1970 South African Open (tennis)

The 1970 South African Open was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was an independent tournament that was not part of either of the two main tennis circuits; the 1970 Pepsi-Cola Grand Prix circuit and the 1970 World Championship Tennis circuit. It was the 67th edition of the tournament and was held from 24 March through 4 April 1970. Owen Williams was the tournament director. Rod Laver and Margaret Court won the singles titles.[2]

1970 South African Open
Date24 March – 4 April
CategoryIndependent tour
Draw32S / 32D
Prize money$47,000
SurfaceHard / outdoor
LocationJohannesburg, South Africa
VenueEllis Park Tennis Stadium
Men's singles
Australia Rod Laver[1]
Women's singles
Australia Margaret Court
Men's doubles
South Africa Bob Hewitt / South Africa Frew McMillan
Women's doubles
United States Billie Jean King / United States Rosie Casals
Mixed doubles
Australia Margaret Court / United States Marty Riessen
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Men's singlesEdit

  Rod Laver defeated   Frew McMillan 4–6, 6–2, 6–1, 6–2 [3][4]

Women's singlesEdit

  Margaret Court defeated   Billie Jean King 6–4, 1–6, 6–3

Men's doublesEdit

  Bob Hewitt /   Frew McMillan defeated   Cliff Drysdale /   Roger Taylor 6–3, 6–3, 6–2

Women's doublesEdit

  Billie Jean King /   Rosie Casals defeated   Kerry Mellville /   Karen Krantzcke 6–2, 6–2

Mixed doublesEdit

  Margaret Court /   Marty Riessen defeated   Pat Walkden /   Frew McMillan 7–5, 3–6, 7–5


  1. ^ "1970 Johannesburg Men's Singles draw". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  2. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1971). World of Tennis '71. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 121–124. ISBN 978-0-362-00091-7.
  3. ^ "Laver Routs Foe, Wins Tennis Title". The Morning Record. 4 April 1970 – via Google News Archive.
  4. ^ "Laver Captures So. Africa Title". The New York Times. 4 April 1970.