Tournament of Champions (tennis)

The Tournament of Champions was a prominent professional tennis tournament series held at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. and at Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne and White City Stadium, Sydney in Australia in 1957, 1958, and 1959.

Tournament of Champions
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded1957
Abolished1959
LocationForest Hills, New York (1957–1959)
Sydney (1957, 1959)
Melbourne (1958)
VenueWest Side Tennis Club (1957–1959)
White City Stadium (1957, 1959)
Kooyong Stadium (1958)
SurfaceGrass

HistoryEdit

The tournaments were held on the grass courts of Forest Hills, New York, at West Side Tennis Club between 1957 and 1959, and Australian versions were held on grass courts at White City Stadium, Sydney 1957, at Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne in 1958, and at White City again in 1959. The 1957 and 1958 [1] Forest Hills tournaments were both a round robin format, while the 1959 Forest Hills tournament was an elimination format with 10 players. The 1958 Kooyong Tournament of Champions was a round robin format,[2] while the 1957 and 1959 White City, Sydney tournaments were an elimination format.

The 1958 Kooyoong Tournament of Champions, with 10,000 AUS£ prize money, was the richest tournament of the series.

The 1957 Forest Hills Tournament of Champions was broadcast live nationally in the U.S. on the CBS television network with complete broadcast coverage,[3] the only professional tournament in the U.S. known to achieve this status prior to the Open Era. (The 1965 CBS Dallas pro tennis tournament was filmed and broadcast one match at a time as a weekly series.) The Forest Hills Tournament of Champions in 1957, 1958, and 1959 all featured a Pancho Gonzales vs. Lew Hoad singles match on the final day. The 1959 Forest Hills Tournament of Champions offered the largest winners' cheques of the year.

SponsorsEdit

The Australian Tournament of Champions (TOC) was sponsored by Ampol Petroleum as the Ampol Tournament of Champions. The prize money for the 1957 Sydney TOC was 7,500 AUS£, for the 1958 Kooyong TOC it was 10,000 AUS£, and for the 1959 Sydney TOC it was 5,000 AUS£.[4][5][6]

SinglesEdit

Forest Hills Tournament of ChampionsEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1957   Pancho Gonzales [7]   Frank Sedgman Round Robin
1958   Pancho Gonzales [8]   Ken Rosewall Round Robin
1959   Lew Hoad [9]   Pancho Gonzales 6–1, 5–7, 6–2, 6–1

Australian Tournament of ChampionsEdit

Year Location Champions Runners-up Score
1957 White City Stadium, Sydney   Pancho Segura   Frank Sedgman 7–5, 6–0, 6–4
1958 Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne   Lew Hoad[10]   Frank Sedgman Round Robin
1959 White City Stadium, Sydney   Pancho Gonzales   Lew Hoad 11–9, 6–1, 6–1

DrawsEdit

Forest Hills 1957Edit

    Gonzales   Sedgman   Hoad   Rosewall   Trabert   Segura RR
W–L
Set
W–L
Game
W–L
Standings
    Pancho Gonzales 5–7, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 9–7, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 6–2, 8–6, 6–4 6–3, 3–6, 11–9, 6–3 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 5–0 15–4 115–88 1
    Frank Sedgman 7–5, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6 3–6, 4–6, 4–6 4–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–2 2–6, 6–4, 8–6, 6–3 7–5, 4–6, 6–0, 6–1 3–2 11–9 103–91 2
    Lew Hoad 7–9, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 3–6, 7–9, 6–4, 3–6 4–6, 12–10, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6 6–1, 7–5, 6–2 2–3 10–9 103–99 3
    Ken Rosewall 2–6, 6–8, 4–6 6–4, 5–7, 2–6, 2–6 6–3, 9–7, 4–6, 6–3 4–6, 12–14, 4–6 6–3, 6–1, 6–8, 2–6, 13–11 2–3 7–12 105–117 3
    Tony Trabert 3–6, 6–3, 9–11, 3–6 6–2, 4–6, 6–8, 3–6 6–4, 10–12, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 6–4, 12–10, 6–4 4–6, 5–7, 11–9, 6–4, 5–7 2–3 10–11 124–126 3
    Pancho Segura 4–6, 3–6, 4–6 5–7, 6–4, 0–6, 1–6 1–6, 5–7, 2–6 3–6, 1–6, 8–6, 6–2, 11–13 6–4, 7–5, 9–11, 4–6, 7–5 0–5 6–14 87– 6

Sources[11][12]

Forest Hills 1958Edit

    Gonzales   Rosewall   Trabert   Hoad   Segura   Sedgman   Hartwig RR
W–L
Set
W–L
Game
W–L
Standings
    Pancho Gonzales 19–17, 5–7, 6–4 6–4, 6–8, 8–6 15–13, 3–6, 4–6 13–11, 6–2 10–8, 6–2 6–3, 6–3 5–1 11–4 119–100 1
    Ken Rosewall 17–19, 7–5, 4–6 6–2, 6–2 6–2, 9–7 4–6, 6–1, 6–1 6–4, 2–6, 6–3 6–3, 6–3 5–1 11–4 97–70 2
    Tony Trabert 4–6, 8–6, 6–8 2–6, 2–6 2–6, 6–3, 6–2 2–6, 6–4, 6–4 8–6, 8–6 6–2, 8–6 4–2 9–6 80–77 3
    Lew Hoad 13–15, 6–3, 6–4 2–6, 7–9 6–2, 3–6, 2–6 6–2, 9–7 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 4–2 9–7 90–84 4
    Pancho Segura 11–13, 2–6 6–4, 1–6, 1–6 6–2, 4–6, 4–6 2–6, 7–9 6–1, 6–4 8–6, 13–11 2–4 6–8 77–86 5
    Frank Sedgman 8–10, 2–6 4–6, 6–2, 3–6 6–8, 6–8 4–6, 6–3, 4–6 1–6, 4–6 9–7, 6–2 1–5 4–10 69–82 6
  Rex Hartwig 3–6, 3–6 3–6, 3–6 2–6, 6–8 6–3, 1–6, 3–6 6–8, 11–13 7–9, 2–6 0–6 1–12 56–89 7

Sources[8]

Forest Hills 1959Edit

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
  Lew Hoad 6 6 6    
  Mervyn Rose 2 4         Mal Anderson 8 3 4    
  Mal Anderson 6 6         Lew Hoad 5 6 7 6  
  Ken Rosewall 7 4 5 4  
  Pancho Segura 1 5    
  Ken Rosewall 6 7    
  Lew Hoad 6 5 6 6  
  Pancho Gonzales 1 7 2 1  
  Tony Trabert 6 28 6    
  Frank Sedgman 8 26 2    
  Tony Trabert 2 1 8 8  
  Ashley Cooper 6 6         Pancho Gonzales 6 6 6 10  
  Sam Giammalva 1 3         Ashley Cooper 3 2      
  Pancho Gonzales 6 6      

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Talbert, William Franklin (6 July 1959). "The Kramer cast lacks a plot The pro tennis troupe winds up its U.S. tour at Forest Hills amid apathy. The author suggests a future remedy". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Hoad Fancied For Ampol Round Robin". Canberra Times. 29 January 1958. p. 12. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, 8 July 1957, https://vault.si.com/vault/1957/07/08/coming-events-july-5-through-july-14
  4. ^ "Tournament of Champions". Western Herald. Bourke, NSW. 1 February 1957. p. 11. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Draw For Ampol Tennis Fixed". Canberra Times. 15 January 1958. p. 11 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "World Tennis Championship". Cumberland Argus. Parramatta, NSW. 23 September 1959. p. 5. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ McCauley (2000), pp. 75–77, 206
  8. ^ a b McCauley (2000), pp. 84, 209
  9. ^ McCauley (2000), pp. 93, 212–213
  10. ^ "Hoad defeats Sedgman to take Tourney". Canberra Times. 31 January 1958. p. 16. Retrieved 28 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ McCauley (2000), pp. 76–78, 206
  12. ^ "Gonzales thinks he can beat Hoad consistently". Bergen Evening Record. July 22, 1957. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.

Sources

  • McCauley, Joe (2000). The History of Professional Tennis. Windsor: The Short Run Book Company Limited.