1979 US Open – Men's Singles

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Men's Singles
1979 US Open
ChampionUnited States John McEnroe
Runner-upUnited States Vitas Gerulaitis
Final score7–5, 6–3, 6–3
Details
Draw128 (14 Q )
Seeds16
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
WC Singles men women quad
WC Doubles men women quad
Legends men women mixed
← 1978 · US Open · 1980 →

John McEnroe defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 7–5, 6–3, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1979 US Open. Jimmy Connors was the defending champion but lost in the semifinals to McEnroe. Connors' loss broke a string of five consecutive men's finals reached, a record since broken by Ivan Lendl.

During the second round Ilie Nastase was defaulted from his match against John McEnroe. The umpire had docked Nastase a point in the third set and then a game in the fourth for arguing and stalling. A near riot followed as the crowd disagreed with the umpire's decision, by throwing beer cans and cups on court. The match was eventually restarted with the umpire being replaced before McEnroe came out the winner.[1][2][3][4] McEnroe did not have to play in the third round (a walk over against Lloyd) and only had to play three games in the quarter finals (because of early retirement by Eddie Dibbs).

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below. John McEnroe is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1. Sweden Björn Borg (Quarterfinalist)
  2. United States Jimmy Connors (Semifinalist)
  3. United States John McEnroe (Champion)
  4. United States Vitas Gerulaitis (Finalist)
  5. United States Roscoe Tanner (Semifinalist)
  6. Argentina Guillermo Vilas (Fourth round)
  7. United States Harold Solomon (Fourth round)
  8. Paraguay Victor Pecci Sr. (Third round)
  9. United States Eddie Dibbs (Quarterfinalist)
  10. Argentina José Luis Clerc (Fourth round)
  11. United States Brian Gottfried (Fourth round)
  12. Poland Wojtek Fibak (Second round)
  13. United States Gene Mayer (Third round)
  14. United States Tim Gullikson (Fourth round)
  15. Italy Adriano Panatta (First round)
  16. Australia John Alexander (Second round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

Final Eight[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                     
1 Sweden Björn Borg 2 6 2 62
5 United States Roscoe Tanner 6 4 6 77
5 United States Roscoe Tanner 6 6 65 3 3
4 United States Vitas Gerulaitis 3 2 77 6 6
4 United States Vitas Gerulaitis 5 6 6 6
South Africa Johan Kriek 7 3 4 3
4 United States Vitas Gerulaitis 5 3 3
3 United States John McEnroe 7 6 6
9 United States Eddie Dibbs 1r
3 United States John McEnroe 2
3 United States John McEnroe 6 6 7
2 United States Jimmy Connors 3 3 5
United States Pat Dupre 2 1 1
2 United States Jimmy Connors 6 6 6

Section 1[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1 Sweden Borg 6 6 6
United States Mitchell 1 1 2 1 Sweden Borg 6 6 6
United Kingdom Cox 6 3 7 2 1 Q Australia Carter 1 1 1
Q Australia Carter 0 6 5 6 6 1 Sweden Borg 6 6 6
United States Fleming 7 6 0 6 Chile Fillol Sr. 0 3 2
Netherlands Okker 6 4 6 3 United States Fleming 1 7 2 2
France Bedel 6 1 6 2 Chile Fillol Sr. 6 5 6 6
Chile Fillol Sr. 4 6 7 6 1 Sweden Borg 6 1 7 7
United States Rennert 4 3 4 United States Stockton 4 6 6 5
Q United States Foxworth 6 6 6 Q United States Foxworth 3 6 3 6
Ecuador Ycaza 1 2 0 United States Stockton 6 4 6 7
United States Stockton 6 6 6 United States Stockton 7 6 6
United States Richardson 3 6 6 1 6 United States Richardson 6 3 3
Q United States Siegler 6 3 1 6 3 United States Richardson 7 6 7
South Africa Curren 6 7 7 South Africa Curren 5 4 5
15 Italy Panatta 3 5 6

Section 2[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
14 United States Gullikson 6 3 6 6
United States Teltscher 4 6 4 4 14 United States Gullikson 6 6 7
Q United States Garcia 6 4 5 Rhodesia Pattison 3 2 6
Rhodesia Pattison 7 6 7 14 United States Gullikson 3 6 6 6
United Kingdom Mottram 4 7 6 7 United Kingdom Mottram 6 3 4 2
Q United States Van't Hof 6 5 4 6 United Kingdom Mottram 6 7 6
South Africa Schneider 6 7 4 3 1 Czechoslovakia Kodeš 3 6 2
Czechoslovakia Kodeš 3 5 6 6 6 14 United States Gullikson 3 4 5
Australia Drewett 3 2 3 5 United States Tanner 6 6 7
Australia James 6 6 6 Australia James 3 7 4 6
United States Saviano 6 4 7 0 4 United States Saviano 6 5 6 7
United States Teacher 1 6 6 6 4 United States Saviano 4 4 6 3
United States Van Patten 4 1 0 5 United States Tanner 6 6 3 6
Czechoslovakia Lendl 6 6 6 Czechoslovakia Lendl 3 2 1
Australia Marks 4 2 0 5 United States Tanner 6 6 6
5 United States Tanner 6 6 6

Section 3[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
4 United States Gerulaitis 6 6 7
Australia Edmondson 3 2 5 4 United States Gerulaitis 6 6 6
United States Taygan 7 6 6 United States Taygan 2 3 3
Q United States Leonard 6 4 3 4 United States Gerulaitis 7 7 6
United States Martin 5 1 6 7 4 United States Smith 6 6 3
New Zealand Simpson 7 6 1 5 6 New Zealand Simpson 2 1 3
France Portes 2 3 4 United States Smith 6 6 6
United States Smith 6 6 6 4 United States Gerulaitis 7 6 6
United States Fisher 6 3 2 4 10 Argentina Clerc 6 2 2
Q South Africa Trogolo 1 6 6 6 Q South Africa Trogolo 6 2 6 6
Q Sweden Norbäck 7 6 6 7 Q Sweden Norbäck 4 6 2 2
United States Kleege 6 7 1 6 Q South Africa Trogolo 6 1 1 1
United States Purcell 5 6 6 6 10 Argentina Clerc 4 6 6 6
France Moretton 7 2 4 3 United States Purcell 2 6 4
Q United States Nichols 1 0 4 10 Argentina Clerc 6 7 6
10 Argentina Clerc 6 6 6

Section 4[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
12 Poland Fibak 7 7 6
Australia Carmichael 6 5 2 12 Poland Fibak 4 4 6
France Noah 6 6 4 7 France Noah 6 6 7
Q South Africa Cramer 3 0 6 6 France Noah 7 6 6
France Dominguez 0 1 6 United States Walts 6 3 2
United States Krulevitz 6 6 7 United States Krulevitz 3 6 6 0 2
New Zealand Lewis 3 2 1 United States Walts 6 3 4 6 6
United States Walts 6 6 6 France Noah 3 6 6 6 4
India Krishnan 6 6 6 South Africa Kriek 6 7 4 1 6
Australia Dent 3 0 3 India Krishnan 5 2 3
South Africa Kriek 6 6 4 0 6 South Africa Kriek 7 6 6
Colombia Molina 0 4 6 6 3 South Africa Kriek 6 6 6
Ecuador Gómez 3 3 6 6 6 8 Paraguay Pecci Sr. 3 2 0
United States Lapidus 6 6 3 4 2 Ecuador Gómez 2 2 4
United States Kohlberg 6 4 7 3 4 8 Paraguay Pecci Sr. 6 6 6
8 Paraguay Pecci Sr. 3 6 5 6 6

Section 5[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
6 Argentina Vilas 6 6 7
New Zealand Parun 1 2 6 6 Argentina Vilas 6 6 6
United States Lutz 6 6 1 r Bolivia Benavides 1 1 0
Bolivia Benavides 1 7 2 6 Argentina Vilas 2 7 6 6 6
United States Bailey 6 5 6 3 6 United States Van Dillen 6 5 7 2 1
Sweden Bengtson 4 7 4 6 4 United States Bailey 3 4 2
Switzerland Dowdeswell 7 4 6 3 4 United States Van Dillen 6 6 6
United States Van Dillen 6 6 2 6 6 6 Argentina Vilas 3 7 5 1
South Africa Mitton 6 6 6 9 United States Dibbs 6 5 7 6
United States Amaya 2 1 4 South Africa Mitton 6 6 6
United States Crawford 6 4 3 3 United States Stewart 1 3 2
United States Stewart 4 6 6 6 South Africa Mitton 4 2 3
Q United States Molin 0 7 0 4 9 United States Dibbs 6 6 6
United States Malin 6 6 6 6 United States Malin 1 6 5 2
United States Wilkison 6 6 5 2 3 9 United States Dibbs 6 1 7 6
9 United States Dibbs 4 2 7 6 6

Section 6[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
16 Australia Alexander 6 7 7
United States Schoenfield 1 5 5 16 Australia Alexander 3 4 6 6 1
United States Pfister 6 6 6 United States Pfister 6 6 3 4 6
Australia Docherty 4 3 3 United States Pfister 6 4 3 4
Australia Rocavert 6 6 7 United States Gorman 4 6 6 6
Australia Warwick 0 1 6 Australia Rocavert 1 2 2
United States Gorman 6 7 6 United States Gorman 6 6 6
United States Owens 2 5 4 United States Gorman 2 4 1
Q United States Pasarell 1 3 7 1 3 United States McEnroe 6 6 6
United Kingdom Lloyd 6 6 6 6 United Kingdom Lloyd 5 6 7 7 7
Brazil Barbosa 4 0 4 Australia McNamee 7 7 5 6 6
Australia McNamee 6 6 6 United Kingdom Lloyd w/o
Romania Năstase 7 7 3 United States McEnroe
Q Finland Palin 5 5 r Romania Năstase 4 6 3 2
Czechoslovakia Složil 1 2 4 3 United States McEnroe 6 4 6 6
3 United States McEnroe 6 6 6

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
7 United States Solomon 6 6 6
Uruguay Damiani 4 0 3 7 United States Solomon 6 6 6
United States Austin 2 7 7 1 6 United States Austin 3 0 4
Q United States Mayotte 6 6 5 6 3 7 United States Solomon 6 6 7
South Africa Moore 4 South Africa Moore 3 0 5
United States Borowiak 3 r South Africa Moore 7 5
Czechoslovakia Hřebec 6 7 7 Czechoslovakia Hřebec 6 0 r
Argentina Álvarez 1 5 5 7 United States Solomon 6 3 2 6 4
United States Dupre 7 7 0 6 United States Dupre 3 6 6 4 6
Mexico Ramírez 6 5 6 2 United States Dupre 6 6 1 6
United States Scanlon 3 3 6 3 3 Czechoslovakia Šmid 2 2 6 3
Czechoslovakia Šmid 6 6 2 6 6 United States Dupre 7 6 6
United States Gullikson 6 6 6 13 United States Mayer 5 2 3
South Africa Prinsloo 3 4 2 United States Gullikson 4 5 1
United States Shore 1 3 0 13 United States Mayer 6 7 6
13 United States Mayer 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
11 United States Gottfried 6 6 6
United States Winitsky 4 2 4 11 United States Gottfried 6 5 7 5 6
Australia Gardiner 5 2 3 United States Riessen 3 7 5 7 4
United States Riessen 7 6 6 11 United States Gottfried 6 4 7 6 6
United States Sadri 6 7 6 United States Amaya 7 6 5 1 4
United States Fromm 1 5 3 United States Sadri 4 1 4
United States Amaya 7 6 6 United States Amaya 6 6 6
United States Buehning 5 1 2 11 United States Gottfried 2 6 4 5
United States Fagel 6 6 0 3 3 2 United States Connors 6 1 6 7
United States Manson 4 4 6 6 6 United States Manson 2 6 6 6
Australia Case 7 6 2 5 2 Paraguay González 6 2 2 3
Paraguay González 5 3 6 7 6 United States Manson 3 0 3
United States Meyer 3 4 1 2 United States Connors 6 6 6
India Amritraj 6 6 6 India Amritraj 6 5 r
India Amritraj 2 4 4 2 United States Connors 7 7
2 United States Connors 6 6 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/down-memory-lane-the-day-john-mcenroe-and-ilie-nastase-caused-a-racket-at-us-open-28557594.html
  2. ^ Lorge, Barry (August 31, 1979). "McEnroe Triumphs After Near-Riot". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Top 5 Ridiculous U.S. Open Moments". Miami.cbslocal.com. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "US Open - Ten quirky and controversial moments". Espn.co.uk. August 30, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2019.

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