1972 Grand Prix (tennis)

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1972 Grand Prix circuit
Stan Smith at 2009 US Open
Stan Smith at 2009 US Open
Details
Duration 14 February – 28 November
Edition 3rd
Tournaments 33
Categories Group AA (3)
Group A (7)
Group B (4)
Group C (14)
Group D (5)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles United States Stan Smith (9)
Most tournament finals Romania Ilie Năstase (11)
Prize money leader Romania Ilie Năstase (£21,000)
Points leader Romania Ilie Năstase (659)
1971
1973

The 1972 Commercial Union Assurance Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year and organized by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF). It consisted of 33 Grand Prix tournaments in different categories including three of the four Grand Slam tournaments and was followed by a season-ending Masters tournament. The circuit ran from February through November.

The 1972 Grand Prix circuit ran in competition with the 1972 World Championship Tennis circuit as well as the smaller 1972 USLTA Indoor Circuit. In July 1971 at its annual meeting the ILTF voted to ban all WCT contract professionals from their tournaments and facilities from the beginning of 1972 onwards.[1] This meant that leading WCT players such as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Arthur Ashe and John Newcombe did not initially have permission to compete in the Grand Prix circuit and Newcombe could not defend his two consecutive Wimbledon titles of 1970 and 1971. In April 1972, however, an agreement was reached between the ILTF and WCT that divided the 1973 tour in a WCT circuit that ran from January through April and a Grand Prix circuit that was scheduled for the rest of the year.[2] Under the agreement the players contracted by the WCT could play in the Grand Prix events as of September 1972. The deal was ratified at the annual ILTF meeting in July.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Key
Group AA tournaments
Group A tournaments
Group B tournaments
Group C tournaments
Grand Prix Masters
Team events


February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 February The May Co. International
Los Angeles, California, USA
Group C
S32/D16
Spain Andrés Gimeno
6–3, 2–6, 6–2
France Pierre Barthes United States Jimmy Connors
Brazil Thomaz Koch
Czechoslovakia Vladimír Zedník
United States Cliff Richey
United States Pancho Gonzales
Romania Ilie Năstase
United States Jim Osborne
United States Jim McManus

6–2, 5–7, 6–4
Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Țiriac
20 February U.S. National Indoor Championships
Salisbury, Maryland, USA
Group B
Hard – S64/D32
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Romania Ilie Năstase Pakistan Haroon Rahim
United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
Chile Jaime Fillol
United States Clark Graebner
Spain Manuel Orantes
United States Tom Gorman
Spain Manuel Orantes
Spain Andrés Gimeno

6–4, 6–3
Spain Juan Gisbert
Czechoslovakia Vladimír Zedník
28 February Clean Air Classic
New York, USA
Group C
S64
United States Stan Smith
4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–1
Spain Juan Gisbert United States Cliff Richey
Romania Ilie Năstase
Paraguay Alejandro Olmedo
Sweden Ove Nils Bengtson
Spain Andrés Gimeno
United States Jimmy Connors

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 March National Indoor Championships
Hampton, Virginia, USA
Group C
Hard – S32/D16
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4
Romania Ilie Năstase Spain Andrés Gimeno
United States Cliff Richey
Spain Juan Gisbert
United States Jimmy Connors
France Georges Goven
Australia Ian Crookenden
Romania Ion Țiriac
Romania Ilie Năstase

7–5, 7–5
Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Manuel Orantes
12 March Equity Funding International
Washington, D.C., USA
Group C
Carpet – S32/D16
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4
United States Jimmy Connors United States Tom Gorman
Spain Manuel Orantes
United States Jim Osborne
United States Cliff Richey
Romania Ilie Năstase
France Pierre Barthes
United States Cliff Richey
United States Tom Edlefsen

6–4, 6–3
United States Clark Graebner
Brazil Thomaz Koch
27 March Monte Carlo Open Championships
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Group D
Clay – $20,000 – S32/D32
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–1, 6–0, 6–3
Czechoslovakia František Pala Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boro Jovanović
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Belgium Bernard Mignot
Romania Ion Țiriac
Hungary Szabolcz Baranyi
Hungary Péter Szőke
France Patrice Beust
France Daniel Contet

3–6, 6–1, 12-10, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia František Pala

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 April South African Open *
Johannesburg, South Africa
Group A
Hard – S32/D16
United States Cliff Richey
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Spain Manuel Orantes Spain Andrés Gimeno
Chile Jaime Fillol
Australia Martin Mulligan
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Andrew Pattison
South Africa Pat Cramer
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–2, 6–2, 6–4
France Georges Goven
South Africa Ray Moore
16 April Melia Trophy International
Madrid, Spain
Group B
Clay – S32/D32
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–2, 6–4
Czechoslovakia František Pala Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
France Patrick Proisy
Hungary Szabolcz Baranyi
Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Manuel Orantes
Italy Adriano Panatta
United States Stan Smith
Romania Ilie Năstase

6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Manuel Orantes
23 April International Championships
Nice, France
Group D
Clay – S32/D16
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–0, 6–4, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš United States Stan Smith
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boro Jovanović
Australia Barry Phillips-Moore
Australia Dick Crealy
France Pierre Barthes
United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
United States Stan Smith
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš

6–3, 3–6, 7–5
South Africa Frew McMillan
Romania Ilie Năstase
24 April Italian Open
Rome, Italy *
Group A
Clay – $56,000 – S64/D32
Spain Manuel Orantes
4–6, 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš Romania Ilie Năstase
Australia Barry Phillips-Moore
South Africa Andrew Pattison
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
France Jean-Loup Rouyer
Romania Ion Țiriac
Romania Ilie Năstase

3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 5-3 ret.
South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia Lew Hoad

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
13 May British Hard Court Championships

Bournemouth, England *
Group C
Clay – S32/D16

South Africa Bob Hewitt
6–2, 6–4, 6–3
France Pierre Barthes Romania Ilie Năstase
United States Stan Smith
Romania Ion Țiriac
United States Jimmy Connors
South Africa Pat Cramer
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt

7–5, 6–2
Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Țiriac
14 May Belgian Open Championships
Brussels, Belgium
Group C
Clay – S32/D16
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–4, 6–1, 2–6, 7–5
Spain Andrés Gimeno United States Harold Solomon
Australia Barry Phillips-Moore
Belgium Patrick Hombergen
Spain Juan Gisbert
West Germany Harald Elschenbroich
Czechoslovakia Vladimír Zedník
Spain Manuel Orantes
Spain Juan Gisbert

9–7, 6–3
Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
22 May French Open *
Paris, France
Group AA
Clay
Spain Andrés Gimeno
4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 6–1
France Patrick Proisy Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Spain Manuel Orantes
Italy Adriano Panatta
United States Stan Smith
United States Harold Solomon
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt

6–3, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
Australia Evonne Goolagong
Australia Kim Warwick

6–2, 6–4
France Françoise Dürr
France Jean-Claude Barclay

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 June German Open Championships
Hamburg, Germany *
Group B
Clay – S32/D32
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–3, 9–8, 6–0
Italy Adriano Panatta Romania Ilie Năstase
United States Stan Smith
Romania Ion Țiriac
United States Jimmy Connors
South Africa Pat Cramer
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
Romania Ilie Năstase
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
4–6, 6–0, 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Romania Ion Țiriac
17 June Bristol Open
Bristol, England *
Group C
Grass – S32/D32
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6–4, 6–3
Peru Alejandro Olmedo France François Jauffret
United States Clark Graebner
United Kingdom John De Mendoza
Australia Colin Dibley
United Kingdom John Paish
South Africa Andrew Pattison
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt

6–3, 6–2
United States Clark Graebner
Australia Lew Hoad
26 June Wimbledon *
London, England
Group AA
Grass
United States Stan Smith
4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
Romania Ilie Năstase Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Spain Manuel Orantes
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Australia Onny Parun
Australia Colin Dibley
United States Jimmy Connors
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan

6–2, 6–2, 9–7
United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
United States Rosemary Casals
Romania Ilie Năstase

6–4, 6–4
Australia Evonne Goolagong
Australia Kim Warwick

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
16 July Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
Group C
Clay – S32/D16
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–4, 6–3, 6–1
Romania Ilie Năstase Spain Juan Gisbert
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
Sweden Björn Borg
Australia Colin Dibley
Hungary Szabolcz Baranyi
Brazil Jose Mandarino
Swiss Open Championships
Gstaad, Switzerland
Group C
Clay – S32/D16
Spain Andrés Gimeno
7–5, 9–8, 6–4
Italy Adriano Panatta Romania Ion Țiriac
Australia Barry Phillips-Moore
United States Roscoe Tanner
France Jean-Loup Rouyer
Belgium Patrick Hombergen
United States Sandy Mayer
22 July Austrian Open
Kitzbühel, Austria
Group D
Clay – S32/D32
Australia Colin Dibley
6–1, 6–3, 6–4
Australia Dick Crealy Brazil Jose Mandarino
Australia Onny Parun
Australia Harald Elschenbroich
Greece Nicholas Kalogeropoulos
Australia Barry Phillips-Moore
France François Jauffret
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender

7–6, 6–4, 6–4
Australia Mal Anderson
Australia Geoff Masters
23 July Buckeye Classic
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Group D
Hard – S32/D16
United States Jimmy Connors
7–5, 6–3, 7–5
South Africa Andrew Pattison United States Dick Stockton
South Africa Bob Hewitt
United States Charles Owens
United States Steve Faulk
United States Pancho Gonzales
United States Jim McManus
United States Pancho Gonzales
United States Jimmy Connors

6–3, 7–5
United States Robert McKinley
United States Dick Stockton
30 July Tanglewood Classic
Tanglewood, California, USA
Group D
S32/D16
South Africa Bob Hewitt
3–6, 6–3, 6–1
South Africa Andrew Pattison United States Dick Stockton
United States Steve Faulk
United States Butch Seewagen
Australia Onny Parun
Australia Ian Fletcher
United States Jeff Austin
South Africa Andrew Pattison
South Africa Bob Hewitt

6–4, 6–4
United States Jim McManus
United States Jim Osborne
31 July Cincinnati Open
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA *
Group C
Clay – $42,500 – S64/D32
United States Jimmy Connors
6–3, 6–3
Argentina Guillermo Vilas Chile Jaime Pinto-Bravo
South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia Barry Phillips-Moore
South Africa Andrew Pattison
Japan Jun Kamiwazumi
United States Sandy Mayer
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt

7–6, 6–4
United States Paul Gerken
Venezuela Humphrey Hose

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 August U.S. Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA *
Group A
Clay – $60,000 – S64/D32
South Africa Bob Hewitt
7–6, 6–1, 6–2
United States Jimmy Connors Japan Toshiro Sakai
South Africa Frew McMillan
France Patrice Dominguez
Australia Colin Dibley
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Paul Gerken
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt

6–2, 6–3
Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
14 August Rothmans Canadian Open Championships
Toronto, Canada *
Group A
Clay – $70,000 – S128/D64
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–4, 6–3
South Africa Andrew Pattison Chile Jaime Fillol
France Patrick Proisy
Colombia Jairo Velasco
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Italy Adriano Panatta
Romania Ion Țiriac
Romania Ilie Năstase

7–6, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Jan Kukal
28 August US Open
Forest Hills, New York, USA *
Group AA
Romania Ilie Năstase
3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe United States Cliff Richey
United States Tom Gorman
United States Stan Smith
South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia Fred Stolle
United States Roscoe Tanner
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Roger Taylor

6–4, 7–6, 6–3
Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen

6–3, 7–5
United States Rosemary Casals
Romania Ilie Năstase

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
17 September Central California Championships
Sacramento, California, USA
Group C
S32/D16
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Australia Colin Dibley South Africa Andrew Pattison
Australia Raymond Moore
United States Erik Van Dillen
United States Rick Fisher
United States Tom Edlefsen
Peru Alejandro Olmedo
United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
France Patrice Dominguez
France Patrick Proisy
Rainier International Tennis Classic
Seattle, Washington, USA
Group C
Hard – S32/D8
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
United States Tom Gorman South Africa Bob Hewitt
Chile Jaime Fillol
Australia Onny Parun
Australia Ian Fletcher
Australia Ross Case
United States Sherwood Stewart
Australia Geoff Masters
Australia Ross Case

4–6, 7–6, 6–4
France Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
France Wanaro N'Godrella
25 September The Golden Gate Pacific Coast Classic
Albany, California, USA
Group C
Carpet – S64/D32
United States Jimmy Connors
6–2, 7–6
United States Roscoe Tanner South Africa Andrew Pattison
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
Chile Jaime Fillol
France Pierre Barthes
Australia Colin Dibley
South Africa Frew McMillan
South Africa Bob Hewitt

6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Sweden Björn Borg
Sweden Ove Nils Bengtson
Pacific Southwest Open
Los Angeles, California, USA
Group A
Hard – $60,000 – S64/D64
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 6–4
United States Roscoe Tanner Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Tom Gorman
Spain Manuel Orantes
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Raymond Moore
Australia Bob Carmichael
United States Pancho Gonzales
United States Jimmy Connors

6–3, 7–6
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia Brian Fairlie

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
23 October Trofeo Conde de Godó
Barcelona, Spain
Group A
Clay – S32/D32
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–3, 6–2, 6–3
Spain Manuel Orantes United States Stan Smith
Romania Ilie Năstase
South Africa Andrew Pattison
Australia Colin Dibley
Spain Andrés Gimeno
United States Tom Gorman
Spain Manuel Orantes
Spain Juan Gisbert

6–3, 3–6, 6–4
South Africa Frew McMillan
Romania Ilie Năstase
30 October Paris Indoor
Paris, France
Group B
Hard – S32/D32
United States Stan Smith
6–2, 6–2, 7–5
Spain Andrés Gimeno Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Tom Gorman
France Patrice Dominguez
Australia Raymond Moore
United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Năstase
France François Jauffret
France Pierre Barthes

6–3, 6–2
Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Juan Gisbert

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
12 November Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
Group A
Hard – S64/D32
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 6–3
Netherlands Tom Okker United States Marty Riessen
Romania Ilie Năstase
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
South Africa Andrew Pattison
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Marty Riessen
Netherlands Tom Okker

7–5, 7–6
Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Roy Emerson
18 November Dewar Cup Finals
Nottingham/London, England
Carpet – S32/D16
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–4, 6–3
United States Tom Gorman United States Jimmy Connors
Australia Onny Parun
France Patrick Proisy
South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia Barry Phillips-Moore
South Africa Andrew Pattison
28 November Masters
Barcelona, Spain
Carpet – $55,000 – S8
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
United States Stan Smith

* Tournaments combined with a women's Grand Prix tour event.

Points distribution[edit]

Category W F SF QF R16 R32 R64
Group AA tournaments 100 75 50 25 12 6
Group A tournaments 75 52 37 18 9
Group B tournaments 50 36 25 18 6
Group C tournaments 30 20 10 5 3
Group D tournaments 20 12 6 4

No points were awarded for first round losers

Standings[edit]

Player Tournaments Played Points Prize Money
Romania Ilie Năstase 24 659 £21,000
United States Stan Smith 19 587 £14,700
Spain Manuel Orantes 19 468 £10,500
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 14 332 £8,400
Spain Andres Gimeno 20 319 £6,720
South Africa Bob Hewitt 15 263 £5,460
United States Jimmy Connors 22 251 £5,040
United States Tom Gorman 19 227 £4,620
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 21 204 £4,200
France Patrick Proisy 13 172 £3,780

Cliff Richey, Roscoe Tanner, Alex Metreveli, Tom Okker and Arthur Ashe played too few Grand Prix tournaments to qualify for prize money.

Grand Prix rankings[edit]

As of 1 January 1972
Rank Name Nation
1 (tie) Stan Smith  USA
1 (tie) John Newcombe  AUS
3 Ken Rosewall  AUS
4 Rod Laver  AUS
5 Jan Kodeš  TCH
6 Tom Okker  NED
7 Arthur Ashe  USA
8 Ilie Năstase  ROM
9 Cliff Drysdale  RSA
10 Marty Riessen  USA
Year-end rankings (December 1972)
Rank Name Nation Change
1 Stan Smith  USA
Steady =
2 Ilie Năstase  ROM Increase +6
3 Ken Rosewall  AUS Steady =


List of tournament winners[edit]

The list of winners and number of singles titles won, alphabetically by last name:

The following players won their first Grand Prix title in 1972:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  2. ^ "ITF – History". ITF. 
  3. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1973). World of Tennis '73. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 13–15. ISBN 9780671216238. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book (2nd ed.). New York: New Chapter Press. ISBN 978-0-942257-70-0.