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1968 Wimbledon Championships

The 1968 Wimbledon Championships was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament was held from Monday 24 June until Saturday 6 July 1968.[1] It was the 82nd staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam tennis event of 1968.

1968 Wimbledon Championships
Date 24 June – 6 July
Edition 82nd
Category Grand Slam
Prize money £26,150
Surface Grass
Location Church Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
Venue All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Champions
Men's Singles
Australia Rod Laver
Women's Singles
United States Billie Jean King
Men's Doubles
Australia John Newcombe / Australia Tony Roche
Women's Doubles
United States Rosie Casals / United States Billie Jean King
Mixed Doubles
Australia Ken Fletcher / Australia Margaret Court
Boys' Singles
Australia John Alexander
Girls' Singles
United States Kristy Pigeon
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This tournament started the Open Era for Wimbledon, as it became the second Grand Slam tournament to offer prize money and allow professionals to compete after the 1968 French Open.[2][3] Singles champions Rod Laver and Billie Jean King had already won Wimbledon twice before in the amateur era.

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Prize moneyEdit

The 1968 championships was the first edition of the tournament to offer prize money. The total prize money for the event was £26,150. The winner of the men's title earned £2,000 while the women's singles champion earned £750.[1][4]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
Men's Singles £2,000 £1,300 £750 £400 £150 £100 £75 £50
Women's Singles £750 £450 £300 £150 £90 £50 £35 £25
Men's Doubles * £800 £500 £350 £180 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Women's Doubles* £500 £300 £150 £100 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Mixed Doubles* £450 £300 £150 £100 £0 £0 £0 £0

* per team

ChampionsEdit

SeniorsEdit

Men's SinglesEdit

  Rod Laver defeated   Tony Roche, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 [5]

Women's SinglesEdit

  Billie Jean King defeated   Judy Tegart, 9–7, 7–5 [6]

Men's DoublesEdit

  John Newcombe /   Tony Roche defeated   Ken Rosewall /   Fred Stolle, 3–6, 8–6, 5–7, 14–12, 6–3 [7]

Women's DoublesEdit

  Rosie Casals /   Billie Jean King defeated   Françoise Dürr /   Ann Jones, 3–6, 6–4, 7–5 [8]

Mixed DoublesEdit

  Ken Fletcher /   Margaret Court defeated   Alex Metreveli /   Olga Morozova, 6–1, 14–12 [9]

JuniorsEdit

Boys' SinglesEdit

  John Alexander defeated   Jacques Thamin, 6–1, 6–2 [10]

Girls' SinglesEdit

  Kristy Pigeon defeated   Lesley Hunt, 6–4, 6–3 [11]

SeedsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Little, Alan (2013). Wimbledon Compendium 2013 (23 ed.). London: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. pp. 128, 327–334. ISBN 978-1899039401.
  2. ^ "Open tennis accepted for Wimbledon". espn.go.com. ESPN. 14 December 1967.
  3. ^ "Open Tennis Tourneys Approved by British". Spokane Daily Chronicle. AP. 14 December 1967. p. 31.
  4. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1969). BP Year Book of World Tennis. London, Sydney: Ward Lock & Co. Ltd. p. 52. OCLC 502175694.
  5. ^ "Gentlemen's Singles Finals 1877-2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Ladies' Singles Finals 1884-2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Gentlemen's Doubles Finals 1884-2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Ladies' Doubles Finals 1913-2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Mixed Doubles Finals 1913-2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Boys' Singles Finals 1947-2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Girls' Singles Finals 1947-2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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