Vitas Gerulaitis has added 30-thousand-dollars Australian (15-thousand pounds) to his winnings by downing Guillermo Vilas in the Australian Indoor Tennis Championship in Sydney.
Vitas Gerulaitis has added 30-thousand-dollars Australian (15-thousand pounds) to his winnings by downing Guillermo Vilas in the Australian Indoor Tennis Championship in Sydney. However, the prize money was eroded by 250-dollars Australia (125-pounds) when Gerulaitis was fined for making an obscene gesture towards the umpire.
SYNOPSIS: The final of the 175-thousand-dollar (87-thousand pound) tournament was played in Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. At the start it was Vilas who looked the stronger player and he took the first set 6-4.
The game was marred by what sports writers termed some highly questionable decisions. Four times during the match the central umpire overruled the decisions of his linesmen and Gerulaitis lost points. He incurred the 250-dollar fine after the second game of the second set, by making a gesture with the handle of his racket. He was also reported four times for swearing. Vilas remained a little cooler.... he was only reported once.
Despite being obviously unsettled Gerulaitis regained his concentration and took the next three sets. Vilas, who'd looked the early danger gradually weakened. He was later reported to have been suffering from influenza and an injured foot.
A win to Gerulaitis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6.