• Short Summary

    IT WAS AN ALL - AUSTRALIAN AFFAIR THE MEN'S SINGLES FINALS OF THE FRENCH TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS YESTERDAY, (7 JUNE) WHEN ROD LAVER TOOK THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THREE STRAIGHT SETS AGAINST KEN ROSEWALL.

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    IT WAS AN ALL - AUSTRALIAN AFFAIR THE MEN'S SINGLES FINALS OF THE FRENCH TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS YESTERDAY, (7 JUNE) WHEN ROD LAVER TOOK THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THREE STRAIGHT SETS AGAINST KEN ROSEWALL.

    FOR 30-YEAR-OLD LAVER, IT WAS A PLEASANT REVENGE FOR HIS DEFEAT IN LAST YEAR'S FRENCH FINAL BY ROSEWALL -- 3-4, WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY RECKONED THE WORLD'S BEST PLAYER ON SLOW HARD-COURT SURFACES.

    BUT FOR ROSEWALL, WHO FIRST WON THE FRENCH TITLE 16 YEARS AGO, IT WAS 93 MINUTES OF NEVER QUITE FINDING FROM UNDER PRESSURE. LAVER BEGAN BRILLIANTLY AND IMPROVED AS THE GAME WENT ON, NEVER GIVING ROSEWALL A CHANCE TO GET INTO THE GAME. VARYING HIS PACE AND LENGTH WITH DEVASTATING EFFECT, LAVER FORCED HIS OPPONENT ONTO THE DEFENSIVE, MAKING HIM RUN AND STRETCH AND MAKE ERRORS.

    THE FIRST SET WENT TO LAVER 6-4 IN 32 MINUTES. THE QUEENSLAND LEFT-HANDER MOVED INTO A 5-2 LEAD IN THE SECOND SET, BUT ROSEWALL FOUGHT BACK BRIEFLY AND THE SET WENT TO 6-3 BEFORE LAVER TOOK IT. IN THE LAST SET LAVER TOOK AN IMMEDIATE 3-0 LEAD. THERE WERE A FEW TENSE MOMENTS AS HE FALTERED AND ROSEWALL, SPURRED ON BY THE CHEERS OF THE CAPACITY 14,000 CROWD, RALLIED. BUT LAVER MADE NO MORE MISTAKES, AND A 6-4 VICTORY GAVE HIM THE MATCH.

    LAVER LAST WON THE FRENCH TITLE IN 1962, ON HIS WAY TO HIS FIRST 'GRAND SLAM' OF WINNING THE WORLD'S FOUR MAJOR TOURNAMENTS. ALREADY THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION, HIS PARIS SUCCESS TAKES HIM HALFWAY TO A SECOND SLAM. BUT HE STILL HAS TO GAIN THE WIMBLEDON AND UNITED STATES TITLES TO COMPLETE THE FOURSOME -- WHICH WOULD MAKE HIM THE FIRST PLAYER EVER TO WIN THE SLAM TWICE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAED19TXG9T66VZ2JRBZHE94J6H
    Media URN:
    VLVAED19TXG9T66VZ2JRBZHE94J6H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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