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Unhappy The Monte Carlo final that never was.

The 1981 final was abandoned due to rain. Why they didn't just play it on Monday is beyond me but they denied tennis fans there what could have been a classic encounter. The two finalists were Connors and Vilas. Connors never won a clay title in Europe and was seeking his first. Vilas was seeking a second Monte Carlo title. Here is the head to head:1982
US Open, Hard, S
NY, U.S.A.
Hard
S
Connors
1 6 6 3 2 6 3 6
1982
Milan, Carpet, F
Italy
Carpet
F
Vilas
6 3 6 3
1982
Rotterdam, Carpet, F
The Netherlands
Carpet
F
Vilas
0 6 6 2 6 4
1980
Masters, Carpet, RR
NY, U.S.A.
Carpet
RR
Connors
2 6 6 4 0 6
1979
Indianapolis, Clay, F
IN, U.S.A.
Clay
F
Connors
1 6 6 2 4 6
1977
Masters, Carpet, RR
NY, U.S.A.
Carpet
RR
Vilas
6 4 3 6 7 5
1977
US Open, Clay, F
NY, U.S.A.
Clay
F
Vilas
2 6 6 3 7 6 6 0
1976
US Open, Clay, S
NY, U.S.A.
Clay
S
Connors
4 6 2 6 1 6
1972
Cincinnati, Clay, F
OH, U.S.A.
Clay
F
Connors
3 6 3 6
Ok folks now ponder what could have been. I think Vilas was probably the favorite heading into the final but Connors can never be discounted.
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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

feeling nostalgic are we?

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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

I am shocked this thread was not posted sooner. I can't believe they would cancel a final with two huge stars in it. I do wonder who would have won it though.
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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

Vilas of course. my Argies are the bestest

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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

Yeah he probably would have won it, but it could have been close and a great match. Poor Connors the gods just didn't want him to have a chance to win his first Euro clay title.
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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

How many Euro clay titles did Connors win in his career?

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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

an American on clay against the best Argie of all time? he didn't stand a chance.

Q. When you've played as few matches as you have over the last two, three months, did you ever lack motivation to go out and practice?

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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

He must have savor those early clay wins. Q he never won any euro clay events.
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amazing that he never won even one, having the most titles in men's tennis history! well at least he can say he won the U.S.O. on clay...

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Yes he does have that.
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I am shocked this thread was not posted sooner. I can't believe they would cancel a final with two huge stars in it. I do wonder who would have won it though.
Vilas would have won it.

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Wow! ys must be shitting himself at the fact that 2 left handed players actually made a tournement final.

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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

I did not know about this and just saw it on the past winners list as the unfinished match. Does anyone know why they cancelled and what happened with the prize money and all?

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Re: The Monte Carlo final that never was.

yeh saw this (as in that it happened, i didn't actually see the first 10 games) - insane stuff. Was it raining for the next few days/rest of the week or what?

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yeh saw this (as in that it happened, i didn't actually see the first 10 games) - insane stuff. Was it raining for the next few days/rest of the week or what?
Players needed to go, Monday was last day to try to finish it. Organizers was hoping for some date about 8th or 9th June after Roland Garros but that never happen

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