• Short Summary

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRENCH LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALL FOUR SINGLES FINALISTS AT THE ROLAND GARROS STADIUM IN PARIS, JUNE 2, WERE AUSTRALIANS.

  • Description

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRENCH LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALL FOUR SINGLES FINALISTS AT THE ROLAND GARROS STADIUM IN PARIS, JUNE 2, WERE AUSTRALIANS. MISS MARGERET SMITH BEAT MISS LESLEY TURNER 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, AND WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ROD LAVER BEAT FELLOW QUEENSLANDER ROY EMERSON 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2.

    THE VICTORIES MEAN THAT LAVER AND MISS SMITH HAVE WON ALL THE MAJOR SINGLES TOURNAMENTS SO FAR THIS SEASON. THEY LOOK THE AUSTRALIAN SINGLES TITLES IN JANUARY AND WON THE ITALIAN TITLES IN ROME THREE WEEKS AGO.

    AT THE SINGLES FINALS IN PARIS, BOTH WINNERS TRAVELLED PERILOUSLY NEAR TO DEFEAT. STRANGELY OUT OF KEEPING WITH HER USUAL FORM, WHICH HAS EARNED HER THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SINGLES TITLE THREE YEARS RUNNING, MISS SMITH PLAYED A DEFENSIVE AND WAITING GAME. FOR TWO SETS, IT WAS A MATTER OF INDIFFERENT RALLYING.

    HAVING WON THE FIRST SET, MISS SMITH LOST HER SERVICE IN THE FIRST GAME OF THE SECOND SET AND SOON FOUND HERSELF TRAILING 0-4. SHE WON THE NEXT THREE GAMES, BUT MISS TURNER ALLOWED HER TO GO NO FURTHER AND FINISHED THE SET 6-3.

    THE THIRD AND FINAL SET BROUGHT THE CROWD BACK TO LIFE. LEADING 3-2, MISS SMITH SERVED AN ACE AND THE SCORE WAS CALLED IN HER FAVOUR TO GIVE HER A 4-2 LEAD. BUT WITH PROTESTS FROM THE CROWD THAT THE SERVICE WAS A NET, THE SCORE WAS REVERSED TO DEUCE. MISS SMITH SEEMED UNNERVED BY THE DECISION AND MISS TURNER RECOVERED TO REACH 5-3 AND MATCHPOINT, WHICH MISS SMITH SAVED WITH A FINE FOREHAND DRIVE. FROM THEN ON, SMITH LOST ONLY FOUR POINTS.

    IN THE MEN'S MATCH, LAVER HAD A BAD START AGAINST A CONCENTRATED AND CONSISTENT EMERSON. BUT ALTHOUGH EMERSON, MOVING QUICKLY AND SERVING ADMIRABLY, WON THE FIRST TWO SETS AND LED 3-LOVE IN THE FOURTH, LAVER EVENTUALLY LIVED UP TO HIS NICKNAME OF "ROCKET". THE CHAMPION HAD A LONG UPHILL FIGHT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE MATCH AND IN THE END, AS EMERSON GREW TIRED, COASTED TO SUCCESS IN THE FINAL SET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2MW9UODIKOON09IKZXSFKMPOD
    Media URN:
    VLVA2MW9UODIKOON09IKZXSFKMPOD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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