1975 Grand Prix (tennis)
The 1975 Commercial Union Assurance Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit administered by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) which served as a forerunner to the current Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. The circuit consisted of the four modern Grand Slam tournaments and open tournaments recognised by the ILTF. The Commercial Union Assurance Masters, Davis Cup Final and Nations Cup are included in this calendar but did not count towards the Grand Prix.
Guillermo Vilas was the 1975 Grand Prix No.1
|Duration||26 December 1974 – 16 December 1975|
|Categories||TC events (3) |
AA events (14)
A events (6)
B events (18)
|Most tournament titles||Manuel Orantes (6)|
|Most tournament finals||Manuel Orantes (9)|
|Prize money leader||Guillermo Vilas ($237,392)|
|Points leader||Guillermo Vilas (850)|
|Player of the year||Arthur Ashe |
|Newcomer of the year||Vitas Gerulaitis|
The men's schedule started in December 1974 with the Australian Open and continued in May 1975 following the conclusion of the rival 1975 World Championship Tennis circuit which ran from January to early May.
|Triple Crown events|
|Grand Prix Masters|
|26 December||Australian Open
$50,000 – Grass – 32S/32D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
| John Newcombe
7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6
|Jimmy Connors|| Dick Crealy
| Kim Warwick |
| John Alexander
| Bob Carmichael |
|14 December||Davis Cup Final
Stockholm, Sweden – Carpet
Grand Prix points systemEdit
The tournaments listed above were divided into four groups. Group TC consisted of the Triple Crown – the French Open, the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open – while the other tournaments were divided into three other groups – AA, A and B – by prize money and draw size. Points were allocated based on these groups and the finishing position of a player in a tournament. No points were awarded to first round losers and ties were settled by the number of tournaments played. The points allocation – with doubles points listed in brackets – can be found below:
|1||Guillermo Vilas (ARG)||850|
|2||Manuel Orantes (ESP)||764|
|3||Björn Borg (SWE)||560|
|4||Arthur Ashe (USA)||550|
|5||Ilie Năstase (ROM)||485|
|6||Jimmy Connors (USA)||470|
|7||Raúl Ramírez (MEX)||402|
|8||Adriano Panatta (ITA)||393|
|9||Harold Solomon (USA)||375|
|10||Eddie Dibbs (USA)||370|
These are the ATP Rankings of the top twenty singles players at the end of the 1974 season  and at the end of the 1975 season, with numbers of ranking points, points averages, numbers of tournaments played, year-end rankings in 1975, highest and lowest positions during the season and number of spots gained or lost from the first rankings to the year-end rankings.
List of tournament winnersEdit
The list of winners and number of Grand Prix singles titles won, alphabetically by last number of titles:
- Manuel Orantes (6) Bournemouth, Hamburg, Båstad, Indianapolis, Montreal, US Open
- Guillermo Vilas (5) Munich, Hilversum, Washington, D.C., Louisville, Buenos Aires
- Arthur Ashe (3) Wimbledon, Los Angeles, San Francisco
- Björn Borg (3) French Open, Boston, Barcelona
- Ilie Năstase (3) Barcelona, South Orange, Masters
- Vijay Amritraj (2) Columbus, Calcutta
- Ross Case (2) Manila, Sydney Indoor
- Jimmy Connors (2) North Conway, Maui
- Tom Gorman (2) Cincinnati, Hong Kong
- Tom Okker (2) Nottingham, Paris (Jean Becker)
- Adriano Panatta (2) Kitzbühel, Stockholm
- Raúl Ramírez (2) Rome, Tokyo Outdoor
- Harold Solomon (2) Perth, Johannesburg
- Eddie Dibbs (1) Tehran
- Jaime Fillol (1) Düsseldorf
- Brian Gottfried (1) Melbourne Indoor
- Jan Kodeš (1) Madrid
- John Newcombe (1) Australian Open
- Ken Rosewall (1) Gstaad
- Stan Smith (1) Sydney Indoor
No players won their first Grand Prix title in 1975.
- The tournament began at Meadowbanks in Edinburgh on 8 November and moved to the Royal Albert Hall in London on 12 November.
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