The United States Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadow, New York, ended on Sunday (9 September) with a national emphasis not equalled since 1935.
The United States Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadow, New York, ended on Sunday (9 September) with a national emphasis not equalled since 1935. Young Tracy Austin, at sixteen years of age, became the youngest ever to win the women's national title, beating defending champion Chris Evert Lloyd in two straight sets. John McEnroe, aged twenty, also beat fellow countryman, Vita Gerulaitis, in three straight sets to become the youngest men's winner since Pancho Gonzales in 1948. A crowd of nineteen thousand watched the young champions claim their victories.
SYNOPSIS: Gerulaitis serves to McEnroe, but lose the point when he nets McEnroe's return. Earlier McEnroe lost his only serve game of the match.
McEnroe serves an ace to win the first set 7 - 5.
The second set point -- with Geulaitis serving. McEnroe wins the point and the set, with a blistering backhand.
In the third set, McEnrow serves and wins the point, to give him five games to three.
Match point. McEnroe serves and Gerulaitis plays ball out of court, to give the big victory to McEnroe.
The long punishing rallies of the Women's Final began in the first set. Chris Evert Lloyd serving to Tracy Austin.
With the first set point rally in progress, Austin showed her accuracy and resolve by forcing Lloyd to return out of court making it 6 - 4 for Austin.
Austin serves, and after a seven stroke baseline rally loses the point to Lloyd.
Match point and Lloyd who hoped to become the first to win the women's singles for five successive years nets her return and Tracy Austin becomes the youngest players eve to win the final.