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1970 Grand Prix (tennis)

1970 Grand Prix circuit
Laver reached 7 tour finals
Laver reached 7 tour finals
Details
Duration 27 April – 9 December
Edition 1st
Tournaments 20
Categories Class A (3)
Class 1 (6)
Class 2 (11)
Achievements
Most tournament titles Rod Laver (4)
Most tournament finals Rod Laver (7)
Prize money leader Cliff Richey ($25,000)
Points leader Cliff Richey (60)
1971

The 1970 Pepsi-Cola ILTF Grand Prix was a National Tennis League.[3][4]

The tournaments were graded in one of three categories which determined the number of ranking points available: Class A, comprising the three Grand Slam tournaments, Class 1 and Class 2. The Pepsi-Cola Masters and Davis Cup Final are included in this calendar but did not count towards the Grand Prix. In addition to the tournament prize money a bonus pool of $150,000 was available for the top 20 ranked players. The bonus pool was jointly funded by Pepsi-Cola as title sponsor and the participating tournaments which reserved 10% of their prize money.[5][6] Cliff Richey earned $25,000 bonus as the winner of the first Grand Prix circuit. [7] At the end of the season the top six ranked players qualified for a Masters round-robin tournament held in Tokyo which was won by Stan Smith.

All open tennis tournaments were eligible to be included in the Grand Prix circuit provided they committed to not paying any management fees to commercial organizations with players under contract. Originally the Italian Championships, played in April in Rome, was part of the Grand Prix calendar but it was withdrawn during the tournament when it became known that they had paid management fees to the competing [8]

Schedule

Key
Class A (Grand Slam) tournaments
Grand Prix Masters
Class 1 tournaments
Class 2 tournaments
Team events

April

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
27 April Rothmans British Hard Court Championships
Bournemouth, Great Britain
Clay – 32S/16D/16XD
Class 2
Mark Cox
6–1, 6–2, 6–3
Bob Hewitt Gerald Battrick
Nikola Pilić
Georges Goven
Ismail El Shafei
François Jauffret
Tom Okker
Tom Okker
Tony Roche
2–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
William Bowrey
Owen Davidson
Billie Jean King
Bob Hewitt
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Virginia Wade
Bob Maud

May

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
25 May French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay – 128S/101Q/72D/53XD
Class A
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Mixed Doubles Draw
Jan Kodeš
6–2, 6–4, 6–0
Željko Franulović Cliff Richey
Georges Goven
Ilie Năstase
Arthur Ashe
François Jauffret
Martin Mulligan
Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac
6–2, 6–4, 6–3
Arthur Ashe
Charlie Pasarell
Billie Jean King
Bob Hewitt
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Françoise Dürr
Jean-Claude Barclay

June

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
22 June Wimbledon Championships
London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
Grass – 128S/80Q/64D/32Q/56XD/12Q
Class A
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Mixed Doubles Draw
John Newcombe
5–7, 6–3, 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Ken Rosewall Roger Taylor
Andrés Gimeno
Clark Graebner
Tony Roche
Bob Carmichael
Roy Emerson
John Newcombe
Tony Roche
10–8, 6–3, 6–1
Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
Rosemary Casals
Ilie Năstase
6–3, 4–6, 9–7
Olga Morozova
Alex Metreveli

July

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 July Swedish Championships
Båstad, Sweden
Clay – 32S/21D
Class 1
Dick Crealy
6–3, 6–1, 6–1
Georges Goven Željko Franulović
Bob Carmichael
Per Jemsby
Clark Graebner
John Alexander
Patricio Rodríguez
Dick Crealy
Allan Stone
6–2, 2–6, 12–12 RET.
Željko Franulović
Jan Kodeš
13 July Washington Star International
Washington, United States
$35,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Class 2
Cliff Richey
7–5, 6–2, 6–1
Arthur Ashe Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac
Bob Hewitt
Georges Goven
Dick Crealy
Stan Smith
Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
7–5, 6–0
Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac
20 July Western Championships
Cincinnati, United States
$25,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Class 2
Ken Rosewall
7–9, 9–7, 8–6
Cliff Richey Ilie Năstase
Jan Kodeš
Clark Graebner
Ion Ţiriac
Stan Smith
Bob Hewitt
Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac
6–3, 6–4
Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
27 July U.S. Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, United States
$50,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Class 1
Cliff Richey
6–2, 10–8, 3–6, 6–1
Stan Smith Željko Franulović
Arthur Ashe
Frew McMillan
Clark Graebner
Allan Stone
Jaime Fillol
Arthur Ashe
Clark Graebner
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac

August

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 August First National Bank Classic
Louisville, United States
Grass – 16S/8D
Class 2
Rod Laver
6–3, 6–3
John Newcombe Tony Roche
Ken Rosewall
Cliff Drysdale
Andrés Gimeno
Roy Emerson
Dennis Ralston
John Newcombe
Tony Roche
8–6, 5–7, 6–4
Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
3 August Bavarian Open Championships
Munich, West Germany
24S/8D
Class 2
Ion Țiriac
2–6, 9–7, 6–3, 6–4
Niki Pilić Christian Kunke
Ilie Năstase
Bob Hewitt
Harald Elschenbroich
John Alexander
Barry Phillips-Moore
Owen Davidson
Niki Pilić
6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
10 August U.S. Professional Tennis Championships
Boston, United States
$50,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Class 1
Tony Roche
3–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
Rod Laver Roy Emerson
Cliff Drysdale
Jaime Fillol
Arthur Ashe
Jan Kodeš
Ray Ruffels
Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
6–1, 7–6
Ismail El Shafei
Torben Ulrich
24 August Pennsylvania Championships
Merion, United States
Grass – 64S/32D
Class 2
Ray Ruffels
6–3, 7–6, 6–3
Jaime Fillol Dick Crealy
Brian Fairlie
Bob Carmichael
Haroon Rahim
William Bowrey
Cliff Drysdale
William Bowrey
Ray Ruffels
3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Jim McManus
Jim Osborne
Davis Cup Final
Cleveland, United States – Hard (i)
 United States
5–0
 West Germany
31 August Marlboro Open
South Orange, United States
$25,000 – Grass – 42S/19D
Class 2
Rod Laver
6–4, 6–2, 6–2
Bob Carmichael Ken Rosewall
Alex Metreveli
Andrés Gimeno
Brian Fairlie
Dick Stockton
Onny Parun
Patricio Cornejo
Jaime Fillol
3–6, 7–6, 7–6
Andrés Gimeno
Rod Laver

September

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 September US Open
New York, United States
Grand Slam
$176,000 – Grass – 108S/63D/34XD
Class A
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Mixed Doubles Draw
Ken Rosewall
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(5–2), 6–3
Tony Roche Cliff Richey
John Newcombe
Dennis Ralston
Brian Fairlie
Stan Smith
Arthur Ashe
Pierre Barthès
Nikola Pilić
6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6
Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
Margaret Court
Marty Riessen
6–4, 6–4
Judy Tegart
Frew McMillan
21 September Pepsi Pacific Southwest Open
Los Angeles, United States
$65,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Class 1
Rod Laver
4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
John Newcombe Arthur Ashe
Tom Gorman
Stan Smith
Clark Graebner
Marty Riessen
Pancho Gonzales
Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–2
Bob Lutz
Stan Smith
28 September Pacific Coast Championships
Berkeley, United States
Hard – 64S/32D
Class 2
Arthur Ashe
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Cliff Richey Stan Smith
Dennis Ralston
Bob Carmichael
Jan Kodeš
Jaime Fillol
Thomaz Koch
Bob Lutz
Stan Smith
6–2, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Roy Barth
Tom Gorman

October

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
18 October Phoenix Thunderbird Championships
Phoenix, United States
Hard – 31S/16D
Class 2
Stan Smith
6–3, 6–7, 6–1
Jim Osborne Barry MacKay
Bob Carmichael
Charlie Pasarell
Jan Kodeš
Frank Froehling
Tom Edlefsen
Dick Crealy
Ray Ruffels
7–6, 6–3
Jan Kodeš
Charlie Pasarell

November

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 November Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
Hard (i) – 32S/16D
Class 2
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Stan Smith
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Arthur Ashe Ken Rosewall
Cliff Richey
Mark Cox
Georges Goven
Dennis Ralston
Roy Emerson
Arthur Ashe
Stan Smith
6–0, 5–7, 7–5
Bob Carmichael
Owen Davidson
8 November South American Championships
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Clay – 32S/8D
Class 1
Željko Franulović
6–4, 6–2, 6–0
Manuel Orantes Jan Kodeš
Bob Carmichael
Ray Ruffels
Jan Kukal
Dick Crealy
Cliff Richey
Bob Carmichael
Ray Ruffels
7–5, 6–2, 5–7, 6–7, 6–3
Željko Franulović
Jan Kodeš
Paris Open
Paris, France
Carpet – 32S
Class 2
Arthur Ashe
7–6, 6–4, 6–3
Marty Riessen Stan Smith
Georges Goven
Pancho Gonzales
Dennis Ralston
Roger Taylor
Ken Rosewall
16 November Embassy British Indoor Championships
London, England
Carpet – 32S/16D
Class 1
Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Cliff Richey Cliff Drysdale
Ken Rosewall
Ilie Năstase
Dennis Ralston
Roger Taylor
Pancho Gonzales
Ken Rosewall
Stan Smith
6–4, 6–3, 6–2
Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac

December

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 December Pepsi-Cola Masters
Tokyo, Japan
$45,500 – Carpet – 6S/3D (round robin)
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Stan Smith Rod Laver NA NA
Arthur Ashe
Stan Smith
Jan Kodeš
Rod Laver

Grand Prix point system

The tournaments listed above were divided into three categories. Class A consisted of the Grand Slams while the other tournaments were divided into Class 1 and Class 2. Points were allocated based on these groups and the finishing position of a player in a tournament. Ties were settled by the number of tournaments played. The points allocation is listed below:

Class A
  • Champion: 15
  • Runner-up: 10
  • Semifinalist: 7
  • Quarterfinalist: 5
  • 9th – 16th: 3
  • 17th – 32nd: 2
Class 1
  • Champion: 11
  • Runner-up: 7
  • Semifinalist: 5
  • 5th – 8th: 3
  • 9th – 16th: 1
Class 2:
  • Champion: 8
  • Runner-up: 6
  • Semifinalist: 4
  • 5th – 8th: 2
  • 9th – 16th: 1

Grand Prix rankings

Position Name Nation Points Prize Money (US$)
1 Cliff Richey  USA 60 25,000
2 Arthur Ashe  USA 55 17,000
3 Ken Rosewall  AUS 53 15,000
4 Rod Laver  AUS 51 12,000
5 Stan Smith  USA 47 10,500
6 Željko Franulović  YUG 35 9,500
7 John Newcombe  AUS 35 8,500
8 Jan Kodeš  CSK 33 7,500
9 Tony Roche  AUS 32 6,500
10 Bob Carmichael  AUS 31 6,000
11 Georges Goven  FRA 25 5,500
12 Ilie Năstase  ROM 25 5,000
13 Dick Crealy  AUS 24 4,500
14 Ray Ruffels  AUS 22 4,000
15 Clark Graebner  USA 22 3,500
16 Dennis Ralston  USA 22 3,000
17 Jaime Fillol  CHI 20 2,500
18 Ion Ţiriac  ROM 19 2,000
19 Cliff Drysdale  RSA 19 1,500
20 Roy Emerson  AUS 19 1,000

Statistical information

The list of winners and number of singles titles won (Grand Slams and Masters in bold text), alphabetically by last name:

The list of winners and number of doubles titles won (Grand Slams and Masters in bold text), last name alphabetically:

The list of winners and number of mixed doubles titles won (Grand Slams and Masters in bold text), alphabetically by last name:

The following players won their first singles title in 1970:

See also

Notes

  1. ^ A Grand Prix circuit for women was introduced in 1971.

References

General
  • "1970 Pepsi-Cola Grand Prix". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
Specific
  1. ^ "How it All Began". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Tennis Gets A Grand Prix". The Sydney Morning Herald. Apr 9, 1970. 
  3. ^ "Grand Prix Experiment In Tennis Is Planned". The Morning Record. Apr 9, 1970. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "Obituaries – Jack Kramer". The Daily Telegraph (London). 14 Sep 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tennis Assn. Ponders $200,000 Grand Prix" (The Deseret News). UPI. Jun 23, 1970. 
  6. ^ "Tennis Grand Prix picks up more money". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. Aug 14, 1970. 
  7. ^ "Richey Clinches Grand Prix Title". The New York Times. Nov 25, 1970. 
  8. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1971). World of Tennis '71. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 133–136.  

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