1968 French Open – Men's Singles

Second-seeded Ken Rosewall defeated Rod Laver in the final, 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2 to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1968 French Open. It was Rosewall's second French title, and his fifth Grand Slam title of an eventual eight. The tournament was the first Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era, in which professionals were allowed to compete against amateurs. Rosewall and Laver, who had not appeared in a Grand Slam tournament since 1956 and 1962 respectively, were no longer barred from entering. Fourth-seeded Roy Emerson was the defending champion but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Pancho Gonzales.c

Men's Singles
1968 French Open
ChampionAustralia Ken Rosewall
Runner-upAustralia Rod Laver
Final score6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Details
Draw135 (8Q)
Seeds16
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women mixed
← 1967 · French Open · 1969 →

Missing from this year's French Open were WCT's "Handsome Eight" and top amateurs Santana, Ashe, Graebner and Okker. It was future champion Năstase's first ever grand slam event.

SeedsEdit

01.     Rod Laver (Final)
02.     Ken Rosewall (Champion)
03.     Andrés Gimeno (Semifinals)
04.     Roy Emerson (Quarterfinals)
05.     Pancho Gonzales (Semifinals)
06.     Fred Stolle (Second round)
07.     Lew Hoad (First round, withdrew)
08.     Bob Hewitt (Third round)
09.     Ion Țiriac (Quarterfinals)
10.     Wilhelm Bungert (First round, withdrew)
11.     Nicola Pietrangeli (First round, withdrew)
12.     István Gulyás (Fourth round)
13.     Cliff Richey (Fourth round)
14.     Ray Ruffels (Fourth round)
15.     Jan Kodeš (First round, withdrew)
16.     Alex Metreveli (First round, withdrew)

Click on the seed number of a player to go to their draw section.

QualifyingEdit

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                     
2   Ken Rosewall 8 6 3 6
  Thomaz Koch 6 2 6 3
2   Ken Rosewall 3 6 7 3 6
3   Andrés Gimeno 6 3 5 6 3
  Boro Jovanović 4 0 2
3   Andrés Gimeno 6 6 6
2   Ken Rosewall 6 6 2 6
1   Rod Laver 3 1 6 2
5   Pancho Gonzales 7 6 3 4 6
4   Roy Emerson 5 3 6 6 4
5   Pancho Gonzales 3 3 1
1   Rod Laver 6 6 6
9   Ion Țiriac 6 6 3 3 0
1   Rod Laver 4 4 6 6 6

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
2   K Rosewall 10 6 6
  T Edlefsen 8 1 1 2   K Rosewall 6 6 6
  C Stubs 6 6 1 6 6   C Stubs 1 1 0
  J-C Barclay 4 8 6 2 2 2   K Rosewall 6 6 6
  B Geraghty w/o   JE Mandarino 2 4 2
  J Pinto Bravo   J Pinto Bravo 3 6 3 9
  J-B Chanfreau 4 3 5   JE Mandarino 6 4 6 11
  JE Mandarino 6 6 7 2   K Rosewall 6 4 7 6
15   J Kodeš w/o   H Fitzgibbon 1 6 5 4
  F Gentil   F Gentil 2 0 0
  T Nowicki w/o   P Hutchins 6 6 6
  P Hutchins   P Hutchins 3 3 3
  S Tacchini w/o   H Fitzgibbon 6 6 6
  H Fitzgibbon   H Fitzgibbon 6 7 6
Q   P Proisy Q   P Proisy 3 5 3
  R Krishnan w/o

Section 2Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
7   L Hoad w/o
  W Gąsiorek   W Gąsiorek 2 6 10 6 6
  R Summers 6 4 6   M Leclercq 6 2 12 2 2
  M Leclercq 8 6 8   W Gąsiorek 7 7 2 0 2
  F Jauffret 8 6 6   F Jauffret 5 5 6 6 6
  J Barrett 6 4 2   F Jauffret 3 6 6 8
  F Guzmán w/o   J Kukal 6 4 0 6
  J Kukal   F Jauffret 1 1 1
10   W Bungert w/o   T Koch 6 6 6
Q   Y Christiaen Q   Y Christiaen 6 6 4 2 1
  T Ryan   T Ryan 3 4 6 6 6
  A Marcial w/o   T Ryan 4 1 2
  J Mukerjea w/o   T Koch 6 6 6
  G Pilet   G Pilet 4 2 5
  Z Ivančić w/o   T Koch 6 6 7
  T Koch

Section 3Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
3   A Gimeno
  E Cruz w/o 3   A Gimeno 5 6 6 6
  S Dron   S Dron 7 1 3 2
  P Jauffret w/o 3   A Gimeno 6 6 6
Q   P Joly 4 4 0   I Buding 3 4 3
  I Buding 6 6 6   I Buding
  P Štrobl   P Štrobl w/o
  I Molina w/o 3   A Gimeno 6 6 6
14   R Ruffels 14   R Ruffels 4 4 3
  V Kazakevitch w/o 14   R Ruffels 5 7 6 8
  F Komáromi 4 2 6 3   F McMillan 7 5 4 6
  F McMillan 6 6 3 6 14   R Ruffels 6 6 6
  D Contet 0 0 0   P Cornejo 4 2 2
  N Špear 6 6 6   N Špear 4 6 3 2
  P Cornejo   P Cornejo 6 3 6 6
  D Herdy w/o

Section 4Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
6   F Stolle 3 7 6 3 6
  C Duxin 6 5 3 6 4 6   F Stolle 3 0 3
  B Jovanović 6 6 6   B Jovanović 6 6 6
Q   D Lloyd 1 0 1   B Jovanović 9 6 6 6 6
  I Năstase 6 6 6   D Crealy 7 8 2 8 2
  J-P Olivier 2 1 2   I Năstase 6 6 5 2
  M Sangster 7 6 6 6 0   D Crealy 4 8 7 6
  D Crealy 9 3 4 8 6   B Jovanović 6 6 6
14   N Pietrangeli w/o   G Battrick 1 1 4
  G Battrick   G Battrick 6 10 6
  J-P Courcol   J-P Courcol 4 8 1
  E Gorostagia w/o   G Battrick 6 6 6 6
  E Drossart 6 4 4 1   D Sturdza 4 4 8 3
  D Sturdza 3 6 6 6   D Sturdza 3 6 6 3 7
  C Fernandes 2 9 1   B Montrenaud 6 4 3 6 5
  B Montrenaud 6 11 6

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  E Zuleta 3 4 6 7 6
  R Hawkes 6 6 3 5 0   E Zuleta 0 1 8 3
  B Paul 1 1 1   M Cox 6 6 6 6
  M Cox 6 6 6   M Cox 6 6 2 2
  M Gilardelli w/o 12   I Gulyás 3 8 6 6
  T Ulrich   T Ulrich 2 1 1
Q   F Tutvin 2 1 4 12   I Gulyás 6 6 6
12   I Gulyás 6 6 6 12   I Gulyás 4 2 2
  C de Gronckel 5   R Gonzales 6 6 6
  P Rodríguez w/o   C de Gronckel 5 0 1
  N Perry 2 8 1 1   P Darmon 7 6 6
  P Darmon 6 6 6 6   P Darmon 6 1 10 6
  B Giltinan 5   R Gonzales 1 6 12 8
  S Likhachev w/o   B Giltinan 1 0 3
  R Keldie 2 0 6 3 5   R Gonzales 6 6 6
5   R Gonzales 6 6 3 6

Section 6Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  P Pokorny w/o
  A Stone   A Stone 7 6 6
  J Mateo w/o   B Lewandowski 5 1 0
  B Lewandowski   A Stone 5 3 5
  G Goven 13   C Richey 7 6 7
  G Merlo w/o   G Goven 3 3 6 9 4
  J Velasco w/o 13   C Richey 6 6 4 7 6
13   C Richey 13   C Richey 6 4 6 9
  S Palmieri 7 4 4 4   R Emerson 0 6 8 11
  R Maud 9 6 6   R Maud 6 4 3 7 6
  B Fairlie 6 6 6   B Fairlie 2 6 6 5 3
Q   B de Troye 3 1 1   R Maud 1 3 7 3
  P Beust 3 1 3 4   R Emerson 6 6 5 6
  B Phillips-Moore 6 6 6   B Phillips-Moore 10 1 1
  O Parun 7 1 2 2 4   R Emerson 12 6 6
4   R Emerson 5 6 6 6

Section 7Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  M Riessen w/o
  R Moore   R Moore 11 1 6 7 3
  M Holeček 6 2 6 6   M Holeček 9 6 2 9 6
  T Addison 1 6 1 4   M Holeček 6 6 5 2
  M Orantes w/o 9   I Țiriac 3 8 7 6
  J-L Rouyer   J-L Rouyer 1 2 1
  G Deniau 1 1 1 9   I Țiriac 6 6 6
9   I Țiriac 6 6 6 9   I Țiriac 6 6 6
  J Moore 5 6 1 6 3   Z Franulović 4 3 2
  A Segal 7 3 6 1 6   A Segal w/o
  J Gisbert w/o   Z Franulović
  Z Franulović   Z Franulović 6 8 2 5 6
  A Cooper 8   R Hewitt 2 6 6 7 4
  I Watanabe w/o   A Cooper w/o
Q   J Thamin 1 5 0 8   R Hewitt
8   R Hewitt 6 7 6

Section 8Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  R Wilson 6 3
  J-C Molinari 4 1r   B Wilson 4 3 3
  R Carmichael 4 6 6 6   R Carmichael 6 6 6
  P Hombergen 6 3 1 0   R Carmichael 6 6 2 2 6
  A Fox 6 6 6   J Alexander 3 1 6 6 3
  A Acuña 2 1 0   A Fox 6 3 6 9 6r
  J Alexander   J Alexander 4 6 3 11 6
16   A Metreveli w/o   R Carmichael 0 1 1
  Á Peña 4 1 1 1   R Laver 6 6 6
  L Olander 6 6 6   L Olander 4 5 2
  P Marmureanu   P Marmureanu 6 7 6
  W Alvarez w/o   P Marmureanu 2 0 7
  R Howe 6 4 4 4 1   R Laver 6 6 9
  N Kalogeropoulos 3 6 6 6   N Kalogeropoulos 2 6 4 1
  L Lumsden 1 1 4 1   R Laver 6 4 6 6
1   R Laver 6 6 6

Preliminary roundEdit

Player 1 Winning Score Player 2
  Eric Drossart 7–5, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5   John Bartlett
  Dimitri Sturdza 6–2, 4–6, 9–7, 6–2   Gaetano di Maso
  Carlos Fernandes 10–8, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1   Bernard Boutboul (Q)
  Bernard Montrenaud 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6   Phil Dent
  Péter Szőke 2–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–5   Eduardo Zuleta
  Richard Russell 6–3, 6–2, 6–0   Richard Hawkes
  Colin Dibley 6–0, 6–2, 2–6, 6–2   Bernard Paul

External linksEdit

  • [1] Source for the draw at Fédération Française de Tennis website, fft.fr
  • "French Open 1968 – Singles Draw". atpworldtour.com. ATP World Tour. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  • "French Open 1968". itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 25 July 2018.