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The 1972 US Open was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, in New York City, USA. The tournament ran from 28 August until 10 September. It was the 92nd staging of the US Open, and the fourth Grand Slam tennis event of 1972.[4]

1972 US Open
Date28 August – 10 September
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
LocationForest Hills, Queens, USA
VenueWest Side Tennis Club
Men's Singles
Romania Ilie Năstase [1]
Women's Singles
United States Billie Jean King [2]
Men's Doubles
South Africa Cliff Drysdale / United Kingdom Roger Taylor [3]
Women's Doubles
France Françoise Dürr / Netherlands Betty Stöve [2]
Mixed Doubles
Australia Margaret Court / United States Marty Riessen [2]
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Men's singlesEdit

  Ilie Năstase defeated   Arthur Ashe, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(1–5), 6–4, 6–3

  • It was Năstase's 1st career Grand Slam title, and his 1st (and only) US Open title.

Women's singlesEdit

  Billie Jean King defeated   Kerry Melville, 6–3, 7–5

  • It was King's 9th career Grand Slam title, her 5th during the Open Era, and her 3rd US Open title.

Men's doublesEdit

  Cliff Drysdale /   Roger Taylor defeated   Owen Davidson /   John Newcombe, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3

Women's doublesEdit

  Françoise Dürr /   Betty Stöve defeated   Margaret Court /   Virginia Wade, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3

Mixed doublesEdit

  Margaret Court /   Marty Riessen defeated   Rosemary Casals /   Ilie Năstase, 6–3, 7–5

Top 10 seedsEdit

Men's SinglesEdit

1.   Stan Smith (USA) lost to 6   Arthur Ashe (USA) QF
2.   Ken Rosewall (AUS)) lost to   Mark Cox (GBR) 2nd
3.   Rod Laver (AUS) lost to 12   Cliff Richey (USA) R16
4.   Ilie Năstase (ROU) defeated 6   Arthur Ashe (USA) W
5.   John Newcombe (AUS) lost to   Fred Stolle (AUS) 3rd
6.   Arthur Ashe (USA) lost to 4   Ilie Năstase (ROU) F
7.   Tom Okker (NED) lost to   Roscoe Tanner (USA) 3rd
8.   Jan Kodeš (TCH) lost to   Sandy Mayer (USA) 2nd
9.   Marty Riessen (USA) lost to   Frew McMillan (RSA) 3rd
10.   Manuel Orantes (ESP)) lost to   John Cooper (AUS) 3rd


  1. ^ "1972 US Open – Men's Singles". ATP.
  2. ^ a b c "1972 US Open" (PDF). WTA.
  3. ^ "1972 US Open – Men's Doubles". ATP.
  4. ^ "Nastase upets Ashe for tennis crown". The Bulletin. UPI. September 11, 1972. p. 11.

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