Tournament of Champions (tennis)

The Tournament of Champions [1] was a series major professional tennis tournament held at various locations around the world between 1957 and 1968.

Tournament of Champions
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded1957
Abolished1968
LocationForest Hills, New York (1957–1959)
London (1968)
SurfaceGrass (1957–1959)

HistoryEdit

The tournament was held on the grass-courts of Forest Hills, New York, between 1957 and 1959, and an Australian version was held on grass-courts at White City, Sydney 1957, at Kooyong stadium in Melbourne in 1958, and at White City again in 1959. The 1957 and 1958 [2] 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 with a final and a match for third place,[3] while the 1957 and 1959 White City, Sydney tournaments were an elimination format.

The 1958 Kooyoong Tournament of Champions, with 10,000 Australian pounds prize money, was one of the richest tournaments of the era.

The Forest Hills Tournament of Champions was broadcast nationally in the USA on the CBS television network, the only professional tournament in the U.S.A. to achieve this status. 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 tournament was picked up again in 1968 for a one off tournament during the open era and called Jack Kramer's Tournament of Champions held at Wembley Arena.

SponsorsEdit

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

SinglesEdit

Forest Hills (1957-1958-1959) 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 Sydney, White City Stadium   Pancho Segura   Frank Sedgman 7–5, 6–0, 6–4
1958 Melbourne, Kooyong Stadium   Lew Hoad [10]   Frank Sedgman round robin
1959 Sydney, White City Stadium   Pancho Gonzales   Lew Hoad 11–9, 6–1, 6–1

London Tournament of ChampionsEdit

Year Location Champions Runners-up Score
1968 London, Wembley Arena   Ken Rosewall   John Newcombe 6–4, 4–6, 7–5, 6–4

DrawsEdit

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      

London 1968Edit

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
  Rod Laver 3 7      
  Roy Emerson 6 9         Roy Emerson 3 r.      
  Fred Stolle 10 6         Fred Stolle 2        
  Butch Buchholz 8 3         Fred Stolle 6 2 4    
  John Newcombe 10 7         John Newcombe 3 6 6    
  Marty Riessen 8 5         John Newcombe 7 9    
  Dennis Ralston 3 6 6       Dennis Ralston 5 7    
  Roger Taylor 6 3 4       John Newcombe 4 6 5 4  
  Andrés Gimeno 3 6 6       Ken Rosewall 6 4 7 6  
  Pierre Barthes 6 1 4       Andrés Gimeno 6 16      
  Tony Roche 8 6         Tony Roche 4 14      
  Ray Moore 6 0         Andrés Gimeno 5 1      
  Pancho Gonzales 8 9 3       Ken Rosewall 7 6      
  Niki Pilić 6 11 6       Niki Pilić 1 3      
  Cliff Drysdale 4 5         Ken Rosewall 6 6      
  Ken Rosewall 6 7      

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mazák, Károly (2016). The Concise History of Tennis | The complete tennis history from 1877 (6th ed.). Károly Mazák. p. 87. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Hoad Fancied For Ampol Round Robin". Canberra Times. 29 January 1958. p. 12. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  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. ^ 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.

Sources

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