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The 1971 Pepsi Cola Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year.[1] It incorporated three of the four grand slam tournaments,[a] the Grand Prix tournaments. It was the second edition of the Grand Prix circuit and was run by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ITLF).[2] In addition to regular tournament prize money a bonus prize money pool of £60,000 ($150,000) was available to be divided among the 20 highest ranking players after the last tournament. To be eligible for a share of the bonus pool a player had to compete in a minimum of nine tournaments.[1] The circuit culminated in a Masters event in Paris, France for the seven highest point scoring players. Stan Smith was the winner of the circuit with 187 ranking points and four tournament victories.[3]

1971 Grand Prix circuit
Ilie Nastase - 1972 Nastase in finala Cupei Davis.jpg
Nastase playing in 1972 Davis Cup Final
Details
Duration1 April – 26 December
Edition2nd
Tournaments31
CategoriesGroup A (3)
Group B (11)
Group C (11)
Group D (5)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titlesRomania Ilie Năstase (4)
United States Stan Smith (4)
Most tournament finalsRomania Ilie Năstase (6)
Points leaderUnited States Stan Smith (187)
1970
1972

ScheduleEdit

Key
Group A tournaments
Group B tournaments
Group C tournaments
Group D tournaments
Grand Prix Masters
Team events

AprilEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Apr Nice International Championships
Nice, France
Hard – S64/D32
Group D
  Ilie Năstase
10–8, 11–9, 6–1
  Jan Kodeš   Manuel Orantes
  František Pála
  François Jauffret
  Péter Szőke
  Ion Țiriac
  Pierre Barthès
  Ion Țiriac
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 6–3
  Pierre Barthès
  François Jauffret
12 Apr Monte Carlo Open
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Clay – $20,000 – S32/D16
Group C
  Ilie Năstase
3–6, 8–6, 6–1, 6–1
  Tom Okker   Roger Taylor
  Ion Țiriac
  Pierre Barthès
  Dick Crealy
  Patrick Proisy
  Boro Jovanović
  Ion Țiriac
  Ilie Năstase
1–6, 6–3, 6–3, 8–6
  Tom Okker
  Roger Taylor
18 Apr North Caroline National Bank Open
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Hard – S32/D16
Group C
  Arthur Ashe
6–3, 6–3
  Stan Smith   Cliff Richey
  Tony Roche
  Marty Riessen
  Mark Cox
  Charlie Pasarell
  Željko Franulović
  Marty Riessen
  Tony Roche
6–2, 6–2
  Arthur Ashe
  Dennis Ralston
Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Clay – S64/D16
Group C
  Roger Taylor
6–3, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2
  Pierre Barthès   Ion Țiriac
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Adriano Panatta
  François Jauffret
  Georges Goven
  Ilie Năstase
  Georges Goven
  Pierre Barthès
6–2, 6–3
  Ilie Năstase
  Ion Țiriac
25 Apr Catania Open
Catania, Italy
Clay – S64/D16
Group C
  Jan Kodeš
6–3, 6–0, 6–2
  Georges Goven   Pierre Barthès
  Patrick Proisy
  František Pala
  Adriano Panatta
  François Jauffret
  Jean-Loup Rouyer
  François Jauffret
  Pierre Barthès
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
  Jan Kodeš
  Jan Kukal
River Oaks International Tennis Tournament
Houston, Texas, USA
Hard – S32/D32
Group C
  Cliff Richey
6–1, 6–2, 6–2
  Clark Graebner   Mike Belkin
  Bob Carmichael
  Frank Froehling
  Dick Crealy
  Tom Gorman
  Harold Solomon
  Onny Parun
  Milan Holeček
1–6, 7–6, 6–4
  Tom Edlefsen
  Frank Froehling

MayEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 May City of Paris Open Championships
Paris, France
Clay – S32/D16
Group C
  Stan Smith
6–2, 6–4, 7–5
  François Jauffret   Michel Leclercq
  Pierre Barthès
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Patrice Dominguez
  Raymond Moore
  Patrick Proisy
  Stan Smith
  Tom Gorman
3–6, 7–5, 6–2
  Pierre Barthès
  François Jauffret
17 May German Open Tennis Championships
Hamburg, Germany
Clay – $20,000 – S32/D16
Group B
  Andrés Gimeno
6–3, 6–2, 6–2
  Péter Szőke   Vladimír Zedník
  Jan Kodeš
  Christian Kuhnke
  Manuel Orantes
  István Gulyás
  John Alexander
  Andrés Gimeno
  John Alexander
6–4, 7–5, 7–9, 6–4
  Dick Crealy
  Allan Stone
22 May British Hard Court Championships
Bournemouth, England
Clay – $36,000 – S32/D16
Group B
  Gerald Battrick
6–3, 6–2, 5–7, 6–0
  Željko Franulović   Jaime Fillol
  Mark Cox
  Frank Sedgman
  Pierre Barthès
  Roger Taylor
  Robert Maud
  Owen Davidson
  Bill Bowrey
8–6, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
Belgian Open Championships
Brussels, Belgium
Clay – S32/D16
Group B
  Cliff Drysdale
6–0, 6–1, 7–5
  Ilie Năstase   Boro Jovanović
  Ismail El Shafei
  Bob Carmichael
  Cliff Richey
  Stan Smith
  Ion Țiriac
  Marty Riessen
  Tom Okker
Divided
  Ilie Năstase
  Ion Țiriac
24 May French Open
Paris, France
Clay - S128/D128
Group A
  Jan Kodeš
8–6, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
  Ilie Năstase   Frank Froehling
  Željko Franulović
  Arthur Ashe
  Stan Smith
  István Gulyás
  Patrick Proisy
  Arthur Ashe
  Marty Riessen
6–8, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 11–9
  Tom Gorman
  Stan Smith
  Françoise Dürr
  Jean-Claude Barclay
6–2, 6–4
  Winnie Shaw
  Toomas Leius

JuneEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 Jun Queen's Club Championship
London, England
Grass – S64/D32
Group D
  Stan Smith
8–6, 6–3
  John Newcombe   Owen Davidson
  Tom Gorman
  Ross Case
  Roy Emerson
  Marty Riessen
  Rod Laver
  Marty Riessen
  Tom Okker
8–6, 4–6, 10–8
  Stan Smith
  Erik van Dillen
21 Jun Wimbledon
London, England
Grass– S128/D64
Group A
  John Newcombe
6–3, 5–7, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
  Stan Smith   Tom Gorman
  Ken Rosewall
  Rod Laver
  Onny Parun
  Cliff Richey
  Colin Dibley
  Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
4–6, 9–7, 6–8, 6–4, 6–4
  Arthur Ashe
  Dennis Ralston
  Billie Jean King
  Owen Davidson
3–6, 6–2, 15-13
  Margaret Court
  Marty Riessen

JulyEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 Jul Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
Clay – S32/D32
Group B
  Ilie Năstase
6–7, 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
  Jan Leschly   Ray Ruffels
  Manuel Santana
  Patrick Proisy
  Per Jemsby
  Pierre Barthès
  Stan Smith
  Ilie Năstase
  Ion Ţiriac
7–6, 6–1
  Jaime Pinto-Bravo
  Butch Seewagen
Swiss Open
Gstaad, Switzerland
Clay – $20,000 - S32/D16
Group B
  John Newcombe
6–2, 5–7, 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
  Tom Okker   Roy Emerson
  Ismail El Shafei
  Phil Dent
  Robert Maud
  Nikola Pilić
  Jeff Borowiak
  Phil Dent
  John Alexander
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
  John Newcombe
  Tom Okker
Greenshields Welsh Open
Newport, Wales
Grass – S32/D16
Group C
  Ken Rosewall
6–1, 9–8
  Roger Taylor   Gerald Battrick
  Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
  Onny Parun
  Wanaro N'Godrella
  Stephen Warboys
  Andrew Pattison
  Roger Taylor
  Ken Rosewall
7–5, 3–6, 6–2
  John Clifton
  John Paish
12 Jul Washington Star International [b]
Washington D.C., USA
Clay – S64/D16
Group B
  Ken Rosewall
6–2, 7–5, 6–1
  Marty Riessen   Stan Smith
  John Newcombe
  Dennis Ralston
  Ismail El Shafei
  Cliff Drysdale
  Andrés Gimeno
  Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–2
  Bob Carmichael
  Ray Ruffels
24 Jul Tanglewood International Tennis Classic
Clemmons, North Carolina, USA
Hard – S64/D16
Group C
  Jaime Fillol
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
  Željko Franulović   Cliff Richey
  Mike Belkin
  Pierre Barthès
  Harold Solomon
  Erik van Dillen
  Jimmy Connors
  Jim McManus
  Jim Osborne
6–2, 6–4
  Jimmy Connors
  Jeff Austin

AugustEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Aug Columbus Open
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Hard – S32/D16
Group D
  Tom Gorman
6–7, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
  Jimmy Connors   Erik van Dillen
  Raymond Moore
  Željko Franulović
  Haroon Rahim
  Jim Osborne
  Georges Goven
  Jim Osborne
  Jim McManus
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
  Jimmy Connors
  Roscoe Tanner
2 Aug Cincinnati Open
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Clay – $30,000 – S64/D32
Group C
  Stan Smith
7–6, 6–3
  Juan Gisbert   Erik van Dillen
  Patrick Proisy
  Harold Solomon
  Tom Gorman
  Jaime Fillol
  Georges Goven
  Erik van Dillen
  Stan Smith
6–4, 6–4
  Sandy Mayer
  Roscoe Tanner
Senigallia Open
Italy
Clay – S64/D32
Group D
  Adriano Panatta
6–3, 7–5, 6–1
  Martin Mulligan   František Pála
  Paolo Bertolucci
  Atet Wijono
  Sergio Palmieri
  Ezio Di Matteo
  Giordano Maioli
  Gondo Widjojo
  Atet Wijono
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
  Ezio Di Matteo
  Antonio Zugarelli
16 Aug U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Clay – $50,000 - S64/D32
Group B
  Željko Franulović
6–3, 6–4, 0–6, 6–3
  Cliff Richey   Jaime Fillol
  Clark Graebner
  Eddie Dibbs
  Pierre Barthès
  Roscoe Tanner
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jan Kodeš
  Željko Franulović
7–6, 5–7, 6–3
  Clark Graebner
  Erik van Dillen
22 Aug Pennsylvania Championships
Merion, Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA
Hard – $15,000 - S64/D32
Group D
  Clark Graebner
6–2, 6–4, 6–7, 7–5
  Dick Stockton   Frank Froehling
  Colin Dibley
  Roscoe Tanner
  Jan Leschly
  Milan Holeček
  Herb Fitzgibbon
  Jim Osborne
  Clark Graebner
7–6, 6–3
  Robert McKinley
  Dick Stockton

SeptemberEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Sep US Open
Forest Hills, New York, USA
Grass – $88,300 - S128/D64 ,
Group A
  Stan Smith
3–6, 6–3, 6–2, 7–6
  Jan Kodeš   Arthur Ashe
  Tom Okker
  Frank Froehling
  Manuel Orantes
  Clark Graebner
  Marty Riessen
  John Newcombe
  Roger Taylor
6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6
  Stan Smith
  Erik van Dillen
  Billie Jean King
  Owen Davidson
6–3, 7–5
  Betty Stöve
  Robert Maud
South Orange Open
South Orange, New Jersey, USA
Grass – $25,000 - S64/D32
Group C
  Clark Graebner
6–3, 6–4, 6–4
  Pierre Barthès   Marty Riessen
  Onny Parun
  Roscoe Tanner
  Alejandro Olmedo
  Jimmy Connors
  Patrick Proisy
  Tom Leonard
  Bob Carmichael
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
  Clark Graebner
  Erik van Dillen
20 Sep Pacific Southwest Open
Los Angeles, California, USA
Hard – $52,500 -S64/D32
Group B
  Pancho Gonzales
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
  Jimmy Connors   Stan Smith
  Cliff Richey
  Robert Lutz
  Bob Carmichael
  John Alexander
  Roscoe Tanner
  Phil Dent
  John Alexander
7–6, 6–4
  Clark Graebner
  Frank Froehling
Central California Hardcourt Championships
Sacramento, California, USA
Hard – S64/D32
Group C
  Robert Lutz
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
  Alejandro Olmedo   Pierre Barthès
  Roger Taylor
  Georges Goven
  Frank Froehling
  Cliff Richey
  Jan Kodeš
  Jim Osborne
  Jim McManus
7–6, 6–3
  Frew McMillan
  Robert Maud
27 Sep Redwood Bank Pacific Coast Open [b]
Berkeley, California, USA
Hard – $50,000 - S64/D32
Group B
  Rod Laver
6–4, 6–4, 7–6
  Ken Rosewall   Tom Okker
  Arthur Ashe
  Robert Lutz
  Cliff Richey
  Marty Riessen
  Cliff Drysdale
  Rod Laver
  Roy Emerson
6–3, 6–3
  Ken Rosewall
  Fred Stolle

OctoberEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
25 Oct Embassy British Indoor Championships
London, England
Hard – $55,000 - S32/D16
Group B
  Ilie Năstase
3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
  Rod Laver   Tom Gorman
  Bob Hewitt
  John Newcombe
  Frew McMillan
  Cliff Drysdale
  Ray Ruffels
  Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
7–5, 9–7, 6–2
  Bill Bowrey
  Owen Davidson

DecemberEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Dec Buenos Aires Grand Prix
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Clay – S32/D16
Group B
  Željko Franulović
6–3, 6–4, 6–4
  Ilie Năstase   Jan Leschly
  Stan Smith
  István Gulyás
  Cliff Richey
  Frank Froehling
  Roberto Aubone
  Ilie Năstase
  Željko Franulović
6–4, 6–4
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
4 Dec Pepsi–Cola Masters
Paris, France
Carpet – $48,000 – S7
  Ilie Năstase N.A. (round robin) N.A. (round robin) N.A. (round robin)

StandingsEdit

Player Tournaments Points Prize Money
  Stan Smith 14 187 $25,000
  Ilie Năstase 10 172 $17,000
  Željko Franulović 16 129 $15,000
  Jan Kodeš 14 124 $12,000
  Cliff Richey 15 98 $10,500
  John Newcombe 7 94 $0[c]
  Pierre Barthès 22 82 $9,500
  Ken Rosewall 6 82 $0[c]
  Clark Graebner 12 79 $4,200
  Tom Gorman 16 69 $7,500

Grand Prix rankingsEdit

As of 1 January 1971
Rank Name Nation
1 (3-way tie) Rod Laver  
1 (3-way tie) Ken Rosewall  
1 (3-way tie) John Newcombe  
4 Tony Roche  
5 Arthur Ashe  
6 Cliff Richey  
7 Tom Okker  
8 Roy Emerson  
9 Ilie Năstase  
10 Andrés Gimeno  
Year-end rankings (December 1971)
Rank Name Nation Change
1 (tie) Stan Smith  
1 (tie) John Newcombe     =
3 Ken Rosewall     –2
4 Rod Laver     –3
5 Jan Kodeš  
6 Tom Okker     +1
7 Arthur Ashe     –2
8 Ilie Năstase     +1
9 Cliff Drysdale  
10 Marty Riessen  

List of tournament winnersEdit

The list of winners and number of singles titles won, listed alphabetically by last name:

The following players won their first title in 1971:

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 1971 Australian Open was part of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) circuit.
  2. ^ a b Tournament was also part of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) circuit.[1]
  3. ^ a b Played too few Grand Prix tournaments to qualify for bonus pool prize money.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c John Barrett, ed. (1972). World of Tennis '72. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 145–153, 254. ISBN 9780362001037. OCLC 86035663.
  2. ^ "Distaff Netters In Grand Prix For First Time". Bangor Daily News. AP. Apr 7, 1971.
  3. ^ "Stan Smith Pepsi pick". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. Dec 6, 1971.

External linksEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book (2nd ed.). New York: New Chapter Press. ISBN 978-0-942257-70-0.