1972 World Championship Tennis Finals – Singles

In the 1972 World Championship Tennis Finals - Singles, Ken Rosewall was the defending champion, having previously won the tennis competition, and won in the final 4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–5) against Rod Laver.[1] Of particular note, the final is credited as the "match that made tennis in the United States" because its unprecedented domestic television audience of 23 million fueled a massive increase in the sport's popularity.[2][3]

Singles
1972 World Championship Tennis Finals
ChampionAustralia Ken Rosewall
Runner-upAustralia Rod Laver
Final score4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–5)
Events
Singles Doubles
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SeedsEdit

A champion seed is indicated in bold text while text in italics indicates the round in which that seed was eliminated.

  1.   Rod Laver (Final)
  2.   Ken Rosewall (Champion)
  3.   Arthur Ashe (Semifinals)
  4.   Cliff Drysdale (Quarterfinals)
  5.   Marty Riessen (Semifinals)
  6.   Tom Okker (Quarterfinals)
  7.   Robert Lutz (Quarterfinals)
  8.   John Newcombe (Quarterfinals)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                     
1   Rod Laver 6 6 6    
8   John Newcombe 4 4 4    
1   Rod Laver 4 4 6 6 6
5   Marty Riessen 6 6 1 2 0
4   Cliff Drysdale 7 6 2 5 3
5   Marty Riessen 5 4 6 7 6
1   Rod Laver 6 0 3 7 65
2   Ken Rosewall 4 6 6 6 77
6   Tom Okker 4 1 3    
3   Arthur Ashe 6 6 6    
3   Arthur Ashe 4 2 6    
2   Ken Rosewall 6 6 7    
7   Robert Lutz 1 6 3 6 1
2   Ken Rosewall 6 3 6 4 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ATP – 1972 Dallas WCT Men's Singles Draw". ATP.
  2. ^ "1972: The Rod Laver vs. Ken Rosewall WCT Final in Dallas". tennis.com.
  3. ^ Only one match has since had a larger U.S. TV audience: the legendary Battle of the Sexes the following year, signifying how popular tennis had become during this boom period.