• Short Summary

    India had a home win in the first ever Indian Open Grand Prix professional tennis championships in New Delhi on Sunday (October 23rd).

  • Description

    India had a home win in the first ever Indian Open Grand Prix professional tennis championships in New Delhi on Sunday (October 23rd).

    First seeded 19-year-old Vijay Amrithraj confirmed his placing by beating Australia's Mal Anderson in the final, but it was a hard game.

    Amrithraj won the first set but Anderson took the second and won the tie breaking game in the third. Amrithraj won the fourth easily by 6-3, but Anderson, although double Vijay's age, fought a stamina-sapping fourth set in 94 degree heat. He missed a match point in the sixteenth game, and shortly after Vijay broke his service to win 11-9.

    The win puts Amrithraj tenth in the Grand Prix table of the top twenty professional players in their tournaments - ahead of America's Arthur Ashe and Australia's Ken Rosewall. If Amrithraj picks up enough points in the six remaining tournaments he could get into the top eight and qualify for the final Grand Prix Masters Tournament in the U.S.A. The winner collects about $50,000.

    Scores of Indians danced over the Gymkhana Club Centre court after Amrithraj victory but Raul Ramirez of Mexico and Jim McManus of the United States denied them more celebration by beating Vijay and his elder brother Anand in the double's final.

    SYNOPSIS: India had a home win in the first ever Indian Open Grand Prix professional tennis championships in New Delhi on Sunday. First seeded nineteen-year-old Vijay Amrithraj confirmed his placing by beating Australia's Mal Anderson in the final, but it was a hard game.

    Amrighraj won the first set but Anderson took this set and the third.

    The fourth set was the easiest one for Amrithraj. He won it six-three, but Anderson, who is twice Vijay's age, came back to fight a stamina-sapping final set in beat of over ninety degrees.

    Although naturally wanting Vijay to win the spectators applauded Anderson's brave effort.

    Anderson even reached match point in the sixteenth game, but he could not win the point and Amrithraj later broke his service to win.

    The win took Amrithraj sixty-eight games and three and a quarter hours.

    Vijay and his elder brother Anent had a chance to make it a double home victory in the doubles final but Mexico's Raul Ramirez and Jim McManus of the United States denied the crows a double celebration.

    The American pair took this point and the set.

    The singles win puts Amrithraj tenth in the Grand Prix table of the top twenty players in their tournaments - ahead of Arthur Ashe of the United States and Australia's Ken Rosewall. If Amrithraj picks up enough points in the six remaining tournaments he could get into the top eight and qualify for the final Grand Prix Masters Tournament in the United States. The winner collects about fifty-thousand dollars.

    Ramirez and McManus won this doubles match comfortably.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF2VGEWRSTA3ZKQTF9JAMZVG92
    Media URN:
    VLVAF2VGEWRSTA3ZKQTF9JAMZVG92
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment