Ken Rosewall, the 37-year-old "Little Maestro" of Australian tennis, triumphed over the age barrier when he won the new world tennis crown in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday (November 25th).
Ken Rosewall, the 37-year-old "Little Maestro" of Australian tennis, triumphed over the age barrier when he won the new world tennis crown in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday (November 25th). Victory over fellow-Australian Rod Laver also brought Rosewall the richest prize eve offered for one match -- a sum of 50,000 dollars (GBP20,800 sterling).
The game between Rosewall and Laver was the climax of a massive 20-tournament circuit in the first World Championship of Tennis Playoff. After an enthralling battle lasting nearly three hours, Rosewall won 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 7-6.
SYNOPSIS: In Dallas, Texas, Rod Laver serves for the title in the first World Championship of Tennis. His opponent in thursday's final was fellow-Australian Ken Rosewall, at thirty seven one of the oldest men in professional tennis.
Laver serving again. This match was the climax of a massive twenty-tournament circuit. And at stake was the richest prize ever offered for a single match.
Rosewall receiving service, and showing all his old skill and guile on the baseline after taking the first set six-four.
Laver, the favourite, struck back to take the second set six-one. Only the previous weekend he became the first professional to earn more than a million dollars. And for a spell in the middle of this match, he looked like adding substantially to his winnings.
Laver serving again. But Rosewall's baseline game began to produce the errors from Laver's racket. Here he puts a vital smash just inches over baseline. The result was that Rosewall took the third set seven-six on the tie break system. And ended leading six four on the tie break in the vital fourth set.
So it's match-point to Rosewall. He serves, and Laver's return is well out. Rosewall the "Little Maestro" of tennis, had won the first world professional crown and a prize of fifty-thousand dollars.