• Short Summary

    Unseeded New Zealander Brian Fairlie best Britain's Mark Cox in the finals of the Rothmans International Tennis Tournament at London's Royal Albert Hall on Saturday (27 January).

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    Unseeded New Zealander Brian Fairlie best Britain's Mark Cox in the finals of the Rothmans International Tennis Tournament at London's Royal Albert Hall on Saturday (27 January).

    Fairlie won 4,255 pounds sterling and the opening event in the 1973 World Championship Tennis Circuit by beating Cox 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 in a one-hour-52-minute final. He grabbed victory with a 7-1 success in a tie-breaker to decide the match.

    SYNOPSIS: The opening event in the 1973 series of tournaments on the World Championship Tennis Circuit produced a surprise winner. The match was between New Zealander Brian Fairlie, nearest the camera, and Mark Cox, of the United Kingdom.

    A point to Fairlie, who was unseeded. Cox serves.

    But the tensest moments came at the end, when Fairlie was leading two sets to one and a tie-breaker was needed to decide the fourth set. Seven clear points were needed for either to claim victory. Fairlie serving.

    Cox seemed to be weakening against the New Zealander's constant attack.

    Suddenly the left-handed Briton managed to reverse the one-sided scoring.

    With the tiebreaker score at seven-one, Fairlie needed just one more point to win.... and he got it.

    And so the 24-year-old New Zealander surprised everyone by winning the opening tournament of the season - and over four thousand pounds in prize-money.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1J1U8LZ3QDOZEHRSJJZH8T4S8
    Media URN:
    VLVA1J1U8LZ3QDOZEHRSJJZH8T4S8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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