w/o

Section 4[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
6 Australia F Stolle 3 7 6 3 6
France C Duxin 6 5 3 6 4 6 Australia F Stolle 3 0 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 6 6 6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 6 6 6
Q United Kingdom D Lloyd 1 0 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 9 6 6 6 6
Romania I Năstase 6 6 6 Australia D Crealy 7 8 2 8 2
France J-P Olivier 2 1 2 Romania I Năstase 6 6 5 2
United Kingdom M Sangster 7 6 6 6 0 Australia D Crealy 4 8 7 6
Australia D Crealy 9 3 4 8 6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 6 6 6
14 Italy N Pietrangeli w/o United Kingdom G Battrick 1 1 4
United Kingdom G Battrick United Kingdom G Battrick 6 10 6
France J-P Courcol France J-P Courcol 4 8 1
Bolivia E Gorostagia w/o United Kingdom G Battrick 6 6 6 6
Belgium E Drossart 6 4 4 1 Switzerland D Sturdza 4 4 8 3
Switzerland D Sturdza 3 6 6 6 Switzerland D Sturdza 3 6 6 3 7
Brazil C Fernandes 2 9 1 France B Montrenaud 6 4 3 6 5
France B Montrenaud 6 11 6

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
Ecuador E Zuleta 3 4 6 7 6
New Zealand R Hawkes 6 6 3 5 0 Colombia E Zuleta 0 1 8 3
France B Paul 1 1 1 United Kingdom M Cox 6 6 6 6
United Kingdom M Cox 6 6 6 United Kingdom M Cox 6 6 2 2
Italy M Gilardelli w/o 12 Hungary I Gulyás 3 8 6 6
Denmark T Ulrich Denmark T Ulrich 2 1 1
Q Canada F Tutvin 2 1 4 12 Hungary I Gulyás 6 6 6
12 Hungary I Gulyás 6 6 6 12 Hungary I Gulyás 4 2 2
Belgium C de Gronckel 5 United States R Gonzales 6 6 6
Chile P Rodríguez w/o Belgium C de Gronckel 5 0 1
United States N Perry 2 8 1 1 France P Darmon 7 6 6
France P Darmon 6 6 6 6 France P Darmon 6 1 10 6
Australia B Giltinan 5 United States R Gonzales 1 6 12 8
Soviet Union S Likhachev w/o Australia B Giltinan 1 0 3
Australia R Keldie 2 0 6 3 5 United States R Gonzales 6 6 6
5 United States R Gonzales 6 6 3 6

Section 6[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
Austria P Pokorny w/o
Australia A Stone Australia A Stone 7 6 6
France J Mateo w/o Poland B Lewandowski 5 1 0
Poland B Lewandowski Australia A Stone 5 3 5
France G Goven 13 United States C Richey 7 6 7
Italy G Merlo w/o France G Goven 3 3 6 9 4
Colombia J Velasco w/o 13 United States C Richey 6 6 4 7 6
13 United States C Richey 13 United States C Richey 6 4 6 9
Italy S Palmieri 7 4 4 4 Australia R Emerson 0 6 8 11
South Africa R Maud 9 6 6 South Africa R Maud 6 4 3 7 6
New Zealand B Fairlie 6 6 6 New Zealand B Fairlie 2 6 6 5 3
Q France B de Troye 3 1 1 South Africa R Maud 1 3 7 3
France P Beust 3 1 3 4 Australia R Emerson 6 6 5 6
Australia B Phillips-Moore 6 6 6 Australia B Phillips-Moore 10 1 1
New Zealand O Parun 7 1 2 2 4 Australia R Emerson 12 6 6
4 Australia R Emerson 5 6 6 6

Section 7[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
United States M Riessen w/o
South Africa R Moore South Africa R Moore 11 1 6 7 3
Czechoslovakia M Holeček 6 2 6 6 Czechoslovakia M Holeček 9 6 2 9 6
Australia T Addison 1 6 1 4 Czechoslovakia M Holeček 6 6 5 2
Spain M Orantes w/o 9 Romania I Țiriac 3 8 7 6
France J-L Rouyer France J-L Rouyer 1 2 1
France G Deniau 1 1 1 9 Romania I Țiriac 6 6 6
9 Romania I Țiriac 6 6 6 9 Romania I Țiriac 6 6 6
Australia J Moore 5 6 1 6 3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović 4 3 2
South Africa A Segal 7 3 6 1 6 South Africa A Segal w/o
Spain J Gisbert w/o Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović 6 8 2 5 6
Australia A Cooper 8 South Africa R Hewitt 2 6 6 7 4
Japan I Watanabe w/o Australia A Cooper w/o
Q France J Thamin 1 5 0 8 South Africa R Hewitt
8 South Africa R Hewitt 6 7 6

Section 8[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
United Kingdom R Wilson 6 3
France J-C Molinari 4 1r United Kingdom B Wilson 4 3 3
Australia R Carmichael 4 6 6 6 Australia R Carmichael 6 6 6
Belgium P Hombergen 6 3 1 0 Australia R Carmichael 6 6 2 2 6
United States A Fox 6 6 6 Australia J Alexander 3 1 6 6 3
Peru A Acuña 2 1 0 United States A Fox 6 3 6 9 6r
Australia J Alexander Australia J Alexander 4 6 3 11 6
16 Soviet Union A Metreveli w/o Australia R Carmichael 0 1 1
Colombia Á Peña 4 1 1 1 Australia R Laver 6 6 6
Sweden L Olander 6 6 6 Sweden L Olander 4 5 2
Romania P Marmureanu Romania P Marmureanu 6 7 6
Colombia W Alvarez w/o Romania P Marmureanu 2 0 7
Australia R Howe 6 4 4 4 1 Australia R Laver 6 6 9
Greece N Kalogeropoulos 3 6 6 6 Greece N Kalogeropoulos 2 6 4 1
Jamaica L Lumsden 1 1 4 1 Australia R Laver 6 4 6 6
1 Australia R Laver 6 6 6

Preliminary round[edit]

Player 1 Winning Score Player 2
Belgium Eric Drossart 7–5, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5 Australia John Bartlett
Switzerland Dimitri Sturdza 6–2, 4–6, 9–7, 6–2 Italy Gaetano di Maso
Brazil Carlos Fernandes 10–8, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1 France Bernard Boutboul (Q)
France Bernard Montrenaud 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6 Australia Phil Dent
Hungary Péter Szőke 2–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–5 Ecuador Eduardo Zuleta
Jamaica Richard Russell 6–3, 6–2, 6–0 New Zealand Richard Hawkes
Australia Colin Dibley 6–0, 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 France Bernard Paul

External links[edit]

  • [1] Source for the draw at Fédération Française de Tennis website, fft.fr
  • "French Open 1968 – Singles Draw". atpworldtour.com. ATP World Tour. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  • "French Open 1968". itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 25 July 2018.