• Short Summary

    WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ROD LAVER RECOVERED FROM A POOR START TO BEAT SOUTH AFRICA'S FRED MCMILLAN 4-6 , 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 IN THE MEN'S SINGLES FINAL AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP.

  • Description

    WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ROD LAVER RECOVERED FROM A POOR START TO BEAT SOUTH AFRICA'S FRED MCMILLAN 4-6 , 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 IN THE MEN'S SINGLES FINAL AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP.

    THE MATCH, PLAYED ON FRIDAY (APRIL 3), WAS HELD IN JOHANNESBURG.

    MCMILLAN, THE 15TH SEED WHO BEAT HOLLAND'S TOM OKKER AND VETERAN AMERICAN PANCHO GONZALES IN EARLIER ROUNDS, FOUGHT BACK FROM 0-40 DOWN TO BREAK LAVER'S SERVICE IN THE NINTH GAME OF THE OPENING SET.

    HE THEN HELD HIS SERVICE TO WIN THE SET AND WITH LAVER LOOKING SADLY OUT OF TOUCH AN UPSET LOOKED POSSIBLE. THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION HAD SUFFERED A LOSS OF FORM DURING THE PAST FEW MONTH, BUT LAVER RALLIED IN THE SECOND SET, BREAKING MCMILLAN'S SERVICE IN THE FOURTH AND EIGHTH GAMES TO WIN 6-2.

    LAVER HIT TOP FORM IN THE THIRD SET, WHEN HE SWEPT TO A 4-0 LEAD, SERVING THREE SUCCESSIVE ACES IN ONE BRILLIANT BURST.

    THE REST OF THE MATCH WAS VIRTUALLY A ONE-WAY AFFAIR, AS THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION CRUSHED HIS SOUTH AFRICAN OPPONENT WITH SOME DEVASTATING TENNIS. MCMILLAN COULD ONLY TAKE THREE GAMES IN THE FINAL TWO SETS.

    THERE WAS CONSOLATION FOR MCMILLAN LATER IN THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS WHEN HE PARTNERED FELLOW COUNTRYMAN BOB HEWITT TO WIN THE MEN'S DOUBLES FINAL. MARGARET COURT OF AUSTRALIA, THE TOP SEED, BECAME WOMEN'S SINGLES CHAMPION AFTER BEATING AMERICA'S BILLIE JEAN KING 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

    PRIZE MONEY OF 53,000 RAND (ABOUT 31,000 STERLING) WAS OFFERED TO COMPETITORS DURING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    THIS YEAR'S OPEN WAS HELD AMID A CRISIS OVER THE FUTURE OF SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS, FOLLOWING THE COUNTRY'S EXPULSION FROM THE DAVIS CUP COMPETITION.

    SYNOPSIS: JOHANNESBURG -- VENUE FOR THIS YEAR'S SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    AUSTRALIA'S ROD LAVER, SERVING, GOT OFF TO A BAD START AGAINST FRED MCMILLAN OF SOUTH AFRICA IN THE MEN'S SINGLES FINAL. HE DROPPED HIS SERVICE AGAINST MCMILLAN IN THE NINTH GAME OF THE OPENING SET.

    A MAJOR UPSET APPEARED LIKELY AS THE WIMBLEDON CHAMPION WENT ON TO LOSE THE FIRST SET TO MCMILLAN 4-6.

    THE JOHANNESBURG CROWD HAD ANTICIPATED A POSSIBLE UPSET IN THIS MATCH FOLLOWING LAVER'S RECENT LOSS OF FORM, GOING DOWN TO A NUMBER OF LOWLY SEEDED PLAYERS IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. BUT IN THE SECOND SET LAVER RALLIED IN A DETERMINED EFFORT TO STOP HIS RUN OF DEFEATS. HE BROKE MCMILLAN SERVICE IN THE FOURTH AND EIGHTH GAMES TO WIN THE SET 6-2 AND DRAW LEVEL.

    THE START OF THE FOURTH SET, WITH LAVER NOW IN COMMAND. HE WAS HITTING TOP FORM AND HAD JUST TAKEN THE PREVIOUS SET 6-1. THREE SUCCESSIVE ACES HAD COME IN ONE BRILLIANT BURST.

    LAVER SERVING AT THE FAR END. THE REST OF THE MATCH WAS VIRTUALLY A ONE-WAY AFFAIR AS THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION CRUSHED HIS SOUTH AFRICAN OPPONENT WITH SOME DEVASTATING TENNIS.

    MATCH POINT AS LAVER SERVES...AND TAKES THE SOUTH AFRICAN MEN'S TITLE 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.

    LAVER COLLECTED PART OF THE 53,000 RAND (ABOUT 31,000 STERLING) PRIZE MONEY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8YUECV9KX7FFI4X5XU0764UJF
    Media URN:
    VLVA8YUECV9KX7FFI4X5XU0764UJF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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