The greats in motor racing took on the greats of tennis in a charity tournament in the English city of Birmingham on Monday (24 September).
The greats in motor racing took on the greats of tennis in a charity tournament in the English city of Birmingham on Monday (24 September). The pace might not have been quite as fast as on the grand prix circuit, but the competition was just as tough.
SYNOPSIS: Seven formula one drivers took part in the tournament in Birmingham;s National Exhibition Centre. There was a playoff to find the best two for a double final with tennis greats Bjorn Borg and Vitas Ger???is. In the first match emerson Fittapaldi and Riccardo Pa???rese took on Clay Regazzoni and Patrick Tambay.
Seven thousand spectators urged the players on. Fittapaldi looked set to do some damage but Regazzoni was quickest off the mark, to win the point and the match.
The tournament was organised to raise money for a cancer fund set up by Swedish driver Gunnar Nilsson who died last year, in a London hospital. It was newly crowned formula one champion Jody Scheckter and former champion James Hunt who won their way through to the final. Hunt partnered Gerulaitis while Scheckter teamed up with four times Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg. While not doing a lot o hitting the two drivers were given a good lesson in tennis.
Scheckter gets his chance with a serve to Gerulaitis and the return from Hunt lets Borg try a new type of team work.
For Scheckter this wasn't to be a repeat of his world championship performance. When the chequered flag fell it was the Hunt-gerulaitis combination which took the match point 6-4.