1977 Wimbledon Championships

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1977 Wimbledon Championships
Date 20 June – 2 July[1]
Edition 91st
Category Grand Slam (ITF)
Draw 128S / 64D / 64XD
Prize money £222,540
Surface Grass
Location Church Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
Men's Singles
Sweden Björn Borg[2]
Women's Singles
United Kingdom Virginia Wade[3]
Men's Doubles
Australia Ross Case / Australia Geoff Masters[4]
Women's Doubles
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley / United States JoAnne Russell[5]
Mixed Doubles
South Africa Greer Stevens / South Africa Bob Hewitt[6]
Boys' Singles
United States Van Winitsky[7]
Girls' Singles
United States Lea Antonoplis[8]
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The 1977 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 20 June until 2 July.[1] It was the 91st staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam tennis event of 1977.

On the opening day of the tournament, Monday June 20, to celebrate the centenary of the first Gentlemen's Singles event, former singles champions were presented with a medal by their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Kent on Centre Court. Those attending were: Kathleen "Kitty" McKane Godfree, Jean Borotra, René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jack Crawford, Sidney Wood, Fred Perry, Dorothy Round, John "Don" Budge, Alice Marble, Yvon Petra, Jack Kramer, Bob Falkenburg, Ted Schroeder, John "Budge" Patty, Richard "Dick" Savitt, Margaret Osborne duPont, Frank Sedgman, Louise Brough, Elias "Vic" Seixas, Doris Hart, Jaroslav Drobný, Marion "Tony" Trabert, Shirley Fry Irvin, Lew Hoad, Charles "Chuck" McKinley, Ashley Cooper, Maria Bueno, Alejandro "Alex" Olmedo, Neale Fraser, Angela Mortimer, Rod Laver, Karen Hantze Susman, Roy Emerson, Billie Jean King, Manuel Santana, John Newcombe, Ann Jones, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Stan Smith, Jan Kodeš, Arthur Ashe, Chris Evert and Björn Borg. Jacques Brugnon and Elizabeth Ryan were invited to represent all of the doubles champions. Ryan held a record 19 doubles titles, a record that remains as of 2016.[9] Jimmy Connors (who was the number one seed for the tournament) did not attend the event, choosing instead to practise with Ilie Năstase at the time of the ceremony. This apparent snub by the American earned him harsh booing from the Centre Court crowd when he appeared to play his first round match the following day. The All England club responded to media enquiries when Major David Mills, the secretary, issued this terse statement: "Medals will be sent only to former champions who indicated they could not be here, and not to those who were here and had the extreme discourtesy not to collect it."[10] Several former singles champions (some of whom had been retired) competed in the championships to commemorate the centenary of the event. Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Stan Smith, Rod Laver and Jan Kodes competed in the gentlemen's singles, with John Newcombe and Neale Fraser playing in the doubles. Chris Evert, Maria Bueno and Billie-Jean King played in the ladies singles, with Ann Jones and Karen Susman competing in the ladies doubles.

Prize money[edit]

The total prize money for 1977 championships was £222,540. The winner of the men's title earned £15,000 while the women's singles champion earned £13,500.[11]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
Men's Singles £15,000 £8,000 £4,000 £2,000 £1,200 £600 £350 £200
Women's Singles £13,500 £7,000 £3,500 £1,600 £925 £460 £270 £150
Men's Doubles * £6,000 £3,000 £2,000 £1,000 £500 £150 £0 N/A
Women's Doubles * £5,200 £2,600 £1,600 £800 £350 £100 £0 N/A
Mixed Doubles * £3,000 £1,500 £700 £400 £200 £0 £0 N/A

* per team


Men's singles[edit]

Sweden Björn Borg defeated United States Jimmy Connors, 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4.[2]

  • It was Borg's second consecutive Wimbledon title and 4th Grand Slam title overall.

Women's singles[edit]

United Kingdom Virginia Wade defeated Netherlands Betty Stöve, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1.[3]

  • It was Wade's first and only Wimbledon title, third and final Grand Slam title overall. Wade remains the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon.

Men's doubles[edit]

Australia Ross Case / Australia Geoff Masters defeated Australia John Alexander / Australia Phil Dent, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 8–9(4–7), 6–4.[4]

Women's doubles[edit]

Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley / United States JoAnne Russell defeated United States Martina Navratilova / Netherlands Betty Stöve, 6–3, 6–3.[5]

Mixed doubles[edit]

South Africa Bob Hewitt / South Africa Greer Stevens defeated South Africa Frew McMillan / Netherlands Betty Stöve, 3–6, 7–5, 6–4.[6]


Boys' Singles[edit]

United States Van Winitsky defeated United States Eliot Teltscher, 6–1, 1–6, 8–6.[7]

Girls' Singles[edit]

United States Lea Antonoplis defeated United States Mareen Louie-Harper, 7–5, 6–1.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Wimbledon 1977 – Info". ITFTennis.com. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Borg Puts An End To Connors' Bid To Take Wimbledon Title.". Rome News-Tribune. Wimbledon, London, England. 3 July 1977. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "14 Years Of Trying Pays Off For Virginia Wade.". Portsmouth Daily Times. Wimbledon, London, England. 2 July 1977. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Men's Doubles Finals 1884–2008". wimbledon.org. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Ladies' Doubles Finals 1913–2008". wimbledon.org. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Mixed Doubles Finals 1913–2008". wimbledon.org. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Wimbledon – Boys' Singles". ITFTennis.com. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Wimbledon – Girls' Singles". ITFTennis.com. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  9. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1977/06/21/wimbledon-postcard-from-barry-lorge/755c50fd-97c1-4551-8678-69f7f9ec81f4/
  10. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1977/06/22/jimmy-connors-the-rude-american/e1d0bae5-954a-44cb-808e-2797678a827b/
  11. ^ Little, Alan (2013). Wimbledon Compendium 2013 (23 ed.). London: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. p. 327–334. ISBN 978-1899039401. 

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Preceded by
1977 French Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1977 U.S. Open