The World Super Tennis Championships being held in Tokyo produced a major upset in the second round on Wednesday (November 1), when the top seed, Jimmy Connors, of the United States, was defeated by an unseeded fellow countryman, Brian Teacher.
The World Super Tennis Championships being held in Tokyo produced a major upset in the second round on Wednesday (November 1), when the top seed, Jimmy Connors, of the United States, was defeated by an unseeded fellow countryman, Brian Teacher. Teacher, who is 23, and comes from California, staged a thrilling comeback after trailing by a set and 3-1 to 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. It was his first victory over Connors in four attempts. Connors refused to blame an ankle injury he received during practice, and raised his opponent. "He played good," said Connors.
SYNOPSIS: Connors certainly did not let the injury, suffered six days before, upset his attack on Tony Roche of Australia, in the opening round of the tournament. He did admit, however, that it still bothered him in the early part of the match.
Right from the start it was Connors' match. He broke the Australian's serve in the opening game, and was never in trouble, taking the first set 6-4.
In the second set Roche fared no better. In fact, it was a bad day for all six of the Australian entrants in the men's singles. None survived the opening round. At one point Roche rallied briefly, but only managed to hold his service for two games in the second and final set.
Connors' attack was relentless, appearing to punish the tall Australian for every point he took.
With the end in sight, Connors conceded a point, but it was to be the last for Roche.
In the end, it was Connors, 6-4, 6-2 -- but ahead lay the second round, and defeat at the hands of an unseeded player.
The next day (1 November) Bjorn Borg, of Sweden, scored a second round victory over Hanks Pfister of the United States, but not without a shaky start. The three times winner of Wimbledon, lost the first set, 3-6.
It looked as if Pfister was about to pull off the second major upset by knocking out the number two seed, but Borg, who has had a busy schedule on the international circuit in recent weeks, began to settle down to the pace of the fast artificial court in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium.