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The 1972 Commercial Union Assurance Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year and organized by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF). It consisted of 33 Grand Prix tournaments in different categories including three of the four Grand Slam tournaments and was followed by a season-ending Masters tournament. The circuit ran from February through November.[1]

1972 Grand Prix circuit
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Details
Duration14 February – 28 November
Edition3rd
Tournaments33
CategoriesGroup AA (3)
Group A (7)
Group B (4)
Group C (14)
Group D (5)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titlesUnited States Stan Smith (9)
Most tournament finalsRomania Ilie Năstase (11)
Prize money leaderRomania Ilie Năstase (£21,000)
Points leaderRomania Ilie Năstase (659)
1971
1973

The 1972 Grand Prix circuit ran in competition with the 1972 World Championship Tennis circuit and, to a lesser extent, with the smaller 1972 USLTA Indoor Circuit. In July 1971 at its annual meeting, the ILTF voted to ban all WCT contract professionals from their tournaments and facilities from the beginning of 1972 onwards. This meant that leading WCT players such as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Arthur Ashe and John Newcombe did not initially have permission to compete in the Grand Prix circuit and Newcombe could not defend his two consecutive Wimbledon titles of 1970 and 1971. In April 1972, however, an agreement was reached between the ILTF and WCT that divided the 1973 tour in a WCT circuit that ran from January through April and a Grand Prix circuit that was scheduled for the rest of the year.[2] Under the agreement the players contracted by the WCT could play in the Grand Prix events as of September 1972. The deal was ratified at the annual ILTF meeting in July.[3]

ScheduleEdit

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

FebruaryEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 February The May Co. International
Los Angeles, California, USA
Group C
S32/D16
  Andrés Gimeno
6–3, 2–6, 6–2
  Pierre Barthes   Jimmy Connors
  Thomaz Koch
  Vladimír Zedník
  Cliff Richey
  Pancho Gonzales
  Ilie Năstase
  Jim Osborne
  Jim McManus

6–2, 5–7, 6–4
  Ilie Năstase
  Ion Țiriac
20 February U.S. National Indoor Championships[a]
Salisbury, Maryland, USA
Group B
Hard – S64/D32
  Stan Smith
6–3, 2–6, 6–2
  Ilie Năstase   Haroon Rahim
  Gerald Battrick
  Jaime Fillol
  Clark Graebner
  Manuel Orantes
  Tom Gorman
  Manuel Orantes
  Andrés Gimeno

6–4, 6–3
  Juan Gisbert
  Vladimír Zedník
28 February Clean Air Classic
New York, USA
Group C
S64
  Stan Smith
4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–1
  Juan Gisbert   Cliff Richey
  Ilie Năstase
  Alejandro Olmedo
  Ove Nils Bengtson
  Andrés Gimeno
  Jimmy Connors

MarchEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 March National Indoor Championships
Hampton, Virginia, USA
Group C
Hard – S32/D16
  Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4
  Ilie Năstase   Andrés Gimeno
  Cliff Richey
  Juan Gisbert
  Jimmy Connors
  Georges Goven
  Ian Crookenden
  Ion Țiriac
  Ilie Năstase

7–5, 7–5
  Andrés Gimeno
  Manuel Orantes
12 March Equity Funding International[a]
Washington, D.C., USA
Group C
Carpet – S32/D16
  Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4
  Jimmy Connors   Tom Gorman
  Manuel Orantes
  Jim Osborne
  Cliff Richey
  Ilie Năstase
  Pierre Barthes
  Cliff Richey
  Tom Edlefsen

6–4, 6–3
  Clark Graebner
  Thomaz Koch
27 March Monte Carlo Open Championships WCT
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Group D
Clay – $20,000 – S32/D32
  Ilie Năstase
6–1, 6–0, 6–3
  František Pala   Boro Jovanović
  Jiří Hřebec
  Bernard Mignot
  Ion Țiriac
  Szabolcz Baranyi
  Péter Szőke
  Patrice Beust
  Daniel Contet

3–6, 6–1, 12-10, 6–2
  Jiří Hřebec
  František Pala

AprilEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 April South African Open *
Johannesburg, South Africa
Group A
Hard – S32/D16
  Cliff Richey
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
  Manuel Orantes   Andrés Gimeno
  Jaime Fillol
  Martin Mulligan
  Bob Hewitt
  Andrew Pattison
  Pat Cramer
  Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–2, 6–2, 6–4
  Georges Goven
  Ray Moore
16 April Melia Trophy International
Madrid, Spain
Group B
Clay – S32/D32
  Ilie Năstase
6–2, 6–4
  František Pala   Jan Kodeš
  Patrick Proisy
  Szabolcz Baranyi
  Andrés Gimeno
  Manuel Orantes
  Adriano Panatta
  Stan Smith
  Ilie Năstase

6–3, 6–4, 6–4
  Andrés Gimeno
  Manuel Orantes
23 April International Championships
Nice, France
Group D
Clay – S32/D16
  Ilie Năstase
6–0, 6–4, 6–3
  Jan Kodeš   Stan Smith
  Boro Jovanović
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Dick Crealy
  Pierre Barthes
  Gerald Battrick
  Stan Smith
  Jan Kodeš

6–3, 3–6, 7–5
  Frew McMillan
  Ilie Năstase
24 April Italian Open
Rome, Italy *
Group A
Clay – $56,000 – S64/D32
  Manuel Orantes
4–6, 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
  Jan Kodeš   Ilie Năstase
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Andrew Pattison
  Paolo Bertolucci
  Alex Metreveli
  Jean-Loup Rouyer
  Ion Țiriac
  Ilie Năstase

3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 5-3 ret.
  Frew McMillan
  Lew Hoad

MayEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
13 May British Hard Court Championships

Bournemouth, England *
Group C
Clay – S32/D16

  Bob Hewitt
6–2, 6–4, 6–3
  Pierre Barthes   Ilie Năstase
  Stan Smith
  Ion Țiriac
  Jimmy Connors
  Pat Cramer
  Jürgen Fassbender
  Frew McMillan
  Bob Hewitt

7–5, 6–2
  Ilie Năstase
  Ion Țiriac
14 May Belgian Open Championships
Brussels, Belgium
Group C
Clay – S32/D16
  Manuel Orantes
6–4, 6–1, 2–6, 7–5
  Andrés Gimeno   Harold Solomon
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Patrick Hombergen
  Juan Gisbert
  Harald Elschenbroich
  Vladimír Zedník
  Manuel Orantes
  Juan Gisbert

9–7, 6–3
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
22 May French Open *
Paris, France
Group AA
Clay
  Andrés Gimeno
4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 6–1
  Patrick Proisy   Alex Metreveli
  Manuel Orantes
  Adriano Panatta
  Stan Smith
  Harold Solomon
  Jan Kodeš
  Frew McMillan
  Bob Hewitt

6–3, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
  Evonne Goolagong
  Kim Warwick

6–2, 6–4
  Françoise Dürr
  Jean-Claude Barclay

JuneEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 June German Open Championships
Hamburg, Germany *
Group B
Clay – S32/D32
  Manuel Orantes
6–3, 9–8, 6–0
  Adriano Panatta   Ilie Năstase
  Stan Smith
  Ion Țiriac
  Jimmy Connors
  Pat Cramer
  Jürgen Fassbender
  Ilie Năstase
  Jan Kodeš
4–6, 6–0, 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
  Bob Hewitt
  Ion Țiriac
17 June Bristol Open
Bristol, England *
Group C
Grass – S32/D32
  Bob Hewitt
6–4, 6–3
  Alejandro Olmedo   François Jauffret
  Clark Graebner
  John De Mendoza
  Colin Dibley
  John Paish
  Andrew Pattison
  Frew McMillan
  Bob Hewitt

6–3, 6–2
  Clark Graebner
  Lew Hoad
26 June Wimbledon *
London, England
Group AA
Grass
  Stan Smith
4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
  Ilie Năstase   Jan Kodeš
  Manuel Orantes
  Alex Metreveli
  Onny Parun
  Colin Dibley
  Jimmy Connors
  Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan

6–2, 6–2, 9–7
  Stan Smith
  Erik van Dillen
  Rosemary Casals
  Ilie Năstase

6–4, 6–4
  Evonne Goolagong
  Kim Warwick

JulyEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
16 July Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
Group C
Clay – S32/D16
  Manuel Orantes
6–4, 6–3, 6–1
  Ilie Năstase   Juan Gisbert
  Balázs Taróczy
  Björn Borg
  Colin Dibley
  Szabolcz Baranyi
  Jose Mandarino
Swiss Open Championships
Gstaad, Switzerland
Group C
Clay – S32/D16
  Andrés Gimeno
7–5, 9–8, 6–4
  Adriano Panatta   Ion Țiriac
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Roscoe Tanner
  Jean-Loup Rouyer
  Patrick Hombergen
  Sandy Mayer
22 July Austrian Open
Kitzbühel, Austria
Group D
Clay – S32/D32
  Colin Dibley
6–1, 6–3, 6–4
  Dick Crealy   Jose Mandarino
  Onny Parun
  Harald Elschenbroich
  Nicholas Kalogeropoulos
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  François Jauffret
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
  Jürgen Fassbender

7–6, 6–4, 6–4
  Mal Anderson
  Geoff Masters
23 July Buckeye Classic
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Group D
Hard – S32/D16
  Jimmy Connors
7–5, 6–3, 7–5
  Andrew Pattison   Dick Stockton
  Bob Hewitt
  Charles Owens
  Steve Faulk
  Pancho Gonzales
  Jim McManus
  Pancho Gonzales
  Jimmy Connors

6–3, 7–5
  Robert McKinley
  Dick Stockton
30 July Tanglewood Classic
Tanglewood, California, USA
Group D
S32/D16
  Bob Hewitt
3–6, 6–3, 6–1
  Andrew Pattison   Dick Stockton
  Steve Faulk
  Butch Seewagen
  Onny Parun
  Ian Fletcher
  Jeff Austin
  Andrew Pattison
  Bob Hewitt

6–4, 6–4
  Jim McManus
  Jim Osborne
31 July Cincinnati Open
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA *
Group C
Clay – $42,500 – S64/D32
  Jimmy Connors
6–3, 6–3
  Guillermo Vilas   Jaime Pinto-Bravo
  Frew McMillan
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Andrew Pattison
  Jun Kamiwazumi
  Sandy Mayer
  Frew McMillan
  Bob Hewitt

7–6, 6–4
  Paul Gerken
  Humphrey Hose

AugustEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 August U.S. Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA *
Group A
Clay – $60,000 – S64/D32
  Bob Hewitt
7–6, 6–1, 6–2
  Jimmy Connors   Toshiro Sakai
  Frew McMillan
  Patrice Dominguez
  Colin Dibley
  Jan Kodeš
  Paul Gerken
  Frew McMillan
  Bob Hewitt

6–2, 6–3
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
14 August Rothmans Canadian Open Championships
Toronto, Ontario, Canada *
Group A
Clay – $70,000 – S128/D64
  Ilie Năstase
6–4, 6–3
  Andrew Pattison   Jaime Fillol
  Patrick Proisy
  Jairo Velasco
  Bob Hewitt
  Guillermo Vilas
  Adriano Panatta
  Ion Țiriac
  Ilie Năstase

7–6, 6–3
  Jan Kodeš
  Jan Kukal
28 August US Open
Forest Hills, New York, USA *
Group AA
  Ilie Năstase
3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
  Arthur Ashe   Cliff Richey
  Tom Gorman
  Stan Smith
  Frew McMillan
  Fred Stolle
  Roscoe Tanner
  Cliff Drysdale
  Roger Taylor

6–4, 7–6, 6–3
  Owen Davidson
  John Newcombe
  Margaret Court
  Marty Riessen

6–3, 7–5
  Rosemary Casals
  Ilie Năstase

SeptemberEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
17 September Central California Championships
Sacramento, California, USA
Group C
S32/D16
  Stan Smith
6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
  Colin Dibley   Andrew Pattison
  Raymond Moore
  Erik van Dillen
  Rick Fisher
  Tom Edlefsen
  Alejandro Olmedo
  Stan Smith
  Erik van Dillen
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
  Patrice Dominguez
  Patrick Proisy
Rainier International Tennis Classic
Seattle, Washington, USA
Group C
Hard – S32/D8
  Ilie Năstase
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
  Tom Gorman   Bob Hewitt
  Jaime Fillol
  Onny Parun
  Ian Fletcher
  Ross Case
  Sherwood Stewart
  Geoff Masters
  Ross Case

4–6, 7–6, 6–4
  Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
  Wanaro N'Godrella
25 September The Golden Gate Pacific Coast Classic
Albany, California, USA
Group C
Carpet – S64/D32
  Jimmy Connors
6–2, 7–6
  Roscoe Tanner   Andrew Pattison
  Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
  Jaime Fillol
  Pierre Barthes
  Colin Dibley
  Frew McMillan
  Bob Hewitt

6–2, 2–6, 6–2
  Björn Borg
  Ove Nils Bengtson
Pacific Southwest Open
Los Angeles, California, USA
Group A
Hard – $60,000 – S64/D64
  Stan Smith
6–4, 6–4
  Roscoe Tanner   Tom Okker
  Tom Gorman
  Manuel Orantes
  Ken Rosewall
  Raymond Moore
  Bob Carmichael
  Pancho Gonzales
  Jimmy Connors

6–3, 7–6
  Ismail El Shafei
  Brian Fairlie

OctoberEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
23 October Trofeo Conde de Godó
Barcelona, Spain
Group A
Clay – S32/D32
  Jan Kodeš
6–3, 6–2, 6–3
  Manuel Orantes   Stan Smith
  Ilie Năstase
  Andrew Pattison
  Colin Dibley
  Andrés Gimeno
  Tom Gorman
  Manuel Orantes
  Juan Gisbert

6–3, 3–6, 6–4
  Frew McMillan
  Ilie Năstase
30 October Paris Indoor
Paris, France
Group B
Hard – S32/D32
  Stan Smith
6–2, 6–2, 7–5
  Andrés Gimeno   Jan Kodeš
  Tom Gorman
  Patrice Dominguez
  Raymond Moore
  Jimmy Connors
  Ilie Năstase
  François Jauffret
  Pierre Barthes

6–3, 6–2
  Andrés Gimeno
  Juan Gisbert

NovemberEdit

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
12 November Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
Group A
Hard – S64/D32
  Stan Smith
6–4, 6–3
  Tom Okker   Marty Riessen
  Ilie Năstase
  Nikola Pilić
  Roger Taylor
  Andrew Pattison
  Cliff Drysdale
  Marty Riessen
  Tom Okker

7–5, 7–6
  Colin Dibley
  Roy Emerson
18 November Dewar Cup
Nottingham/London, England
Carpet – S32/D16
  Ilie Năstase
6–4, 6–3
  Tom Gorman   Jimmy Connors
  Onny Parun
  Patrick Proisy
  Frew McMillan
  Barry Phillips-Moore
  Andrew Pattison
28 November Masters
Barcelona, Spain
Carpet – $55,000 – S8
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
  Stan Smith

* Tournaments combined with a women's Grand Prix tour event.

Points distributionEdit

Category W F SF QF R16 R32 R64
Group AA tournaments 100 75 50 25 12 6
Group A tournaments 75 52 37 18 9
Group B tournaments 50 36 25 18 6
Group C tournaments 30 20 10 5 3
Group D tournaments 20 12 6 4

No points were awarded for first round losers

StandingsEdit

Player Tournaments Played Points Prize Money
  Ilie Năstase 24 659 £21,000
  Stan Smith 19 587 £14,700
  Manuel Orantes 19 468 £10,500
  Jan Kodeš 14 332 £8,400
  Andres Gimeno 20 319 £6,720
  Bob Hewitt 15 263 £5,460
  Jimmy Connors 22 251 £5,040
  Tom Gorman 19 227 £4,620
  Andrew Pattison 21 204 £4,200
  Patrick Proisy 13 172 £3,780

Cliff Richey, Roscoe Tanner, Alex Metreveli, Tom Okker and Arthur Ashe played too few Grand Prix tournaments to qualify for prize money.

Grand Prix rankingsEdit

As of 1 January 1972
Rank Name
1 (tie)   Stan Smith (USA)
1 (tie)   John Newcombe (AUS)
3   Ken Rosewall (AUS)
4   Rod Laver (AUS)
5   Jan Kodeš (TCH)
6   Tom Okker (NED)
7   Arthur Ashe (USA)
8   Ilie Năstase (ROM)
9   Cliff Drysdale (RSA)
10   Marty Riessen (USA)
Year-end rankings (December 1972)
Rank Name Change
1   Stan Smith (USA)   =
2   Ilie Năstase (ROM)   +6
3   Ken Rosewall (AUS)   =

List of tournament winnersEdit

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

The following players won their first Grand Prix title in 1972:

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Also part of the 1972 USLTA Indoor Circuit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ "ITF – History". International Tennis Federation (ITF).
  3. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1973). World of Tennis '73. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 13–15. ISBN 9780671216238.

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.