1969 Australian Open

The 1969 Australian Open was the first Australian Open and the final Grand Slam tournament to allow both amateur and professionals. The tournament was played in Brisbane on Milton's grass courts between a men's field of 48 and a women's field of 32. It was the 57th edition of the tournament, the 7th and last one held in Brisbane, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

1969 Australian Open
Date20–27 January 1969
Edition57th
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
SurfaceGrass
LocationBrisbane, Australia
VenueMilton Courts
Champions
Men's Singles
Australia Rod Laver
Women's Singles
Australia Margaret Court
Men's Doubles
Australia Rod Laver / Australia Roy Emerson
Women's Doubles
Australia Margaret Court / Australia Judy Tegart Dalton
Mixed Doubles
Australia Margaret Court / United States Marty Riessen
United Kingdom Ann Haydon Jones / Australia Fred Stolle
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TournamentEdit

The semifinal between Rod Laver and Tony Roche was played in 105-degree heat. That contest dragged on for more than four hours, both players putting wet cabbage leaves in their hats to help them keep cool. The Men's singles title was eventually won by Rod Laver defeating Andrés Gimeno. Margaret Court took her 8th singles title and the $1,500 prize from Billie Jean King and swept the tournament with Women's doubles and Mixed. The 1969 Australian Open was the only year in the Open era that a mixed doubles championship was staged, until resumption in 1986. Marty Riessen and Margaret Court shared the title with Fred Stolle and Ann Haydon Jones because the final was not played due to a lack of time. It was also the last year that a junior mixed doubles championship was played, Australians Geoff Masters and Barbara Hawcroft taking the title.[1][2] Laver's win was the first step towards his second Grand Slam.

SeniorsEdit

Men's singlesEdit

  Rod Laver defeated   Andrés Gimeno, 6–3, 6–4, 7–5

Women's singlesEdit

  Margaret Court defeated   Billie Jean King, 6–4, 6–1

Men's doublesEdit

  Rod Laver /   Roy Emerson defeated   Ken Rosewall /   Fred Stolle, 6–4, 6–4

Women's doublesEdit

  Margaret Court /   Judy Tegart Dalton defeated   Rosemary Casals /   Billie Jean King, 6–4, 6–4

Mixed doublesEdit

  Margaret Court /   Marty Riessen and   Ann Haydon Jones /   Fred Stolle (Shared title – final not played)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Australian Open:History (Year by year)". Australian Open. Archived from the original on 3 August 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Careles Laver Wins At Brisbane". The Morning Record. AP. 28 January 1969. p. 9.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1968 US Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1969 French Open