Australia's John Newcombe came from behind to win the U.S. Open Tennis Championship on Saturday?
Australia's John Newcombe came from behind to win the U.S. Open Tennis Championship on Saturday (September 8). He beat Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia in five sets, 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, taking fourteen service aces, and volleying brilliantly.
It was the Australian's second U.S. title; he won the last U.S. Amateur Championship in 1967, the year before the Forest Hills' event became open to both amateurs and professionals. Newcombe has been in semi-retirement this year, spending more time operating his tennis ranch in Texas than playing in tennis tournaments.
Defeating the tournament favourite, Stan Smith, to reach the final, Kodes, this year's Wimbledon champion, seemed primed for victory in the third set. But Newcombe came through, and won all ten of his final services, three of them 40-love in the lest set.
Tenth-seeded Newcombe thrilled the 15,000-plus crowd at Forest Hills to take the title, his victory seeming all the more amazing because of his relative inactivity during the past year.
In the women's doubles final, the United States team of Billy Jean king and Rosemary Cassals was beaten by Australia's Margaret Court and Britain's Virginia Wade in three sets, 3-5, 6-3, 7-5.