1972 Virginia Slims Championships

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1972 Virginia Slims Championships
Date October 9 – 15[1]
Edition 1st
Category Year-end Championship
Draw 16S
Prize money $100,000
Surface Clay (Green) / outdoor
Location Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Venue Boca Raton Hotel & Club
United States Chris Evert[2]
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The 1972 Virgin Slims Championships were the first season-ending championships of the Virginia Slims Circuit (a precursor to the WTA Tour), the annual tennis tournament for the best female tennis players in singles on the 1972 Virginia Slims circuit. The singles-only tournament was played on outdoor clay courts and was held from October 9 through October 15, 1972, at the Boca Raton Hotel & Club in Boca Raton, United States. Fourth-seeded Chris Evert won the title but had to return the first place prize money of $25,000 as she was not yet 18 years old and therefore was classified as an amateur.[1][3][4]


United States Chris Evert defeated Australia Kerry Melville, 7–5, 6–4.

  • It was Evert's 4th singles title of the year and the 11th of her career.

Prize money[edit]

Event W F 3rd 4th QF Round of 16
Singles [3] $25,000 $15,000 $9,000 $7,000 $4,000 $2,000


  1. ^ a b "1972 Virginia Slims Championships" (PDF). WTAtour.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Chris Saves Money For Slims Promoters". The Ledger. October 16, 1972. p. 2B – via Google News Archive. 
  3. ^ a b John Dolan (2011). Women's Tennis 1968–84: the Ultimate Guide. Remous. pp. 114, 517. 
  4. ^ "Chris 'Saves' Promoters Again". The Evening Independent. October 16, 1972. p. 5C – via Google News Archive.