• Short Summary

    Tennis, and the men's singles of the French Open Championships in Paris lost former Wimbledon champion stan smith of the United States on Tuesday (31 May) when he was crushed 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 by Guillermo Vilas of argentina.

  • Description

    1.
    GV: Stan Smith, U.S.A. serves (nearest camera) long rally and Smith loses point with poor attempt at return.
    0.26

    2.
    GV: crowd
    0.30

    3.
    GV: Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, serves from far end of court and loses point after short rally when he hits ball into net.
    0.37

    4.
    GV: crowd
    0.38

    5.
    MV: Smith serves from far and CU TO GV play, Vilas returns, Smith hits ball out.
    0.46

    6.
    GV: crowd
    0.50

    7.
    GV: Vilas serves from far end, and wins point with passing shot after shot rally.
    0.56

    8.
    GV: crowd
    0.58

    9.
    GV: Vilas serves from far end, match point, Smith makes some powerful returns but loses point after rally. Crowd runs on to court.
    1.17

    10.
    MV: scoreboard showing final score 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
    1.23

    11.
    GV: crowd leaving court.
    1.28



    Initials RH/1815


    SPORT: TENNIS

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Tennis, and the men's singles of the French Open Championships in Paris lost former Wimbledon champion stan smith of the United States on Tuesday (31 May) when he was crushed 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 by Guillermo Vilas of argentina.

    SYNOPSIS: The scoreline of this fourth round match showed all too clearly that even on his service games Smith couldn't break through.

    But it wasn't always the skill of Vilas that took the points -- quite often Smith let himself down with his own mistakes.

    However, Vilas, didn't take all the points, even in his service games.

    Vilas demolished the 11th seeded Smith with his punishing returns.

    The Argentinian was obviously determined to improve on his performance in the italian championships earlier in May, when he crashed out in the second round.

    With Vilas to serve at match point, it was all over for smith -- but the 1972 Wimbledon champion went down fighting as best he could.

    At the end, some of the crowd rushed onto the court to congratulate the Argentinian.

    The final score -- 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. Vilas went through to the quarter finals to face Wojtek Fibak of Poland, who's seeded 10th.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6894WO6I4VGR749XZCQRE9SAM
    Media URN:
    VLVA6894WO6I4VGR749XZCQRE9SAM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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