Jimmy Connors of the United States retained his Men's Singles title in the South African Open Tennis Championships in Johannesburg on Monday (25 November) with a 7-6,6-3,6-1 victory over fellow American, Arthur Ashe.
GV Ashe serves to Connors and Connors returns into net
GV Ashe serving, Connors return out
SV Ashe serving, point to Ashe
GV Ashe serving, wins point and first game PAN TO crowd and scoreboard
SV Connors serving, rally, point to Connors
GV Connors serving, rally, point to Connors
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Connors serving, point to Connors
GV Connors serving, wins point for game set and match
SV crowd stand and applaud
SV Mr. Franklin speaking
GV crowd applauds
FRANKLIN:"I would like to congratulate Arthur Ashe, not only on the fine exhibition of tennis he's given us all week, but also on his outstanding sense of sportsmanship."
SPORT - TENNIS
This film also includes a brief statement by the President of the South African Lawn Tennis Union, Mr. B.L.S. Franklin. A Transcription follows:-
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Background: Jimmy Connors of the United States retained his Men's Singles title in the South African Open Tennis Championships in Johannesburg on Monday (25 November) with a 7-6,6-3,6-1 victory over fellow American, Arthur Ashe.
The two players met in the final last ear, Connors winning that clash in straight sets.
The 22-year-old Connors produced the superb range of shots which parlier this year gave him the Wimbledon and United States titles.
Ashe, a black American who several years ago was refused an entry visa to South Africa because of his outspoken views on apartheid, told the packed Ellis Park centre court after Monday's match:" I think there is a vast potential for good here. Visits by sportsmen can go a long way to normalising relations between South Africa and the rest of the world."