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The Wembley Championships was a men's professional tennis tournament held from 1934–1990 with some periods of inactivity in between and is considered as a part of the professional grand slam from 1927–1967 until the advent of the open era. Ken Rosewall's and Rod Laver's six singles titles are the record for this event. The tournament only had a men's draw.[citation needed]

Wembley Championship
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded1934
Abolished1990
Editions40
LocationLondon, England
VenueEmpire Pool
SurfaceWood (1934–1967)
Carpet (1968–1990)

It was first held in 1934 at the Empire Pool at Wembley Park, Wembley, north-west London.[1]

In the mid-1960s it was considered as one of the three major professional tournaments, alongside the United States Professional Championship and French Professional Championship.[2]

In 1970 it was the penultimate event on the Grand Prix Tennis Tour.[3]

NameEdit

It was officially called the Wembley Professional Championships, although it was later named the London Indoor Professional Championships.[4]

Past finalsEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score Surface
Professional Era
1934   Ellsworth Vines   Hans Nüsslein 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 8–6r1 [5] Wood (i)
1935   Ellsworth Vines   Bill Tilden 6–1, 6–3, 5–7, 3–6, 6–3 [5] Wood (i)
1936 Not held a [5]
1937   Hans Nüsslein   Bill Tilden 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2 [5] Wood (i)
1938 Not held b [5]
1939   Don Budge   Hans Nüsslein 13–11, 2–6, 6–4r2 [5] Wood (i)
1940–1948 Not Held
1949 [6]   Jack Kramer   Bobby Riggs 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 [5] Wood (i)
1950   Pancho Gonzales   Welby Van Horn 6–3, 6–3, 6–2 [5] Wood (i)
1951   Pancho Gonzales   Pancho Segura 6–2, 6–2, 2–6, 6–4 [5] Wood (i)
1952   Pancho Gonzales   Jack Kramer 3–6, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 7–5 [5] Wood (i)
1953   Frank Sedgman   Pancho Gonzales 6–1, 6–2, 6–2 [5] Wood (i)
1954–1955 Not Held
1956   Pancho Gonzales   Frank Sedgman 4–6, 11–9, 11–9, 9–7 [5] Wood (i)
1957   Ken Rosewall   Pancho Segura 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 [5] Wood (i)
1958   Frank Sedgman   Tony Trabert 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 [5] Wood (i)
1959   Mal Anderson   Pancho Segura 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6 [5] Wood (i)
1960   Ken Rosewall   Pancho Segura 5–7, 8–6, 6–1, 6–3 [5] Wood (i)
1961   Ken Rosewall   Lew Hoad 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 6–3 [5] Wood (i)
1962   Ken Rosewall   Lew Hoad 6–4, 5–7, 15–13, 7–5 [5] Wood (i)
1963   Ken Rosewall   Lew Hoad 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3 [5] Wood (i)
1964   Rod Laver   Ken Rosewall 7–5, 4–6, 5–7, 8–6, 8–6 [5] Wood (i)
1965   Rod Laver   Andrés Gimeno 6–2, 6–3, 6–4 [5] Wood (i)
1966   Rod Laver   Ken Rosewall 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 [5] Wood (i)
1967   Rod Laver   Ken Rosewall 2–6, 6–1, 1–6, 8–6, 6–2 [5] Wood (i)
Open Era
1968   Ken Rosewall   John Newcombe 6–4, 4–6, 7–5, 6–4 Carpet (i)
1969   Rod Laver   Tony Roche 6–4, 6–1, 6–3 Carpet (i)
1970   Rod Laver   Cliff Richey 6–3, 6–4, 7–5 Carpet (i)
1971   Ilie Năstase   Rod Laver 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4 Carpet (i)
1972–1975 Not Held
1976   Jimmy Connors   Roscoe Tanner 3–6, 7–6, 6–4 Carpet (i)
1977   Björn Borg   John Lloyd 6–4, 6–4, 6–3 Carpet (i)
1978   John McEnroe   Tim Gullikson 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2 Carpet (i)
1979   John McEnroe   Harold Solomon 6–3, 6–4, 7–5 Carpet (i)
1980   John McEnroe   Gene Mayer 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 Carpet (i)
1981   Jimmy Connors   John McEnroe 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 Carpet (i)
1982   John McEnroe   Brian Gottfried 6–3, 6–2, 6–4 Carpet (i)
1983   John McEnroe   Jimmy Connors 7–5, 6–1, 6–4 Carpet (i)
1984   Ivan Lendl   Andrés Gómez 7–6, 6–2, 6–1 Carpet (i)
1985   Ivan Lendl   Boris Becker 6–7, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 Carpet (i)
1986   Yannick Noah   Jonas Svensson 6–2, 6–3, 6–7, 4–6, 7–5 Carpet (i)
1987   Ivan Lendl   Anders Järryd 6–3, 6–2, 7–5 Carpet (i)
1988   Jakob Hlasek   Jonas Svensson 6–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–0, 7–5 Carpet (i)
1989   Michael Chang   Guy Forget 6–2, 6–1, 6–1 Carpet (i)
1990   Jakob Hlasek   Michael Chang 7–6, 6–3 Carpet (i)

Notes:

a1936 tournament was cancelled due to Tilden and Vines playing in Japan. This was reported in London Daily Mail on August 24th 1936. There are sources that say Ellsworth Vines defeated Hans Nüsslein 6–4, 6–4, 6–2, but this must have been a different event.

bNo reports of a 1938 tournament in British newspapers (the Wembley event was always reported in major British newspapers). Ray Bowers in an article on The Tennis Server website states there was no event held. There are sources that tell us Hans Nüsslein defeated Bill Tilden 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, but this must have been held elsewhere.

r1 For 1934, the tournament was played under Round Robin format with Vines 5-0 and Nüsslein 4-1 as final standings.

r1 For 1939, the tournament was played under Round Robin format with Budge 3-0 and Nüsslein, Tilden and Vines as 1-2 as final standings.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ray Bowers (1 March 2003). "Wembley and Paris". Forgotten Victories: The Early Pro Tennis Wars. The Tennis Server. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ Marianne Bevis (12 January 2012). "Rod Laver: The modest champion at the heart of the Australian Open". Tennis: Australian Open. The Sport Review. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  3. ^ "1970: ATP World Tour". Results Archive. ATP World Tour. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  4. ^ Grasso, John (2011). Historical Dictionary of Tennis. Scarecrow Press. p. 25. ISBN 9780810872370.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "British Pro Championships, Wembley". www.tennis.co.nf.
  6. ^ "Indoor Lawn Tennis at Wembley". The Indian Express. Mar 19, 1949.