Mexico's Paul Ramirez and Brian Gottfried of the United States took the Men's Doubles Title in the 1975 World Championship of Tennis Tournament in Dallas, Texas on Monday night (12 May).
GV INT Ramirez in yellow serving
GTV Hewitt serves and Ramirez and McMillan win point
GTV Ramirez serves and wins point and set, players walk off court
GTV Play in progress and South African pair win point
SV Spectator eating
GTV Ramirez and Gottfried win point and set
GTV Ramirez serves and win game, set and match
TRANSCRIPT: CHARLES AMUNDSON: "Ramirez and Gottfried, serving in yellow, appeared on their way to a rout when they won the first two sets, 7-5 and 6-3. The WCT Doubles Championship was supposed to have been decided last week in Mexico City, but Hewitt and McMillan, the defending champions, were not allowed to compete. The Mexican Government deported them because of South Africa's racial policies.
"Ramirez and Gottfried won in Mexico City, but the people who run World Championship of Tennis set up a special match in Dallas to decide once and for all which was the best doubles team.
"The South Africans got their game together after dropping those first two sets. They came back with a display of team work and evened the match. Hewitt and McMillan won those two sets and took the score to 6-3, and led in the deciding set 4-1. But Ramirez and Gottfried broke the service of the South African pair.
"They put away the South Africans with a love game and won the fifth and deciding set 7-5. Ramirez and Gottfried split a cheque for 25,000 dollars. Hewitt and McMillan divided 10,000 dollars.
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Background: Mexico's Paul Ramirez and Brian Gottfried of the United States took the Men's Doubles Title in the 1975 World Championship of Tennis Tournament in Dallas, Texas on Monday night (12 May).
Ramirez and Gottfried beat South Africans Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan 7-5, 6.3, 4-6, 2-6, 7-5. The match was an extension of an earlier title match held recently in Mexico City when the Americans defeated South African Cliff Drysdale and Britain's Mark Cox. Hewitt and McMillan had been prevented from playing in that event by the Mexican authorities, who were protesting against South Africa's apartheid policies.
The two pairs had not played against each other since the second round of the Wimbledon Championships in June 1974. Ramirez and Gottfried won a 25,000 dollar (about 11,360 sterling) purse as well as the Championship title.