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Sydney - Dunlop International 1970

Echoes
09-23-2009, 09:41 PM
Hello !

I would like your opinion on the Sydney - Dunlop Open from 1970. It is not yet sanctioned by the ATP. I think, it's considered by some as the unofficial Australian Open of that year. Would you agree?

Let's remember that many NTL players (like Rosewall and Laver) were not advised by their manager to play the real Australian Open because of the low prize money, which gave Ashe a relatively "easy" victory (sadly we have to say he didn't win a real GS).

They were however well admitted to the Dunlop International two months later along with several international stars of that time (e.g. Gonzales, Gimeno), even guys who did not use to travel to the Southern hemisphere (e.g. Nastase). The prize money was of course much higher.

The statistics of the final between Laver and Rosewall is posted on another forum, which you all know, I believe.

This is all I know about that tournament.

Now, what I would like to know is:

How many players there were in the field?
How many best-of-five matches?
Who were the two semi-finalists beaten by Laver & Rosewall and maybe if there were other stars than those I listed above?

(of course if someone has got the entire draw I'll take it but I don't ask so much.

AndrewTas
09-29-2009, 04:41 AM
Hello !

I would like your opinion on the Sydney - Dunlop Open from 1970. It is not yet sanctioned by the ATP. I think, it's considered by some as the unofficial Australian Open of that year. Would you agree?

Let's remember that many NTL players (like Rosewall and Laver) were not advised by their manager to play the real Australian Open because of the low prize money, which gave Ashe a relatively "easy" victory (sadly we have to say he didn't win a real GS).

They were however well admitted to the Dunlop International two months later along with several international stars of that time (e.g. Gonzales, Gimeno), even guys who did not use to travel to the Southern hemisphere (e.g. Nastase). The prize money was of course much higher.

The statistics of the final between Laver and Rosewall is posted on another forum, which you all know, I believe.

This is all I know about that tournament.

Now, what I would like to know is:

How many players there were in the field?
How many best-of-five matches?
Who were the two semi-finalists beaten by Laver & Rosewall and maybe if there were other stars than those I listed above?

(of course if someone has got the entire draw I'll take it but I don't ask so much.

I agree with you. This tournament was the best tournament (in terms of players quality) during the 1969/ 70 season. Here is the whole draw (including the women's). As you can see all the matches (in the men's) were best-of-5. The 1970 Aussie Open though was not void of quality players as the WCT and US Davis Cup players such as Roche, Newcombe, Taylor, Okker, Stan Smith and Ralston played. Crealy defeated Smith, Okker and Taylor to reach the final.

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March 16-22 1970
Dunlop Open, Sydney

Men’s
First Round
Rod Laver (1) bye
Ion Tiriac (ROU) d. Butch Buchholz (USA) 61 64 64
John Cooper d. Fred Stolle 64 36 63 16 62
Ilie Nastase (ROU) (8) d. Allan McDonald 63 63 64
Tom Okker (NED) (5) bye
Roger Taylor (GBR) d. Colin Dibley 64 62 62
Bob Lutz (USA) d. Ray Moore (RSA) 63 46 46 62 62
Arthur Ashe (USA) (4) bye
Ken Rosewall (3) bye
Frank Sedgman d. Stan Smith (USA) wo
Bill Bowrey d. Marty Riessen (USA) 75 86 63
Pancho Gonzales (USA) (6) bye
Roy Emerson (7) d. Graham Stilwell (GBR) 63 61 64
Mal Anderson d. Dennis Ralston (USA) 1012 62 64 57 64
Andres Gimeno (ESP) d. Mark Cox (GBR) 86 62 63
John Newcombe (2) bye

Second Round
Laver (1) d. Tiriac (ROU) 46 63 75 62
J Cooper d. Nastase (ROU) (8) 63 63 57 64
Taylor (GBR) d. Okker (NED) (5) 60 63 57 64
Ashe (USA) (4) d. Lutz (USA) 63 64 64
Rosewall (3) d. Sedgman 46 97 64 86
Gonzales (USA) (6) d. Bowrey 63 64 62
Emerson (7) d. Mal Anderson 62 1614 63
Gimeno (ESP) d. Newcombe (2) 64 75 1311

Quarter Finals
Laver d. J Cooper 108 63 62
Taylor d. Ashe 63 86 64
Rosewall d. Gonzales 60 108 62
Gimeno d. Emerson 63 36 46 62 63

Semi Finals
Laver d. Taylor 64 1214 62 62
Rosewall d. Gimeno 64 68 119 61

Final
Laver d. Rosewall 36 62 36 62 63

MDF K Rosewall/ F Stolle (2) d. W Bowrey/ R Taylor 63 75

Women’s
First Round
BJ Moffitt King (USA) bye
W Shaw (GBR) d. J Tegart Dalton 64 75
F Durr (FRA) d. E Goolagong 62 63
V Wade (GBR) bye
R Casals (USA) bye
W Gilchrist d. K Melville 64 62
K Krantzcke d. L Hunt 64 57 64
M Smith Court bye

Quarter Finals
Moffitt King d. Shaw 64 75
Wade d. Durr 64 63
Casals d. Gilchrist 46 63 61
Smith Court d. Krantzcke 62 62

Semi Finals
Moffitt King d. Wade 63 63
Smith Court d. Casals 61 64

Final
Moffitt King d. Smith Court 62 46 63

Echoes
09-29-2009, 12:28 PM
Wow. Thank you very much really, Andrew.

I've been looking for these draws for a few months now. It's precious.

Great quality players and all best-of-5 matches. Certainly one of best tournaments back then, though only 5 rounds (4 for top seeds).

Amazing Frank Sedgman. He didn't seem to be ridiculous against Rosewall.


And you're certainly right. I've probably underrated the Australian Open of that year.