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1977 Wimbledon Championships

Centenary celebrationsEdit

On the opening day of the tournament, Monday June 20, to celebrate the centenary of the first Gentlemen's Singles event, former singles champions were presented with a medal by their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Kent on Centre Court. Those attending were: Kitty Godfree, Jean Borotra, René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jack Crawford, Sidney Wood, Fred Perry, Dorothy Round, Don Budge, Alice Marble, Yvon Petra, Jack Kramer, Bob Falkenburg, Ted Schroeder, Budge Patty, Dick Savitt, Margaret duPont, Frank Sedgman, Louise Brough, Vic Seixas, Doris Hart, Jaroslav Drobný, Tony Trabert, Shirley Irvin, Lew Hoad, Chuck McKinley, Ashley Cooper, Maria Bueno, Alex Olmedo, Neale Fraser, Angela Barrett, Rod Laver, Karen Susman, Roy Emerson, Billie Jean King, Manuel Santana, John Newcombe, Ann Jones, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Stan Smith, Jan Kodeš, Arthur Ashe, Chris Evert and Björn Borg. Jacques Brugnon and Elizabeth Ryan were invited to represent all of the doubles champions. Ryan won a total of 19 doubles titles, a record that remains to date.[3] Jimmy Connors (who was the number one seed for the tournament) did not attend the event, choosing instead to practise with Ilie Năstase at the time of the ceremony. This apparent snub by the American earned him harsh booing from the Centre Court crowd when he appeared to play his first round match the following day. The All England Club responded to media enquiries when Major David Mills, the secretary, issued this terse statement: "Medals will be sent only to former champions who indicated they could not be here, and not to those who were here and had the extreme discourtesy not to collect it.".[4]

Several former singles champions (some of whom had been retired) competed in the championships to commemorate the centenary of the event. Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Stan Smith, Rod Laver and Jan Kodeš competed in the gentlemen's singles, with John Newcombe and Neale Fraser playing in the doubles. Chris Evert, Maria Bueno, Karen Susman and Billie Jean King played in the ladies singles, with Ann Jones competing in the ladies doubles.

Prize moneyEdit

The total prize money for 1977 championships was £222,540. The winner of the men's title earned £15,000 while the women's singles champion earned £13,500.[5][6]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
Men's Singles £15,000 £8,000 £4,000 £2,000 £1,200 £600 £350 £200
Women's Singles £13,500 £7,000 £3,500 £1,600 £925 £460 £270 £150
Men's Doubles * £6,000 £3,000 £2,000 £1,000 £500 £150 £0 N/A
Women's Doubles * £5,200 £2,600 £1,600 £800 £350 £100 £0 N/A
Mixed Doubles * £3,000 £1,500 £700 £400 £200 £0 £0 N/A

* per team



Men's SinglesEdit

  Björn Borg defeated   Jimmy Connors, 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4 [7]

  • It was Borg's second consecutive Wimbledon title and 4th Grand Slam title overall.

Women's SinglesEdit

  Virginia Wade defeated   Betty Stöve, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1 [8]

  • It was Wade's first and only Wimbledon title, third and final Grand Slam title overall. Wade remains the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon.

Men's DoublesEdit

  Ross Case /   Geoff Masters defeated   John Alexander /   Phil Dent, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 8–9(4–7), 6–4 [9]

Women's DoublesEdit

  Helen Cawley /   JoAnne Russell defeated   Martina Navratilova /   Betty Stöve, 6–3, 6–3 [10]

Mixed DoublesEdit

  Bob Hewitt /   Greer Stevens defeated   Frew McMillan /   Betty Stöve, 3–6, 7–5, 6–4 [11]


Boys' SinglesEdit

  Van Winitsky defeated   Eliot Teltscher, 6–1, 1–6, 8–6 [12]

Girls' SinglesEdit

  Lea Antonoplis defeated   Mareen Louie, 7–5, 6–1 [13]

Singles seedsEdit


  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. ISBN 0007117078.
  3. ^ Barry Lorge (21 June 1977). "Wimbledon Postcard from Barry Lorge". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Barry Lorge (22 June 1977). "Jimmy Connors: the rude American". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Little, Alan (2013). Wimbledon Compendium 2013 (23 ed.). London: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. pp. 129. 327–334. ISBN 978-1899039401.
  6. ^ "About Wimbledon – Prize Money and Finance". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Gentlemen's Singles Finals 1877-2017". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Ladies' Singles Finals 1884-2017". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Gentlemen's Doubles Finals 1884-2017". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Ladies' Doubles Finals 1913-2017". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Mixed Doubles Finals 1913-2017". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Boys' Singles Finals 1947-2017". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Girls' Singles Finals 1947-2017". Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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