INTRODUCTION: Tennis... and play in the ninth tournament of the World Championship Tennis series began?
CU Adriano Panatta of Italy serving to Eddie Dibbs, USA, and Dibbs takes point after rally - ZOOM IN TO umpire, World Championship Tennis, London, England
CU Dibbs serving FULL BACK TO Dibbs winning point and match; two players shaking hands and leaving court
MV John Alexander of Australia serving PULL BACK TO GV Harold Solomon to USA - Solomon winning point after rally
CU Alexander serving and netting ball to lose match - players shaking hands and walking off court
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Tennis... and play in the ninth tournament of the World Championship Tennis series began at the Earls Court stadium in London, England, on Tuesday (29 March). The match has attracted 16 top world players, all of whom are trying for a place in the final at Dallas, Texas, in the United States later this year. There are 12 tournaments in the series.
SYNOPSIS: Four singles matches were played in Tuesday's first round. Italy's number one player Adriano Panatta, met Eddie Dibbs of the United States. It was an extremely tough battle with both players having equal chances of winning until the closing minutes.
But Dibbs, serving finally defeated Panatta after dropping the first set 4-6 and winning the following two 6-1, 7-5.
One of Australia's top young players, John Alexander, met Harold Solomon of the United States. Before the Earls Court tournament, Alexander was rated at ninth and Solomon at eleventh for points gained in earlier matches. Solomon needed a win to have any chance of making the finals, and his fast game frustrated Alexander's somewhat heavier play.
Solomon finally beat the Australian in two sets - 6-2, 6-4. It's the first time the tournament has been played in London, and thousands of dollars were spent on a new surface for the stadium.