• Short Summary

    A relatively unknown Australian tennis player, Mark Edmonson, caused a major upset in the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne on Sunday (4 January).

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    A relatively unknown Australian tennis player, Mark Edmonson, caused a major upset in the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne on Sunday (4 January).

    Edmonson, who works as a part-time cleaner and odd job man to subsidise his tennis, defeated John Newcombe, three times Wimbledon champion and a millionaire to win the men's singles title.

    Edmonson, aged 21, beat Newcombe in a long final in searing heat by 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 6-1. He was so stunned by his success he could hardly hold onto the winners cheque of 8,156 Australian dollars (5,096 pounds sterling).

    The new champion, from New South Wales, is the first unseeded player to win the title. The tournament was his first big final. Play in the final was held up for more than 20 minutes after 41-knot winds lashed the court midway through the match.

    Edmonson defeated another of the world's great tennis players the previous day when he eliminated fellow Australian Ken Rosewall in the semi-final round.

    In contrast to the men's final, the women's was over in 56 minutes. Australian Evonne Cawley, formerly Goolagong, defeated Renata tomanova of Czechoslovakia in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

    Miss Tomanova was visibly affected by the heat and never really got into the match. Her one highlight was capturing Mrs. Cawley's service in the second game of the second set when the Australian appeared to relax.

    Mrs. Cawley's cheque for 7500 Australian dollars (4050 pounds sterling) brought her winnings for the past year to about 300,000 Australian dollars (160,000 pounds sterling).

    SYNOPSIS: The women's final of the Australian Open Tennis Championships with Renata Tomanova serving to Evonne Cawley in the second set. At this point Australian Mrs. Cawley was leading the Czechoslovakian six-two, four-two.

    This match was one of the quickest in the entire series in Melbourne. Mrs. Cawley proved too strong for her opponent beating her in 56 minutes.

    Playing now for the match point. Mrs. Cawley took the second st six-two. The prize of more than four thousand pounds brought Mrs. Cawley's winnings in the past year to about one-hundred-and-sixty-thousand pounds.

    In the men's singles relatively unknown player, Mark Edmonson, upset the series by defeating three times Wimbledon champion John Newcombe. In the first set, a tie-breaker game was necessary.

    Edmonson, an odd job man from New South Wales, is the first unseeded player to win the title. The final was arduous with Newcombe taking the first set.

    The last game in the second set, with 21-year-old Edomonson serving.

    He takes the set.

    Now the match point. Play was previously held up for twenty minutes because of 41-knot winds. This did not deter the new champion. He won the match six-seven, six-three, seven-six, six-one.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEE0V8TU43LTA8UFXT3FWDH8QQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEE0V8TU43LTA8UFXT3FWDH8QQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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