Colonial National Invitational (tennis)

The Colonial National Invitation was a men's tennis tournament played at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas from 1962 to 1973.[1][2][3][4] The club hired Tut Bartzen as a tennis pro and made him responsible for hosting the tournament.[5][6] The inaugural edition in 1962 was an amateur-only event.[7] In 1967 it became a professional tournament, which meant that amateurs could not compete. The total prize money for the tournament that year was $15,000 and the first-prize, won by Rod Laver, was $1,700.[1] The following year, 1968, a women's professional event was added which was won by Ann Haydon Jones.[1] The tournament was part of the WCT Tour from 1971 to 1973 and was held on outdoor hard courts.[8]

Colonial National Invitation
Defunct tennis tournament
TourWCT (1971–1973)
Founded1962
Abolished1973
Editions12
LocationFort Worth, Texas, U.S.
VenueColonial Country Club
SurfaceHard / outdoor

FinalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1962   Roy Emerson   Chuck McKinley 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
1963   Chuck McKinley   Ham Richardson 6–3, 3–6, 10–8
1964   Rafael Osuna   Manuel Santana 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
1965   Arthur Ashe   Fred Stolle 6–3, 6–4
1966   Rafael Osuna   Cliff Drysdale 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
1967   Rod Laver   Dennis Ralston 8–6, 6–0
1968   Ken Rosewall   Andrés Gimeno 6–4, 6–3
1969   Rod Laver   Ken Rosewall 6–3, 6–2
1970   Rod Laver   Roy Emerson 6–3, 7–5
1971   Rod Laver   Marty Riessen 2–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3
1972   John Newcombe   Ken Rosewall 5–7, 1–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–4
1973   Eddie Dibbs   Brian Gottfried 7–5, 6–2, 6–4

DoublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1962   Rafael Osuna
  Antonio Palafox
  Roy Emerson
  Fred Stolle
6–1, 6–4
1963   Rafael Osuna
  Antonio Palafox
  Ronnie Fischer
  Cliff Buchholz
6–3, 6–2
1964   Pierre Darmon
  Jean-Noël Grinda
  José Luis Arilla
  Manuel Santana
Not played, shared
1965   Arthur Ashe
  Ham Richardson
  Roy Emerson
  Fred Stolle
3–6, 14–12, 6–4
1971   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
  Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
6–4, 7–5
1972   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
  Ken Rosewall
  Fred Stolle
6–2, 6–2
1973   Brian Gottfried
  Dick Stockton
  Owen Davidson
  John Newcombe
7–6, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Laver, Newcombe Head FW Tourney". The Denton Record-Chronicle. Newspapers.com. August 6, 1972. p. 25.
  2. ^ "McKinley Slices Ham To Win Colonial Tennis" (St. Petersburg Times). AP. September 16, 1963. p. 2C.
  3. ^ "Osuna Winner At Colonial". Corsicana Daily Sun. Newspapers.com. AP. September 21, 1964. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Ashe Smacks Stolle Hard For Colonial". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. AP. September 20, 1965. p. 18.
  5. ^ Lisa Jordan Kilborn (January 7, 2011). "King Tut". Tennis.com.
  6. ^ "Bernard "Tut" Bartzen". Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  7. ^ "Tennis – Top Field in Fort Worth". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. AP. September 13, 1962. p. 25.
  8. ^ "Newcombe Captures Colonial Tournament". Sarasota Journal. UPI. August 21, 1972. p. 3C.