The 1968 US Open (formerly known as U.S. National Championships) was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills in New York City, United States. The tournament ran from 29 August until 8 September. It was the 88th staging of the tournament and the fourth Grand Slam event of 1968. It was the first edition of the tournament in the Open Era of tennis and as such for the first time offered prize money, totaling $100,000. Arthur Ashe and Virginia Wade won the singles titles. Ashe was still registered as an amateur and therefore not entitled to the $14,000 first-prize money, which instead went to runner-up Tom Okker, while Wade earned $6,000.[3] Frank Parker, at the age of 52, lost to eventual champion Arthur Ashe in the second round, and still holds the record for the oldest man to compete in a Grand Slam singles tournament.

1968 US Open
Date29 August – 8 September
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
Prize money$100,000
LocationForest Hills, Queens
New York City, United States
VenueWest Side Tennis Club
Men's singles
United States Arthur Ashe[1]
Women's singles
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Men's doubles
United States Robert Lutz / United States Stan Smith[2]
Women's doubles
Brazil Maria Bueno / Australia Margaret Court
Mixed doubles
United States Mary-Ann Eisel / United Kingdom Peter Curtis
← 1967 · US Open · 1969 →

Finals edit

West Side Tennis Club, Queens

Men's singles edit

  Arthur Ashe defeated   Tom Okker,[1] 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

• It was Ashe's 1st career Grand Slam singles title and his 1st and only at the US Open.

Women's singles edit

  Virginia Wade defeated   Billie Jean King, 6–4, 6–2

• It was Wade's 1st career Grand Slam singles title and her 1st and only at the US Open.

Men's doubles edit

  Bob Lutz /   Stan Smith defeated   Arthur Ashe /   Andrés Gimeno,[2] 11–9, 6–1, 7–5

• It was Lutz's 1st career Grand Slam doubles title.
• It was Smith's 1st career Grand Slam doubles title.

Women's doubles edit

  Maria Bueno /   Margaret Court defeated   Rosemary Casals /   Billie Jean King, 4–6, 9–7, 8–6

• It was Bueno's 11th and last career Grand Slam doubles title and her 4th at the US Open.
• It was Court's 10th career Grand Slam doubles title and her 2nd at the US Open.

Mixed doubles edit

No mixed doubles event was held at the 1968 US Open. Results often listed are those of the 1968 U.S. National Championships held a month earlier in Boston.[4]
  Mary-Ann Eisel /   Peter Curtis defeated   Tory Fretz /   Gerry Perry 6–4, 7–5

References edit

  1. ^ a b "1968 US Open – Men's singles draw". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  2. ^ a b "1968 US Open – Men's doubles draw". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  3. ^ Dave Anderson (September 10, 1968). "Ashe Beats Okker to Win Tennis Open". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Mixed doubles US National Championships, Boston". Archived from the original on 10 July 2012.

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