1976 Grand Prix (tennis)

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1976 Grand Prix circuit
Jimmy connors.jpg
Connors was title leader in 1976
Details
Duration 28 December 1975 – 13 December
Edition 7th
Tournaments 48
Categories TC events
Five-star events
Four-star events
Three-star events
Two-star events
One-star events
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles United States Jimmy Connors (7)
Most tournament finals Spain Manuel Orantes (10)
Prize money leader Mexico Raúl Ramírez ($190,000)
Points leader United States Jimmy Connors (1,204)
Awards
Player of the year Sweden Björn Borg
Newcomer of the year Poland Wojciech Fibak
1975
1977

The 1976 Commercial Union Assurance Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit administered by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) which served as a forerunner to the current Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour.[1] The circuit consisted of the four modern Grand Slam tournaments and open tournaments recognised by the ILTF. The Commercial Union Assurance Masters is included in this calendar but did not count towards the Grand Prix ranking.[2]

The 1976 Grand Prix circuit consisted of 48 tournaments held in 21 different countries.

Schedule[edit]

Key
Triple Crown events
Grand Prix Masters
Five-star events
Four-star events
Three-star events
Two-star events
One-star events
Team events

December 1975[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
28 December Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$75,000 – Grass – 64S/32D
Two Star
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Mark Edmondson
6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 6–1
Australia John Newcombe Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Brad Drewett
Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Ross Case
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
7–6, 6–4
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 May Romika Cup
Munich, West Germany
Clay – 32S/16D
One Star
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–1, 6–4, 6–1
West Germany Karl Meiler Austria Hans Kary
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
France François Jauffret
United States Mike Cahill
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Spain Manuel Orantes
1–6, 6–3, 6–2, 2–3 RET.
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
11 May Coca-Cola British Hard Court Championships
Bournemouth, Great Britain
Clay – 48S/24D/16XD
Two Star
Poland Wojciech Fibak
6–2, 7–9, 6–2, 6–2
Spain Manuel Orantes Italy Corrado Barazzutti
France François Jauffret
Austria Hans Kary
United States Norman Holmes
Colombia Iván Molina
France Jean-François Caujolle
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United States Fred McNair
4–6, 7–5, 7–5
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Spain Manuel Orantes
South Africa Linky Boshoff
Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
6–8, 8–6, 6–1
South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Byron Bertram
18 May German Open
Hamburg, West Germany
$100,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Three Star
United States Eddie Dibbs
6–4, 4–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Spain Manuel Orantes Chile Jaime Fillol
Austria Hans Kary
West Germany Ulrich Pinner
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
Spain José Higueras
United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 7–6, 7–6
Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Kim Warwick
25 May Italian Open
Rome, Italy
$131,500 – Clay – 64S/32D
Four Star
Italy Adriano Panatta
2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 7–6
Argentina Guillermo Vilas United States Eddie Dibbs
Australia John Newcombe
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Harold Solomon
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3[note 1]
Australia Geoff Masters
Australia John Newcombe
Agfacolor Cup
Düsseldorf, West Germany
Clay – 48S/24D
Two Star
Sweden Björn Borg
6–2, 6–2, 6–0
Spain Manuel Orantes Spain José Higueras
Chile Jaime Fillol
South Africa Byron Bertram
Australia Dick Crealy
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Sweden Kjell Johansson
Poland Wojciech Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Raymond Moore
31 May French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay – 128S/64D/32XD
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Doubles Draw
Italy Adriano Panatta
6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6
United States Harold Solomon United States Eddie Dibbs
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Sweden Björn Borg
Spain Manuel Orantes
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–6 (8–6), 6–3, 6–1
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
South Africa Ilana Kloss
Australia Kim Warwick
5–7, 7–6, 6–2
South Africa Linky Boshoff
Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 June John Player Open
Nottingham, Great Britain
$100,000 – Grass – 64S/32D
Three Star
No Winner United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–2, 4–6, 1–1 Match Abandoned
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Sweden Ove Bengtson
Netherlands Tom Okker
India Vijay Amritraj
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Not completed. (5 pairs remaining)
Berlin Open
Berlin, West Germany
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/15D
One Star
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
6–1, 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann Argentina Julián Ganzábal
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Chile Belus Prajoux
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Poland Wojciech Fibak
West Germany Werner Zirngibl
Chile Patricio Cornejo
Spain Antonio Muñoz
7–5, 6–1
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
21 June Wimbledon Championships
London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
$160,000 – Grass – 128S/128Q/64D/40Q/64XD/24Q
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Mixed Doubles Draw
Sweden Björn Borg
6–4, 6–2, 9–7
Romania Ilie Năstase Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Roscoe Tanner
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Charlie Pasarell
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
United States Jimmy Connors
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 6–3, 8–6, 2–6, 7–5
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
France Françoise Dürr
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 2–6, 7–5
United States Rosemary Casals
United States Dick Stockton

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 July Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
Clay – $100,000 – 64S/32D
Three Star
Italy Antonio Zugarelli
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
Italy Corrado Barazzutti South Africa Byron Bertram
United States Billy Martin
United States Fred McNair
United States Peter Fleming
South Africa Raymond Moore
Norway Per Hegna
United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–4
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Swiss Open
Gstaad, Switzerland
$75,000 – Clay – 48S/24D
Two Star
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 6–7, 6–1, 6–3
Italy Adriano Panatta Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Australia Onny Parun
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
United States Jeff Borowiak
West Germany Karl Meiler
Argentina Ricardo Cano
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
7–5, 6–3, 6–3
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
12 July Western Championships
Cincinnati, United States
$100,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Three Star
United States Roscoe Tanner
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
United States Eddie Dibbs United States Dick Stockton
Australia Dick Crealy
United States Trey Waltke
United States Stan Smith
United States Bill Scanlon
United States Cliff Richey
United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–1, 6–1
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Harold Solomon
Dutch Open
Hilversum, Netherlands
$75,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
One Star
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–7, 2–6, 6–1, 6–3
Argentina Ricardo Cano Spain Ángel Giménez
Chile Belus Prajoux
Spain Manuel Santana
United Kingdom Robin Drysdale
South Africa Raymond Moore
France Jean-François Caujolle
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Chile Belus Prajoux
6–4, 6–3
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
19 July Head Cup
Kitzbühel, Austria
Clay – 64S/32D
Two Star
Spain Manuel Orantes
7–6, 6–2, 7–6
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
France François Jauffret
France Jean-Louis Haillet
United States Charlie Pasarell
Bolivia Ramiro Benavides
United States Jeff Borowiak
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–7, 6–2, 6–4
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
26 July Washington Star International
Washington, D.C., USA
$125,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Four Star
United States Jimmy Connors
6–2, 6–4
Mexico Raúl Ramírez New Zealand Brian Fairlie
South Africa Raymond Moore
United States Dick Stockton
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
United States Stan Smith
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Jimmy Connors

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 August Louisville International
Louisville, United States
$125,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Four Star
United States Harold Solomon
6–2, 7–5
Poland Wojciech Fibak United States Dick Stockton
United States Stan Smith
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Chile Jaime Fillol
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
South Africa Byron Bertram
South Africa Pat Cramer
6–3, 6–4
United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
Volvo International
North Conway, United States
Clay – 64S/32D
Three Star
United States Jimmy Connors
7–6, 4–6, 6–3
Mexico Raúl Ramírez Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
United States Cliff Richey
United States Eddie Dibbs
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United States Brian Gottfried
Spain Manuel Orantes
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–0
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
Buckeye Championships
Columbus, United States
Clay – 48S/24D
Two Star
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–4, 7–6
United States Stan Smith United States Brian Teacher
India Vijay Amritraj
Chile Patricio Cornejo
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Colin Dibley
India Anand Amritraj
United States William Brown
United States Brian Teacher
6–3, 6–4
United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
9 August U.S. Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, United States
$160,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Four Star
United States Jimmy Connors
6–2, 6–4
Poland Wojciech Fibak United States Harold Solomon
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
United States Eddie Dibbs
Spain Manuel Orantes
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
United States Brian Gottfried
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 6–2
United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
16 August Rothmans Canadian Open
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
$125,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Four Star
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–4, 7–6, 6–2
Poland Wojciech Fibak Chile Jaime Fillol
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
New Zealand Onny Parun
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 6–1
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Spain Manuel Orantes
23 August U.S. Professional Tennis Championships
Boston, United States
$125,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Four Star
Sweden Björn Borg
6–7, 6–4, 6–1, 6–2
United States Harold Solomon Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Jimmy Connors
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Italy Adriano Panatta
Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Allan Stone
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
United States Mike Cahill
United States John Whitlinger
Tennis Week Open
South Orange, United States
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
One Star
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–4, 6–2
United States Roscoe Tanner Hungary Balázs Taróczy
New Zealand Onny Parun
India Vijay Amritraj
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
South Africa Bernard Mitton
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
United States Fred McNair
United States Marty Riessen
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Romania Ilie Năstase
30 August US Open
New York, United States
Grand Slam
$217,000 – Clay – 128S/64D/32XD
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Doubles Draw
United States Jimmy Connors
6–4, 3–6, 7–6 (11–9), 6–4
Sweden Björn Borg Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Romania Ilie Năstase
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Dick Stockton
Spain Manuel Orantes
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 6–0
Australia Paul Kronk
Australia Cliff Letcher
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 7–6
United States Billie Jean King
Australia Ray Ruffels

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
13 September Grow Professional Doubles Championships
The Woodlands, United States
$100,000 – Hard – 16D
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–1, 6–4, 5–7, 7–6
Australia Phil Dent
Australia Allan Stone
United States McNair / United States Stewart
Egypt El Shafei / New Zealand Fairlie
Bermuda Classic
Bermuda
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
One Star
United States Cliff Richey
7–6, 6–2
United States Gene Mayer Australia Dick Crealy
South Africa John Yuill
United Kingdom John Lloyd
Chile Álvaro Fillol
United States Steve Krulevitz
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
United States Mike Cahill
United States John Whitlinger
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
20 September Arco Pacific Southwest Open
Los Angeles, United States
$125,000 – Carpet – 64S/32D
Four Star
United States Brian Gottfried
6–2, 6–2
United States Arthur Ashe Romania Ilie Năstase
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Jimmy Connors
United States Dick Stockton
United Kingdom John Lloyd
United States Sandy Mayer
United States Bob Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
27 September Fireman's Fund International
San Francisco, United States
$125,000 – Carpet – 64S/32D
Four Star
United States Roscoe Tanner
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
United States Brian Gottfried United States Sherwood Stewart
United States Dick Stockton
United States Harold Solomon
India Vijay Amritraj
United States Butch Walts
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Dick Stockton
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 6–4
United States Brian Gottfried
South Africa Bob Hewitt

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 October Aryamehr Cup
Tehran, Iran
$150,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Five Star
Spain Manuel Orantes
7–6, 6–0, 2–6, 6–4
Mexico Raúl Ramírez Argentina Guillermo Vilas
United States Eddie Dibbs
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Antonio Zugarelli
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 6–1
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Spain Manuel Orantes
Island Holidays Classic
Maui, United States
$100,000 – Hard – 48S/24D
Three Star
United States Harold Solomon
6–3, 5–7, 7–5
United States Bob Lutz United States Marty Riessen
United States Stan Smith
United Kingdom John Lloyd
Australia John Newcombe
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
United States Arthur Ashe
South Africa Raymond Moore
Australia Allan Stone
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
United States Dick Stockton
United States Roscoe Tanner
11 October Trofeo Gillette
Madrid, Spain
Clay – 64S/32D
Three Star
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–4, 2–6, 6–0
United States Eddie Dibbs Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Chile Jaime Fillol
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 7–5, 6–3
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
Air India/BP Classic
Brisbane, Australia
$50,000 – Grass – 32S/16D
One Star
Australia Mark Edmondson
3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Australia Phil Dent Australia Allan Stone
United States Tom Gorman
Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Kim Warwick
Australia Dick Crealy
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
18 October Custom Credit Australian Indoor Championships
Sydney, Australia
$125,000 – Hard (i) – 48S/24D
Four Star
Australia Geoff Masters
4–6, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3
United States James Delaney Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Paul Kronk
India Sashi Menon
United States Bill Scanlon
Australia Kim Warwick
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
Trofeo Conde de Godó
Barcelona, Spain
Clay – 64S/32D
Three Star
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–1, 2–6, 2–6, 7–5, 6–4
United States Eddie Dibbs Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Harold Solomon
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
United States Brian Gottfried
Spain Javier Soler
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–4
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
25 October Hitachi West Coast Classic
Perth, Australia
$50,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
One Star
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–0, 4–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Australia Phil Dent United States Roscoe Tanner
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Dick Crealy
United States Tim Gullikson
Australia Syd Ball
United States Gene Mayer
United States Dick Stockton
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–7, 6–1, 6–2
Australia Bob Carmichael
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
Jean Becker Open
Paris, France
$50,000 – Hard (i) – 32S/16D
One Star
United States Eddie Dibbs
5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6
Chile Jaime Fillol United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Sherwood Stewart
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 6–2
United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
Fischer Grand Prix
Vienna, Austria
$50,000 – Hard (i) – 32S/16D
One Star
Poland Wojciech Fibak
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 6–1
Mexico Raúl Ramírez Sweden Ove Bengtson
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Arthur Ashe
United States Brian Gottfried
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–4, 4–0 RET.
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 November Dewar Cup
London, Great Britain
Carpet – $100,000 – 32S/16D
Three Star
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–4
Spain Manuel Orantes United Kingdom Mark Cox
Chile Jaime Fillol
South Africa Bernard Mitton
Italy Antonio Zugarelli
United States Arthur Ashe
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United Kingdom David Lloyd
United Kingdom John Lloyd
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
United Kingdom John Feaver
Australia John James
Japan Open Tennis Championships
Tokyo, Japan
Clay – 48S/24D
Three Star
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 6–2
Italy Corrado Barazzutti United States Dick Stockton
Australia Ken Rosewall
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
Australia Dick Crealy
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
United States John Whitlinger
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–4, 6–4
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Cologne Cup
Cologne, West Germany
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
One Star
United States Jimmy Connors
6–2, 6–3
South Africa Frew McMillan United States Brian Gottfried
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia František Pala
United States Henry Bunis
United States Harold Solomon
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
United States Mike Estep
8 November Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
$150,000 – Hard (i) – 64S/32D
Five Star
United Kingdom Mark Cox
4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Spain Manuel Orantes United States Jimmy Connors
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
South Africa Byron Bertram
Pakistan Haroon Rahim
Sweden Björn Borg
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
Citizen's Classic
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
$75,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Two Star
Australia Ken Rosewall
1–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–0
Romania Ilie Năstase United States James Hagey
United States Gene Mayer
Mexico Emilio Montaño
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
United States Steve Krulevitz
Australia Paul Kronk
United States Hank Pfister
United States Butch Walts
6–4, 6–2
India Anand Amritraj
Romania Ilie Năstase
15 November Benson & Hedges Championships
London, Great Britain
$125,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
Four Star
United States Jimmy Connors
3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
United States Roscoe Tanner United States Brian Gottfried
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United States Stan Smith
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Netherlands Tom Okker
Romania Ilie Năstase
United States Stan Smith
United States Roscoe Tanner
7–6, 6–3
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United States Brian Gottfried
Philta International
Manila, the Philippines
$75,000 – Hard – 47S/24D
Two Star
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
7–5, 6–7, 7–6
Australia Ray Ruffels Australia Geoff Masters
Australia Dick Crealy
United States Mike Machette
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Ross Case
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–0, 6–1
India Anand Amritraj
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
São Paulo Open
São Paulo, Brazil
$50,000 – Carpet – 32S/16D
One Star
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–3, 6–0
Spain José Higueras Venezuela Jorge Andrew
Brazil Thomaz Koch
Chile Belus Prajoux
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Italy Adriano Panatta
Argentina Lito Álvarez
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Chile Belus Prajoux
22 November South African Breweries Open
Johannesburg, South Africa
$150,000 – Hard – 48S/24D/16XD
Five Star
United States Harold Solomon
6–2, 6–7, 6–3, 6–4
United States Brian Gottfried Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Stan Smith
United States Cliff Richey
South Africa Raymond Moore
United States Roscoe Tanner
South Africa Willem Prinsloo
United States Brian Gottfried
United States Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–6
Spain Juan Gisbert, Sr.
United States Stan Smith
United States Betsy Nagelsen
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6–2, 7–6
South Africa Annette du Plooy
South Africa Deon Joubert
South American Open
Buenos Aires, Argentina
$75,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Two Star
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–2, 6–2, 6–3
Chile Jaime Fillol Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Brazil Thomaz Koch
Spain José Higueras
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Argentina Carlos Kirmayr
Argentina Tito Vázquez
6–4, 7–5
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Chile Belus Prajoux
Indian Open
Bangalore, India
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
One Star
Australia Kim Warwick
6–1, 6–2
India Sashi Menon Pakistan Haroon Rahim
United States Doug Crawford
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Alvin Gardiner
United States Mike Cahill
India Ashok Amritraj
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–2, 7–6
India Chiraid Mukherjea
India Bhanu Nunna

December[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 December Commercial Union Assurance Masters
Houston, United States
$130,000 – Carpet – 8S/4D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Spain Manuel Orantes
5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–1
Poland Wojciech Fibak Argentina Guillermo Vilas
United States Harold Solomon
United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez

Points system[edit]

The tournaments listed above were divided into six groups. Group TC consisted of the Triple Crown—the French Open, the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open—while the other tournaments were given star ratings ranging from five stars to one star, based on prize money and draw size.[3] Points were allocated based on these ratings and the finishing position of a player in a tournament. No points were awarded to first-round losers, and ties were settled by the number of tournaments played. The points allocation, with doubles points listed in brackets, is as follows:

Group TC
  • Champion: 160 (32)
  • Runner-up: 120 (24)
  • Semifinalist: 80 (16)
  • Quarterfinalist: 40 (8)
  • Fourth Round: 20 (4)
  • Third Round: 10 (2)
  • Second Round: 5
Five-star
  • Champion: 120 (24)
  • Runner-up: 90 (18)
  • Semifinalist: 60 (12)
  • Quarterfinalist: 30 (6)
  • 9th – 16th: 15 (3)
  • 17th – 32nd: 7
  • 33rd – 64th: 1
Four-star
  • Champion: 100 (20)
  • Runner-up: 75 (15)
  • Semifinalist: 50 (10)
  • Quarterfinalist: 25 (5)
  • 9th – 16th: 12 (2)
  • 17th – 32nd: 6


Three-star
  • Champion: 80 (16)
  • Runner-up: 60 (12)
  • Semifinalist: 40 (8)
  • 5th – 8th: 20 (4)
  • 9th – 16th: 10 (2)
  • 17th – 32nd: 5


Two-star
  • Champion: 60 (12)
  • Runner-up: 45 (9)
  • Semifinalist: 30 (6)
  • 5th – 8th: 15 (3)
  • 9th – 16th: 7 (1)
  • 17th – 32nd: 3


One-star
  • Champion: 40 (8)
  • Runner-up: 30 (6)
  • Semifinalist: 20 (4)
  • 5th – 8th: 10 (2)
  • 9th – 16th: 5

Standings[edit]

The 1976 Grand Prix tournaments were divided in six separate point categories, ranging from the Triple Crown tournaments (150 points for the winner) to the smallest One Star tournaments (40 points for the winner). At the end of the year the 35 top-ranked players received a bonus from the bonus pool. To qualify for a bonus a player must have played a minimum amount of One and Two Star tournaments. The top eight points ranked singles players and top four doubles teams were entitled to participate in the season-ending Masters tournament.[2]

Rk Name Points Bonus
1  Raúl Ramírez (MEX) 938 $150,000
2  Manuel Orantes (ESP) 811 $90,000
3  Jimmy Connors (USA) 800
4  Eddie Dibbs (USA) 687 $60,000
5  Harold Solomon (USA) 681 $45,000
6  Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 627 $35,000
7  Roscoe Tanner (USA) 615 $30,000
8  Wojciech Fibak (POL) 582 $26,000
9  Brian Gottfried (USA) 574 $23,000
10  Björn Borg (SWE) 510

ATP Rankings[edit]

These are the ATP Rankings of the top twenty singles players at the end of the 1975 season [4] and at the end of the 1976 season,[5] with numbers of ranking points, points averages, numbers of tournaments played, year-end rankings in 1976, highest and lowest positions during the season and number of spots gained or lost from the first rankings to the year-end rankings.

List of tournament winners[edit]

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

The following players won their first Grand Prix title in 1976:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This match was stopped at two sets all due to bad light. The final set was played on 15 September during the Grow Professional Doubles Championships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How it All Began". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1977). World of Tennis 1977 : a BP yearbook. London: Macdonald and Janes. pp. 25–31. ISBN 9780354090117. 
  3. ^ "$5-Million Tour For Grand Prix Tennis". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. UPI. 23 January 1976. 
  4. ^ "ATP Rankings (singles) as of December 15, 1975". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. 15 December 1975. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  5. ^ "ATP Rankings (singles) as of December 12, 1976". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. 
  6. ^ "Tennis - ATP World Tour - Singles Rankings". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  7. ^ "Tennis - ATP World Tour - Singles Rankings". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 

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.