The veteran tennis star Ken Rosewall, who lost in the final at Wimbledon earlier this year, capped a great career by defeating fellow Australian Tony Roche for the U.
The veteran tennis star Ken Rosewall, who lost in the final at Wimbledon earlier this year, capped a great career by defeating fellow Australian Tony Roche for the U.S. men's singles title on Sunday (Sept.13) Another Australian, Margaret Court, beat America's Rosemary Casals for the woman's title, thus becoming only the second girl ever to win the "grand slam" of the four major championships.
Rosewall, at 35, was ten years older than his husky opponent, who overwhelmed him in the first set. But then his precision-like game enabled him to assert his mastery. Rosewall first won the U.S. title 14 years ago and his success this year made him the second oldest player ever to take the title. The oldest was Bill Tilden who won it in 1929 at the age of 36. Rosewall is a favourite with the spectators at Forest Hills and his win by 2 - 6, 6 - 4, 7 - 6, 7 - 3 had the support of the capacity crowd.
Mrs. Court's victory confirmed her position as one of the game's greatest players. Only the late Maureen Conolly of the United States had previously won the British, Australian, French and American championships in the same year. Mrs. Court has now won rhine Australian titles, four American, four French and three at Wimbledon. She showed signs of jitters in the final on Sunday but finally shook off her nerves to win 6 -2, 2 - 6, 6 - 1.
SYNOPSIS: Ken Rosewall, the evergreen tennis star, serves to Tony Roche in the all-Australian final of the United States men's singles championship. At 35 he was 10 years older than his husky, left-handed opponent. Roche won the first set 6-2.
But then Rosewall's precision game enabled him to assert his mastery. He took the next three games to win the title and 20,000 dollars prizemoney. It was his second American title - and consolation for his defeat earlier this year in the Wimbledon final.
The women's final, and Rosemary Casals of America wins a point against Margaret Court, the Australian seeking her fourth major win of the year to complete the "grand slam" of tennis. Both girls showed signs of nerves and Miss Casals' volleying, usually the best part of her game, was often erratic. She lost the first set by two points to six.
Miss Casals fought back brilliantly in the second set. She electrified the capacity crowd when she broke Mrs Court's service three times to put the players on level terms.
But then the Australian star shook off her nerves and built up a commanding lead in the third set. She broke Miss Casals service twice and won the final set by six games to one, adding the American and French championships she's already won this year. Her success made her only the second woman to compete the "grand slam". The first was the late Maureen Conolly of the United States who accomplished the feat in 1953.