1973 Wimbledon Championships

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1973 Wimbledon Championships
Date 25 June – 8 July
Edition 87th
Category Grand Slam (ITF)
Draw 128S/64D/128XD
Prize money £52,400
Surface Grass
Location Church Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
Men's Singles
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Women's Singles
United States Billie Jean King
Men's Doubles
United States Jimmy Connors / Romania Ilie Năstase
Women's Doubles
United States Rosemary Casals / United States Billie Jean King
Mixed Doubles
United States Billie Jean King / Australia Owen Davidson
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The 1973 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 25 June until 8 July. It was the 87th staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1973.

ATP boycott[edit]

In May 1973 Nikola Pilić, Yugoslavia's number one tennis player, was suspended by his national lawn tennis association, who claimed he had refused to play in a Davis Cup tie for his country against New Zealand earlier that month.[1] The initial suspension of nine months, supported by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), was later reduced by the ILTF to one month which meant that Pilić would not be permitted to play at Wimbledon.[2] The recently formed men's players union, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) stated that if Pilic was not allowed to compete none should. As a result, 81 of the top players, including reigning champion Stan Smith, boycotted Wimbledon in 1973 to protest against the suspension of Nikola Pilić. Twelve of the 16 men's seeds had withdrawn.[3] This resulted in a large number of qualifiers and lucky losers.[4] Three ATP players, Ilie Năstase, Roger Taylor and Ray Keldie defied the boycott and were fined by the ATP's disciplinary committee. Despite the boycott the attendance of 300,172 was the second highest in the championships' history to that date.[2]

Prize money[edit]

The total prize money for 1973 championships was £52,400. The winner of the men's title earned £5,000 while the women's singles champion earned £3,000.[5]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
Men's Singles £5,000 £3,000 £1,000 £550 £300 £200 £125 £100
Women's Singles £3,000 £2,000 £700 £400 £250 £150 £100 £75
Men's Doubles * £1,000 £600 £400 £200 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Women's Doubles * £600 £400 £200 £100 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Mixed Doubles * £500 £350 £175 £100 £0 £0 £0 £0

* per team


Men's singles[edit]

Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš defeated Soviet Union Alex Metreveli, 6–1, 9–8(7–5), 6–3

Women's singles[edit]

United States Billie Jean King defeated United States Chris Evert, 6–0, 7–5

  • It was King's 10th career Grand Slam title (her 6th in the Open Era), and her 5th Wimbledon title.

Men's doubles[edit]

United States Jimmy Connors / Romania Ilie Năstase defeated Australia John Cooper / Australia Neale Fraser, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–9(3–7), 6–1

Women's doubles[edit]

United States Rosemary Casals / United States Billie Jean King defeated France Françoise Dürr / Netherlands Betty Stöve, 6–1, 4–6, 7–5

Mixed doubles[edit]

United States Billie Jean King / Australia Owen Davidson defeated United States Janet Newberry / Mexico Raúl Ramírez, 6–3, 6–2

King became the only player to win the 'triple crown' (Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles) twice in the post-war era, repeating her success of 1967.

Juniors Champions[edit]

Boys' singles[edit]

United States Billy Martin defeated Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell, 6–2, 6–4

Girls' singles[edit]

United States Ann Kiyomura defeated Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova,[6] 6–4, 7–5


  1. ^ "Davis Cup Results". ITF. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1974). World of Tennis '74. London: Queen Anne. pp. 15–17, 45–47. ISBN 978-0362001686. 
  3. ^ "Wimbledon faces 2004 boycott". BBC. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "The History of the Championships". AELTC. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Little, Alan (2013). Wimbledon Compendium 2013 (23 ed.). London: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. pp. 327–334. ISBN 978-1899039401. 
  6. ^ Navratilova won the Wimbledon women's singles crown 9 times. That is an all-time record.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1973 French Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1973 US Open