1971 World Championship Tennis circuit

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1971 World Championship Tennis circuit
Ken Rosewall 1970.jpg
Rosewall won 5 titles
Details
Duration 9 February – 19 November
Edition 4th
Tournaments 21
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles Australia Ken Rosewall (5)
Most tournament finals Australia Rod Laver (8)
Prize money leader Australia Rod Laver ($289,841)
Points leader Australia Rod Laver (87.25)
1970
1972

The 1971 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1971. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT). Points were awarded to players based on their tournament results (ten points for the tournament winner, seven points for the runner–up, four points for the semifinalists, two points for the quarterfinalists and one point for reaching the second round). The circuit included twenty regular events and a WCT circuit final taking place in Houston/Dallas in November for the eight players with the highest points total. Each tournament had a minimum prize money of $50,000.[1]

Overview[edit]

Week of Tournament Location Draw Prize Money Surface Winner Finalist
9 February U.S. Pro Indoor Philadelphia, PA, United States 32 $62,500 Indoor / Carpet Australia John Newcombe Australia Rod Laver
7 March Australian Open Championships Sydney, Australia 64 $50,000 Outdoor / Grass Australia Ken Rosewall United States Arthur Ashe
22 March Sportface International Chicago, USA 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet Australia John Newcombe United States Arthur Ashe
29 March Aventura Classic Miami, USA 32 $50,000 Outdoor / Hard South Africa Cliff Drysdale Australia Rod Laver
26 April Rawlings Classic Dallas, USA 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet Australia John Newcombe United States Arthur Ashe
3 May Italian Open [a] Rome, Italy 32 $50,000 Outdoor / Clay Australia Rod Laver Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
10 May Aryamehr Cup Tehran, Iran 32 $50,000 Outdoor / Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia John Alexander
7 June W.D. & H.O. Wills Bristol, England 32 $50,000 Outdoor / Clay Unfinished (rain)[3]
12 July Washington Star Open International [b] Washington, USA 64 $50,000 Outdoor / Clay Australia Ken Rosewall United States Marty Riessen
19 July Louisville Classic Louisville, USA 32 $50,000 Outdoor / Clay Netherlands Tom Okker South Africa Cliff Drysdale
26 July Rothmans International Quebec City, Canada 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet Netherlands Tom Okker Australia Rod Laver
2 August U.S. Professional Championships Boston, USA 32 $50,000 Outdoor / Hard Australia Ken Rosewall South Africa Cliff Drysdale
9 August Rothmans Canadian Open Toronto, Canada 64 $50,000 Outdoor / Hard Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
16 August Colonial Pro Championships Fort Worth, USA 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet Australia Rod Laver Australia Marty Riessen
27 September Redwood Bank Pacific Coast Open [b] San Francisco, USA 64 $50,000 Outdoor / Hard Australia Rod Laver Australia Ken Rosewall
3 October Rothmans International Vancouver, Canada 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall Netherlands Tom Okker
11 October Profi–Tennis–Weltmeistershaft Cologne, Germany 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Bob Lutz United States Jeff Borowiak
18 October Spanish Open [a] Barcelona, Spain 32 $50,000 Outdoor / Clay Spain Manuel Orantes United States Bob Lutz
30 October Stockholm Open Indoors [a] Stockholm, Sweden 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
8 November Rothmans Open Bologna, Italy 32 $50,000 Indoor / Carpet Australia Rod Laver United States Arthur Ashe
19 November Dallas WCT Finals Houston/Dallas, USA 8 $100,000 Indoor / Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Rod Laver

Schedule[edit]

The complete schedule of events on the 1971 WCT circuit, with player progression documented until the quarterfinals stage.[4]

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 February U.S. Pro Indoor
Philadelphia, PA, United States
$62,500 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Australia John Newcombe
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–1), 6–4
Australia Rod Laver United States Arthur Ashe
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
United States Dennis Ralston
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Roy Emerson

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 March Australian Open
Sydney, Australia
Grand Slam
$50,000 - Grass - 64S/32D
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–1, 7–5, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe United States Bob Lutz
Netherlands Tom Okker
United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–2, 7–6
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
22 March Sportface International
Chicago, USA
$50,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Australia John Newcombe
4–6, 7–6 6–2, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Ray Ruffels
United States Charlie Pasarell
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Spain Andrés Gimeno
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 4–6, 7–6
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
29 March Aventura Classic
Miami, USA
$50,000 - Hard - 32S/16D
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Australia Rod Laver Australia Tony Roche
Australia Roy Emerson
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Niki Pilić
United States Dennis Ralston
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia John Newcombe
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche

7–6, 7–6
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
26 April Rawlings Classic
Dallas, United States
Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Australia John Newcombe
7–6, 6–4
United States Arthur Ashe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Bob Maud
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Bob Lutz
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

6–3, 6–4
United States Bob Lutz
United States Charlie Pasarell

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 May Italian Open
Rome, Italy
Clay - 64S/32D
Australia Rod Laver
7–5, 6–3, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Stan Smith
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Roy Emerson
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche

6–3, 6–4
Spain Andrés Gimeno
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
10 May Aryamehr Cup
Teheran, Iran
Clay
United States Marty Riessen
6–7, 6–1, 6–3, 7–6
Australia John Alexander Australia John Newcombe
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia Rod Laver
Spain Andrés Gimeno
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche

6–4, 6–7, 6–1
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ray Ruffels

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 June Wills Open
Bristol, England
$48,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Tournament not completed (rain)[3] United States Arthur Ashe
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia Rod Laver
South Africa Bob Maud
Australia Ken Rosewall
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Roy Emerson
Tournament not completed (rain)

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
12 July Washington Star International
Washington, United States
Clay – 64S / 32D
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–2, 7–5, 6–1
United States Marty Riessen United States Stan Smith
Australia John Newcombe
United States Dennis Ralston
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Spain Andres Gimeno
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

7–6, 6–2
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ray Ruffels
19 July Louisville Open
Louisville, United States
Netherlands Tom Okker
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
South Africa Cliff Drysdale Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Niki Pilic
Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia John Alexander
United States Dennis Ralston
Australia Roy Emerson
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
Not played
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
26 July Quebec WCT
Quebec City, Canada
Carpet (i) – 32S / 16D
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Australia Rod Laver United States Bob Lutz
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Charlie Pasarell
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
7–6, 6–2
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 August U.S. Pro Tennis Championships
Boston, USA
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–4, 6–3, 6–0
South Africa Cliff Drysdale United States Marty Riessen
Australia John Newcombe
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia Rod Laver
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia John Alexander
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–4, 6–4
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
9 August Rothmans Canadian Open
Toronto, Canada
Clay - 64S/32D
Australia John Newcombe
7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6
Netherlands Tom Okker Australia Ken Rosewall
Spain Andrés Gimeno
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Mexico Marcello Lara
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Marty Riessen
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 6–3, 6–1
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia Dennis Ralston
16 August Colonial National Invitational
Fort Worth, USA
Hard - 32S/16D
Australia Rod Laver
2–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3
United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Charlie Pasarell
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia John Alexander
United States Dennis Ralston
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–4, 7–5
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
27 September 1971 Redwood Bank Pacific Coast Open
San Francisco, USA
Australia Rod Laver
6–4, 6–4, 7–6
Australia Ken Rosewall Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Bob Lutz
United States Marty Riessen
United States Cliff Richey
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–0, 6–3
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 October Vancouver WCT
Vancouver, Canada
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–2, 6–2, 6–4
Netherlands Tom Okker Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
United States Marty Riessen
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Niki Pilic
Australia Bob Carmichael
Spain Andrés Gimeno
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
5–7, 6–7, 6–0, 7–5, 7–6
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
11 October Profi–Tennis–Weltmeistershaft
Cologne, Germany
United States Bob Lutz
6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–1
United States Jeff Borowiak Netherlands Tom Okker
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia Rod Laver
Spain Andrés Gimeno
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia Ken Rosewall
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
18 October Torneo Godó
Barcelona, Spain
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–4, 6–3, 6–4
United States Bob Lutz United States Marty Riessen
Australia Martin Mulligan
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Rod Laver
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Fred Stolle
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Spain Juan Gisbert
7–6, 6–2, 7–6
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Spain Andrés Gimeno
30 October Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
United States Arthur Ashe
6–1, 3–6, 6–2, 1–6, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš Spain Andrés Gimeno
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Rod Laver
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia John Alexander
United States Tom Gorman
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–4
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Bob Lutz

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 November Bologna Indoor
Bologna, Italia
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4, 6–4
United States Arthur Ashe United States Charlie Pasarell
Australia Ken Rosewall
United States Bob Lutz
Netherlands Tom Okker
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle

6–7, 6–2, 6–3, 6–3
South Africa Robert Maud
South Africa Frew McMillan
19 November WCT Finals
Dallas, United States
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–4, 1–6, 7–6, 7–6
Australia Rod Laver Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Arthur Ashe
Australia John Newcombe
United States Bob Lutz
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
Australia John Newcombe

Standings[edit]

Key
Qualified for Tour Finals
Rk Name Country Tournaments Played Tournaments Won Matches Played Matches Won Points Prize Money (USD)
1 Rod Laver  AUS 19 4 54 14 87.25 289,841
2 Tom Okker  NED 20 2 52 17 75 120,564
3 Ken Rosewall  AUS 18 4 51 14 74 137,687
4 Cliff Drysdale  RSA 20 1 52 18 69.25 69,078
5 Arthur Ashe  USA 20 1 43 18 68.25 99,746
6 John Newcombe  AUS 12 4 36 8 60 97,764
7 Marty Riessen  USA 20 1 41 19 55 76,069
8 Bob Lutz  USA 20 1 31 19 41 58,392
9 Roy Emerson  AUS 19 31 18 34 46,052
10 Andrés Gimeno  ESP 18 29 18 30 34,512

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tournament was also open to non-WCT players.[2]
  2. ^ a b Tournament was also part of the Grand Prix circuit.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1972). World of Tennis '72. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 145–153, 254. ISBN 9780362001037. OCLC 86035663. 
  2. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  3. ^ a b "Wills Open Lawn Tennis Shortened". Schenectady Gazette. Jun 15, 1971. 
  4. ^ atpworldtour.com. "1971 Grand Prix and WCT circuits calendar". 

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