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    Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia became the 1973 men's champion on Saturday (July 7) when he defeated Alex Metreveli of the Soviet Union in the finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

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    Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia became the 1973 men's champion on Saturday (July 7) when he defeated Alex Metreveli of the Soviet Union in the finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

    Earlier, Billy Jean King, the reigning ladies' champion, overcame 18-year-old challenger Chris Evert easily 6-0, 7-5 in 53 minutes to clinch the women's title for the fifth time -- a new post-war Wimbledon record.

    Kodes best Metreveli 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 in two hours of first-rate tennis to record Wimbledon's first straight sets men's final for five years. He now stands compared to fellow Czech Jaroslav Drobny, who won the title in 1954. Both men are products of the same Prague tennis club.

    Mrs. King won the all-American women's final with unexpected ease. The predicted battle between experience and youthful brilliance never came as the young Miss Evert took to the centre court badly out of form.

    SYNOPSIS: Their confrontation delayed 24-hours through heavy rain, reigning champion Billy Jean King and her young rival Chris Evert took to Wimbledon's centre court on Saturday for an all-American women's final. From the very start, Mrs. King made it clear she wasn't giving away her title easily... and won the first set decisively.

    Applying the pressure in the face of 18-year-old Miss Evert's obvious lack of form, Mrs. King won the first set in 17 minutes. Then Miss Evert started to fight back... and in the tenth game of the second set came to within three points of squaring the match.

    But Mrs. King was soon back on top and within a few minutes was ladies' champion for the fifth time... a new post-war Wimbledon record.

    This year's men's singles final saw Wimbledon's first-ever confrontation with two East Europeans... Jan Kodes from Czechoslovakia and Alex Metreveli of the Soviet Union. Kodes took an early lead, winning the first set six-one.

    With the score eight-eight in the second set there was a tie-breaker -- the first-ever in a Wimbledon men's final -- which the Czech won. With the second set his, Kodes really applied pressure in the third... but Metreveli still put up plenty of resistance.

    Victory was now one last serve away for Czech Jan Kodes, the man being hailed on par with brilliant country-man Jaroslav Drobny... winner of the 1954 title. The final score six-one, nine-eight, six-three... Wimbledon's first straight-sets men's final for five years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA21SWY4IX9LLJCZ769Y7WWD4A0
    Media URN:
    VLVA21SWY4IX9LLJCZ769Y7WWD4A0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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