1973 World Championship Tennis circuit

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1973 World Championship Tennis circuit
Smith won 7 titles
Smith won 7 titles
Details
Duration 15January – 9 May
Edition 6th
Tournaments 23
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles United States Stan Smith (7)
Most tournament finals United States Stan Smith (8)
Points leader United States Stan Smith (75)
1972
1974

The 1973 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1973. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT). In April 1972 WCT signed an agreement with the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) as a result of which the 1973 men's tennis season was divided in a WCT section, which ran from January until May, and a Grand Prix circuit which was held from May onward. The WCT circuit divided the players into two groups of 32 players, with each group playing 11 tournaments of the 22 tournaments. The four highest ranked players from each group qualified for the season finals in Dallas.[1] The total available prize money was almost $1,250,000.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Key
Tour Finals
Group A Tournaments
Group B Tournaments

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
15 January Saga Bay Classic
Miami, United States
Group A
$50,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Australia Rod Laver
7–6(7–2), 6–3, 7–5
United States Dick Stockton United States Bob Lutz
Australia John Alexander
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Jim McManus
United States Cliff Richey
United States Stan Smith
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

6–4, 6–4
Australia Terry Addison
Australia Colin Dibley
18 January Rothmans International
Deeside and London, Great Britain
Group B
$50,000 – Hard (i) – 32S/16D
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
2–6, 6–2, 6–2, 7–6
United Kingdom Mark Cox United States Arthur Ashe
United States Marty Riessen
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Ken Rosewall
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Australia Dick Crealy
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

6–3, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
22 January Michelob Pro–Celebrity
La Costa, United States
Group A
$50,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Australia Colin Dibley
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
United States Stan Smith Australia Rod Laver
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Tom Edlefsen
Australia John Alexander
United States Harold Solomon
United States Phil Dent
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia Allan Stone
29 January Astor Cup Professional Championships
Milan, Italy
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Marty Riessen
7–6(7–4), 6–0, 7–6(7–3)
United States Roscoe Tanner Australia Ken Rosewall
United States Tom Gorman
Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Bob Carmichael
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Netherlands Tom Okker
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

6–3, 6–3
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
Fidelity Tournament
Richmond, United States
Group A
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
Australia Rod Laver
6–4, 6–3
Australia Roy Emerson Australia John Alexander
United States Dick Stockton
United States Cliff Richey
United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
Australia Phil Dent
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Australia Terry Addison
Australia Colin Dibley

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 February U.S. Professional Indoor
Philadelphia, United States
Group A
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Stan Smith
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4
United States Robert Lutz South Africa Bob Maud
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Niki Pilić
United States Cliff Richey
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Rod Laver
Australia Colin Dibley
United States Brian Gottfried
United States Dick Stockton

4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
11 February Rothmans International
Toronto, Canada
Group A
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4
Australia Roy Emerson United States Stan Smith
Chile Jaime Fillol
United States Cliff Richey
Australia Allan Stone
Sweden Ove Bengtson
United States Dick Stockton
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent

3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
12 February Professional Championships
Copenhagen, Denmark
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
6–2, 6–3, 7–6
United States Marty Riessen New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Australia Ken Rosewall
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Erik van Dillen
Australia Dick Crealy
United States Tom Gorman
United States Erik Van Dillen

6–4, 6–4
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
19 February Professional Championships
Cologne, West Germany
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–1, 6–3, 6–1
Australia Brian Fairlie United Kingdom Mark Cox
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Ken Rosewall
Pakistan Haroon Rahim
United Arab Republic Ismail El Shafei
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell

7–6, 6–3
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
26 February Kemper International
Chicago, United States
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Arthur Ashe
3–6, 7–6(11–9), 7–6(7–2)
United Kingdom Roger Taylor United States Tom Gorman
Australia Dick Crealy
United States Marty Riessen
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Ken Rosewall
South Africa Ray Moore
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle

6–7, 6–4, 6–2
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia Brian Fairlie

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
19 March Peachtree Corners Classic
Atlanta, United States
Group A
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–4
Australia Rod Laver United States Cliff Richey
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
New Zealand Onny Parun
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Allan Stone
South Africa Robert Maud
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

7–6, 6–3
South Africa Robert Maud
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison
Union Trust Classic
Washington, United States
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3)
United States Arthur Ashe United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Australia Ken Rosewall
South Africa Ray Moore
United Kingdom Mark Cox
Australia Dick Crealy
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

4–6, 7–6, 6–2
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
26 March Holton Classic
St. Louis, United States
Group A
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Australia Rod Laver South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Niki Pilić
Australia John Alexander
United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
United States Bob Lutz
United States Cliff Richey
Sweden Ove Nils Bengtson
United States Jim McManus

6–2, 7–5
Australia Terry Addison
Australia Colin Dibley
Rothmans International
Vancouver, Canada
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Tom Gorman
3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš United States Roscoe Tanner
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
United States Erik van Dillen
France Pierre Barthès
South Africa Ray Moore
France Pierre Barthes
United Kingdom Roger Taylor

5–7, 6–3, 7–6
United States Tom Gorman
United States Erik Van Dillen

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 April River Oaks International Tennis Tournament
Houston, United States
Group B
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–4, 6–1, 7–5
Australia Fred Stolle Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Arthur Ashe
Czechoslovakia Vladimír Zedník
United States Marty Riessen
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

7–5, 7–5
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
Munich WCT
Munich, West Germany
Group A
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Stan Smith
6–1, 7–5
United States Cliff Richey Australia John Alexander
United States Brian Gottfried
United States Robert Lutz
Australia Rod Laver
Sweden Ove Bengtson
United States Dick Stockton
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia Allan Stone

7–5, 5–7, 6–4
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Cliff Richey
9 April Brussels WCT
Brussels, Belgium
Group A
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Stan Smith
6–2, 6–4, 6–1
Australia Rod Laver United States Dick Stockton
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Cliff Richey
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Sweden Ove Bengtson
Australia John Alexander
United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith

6–4, 7–6
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
Cleveland WCT
Cleveland, United States
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–3, 6–4
United Kingdom Roger Taylor South Africa Raymond Moore
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
United States Arthur Ashe
France Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
United States Marty Riessen
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle

6–2, 6–3
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Australia Brian Fairlie
16 April Carolinas International Tennis Tournament
Charlotte, United States
Group B
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–3, 7–6(7–1)
United States Arthur Ashe United States Roscoe Tanner
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Tom Gorman
Australia Bob Carmichael
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
United States Marty Riessen
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen

7–6, 3–6, 6–3
United States Tom Gorman
United States Erik Van Dillen
Johannesburg WCT
Johannesburg, South Africa
Group A
$50,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
United States Brian Gottfried
W/O[a]
Chile Jaime Fillol Sweden Ove Bengtson
New Zealand Onny Parun
United States Robert Lutz
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison
Australia Colin Dibley
United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith

6–1, 6–4, 6–4
South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia Allan Stone
23 April United Bank Classic
Denver, United States
Group B
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United Kingdom Mark Cox
6–1, 6–1
United States Arthur Ashe United States Roscoe Tanner
Australia Ross Case
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
United States Marty Riessen
United States Tom Leonard
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner

3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
Swedish Pro Tennis Championships
Gothenburg, Sweden
Group A
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
United States Stan Smith
5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Australia John Alexander United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
Australia Rod Laver
Sweden Ove Bengtson
United States Cliff Richey
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver

6–7, 6–4, 6–1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
Australia Allan Stone

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 May Masters Doubles WCT
Montreal, Canada
Tour Finals
$200,000 – Carpet – 8D
United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith

6–2, 7–6(7–1), 6–0
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
Australia Roy Emerson / Australia Rod Laver
Australia Ken Rosewall / Australia Fred Stolle
Australia Terry Addison / Australia Colin Dibley
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić / Australia Allan Stone
United Kingdom Mark Cox / United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
United States Arthur Ashe / United States Roscoe Tanner
9 May WCT Finals
Dallas, United States
Tour Finals
$100,000 – Carpet – 8S
Singles Draw
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
United States Arthur Ashe Australia Rod Laver
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia John Alexander
Australia Roy Emerson
United States Marty Riessen
United Kingdom Roger Taylor

Statistical information[edit]

Titles won by player[edit]

Key
Tour Finals
Regular Tournaments
All titles
Total Player  Singles   Doubles   Singles   Doubles   Singles   Doubles 
10  Smith, StanStan Smith (USA) 1 1 6 2 7 3
8  Laver, RodRod Laver (AUS) 3 5 3 5
6  Riessen, MartyMarty Riessen (USA) 1 5 1 5
6  Okker, TomTom Okker (NED) 1 5 1 5
5  Rosewall, KenKen Rosewall (AUS) 3 2 3 2
5  Emerson, RoyRoy Emerson (AUS) 5 5
3  Lutz, RobertRobert Lutz (USA) 1 2 3
2  Taylor, RogerRoger Taylor (GBR) 1 1 1 1
2  Ashe, ArthurArthur Ashe (USA) 1 1 1 1
2  Gorman, TomTom Gorman (USA) 1 1 1 1
2  Gottfried, BrianBrian Gottfried (USA) 1 1 1 1
2  Cox, MarkMark Cox (GBR) 1 1 1 1
2  Stolle, FredFred Stolle (AUS) 2 2
1  Fairlie, BrianBrian Fairlie (AUS) 1 1
1  Dibley, ColinColin Dibley (AUS) 1 1
1  Kodeš, JanJan Kodeš (TCH) 1 1
1  Stockton, DickDick Stockton (USA) 1 1
1  Alexander, JohnJohn Alexander (AUS) 1 1
1  Dent, PhilPhil Dent (AUS) 1 1
1  Van Dillen, ErikErik Van Dillen (USA) 1 1
1  Stilwell, GrahamGraham Stilwell (GBR) 1 1
1  Barthes, PierrePierre Barthes (FRA) 1 1
1  Bengtson, Ove NilsOve Nils Bengtson (SWE) 1 1
1  McManus, JimJim McManus (USA) 1 1
1  Pilic, NikolaNikola Pilic (YUG) 1 1
1  Stone, AllanAllan Stone (AUS) 1 1
1  Tanner, RoscoeRoscoe Tanner (USA) 1 1

Titles won by nation[edit]

Key
Tour Finals
Group A Tournaments
Group B Tournaments
All titles
Total Nation  Singles   Doubles   Singles   Doubles   Singles   Doubles   Singles   Doubles 
23  United States (USA) 1 1 7 4 3 7 11 12
17  Australia (AUS) 4 7 4 2 8 9
6  Netherlands (NED) 1 5 1 5
4  Great Britain (GBR) 2 2 2 2
1  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 1 1
1  France (FRA) 1 1
1  Sweden (SWE) 1 1
1  Yugoslavia (YUG) 1 1

Standings[edit]

Key
Qualified for Tour Finals
Group A
Rk Name Country Matches Played Matches Won Points Prize Money (USD)
1 Stan Smith  USA 46 41 75 154,100
2 Rod Laver  AUS 44 37 63 78,200
3 Roy Emerson  AUS 29 20 28 41,350
3 John Alexander  AUS 33 22 28 31,300
5 Cliff Richey  USA 34 23 27 24,350
6 Dick Stockton  USA 31 20 25 23,200
7 Bob Lutz  USA 27 17 21 41,800
8 Brian Gottfried  USA 20 10 20 20,300
9 Colin Dibley  AUS 23 13 18 22,750
10 Jaime Fillol  CHI 22 13 17 14,300
Group B
Rk Name Country Matches Played Matches Won Points Prize Money (USD)
1 Ken Rosewall  AUS 42 34 53 66,400
2 Arthur Ashe  USA 36 26 41 63,150
3 Marty Riessen  USA 36 26 35 47,200
4 Roger Taylor  GBR 31 21 34 42,800
4 Mark Cox  GBR 33 23 34 31,950
6 Brian Fairlie  AUS 32 22 33 30,900
7 Jan Kodeš  TCH 27 19 28 23,800
8 Tom Okker  NED 29 19 25 34,400
9 Roscoe Tanner  USA 27 16 24 25,250
10 Tom Gorman  USA 25 16 23 28,200

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fillol defaulted before the final due to illness (flu).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ *Collins Bud History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book (2nd ed.). USA: New Chapter Press. 2010. ISBN 0-942257-70-7. 
  2. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1974). World of Tennis '74. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 167. ISBN 9780362001679. 
  3. ^ "Gottfried wins". Star-News. Apr 24, 1973. 

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