1970 World Championship Tennis season

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The 1970 season of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1970. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT).[1]

1970 WCT season
Details
Duration 21 January – 18 October
Edition 3rd
Tournaments 17
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles Australia Rod Laver (6)
Most tournament finals Australia Rod Laver (9)
Prize money leader Australia Rod Laver ($201,453)
1969
1971

Tournament schedule[edit]

Date Tournament Location Draw Prize Money Winner Finalist Score
21 January 1970 Tennis Champions Classic[a] Various cities $200,000 Australia Rod Laver Australia Ken Rosewall 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
14 February 1970 Hollywood Tennis Classic [6] Hollywood, Florida, USA 8S Australia Ken Rosewall Spain Andrés Gimeno 3–6, 6–2, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3
18 February 1970 Dallas Morning News Tennis Classic Dallas, Texas, USA Spain Andrés Gimeno Australia Roy Emerson 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
22 February 1970 South Texas Pro Championships Corpus Christi, Texas, USA Australia Ken Rosewall Australia John Newcombe 6–2, 6–0
1 March 1970 Los Angeles Tennis Classic Los Angeles, USA United States Dennis Ralston Australia Rod Laver 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
11 March 1970 World Cup Boston Boston, USA Australia Australia United States USA 5–2
22 March 1970 Dunlop-Slazenger International Open Sydney, Australia Australia Rod Laver Australia Ken Rosewall 3–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
10 May 1970 Atlanta Tennis Classic Atlanta, USA Netherlands Tom Okker United States Dennis Ralston 6–4, 10–8, 6–2
17 May 1970 Howard Hughes Invitational Las Vegas, USA $50,000 United States Pancho Gonzales Australia Rod Laver 6–1, 7–5, 5–7, 6–3
1 June 1970 Rawlings Tennis Classic [7] St. Louis, USA 32S Australia Rod Laver Australia Ken Rosewall 6–1, 6–4
7 June 1970 Moroccan Pro Championships [8] Casablanca, Morocco 16S Australia John Newcombe Spain Andrés Gimeno 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
2 August 1970 Louisville Tennis Classic [9] Louisville, USA 16S Australia Rod Laver Australia John Newcombe 6–3, 6–3
9 August 1970 U.S. Pro Tennis Tournament Brookline, Massachusetts, USA $50,000 Australia Tony Roche Australia Rod Laver 3–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
23 August 1970 National Invitation Championships Fort Worth, USA Australia Rod Laver Australia Roy Emerson 6–3, 7–5
4 October 1970 Rothmans Vancouver International Vancouver, Canada Australia Rod Laver Australia Roy Emerson 6–2, 6–1, 6–2
11 October 1970 Midland Pro Invitational Midland, USA United Kingdom Roger Taylor Australia John Newcombe 2–6, 7–6, 6–1
18 October 1970 Tucson Dunlop Classic Tucson, USA United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson 6–1, 6–4

Prize money standings[edit]

Player Prize Money
Australia Rod Laver $201,453[b][10]
Australia Ken Rosewall $140,455
Australia Roy Emerson $96,845
Australia John Newcombe $78,251
United States Pancho Gonzales $77,365
Australia Tony Roche $67,232
Netherlands Tom Okker $61,797
Australia Fred Stolle $43,448
United Kingdom Roger Taylor $42,101
Spain Andrés Gimeno $41,375


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Tennis Champions Classic consisted of a series of matches played in various American cities (as well as one in Brisbane, Australia) on nine different dates between January and June and culminating in the semifinals in June and the final played on July 17, 1970 between Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall. The opening round as well as the semifinal and final were played at the Madison Square Garden in New York.[2][3][4] The tournament was organized by the National Tennis League (NTL) but included WCT players.[5]
  2. ^ Laver became the first tennis professional to earn more than $200,000 prize money in a year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1971). World of Tennis 1971. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 141–144. ISBN 978-0362000917. 
  2. ^ "$200,000 Tennis Tourney Is Planned". The Day. Jul 5, 1969. 
  3. ^ "Net Series To Open Tonight". The Dispatch. Jan 21, 1970. 
  4. ^ "Laver Romps Over Pancho". The Pittsburgh Press. Jun 3, 1970. 
  5. ^ Robert H. Boyle (February 9, 1970). "Big Cat On The Prowl". Sports Illustrated. 
  6. ^ "ATP – 1970 Miami WCT Men's Singles Draw". ATP. 
  7. ^ "ATP – 1970 St. Louis WCT Men's Singles Draw". ATP. 
  8. ^ "ATP – 1970 Casablanca WCT Men's Single Draw". ATP. 
  9. ^ "ATP – 1970 Louisville Men's Singles Draw". ATP. 
  10. ^ "Rod Laver First Pro To Earn Over $200G". Schenectady Gazette. Dec 17, 1970. 

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