The Lawn Tennis Championships of Britain, known everywhere simply as "Wimbledon" began today (Monday) at the stately all-England club in south-west London.
The Lawn Tennis Championships of Britain, known everywhere simply as "Wimbledon" began today (Monday) at the stately all-England club in south-west London. Traditionally men's singles marches were played on the fast green turf of the centre Court and defending champion, Roy Emerson of Australia, opened the 80th championship. Emerson, winner for the last two years and seeded one again this year. conceded only three games in his 42 minutes win over Canadian Harryn Fanquier. He won 6-0, 6-1, 6-2.
America has a strong contingent at Wimbledon and one man who could come through to beat Emerson is Clark Graebner. Today Graebner, seeded eight met unexpectedly easy win of 6-4,6-4,6-3 on the Centre Court. The speed of the court helped Graebner's fierce service and his astute lobs kept him in complete control of the match. Mulligan, who now lives in Italy, never really threatened an upset, though he showed fighting qualities when saving seven set points in the opening set. Graebner may now go on to meet Emerson in the quarter-finals. Graebner has beaten Emerson three times in the past.
There was a disappointment for Britain on the Centre Court when the young Davis Cup player Roger Taylor was knocked by Alex Metreveli of the Soviet Union. It was match of complete reverses. After Metreveli had won the first set. 6-3, Taylor came in to his own and fairly swung through the second set without dropping a game.
But down went British hopes as Metreveli took supreme command of the third set winning 6-0 and then the fourth set 6-2. It was an impressive display by the rising Russian.