Australian Indoor Tennis Championships

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Australian Indoor Tennis Championship
Defunct tennis tournament
Event name Varied
Tour Grand Prix circuit (1973–1989)
ATP Tour(1990–94)
Founded 1973
Abolished 1994
Editions 22
Location Sydney, Australia
Venue Hordern Pavilion (1973–1982)
Sydney Entertainment Centre [1] (1983–1994)
Surface Hard / indoor

The Australian Indoor Tennis Championship,[2] also known as the Australian Indoor Championship,[3] the Australian Indoor Open[4] and the Sydney Indoor for short, was a professional men's tennis tournament was played in Sydney, Australia. The tournament was an initiative from John Newcombe and was part of an expanding Asian-Australian fall Grand Prix circuit. The event was played under various names as part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit from 1973 through 1989 and as part of the ATP Tour from 1990 through 1994. It was played on indoor hard courts at the Hordern Pavilion on the Sydney Showground[5] through 1982 and at the Sydney Entertainment Centre beginning in 1983.[6] The tournament was cancelled in June 1994 on financial grounds with tournament director and co-founder Graham Lovett citing insufficient television coverage and the difficulty of signing top players as the main reasons.[7][8]


History[edit]

From 1975 to 1989 the event was sponsored by the Custom Credit and Swan Premium.[9]

Records[edit]

  • Most singles titles: John McEnroe 4
  • Most consecutive singles titles: John McEnroe 4 (1980–1983)
  • Most singles finals: Ivan Lendl 5

Champions[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Tournament Name[10] Champions Runners-up Score
1973 Australian Indoor Championships Australia Rod Laver Australia John Newcombe 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
1974 Australian Indoor Australia John Newcombe United States Cliff Richey 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
1975 Custom Credit Indoor Tennis Tournament United States Stan Smith United States Robert Lutz 7–6, 6–2
1976 Custom Credit Indoors Australia Geoff Masters United States James Delaney 4–6, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3
1977 Custom Credit Australian Indoors United States Jimmy Connors Australia Ken Rosewall 7–5, 6–4, 6–2
1978 Custom Credit Australian Indoor Championships United States Jimmy Connors Australia Geoff Masters 6–0, 6–0, 6–4
1979 Custom Credit Australian Indoor United States Vitas Gerulaitis Argentina Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–6
1980[3] Custom Credit Australian Indoor Championships United States John McEnroe United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 6–4
1981[3] Custom Credit Australian Indoor United States John McEnroe United States Roscoe Tanner 6–4, 7–5, 6–2
1982[3] Custom Credit Australian Indoor Championships United States John McEnroe United States Gene Mayer 6–4, 6–1, 6–4
1983[3] Custom Credit Australian Indoor Championships United States John McEnroe France Henri Leconte 6–1, 6–4, 7–5
1984 Custom Credit Australian Indoor Championships Sweden Anders Järryd Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
1985[11] Custom Credit Australian Indoor Tennis Championships Czech Republic Ivan Lendl France Henri Leconte 6–4, 6–4, 7–6
1986 Swan Premium Open Germany Boris Becker Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 3–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–0
1987 Swan Premium Sydney Indoor Czech Republic Ivan Lendl Australia Pat Cash 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
1988 Swan Premium Open Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Živojinović United States Richard Matuszewski 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
1989 Australian Indoor Tennis Championships Czech Republic Ivan Lendl Sweden Lars-Anders Wahlgren 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
1990 Australian Indoor Tennis Championships Germany Boris Becker Sweden Stefan Edberg 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
1991[12] Australian Indoor Tennis Championships Sweden Stefan Edberg United States Brad Gilbert 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
1992 Australian Indoor Tennis Championships Croatia Goran Ivanišević Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
1993 Ansett Australian Indoor Tennis Championships Peru Jaime Yzaga Czech Republic Petr Korda 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6
1994 Australian Indoor Tennis Championship Netherlands Richard Krajicek Germany Boris Becker 7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1973 Australia Rod Laver
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Mal Anderson
Australia Ken Rosewall
7–6, 6–2
1974 Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–4, 6–4
1975 United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–4, 6–2
1976 Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
1977 Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
1978 Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
6–4, 6–3
1979 Australia Rod Frawley
Paraguay Francisco González
India Vijay Amritraj
United States Pat Du Pré
W/O
1980 United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
United States Tim Gullikson
South Africa Johan Kriek
4–6, 6–1, 6–2
1981 United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
United States Sherwood Stewart
United States Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 7–6, 6–1
1982 United States John McEnroe
United States Peter Rennert
United States Steve Denton
Australia Mark Edmondson
6–3, 7–6
1983 Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Sherwood Stewart
United States John McEnroe
United States Peter Rennert
6–2, 6–4
1984 Sweden Anders Järryd
Sweden Hans Simonsson
Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–4
1985 Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
6–3, 6–2
1986 Germany Boris Becker
Australia John Fitzgerald
Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
6–4, 7–6
1987 Australia Darren Cahill
Australia Mark Kratzmann
Germany Boris Becker
United States Robert Seguso
6–3, 6–2
1988 Australia Darren Cahill
Australia John Fitzgerald
United States Marty Davis
Australia Brad Drewett
6–3, 6–2
1989 United States David Pate
United States Scott Warner
Australia Darren Cahill
Australia Mark Kratzmann
6–3, 6–7, 7–5
1990 Australia Broderick Dyke
Sweden Peter Lundgren
Sweden Stefan Edberg
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl
6–2, 6–4
1991 United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
United States Luke Jensen
Australia Laurie Warder
6–4, 6–4
1992 United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jonathan Stark
United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
6–2, 6–3
1993 United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Richey Reneberg
Germany Alexander Mronz
Germany Lars Rehmann
6–3, 7–5
1994 Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Zimbabwe Byron Black
United States Jonathan Stark
6–4, 7–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Americans post wins in Aussie tourney". Gettysburg Times. AP. 15 October 1985. p. 7 – via Google News Archive. 
  2. ^ "Connors nips Newcombe to rich Aussie tournament". The Montreal Gazette. Reuters. 20 October 1978. p. 21 – via Google News Archive. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "McEnroe tops Leconte". Ocala Star-Banner. AP. 17 October 1983. p. 8C – via Google News Archive. 
  4. ^ "Edberg continues victory roll". Spokane Chronicle. 14 October 1991. p. C5 – via Google News Archive. 
  5. ^ "McEnroe Wins in Sydney". news.google.com. Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Oct 14, 1981. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  6. ^ McManus, Jim (2010). History of Tournaments: Professional Tennis Winners and Runner-ups. Pont Vedra Beach: MAC and Company Publishing. p. 305. ISBN 9781450728331. 
  7. ^ "Shock axing of indoor event". The Age. 20 June 1995. p. 42 – via Newspapers.com. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Sydney suffers a body blow as Indoor scraped". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 June 1995. p. 57 – via Newspapers.com. (subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Aussie indoor lacks a sponsor". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 July 1989 – via Google News Archive. 
  10. ^ Association of Tennis Professionals 1995 Player Guide, pages D16-D67
  11. ^ "Lendl breaks his drought". The Canberra Times. 60, (18,283). 21 October 1985. p. 26 – via National Library of Australia. 
  12. ^ "Edberg continues victory roll". Spokane Chronicle. 14 October 1991. p. C5 – via Google News Archive. 

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