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    Top seed in the Argentina Open Tennis Championships, Gillermo Vilas of Argentina, and second seed Manuel Orantes of Spain, successfully came through the first round of the Men's Singles Tournament in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (20 November).

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    Top seed in the Argentina Open Tennis Championships, Gillermo Vilas of Argentina, and second seed Manuel Orantes of Spain, successfully came through the first round of the Men's Singles Tournament in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (20 November).

    Vilas easily beat Rick Fisher of the United States 6-2, 6-2 and Orantes had an even more comfortable 6-2, 6-0 victory over Roberto Aubone of Argentina.

    Earlier in the Tournament Vilas and Orantes beat the Argentine pair Oscar Escribano and Roberto Carruthers 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the Men's Doubles ... And this victory clinched for the Argentine left-hander the top prize in the year-long Commercial Union Grand Prix.

    The 22-year old former law-student now holds an unbeatable lead over closest rival Jimmy Connors of the United States. Capture of first place gives Vilas 100,000 U.S. dollars (42,000 pounds sterling) and increases his prize money for the season to over 200,000 US dollars (84,000 pounds sterling). He becomes only the sixth player in the history of tennis reach this prize money figure in one year.

    Over the twelve months of the Grand Prix, the comparatively unknown Vilas has taken part in 20 Grand Prix tournaments, and has never failed to reach the Singles Third Round in any of them. He has also won the Swiss, Dutch, Canadian and Iranian National Championships and the Louisville Classic in the United States, and has beaten most of the world's top players in the process.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ZZ2ZK07V2Y8AUBEHCDITAX0M
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ZZ2ZK07V2Y8AUBEHCDITAX0M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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