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    AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL JOHN NEWCOMBE, CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY FORMED INTERNATIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION, HAS CONDEMNED TODAY'S (THURSDAY) VOTE TO KEEP THE DAVIS CUP A CLOSED EVENT.

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    AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL JOHN NEWCOMBE, CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY FORMED INTERNATIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION, HAS CONDEMNED TODAY'S (THURSDAY) VOTE TO KEEP THE DAVIS CUP A CLOSED EVENT. NEWCOMBE, WHO WAS COMMENTING ON THE VOTE BY THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF DAVIS CUP NATIONS AGAINST AS OPEN COMPETITION, HAD EARLIER REACHED THE WIMBLEDON SINGLES FINAL WHEN HE DEFEATED FELLOW-AUSTRALIAN TONY ROCHE.

    NEWCOMBE, WHO WAS THE 1967 WIMBLEDON CHAMPION, WON 3-6, 6-1, 14-12, 6-4, IN A BATTLE THAT LASTED TWO-AND-THREE-QUARTER HOURS. IT IS THE SECOND TIME HE HAS REACHED THE FINALS IN THREE YEARS.

    THE MATCH BEGAN AS A SERVE-AND-VOLLEY DUEL, WITH NEWCOMBE HAVING THE EDGE WITH SERVICE POWER AND ACCURACY. ROCHE'S MAIN STRENGTH WAS OFF THE GROUND -- PARTICULARLY ON THE BACKHAND -- BUT HIS SMASHING WAS NEVER FULLY UNDER CONTROL.

    ONE BREAK, IN THE SIXTH SET, GAVE ROCHE THE FIRST SET. THE SECOND SET WAS MUCH CLOSER THAN THE SCORES SUGGEST, WITH FOUR GAMES GOING TO DEUCE.

    THE 24-YEAR-OLD ROCHE BROKE AWAY TO A 4-2 LEAD IN THE THIRD SET, BUT DROPPED HIS SERVICE WHEN HE NETTED THREE BACKHAND VOLLEYS. NEWCOMBE PULLED BACK TO 5-5, BUT THEN IN A GAME-FOR-GAME TUSSLE, THEY TOOK THE GAME SCORE TO 14-12 IN FAVOUR OF NEWCOMBE.

    NEWCOMBE GOT ON TOP IN THE FOURTH SET, GAINING THE VITAL BREAK IN THE FIFTH GAME, FORGING ON TO 5-3. ROCHE HELD HIS SERVICE, BUT NEWCOMBE TOOK THE GAME, SET AND MATCH WHEN ROCHE HIT OUT ON RETURN OF SERVICE ON NEWCOMBE'S THIRD MATCH POINT.

    NEWCOMBE, 25, NOW MEETS FELLOW-AUSTRALIAN ROD LAVER IN THE FINAL ON SATURDAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA6AWJEKYEB6KPYYBRL4NF1G2L
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6AWJEKYEB6KPYYBRL4NF1G2L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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