• Short Summary

    AUSTRALIANS KEN ROSEWALL AND ROD LAVER YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) FOUGHT THEIR WAY THROUGH THE FINAL OF THE FRENCH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS.

  • Description

    AUSTRALIANS KEN ROSEWALL AND ROD LAVER YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) FOUGHT THEIR WAY THROUGH THE FINAL OF THE FRENCH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS. ROSEWALL DEFEATED FELLOW-COUNTRYMAN, TONY ROCHE AND LAVER BEAT "FLYING DUTCHMAN" TOM OKKER.

    AFTER DROPPING THE FIRST SET 4/6, LAVER WENT ON TO TAKE THE NEXT THREE -- 6/0, 6/2, 6/4. WITHIN SECONDS OF LAVER AND OKKER WALKING ONTO THE COURT, THE CROWD WAS ON ITS FEET CHEERING AN EXCHANGE OF VOLLEYS IN WHICH BOTH PLAYERS REFUSED TO GIVE GROUND.

    OKKER DELIGHTED THE CROWD WITH HIS ACROBATIC FEATS OF AGILITY, BUT COULD NOT MATCH THE AUSTRALIAN'S STINGING POWER, PARTICULARLY IN NET PLAY.

    LAVER LOOKED EVERY INCH THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE PLAYER -- RACING THROUGH THE SECOND SET IN ONLY 14 MINUTES.

    ROSEWALL TOOK ONLY 85 MINUTES TO SCORE HIS STRAIGHT SETS VICTORY OVER SYDNEYSIDER, TONY ROCHE. THE 34-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN, WHO IS THE CURRENT HOLDER OF THE FRENCH TITLE BEAT ROCHE 7/5, 6/2, 6/2.

    PLAYING WITH TREMENDOUS CONFIDENCE AND NO APPARENT EFFORT, ROSEWALL COMPLETELY DOMINATED THE MATCH.

    RAIN INTERRUPTED THE THIRD SET FOR 49 MINUTES, BUT WHEN IT CLEARED ROSEWALL NEEDED ONLY SEVEN MINUTES TO WRAP UP THE MATCH, TAKING THREE GAMES IN SUCCESSION.

    ROSEWALL AND LAVER WILL MEET IN THE FINAL TOMORROW (SATURDAY). THEY WILL BE PLAYING FOR A FIRST PRIZE GBP STG 2975. THE RUNNER-UP RECEIVES GBP STG. 1,470.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EWIFEW5408P8JCGLIAM9GWDQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EWIFEW5408P8JCGLIAM9GWDQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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