1977 World Championship Tennis circuit

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1977 World Championship Tennis circuit
Connors reached most finals
Connors reached most finals
Details
Duration 12 January 1977 – 10 May 1977
Edition 10th
Tournaments 13
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles United States Dick Stockton
United States Jimmy Connors (3)
Most tournament finals United States Jimmy Connors (5)
Points leader United States Dick Stockton (520)
1976
1982

The 1977 season of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1977. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT) and consisted of a preliminary series of twelve tournaments leading up to a singles play-off in Dallas and doubles play-off in Kansas City in May. 23 players participated and the season final was played by the eight best performers. It was won by American Jimmy Connors who defeated compatriot Dick Stockton in four sets. The total prize money for the 1977 WCT circuit was $2,400,000.[1]

Additionally there were three special events that did not count towards the standings; the Aetna World Cup held in Hartford between America and Australia (10–13 March), the $320,000 Challenge Cup in Las Vegas (14–20 November) and the Tournament of Champions held in Lakeway, Texas (10–13 March, 10–13 July) and Madison Square Garden, New York (17 September).[1]

In February the WCT sued Björn Borg, as well as his management company IMG. WCT stated that Borg had committed a breach of contract by electing to participate in the competing 1977 Grand Prix circuit instead of the WCT circuit. Borg eventually played a single WCT event, the Monte Carlo WCT, and won the tournament.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

Date Tournament Location Draw Prize Money Surface Winner Finalist Score
12 January 1977 Alabama WCT Birmingham, AL, United States 16S / 8D $175,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Jimmy Connors United States Bill Scanlon 6–3, 6–3
24 January 1977 U.S. Pro Indoor Philadelphia, PA, United States 64S / 32D $200,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Dick Stockton United States Jimmy Connors 3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
31 January 1977 Richmond WCT Richmond, VA, USA 16S / 8D $50,000 Indoor / Carpet Netherlands Tom Okker United States Vitas Gerulaitis 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
7 February 1977 Mexico City WCT Mexico City, Mexico 16S / 8D Outdoor / Hard Romania Ilie Năstase Poland Wojciech Fibak 4–6, 6–2, 7–6
15 February 1977 Toronto Indoor WCT Toronto, Canada 16S / 8D $100,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Dick Stockton United States Jimmy Connors 5–6, ret.
1 March 1977 Monterrey WCT Monterrey, Mexico 16S / 8D $100,000 Indoor / Carpet Poland Wojciech Fibak United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–4, 6–3
16 March 1977 St. Louis WCT St. Louis, USA 16S / 8D $100,000 Indoor / Hard United States Jimmy Connors United States John Alexander 7–6, 6–2
22 March 1977 Rotterdam WCT Rotterdam, Netherlands 16S / 8D $100,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Dick Stockton Romania Ilie Năstase 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
28 March 1977 London WCT London, UK 16S / 8D $100,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Eddie Dibbs United States Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
5 April 1977 Monte Carlo WCT Monte Carlo, Monaco 16S / 8D $100,000 Outdoor / Clay Sweden Björn Borg Italy Corrado Barazzutti 6–3, 7–5, 6–0
11 April 1977 Houston WCT Houston, USA 16S / 8D $100,000 Outdoor / Hard Italy Adriano Panatta United States Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 6–7, 6–1
18 April 1977 Charlotte WCT Charlotte, NC, USA 16S / 8D $100,000 Indoor / Carpet Italy Corrado Barazzutti United States Eddie Dibbs 7–6, 6–0
4 May 1977 Kansas WCT Doubles Finals Kansas City, USA 8D $200,000 Indoor / Carpet India Vijay Amritraj
United States Dick Stockton
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Italy Adriano Panatta
7–6, 7–6, 4–6, 6–3
10 May 1977 Dallas WCT Singles Finals Dallas, TX, USA 8S $200,000 Indoor / Carpet United States Jimmy Connors United States Dick Stockton 6–7, 6–1, 6–4, 6–3

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of events on the 1977 WCT circuit, with player progression documented until the quarterfinals stage.[4]

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
12 January Alabama WCT
Birmingham, USA
United States Jimmy Connors
6–3, 6–3
United States Bill Scanlon United States Eddie Dibbs
South Africa Ray Moore
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Sandy Mayer
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Romania Ilie Năstase
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker

6–3, 6–4
United States Billy Martin
United States Bill Scanlon
24 January U.S. Pro Indoor
Philadelphia, USA
United States Dick Stockton
3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
United States Jimmy Connors United States Jeff Borowiak
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia Ken Rosewall
India Vijay Amritraj
South Africa Bernie Mitton
Australia Tony Roche
South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
7–5, 6–3
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
31 January Richmond WCT
Richmond, USA
Netherlands Tom Okker
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
United States Vitas Gerulaitis Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Ross Case
Italy Adriano Panatta
Spain Manuel Orantes
Romania Ilie Năstase
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–4, 6–4
Australia Ross Case
Australia Tony Roche

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 February Mexico City WCT
Mexico City, Mexico
Romania Ilie Năstase
4–6, 6–2, 7–6
Poland Wojciech Fibak Italy Adriano Panatta
Australia Ken Rosewall
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodes
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Spain Manuel Orantes
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–2, 6–3
Romania Ilie Năstase
Italy Adriano Panatta
16 February Toronto Indoor
Toronto, Canada
United States Dick Stockton
5–6 ret.
United States Jimmy Connors United States Eddie Dibbs
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Rod Laver
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Ross Case
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–4, 6–1
Australia Ross Case
Australia Tony Roche
28 February Monterrey WCT
Monterrey, Mexico
Poland Wojciech Fibak
6–4, 6–3
United States Vitas Gerulaitis South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Bill Scanlon
Spain Manuel Orantes
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Harold Solomon
United States Eddie Dibbs
Australia Ross Case
Poland Wojciech Fibak

3–6, 6–3, 6–4
United States Billy Martin
United States Bill Scanlon

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
16 March St. Louis WCT
St. Louis, USA
United States Jimmy Connors
7–6, 6–2
Australia John Alexander United States Harold Solomon
Romania Ilie Năstase
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Grover Reid
Australia Ken Rosewall
South Africa Bernie Mitton
Romania Ilie Năstase
Italy Adriano Panatta
6–4, 3–6, 7–6
India Vijay Amritraj
United StatesDick Stockton
22 March Rotterdam WCT
Rotterdam, Netherlands
United States Dick Stockton
2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Romania Ilie Năstase Poland Wojciech Fibak
United Kingdom Mark Cox
India Vijay Amritraj
Australia John Alexander
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Netherlands Tom Okker
Poland Wojciech Fibak

6–4, 6–4
India Vijay Amritraj
United States Dick Stockton
28 March Rothmans International London
London, England
United States Eddie Dibbs
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
United States Vitas Gerulaitis India Vijay Amritraj
United States Dick Stockton
Romania Ilie Năstase
Australia Ross Case
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United States Harold Solomon
Romania Ilie Năstase
Italy Adriano Panatta

7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), 6–3
United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Eddie Dibbs

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 April Monte Carlo WCT
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Sweden Björn Borg
6–3, 7–5, 6–0
Italy Corrado Barazzutti Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
Poland Wojciech Fibak
United States Eddie Dibbs
Italy Adriano Panatta
France François Jauffret
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš

2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Poland Wojciech Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
11 April Houston Open
Houston, USA
Italy Adriano Panatta
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
United States Vitas Gerulaitis United States Eddie Dibbs
Romania Ilie Năstase
Australia Ken Rosewall
United States Harold Solomon
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Ross Case
Romania Ilie Năstase
Italy Adriano Panatta

6–3, 6–4
Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
18 April Carolinas International Tennis Tournament
Charlotte, USA
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
7–6, 6–0
United States Eddie Dibbs Italy Adriano Panatta
Australia John Alexander
Netherlands Tom Okker
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United States Harold Solomon
Australia Tony Roche
Netherlands Tom Okker
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Italy Adriano Panatta

Special events[edit]

These WCT events did not count towards the standings.[1]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
10 March World Cup
Hartford, USA
United States USA
7–0
Australia Australia N.A. N.A.
10 April Caesar's Palace Challenge[5]
Las Vegas, USA
$100,000
Romania Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 7–5
United States Jimmy Connors N.A. N.A.
10 March –
10 July –
17 September
Shakeys Tournament of Champions
Lakeway, USA
New York, USA (final)
United States Harold Solomon
7–6, 6–2, 2–6, 0–6, 6–3
Australia Ken Rosewall United States Dick Stockton
United States Eddie Dibbs
Australia Phil Dent
United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Năstase
India Vijay Amritraj

Standings[edit]

Player Tournaments Played Tournaments Won Matches Won Matches Lost Points
United States Dick Stockton * 7 3 15 4 520
United States Eddie Dibbs * 9 1 17 8 500
United States Jimmy Connors * 5 2 12 3 460
Romania Ilie Năstase * 8 1 15 7 440
South Africa Cliff Drysdale * 9 0 10 8 420
Poland Wojtek Fibak * 9 1 11 8 420
United States Vitas Gerulaitis * 7 0 15 7 420
Italy Adriano Panatta * 9 1 11 8 400
Italy Corrado Barazzutti 7 1 10 6 330
Australia Ken Rosewall 8 0 7 8 320
United States Harold Solomon 9 0 7 8 320

* Qualified for the WCT Finals.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c John Barrett, ed. (1978). World of Tennis. London: Macdonald and Jane's. pp. 171–177. ISBN 978-0354090391. 
  2. ^ "W.C.T. Sues Borg and Colgate, Alleging a Breach of Contract". The New York Times. Feb 4, 1977. 
  3. ^ "Borg Being Sued". Ludington Daily News. Feb 2, 1977. 
  4. ^ atpworldtour.com. "1977 Grand Prix and WCT circuits calendar". 
  5. ^ "Nastase whips Connors for Challenge Cup title". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. Apr 11, 1977. p. 9. 

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