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01-22-2015 08:23 PM
Pete7
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

I remember special invitational tournament in Beckenham (GBR). It was each year on Grasscourts during 2nd week of French Open, as a kind of Wimbledon preparation (not part of ATP calendar). It was played until 1996 - according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_Championships
but the draw was more than 8 players ...
12-09-2014 01:22 AM
thrust
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by TennisOnWood View Post
Bloody ATP and their 94 titles for Ivan.. he won much more then that
Perhaps these were not sanctioned ATP tournaments, but glorified exhibitions?
07-31-2014 02:27 AM
Voo de Mar
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

PEPSI GRAND SLAM

held at Boca Raton on green-clay in years 1976-81 is recognized by the ATP as the official tournament, however the status was invitational, so I decided to include all scorelines to the thread.
The Grand Slam champions and 'Masters' champion of the preceding year were took into consideration as invited players (Masters champion over Aussie Open champion; sixth tournament which was took into consideration - the Italian Open in Rome)...

1976, July

Code:
Semifinals:
Ilie Nastase d. Jimmy Connors * 0-6 6-4 7-5
Manuel Orantes d. Arthur Ashe 6-4 6-4
3rd place match:
Jimmy Connors d. Arthur Ashe 6-4 7-6(7)
Final:
Ilie Nastase d. Manuel Orantes 6-4 6-3
* I'm not sure why Borg didn't play (he should have played as the French Open '75 champion; maybe organizers decided to put Connors instead, as a 3-time runner-up in 1975?)


1977, January


Code:
Semifinals:
Jimmy Connors d. Manuel Orantes 6-7 6-2 5-5 ret. - 1 mp
Bjorn Borg d. Adriano Panatta 6-2 4-6 7-5 - 3 mp
3rd place match:
Manuel Orantes d. Adriano Panatta 6-7 6-2 6-2
Final:
Bjorn Borg d. Jimmy Connors 6-4 5-7 6-3
1978, January

Code:
Semifinals:
Bjorn Borg d. Brian Gottfried * 6-2 6-4 
Jimmy Connors d. Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2 6-4
3rd place match:
Brian Gottfried d. Vitas Gerulaitis 6-3 6-3
Final:
Bjorn Borg d. Jimmy Connors 7-6(1) 3-6 6-1
* Gottfried replaced Vilas

1979, February

Code:
Semifinals:
Bjorn Borg d. Guillermo Vilas 6-3 6-3 
Jimmy Connors d. John McEnroe 6-3 6-4
3rd place match:
John McEnroe d. Guillermo Vilas 6-4 6-2
Final:
Bjorn Borg d. Jimmy Connors 6-2 6-3
1980, February

Code:
Semifinals:
Bjorn Borg d. Guillermo Vilas 6-2 6-3 
Vitas Gerulaitis d. John McEnroe 7-6 6-3
3rd place match:
John McEnroe d. Guillermo Vilas 8-7(5)
Final:
Bjorn Borg d. Vitas Gerulaitis 6-1 5-7 6-1
1981, February

Code:
Semifinals:
John McEnroe d. Brian Teacher 6-3 6-1	
Guillermo Vilas d. Vitas Gerulaitis 6-3 2-6 6-4
3rd place match:
Brian Teacher d. Tim Gullikson * 6-2 6-7 6-0
Final:
John McEnroe d. Guillermo Vilas 6-7(5) 6-4 6-0

* In the 3rd-place match Gullikson replaced Gerulaitis (he'd replaced Borg), who got the prize money for the 4th place. Gullikson could have received $5.000 if he'd beaten Teacher.
01-11-2012 09:36 AM
TennisOnWood
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

It was 6-4 6-4 in the final
01-11-2012 04:36 AM
pennypacker
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by TennisOnWood View Post
Lendl vs Woodforde 6-4 7-6(6)
great,thanks for that.

i'll add some of the results for the 1985 rio international challenge played indoors in canberra sometime in november.
got these results from old newspaper articles i kept as a kid.

round robin matches:

lendl d nystroem 64 64
kriek d mayotte 63 67 64
lendl d kriek 63 63
mayotte d wilander 76 63

apparently kriek was filling in for the injured kevin curren.
by memory lendl beat mayotte in the final.
01-10-2012 11:31 AM
TennisOnWood
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Lendl vs Woodforde 6-4 7-6(6)
01-10-2012 11:05 AM
pennypacker
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Echoes View Post
Nice finds.


I remember that I came across some Adelaide Rio results:

The 1988 draw is on Wiki (4-man at that time): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_exhibitions_in_1988

In 1989 there has been a McEnroe-Wilander encounter but I don't know more about it.
Doubles Final: McEnroe/Woodforde def. Lendl/Wilander 7/6 6/2 (no idea about the exact date)

1990 (Jan. 11-14) Final: McEnroe def. Edberg 4/6 7/6 6/4



And I've just found out an interesting event at Wirral, 1988 & 1989. It was an event that hadn't been held since 1972. In 1989, McEnroe was beaten at the 2nd round by Jim Pughs. Becker won it on June 24 beating Peter Lundgren in the final 7/5 6/4. At the same time, Lendl played an exhibition in Wentworth where he was beaten by Jonas Svensson.
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-06-...arm-up-tournam

In 1988, McEnroe made it to the semi-finals and lost to Van Rensburg. David Pate and Leif Shiras were the other two semi-finalists. Chesnokov lost in the quarters to Van Rensburg. Andres Gomez and Johan Kriek also played.
http://articles.latimes.com/1988-06-...1_john-mcenroe
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/06/03/sp...r-mcenroe.html
in regards to the 1989 rio international challenge played in adelaide there was no doubles final.

that mac/woodforde v lendl/wilander match was just thrown together at the last minute because pat cash had to forfeit the singles final to stefan edberg earlier on the same evening.
so basically tornament organisers just wanted to give the fans something to watch and organised that doubles match.

the mcenroe-wilander round robin match played earlier in the tornament finished 64 63 to mac.

i have both of the above mentioned matches on dvd and also another of the round robin matches between lendl and mark woodforde.
unfortunetly that match is missing the end with lendl up 64 43.
if anyone could help me out with the final scoreline of that one it'd be much appreciated.

btw prior to 1987 this event was played indoors in canberra usually around november.
01-09-2012 06:16 AM
Voo de Mar
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

^

Miloslav Mecir vs Mikael Pernfors 7-6(3) 6-4

Annacone beat Stenlund in 38 minutes!

McEnroe was two points away to win the 3rd set against Lendl 6-4.
01-08-2012 06:11 PM
TennisOnWood
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

AT&T Challenge 1987 (6-11 Ocotber)

Group 1 :

John McEnroe vs Miloslav Mecir 7-5 7-6(5)
Ivan Lendl vs Mikael Pernfors 6-3 6-3
Ivan Lendl vs John McEnroe 5-7 6-4 7-6(2)
Miloslav Mecir vs Mikael Pernfors 7-6(3) 6-4
John McEnroe vs Mikael Pernfors 6-2 6-3
Ivan Lendl vs Miloslav Mecir 6-0 6-4

Group 2 :

Paul Annacone vs Ulf Stenlund 6-1 6-0
Jimmy Connors vs Stefan Edberg 4-6 7-5 6-3
Jimmy Connors vs Paul Annacone 6-1 6-4
Stefan Edberg vs Ulf Stenlund 4-6 7-5 6-1
Jimmy Connors vs Ulf Stenlund 6-1 6-0
Paul Annacone vs Stefan Edberg 6-2 6-3


1/2 :

Paul Annacone vs Ivan Lendl 6-3 6-2
John McEnroe vs Jimmy Connors 6-4 6-4

Final :

John McEnroe vs Paul Annacone 6-4 7-5
12-29-2011 01:07 AM
TennisOnWood
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Another fantastic one

Akai Gold Challenge Sydney : (5-7 November 1982)

Ivan Lendl vs John McEnroe 7-5 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-1
Bjorn Borg vs Vitas Gerulaitis 7-6 6-3 6-2
Bjorn Borg vs Ivan Lendl 6-1 6-4 6-2
Vitas Gerulaitis vs John McEnroe 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-3
Ivan Lendl vs Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5 6-3 6-4 (26 aces for Ivan)
Bjorn Borg vs John McEnroe 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2

1) Borg 150000$ + golden racquet
2) Lendl 100000$
3) Gerulaitis 75000$ (replaced Connors in the draw.. imagine Lendl, Borg, Connors and McEnroe!!)
4) McEnroe 50000$
12-26-2011 11:54 AM
Voo de Mar
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Lendl vs Noah 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 6-3

Noah led 5:2 in the 1st tie-break, Lendl 7:6 in the 2nd
12-26-2011 09:38 AM
TennisOnWood
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

24-30 November 1986 - AT&T Challenge Atlanta (5 players from year end Top 10)

Group 1 :

Lendl vs Mecir 6-4 6-3
Noah vs Pernfors 6-3 5-7 6-4
Lendl vs Noah 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 6-3
Mecir vs Pernfors 0-6 6-4 7-5
Lendl vs Pernfors 6-1 6-1
Noah vs Mecir 6-4 6-2

Group 2 :

Wilander vs Gilbert 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4
Becker vs McEnroe 6-3 5-7 7-5
Gilbert vs Becker 7-6(2) 4-6 6-3
McEnroe vs Wilander 6-4 6-3
McEnroe vs Gilbert 6-1 6-2
Becker vs Wilander 7-6(4) 6-3


1/2 :

McEnroe vs Lendl 6-4 7-5
Becker vs Noah 6-4 6-3

F :

Becker vs McEnroe 3-6 6-3 7-5
12-12-2011 03:14 PM
Voo de Mar
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Borg's two Asian triumphs at the time he was semi-retired (played one main-level tournament each season in years 1982-84). He was so lazy that wanted to play only two-three matches within a week

Tokyo 1982 (April)

Code:
S:
Borg d. Van Patten 5-7 6-4 6-3
Vilas d. J.McEnroe 6-4 6-4

F:
Borg d. Vilas 6-1 6-2
Osaka 1984 (May)

Code:
Q:
Borg d. Shiraishi 6-3 6-0
other 3 matches - ?
S:
Borg d. Korita 6-7 7-5 6-3
Scanlon d. S.Davis 7-5 6-4

F:
Borg d. Scanlon	6-2 6-2
Two other tournaments where he failed:

Montreal 1982 (October)

Code:
S:
Connors d. Glicksten 6-2 6-3
Borg d. Lendl 7-6 7-6

F:
Connors d. Borg 6-4 6-3
Perth 1982 (November)
Code:
S:
J.McEnroe d. Gerulaitis	6-4 4-6 6-1
Borg d. Lendl 6-4 1-6 6-3

F:
McEnroe d. Borg 6-1 6-4
12-12-2011 02:33 PM
Voo de Mar
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Echoes View Post
Toronto Molson Light Challenge Feb 3-8 1981

Code:
RR
Connors def Fibak 6/3 6/4		
Borg def S Mayer 6/4 3/6 6/2		
Connors def S Mayer 6/4 6/2		
Borg def Fibak 6/3 5/7 6/3		
Connors def Borg 7/5 6/3		
Fibak vs S Mayer ??		
		
McEnroe def Nastase 6/1 2/0 DEF		
Gerulaitis vs Kriek ??		
Gerulaitis def Nastase 6/1 6/2		
McEnroe def Kriek 6/4 3/6 6/3		
Gerulaitis vs McEnroe ??		
	
		
SF		
Gerulaitis def Connors 6/7 6/2 6/2		
McEnroe def Borg 3/6 6/3 7/6(8)		
		
F		
Gerulaitis def McEnroe 6/4 4/6 6/3 6/3
Mayer d. Fibak 5-7 6-3 6-2
Mac d. Gerulaitis 6-3 6-3
Kriek d. Nastase 6-4 6-4
Gerulaitis d. Kriek 6-3 4-6 6-3

-------------------------------------------------------------------

here is a tournament with a ridiculous structure:

Chicago 1981, January ($ 350.000)

Code:
Group A
J.McEnroe d. Teltscher 5-7 6-3 7-6
Gerulaitis d. Fleming 7-6 3-6 6-2
J.McEnroe d. Fleming 7-6 7-5
Gerulaitis d. Teltscher 7-6 6-2

Group B
Connors d. Kriek 7-5 6-1
Tanner d. Solomon 6-3 6-4
Connors d. Solomon 6-4 6-3
Tanner d. Kriek 6-2 6-4

Semi-final Group
J.McEnroe d. Tanner 6-3 6-1
Connors d. Gerulaitis 6-3 6-3
Connors d. Tanner 6-4 6-4
J.McEnroe d. Gerulaitis 6-3 6-3

Final
J.McEnroe d. Connors 6-2 6-4 6-1
12-04-2011 09:20 AM
Voo de Mar
Re: The Invitational Event Thread

AT&T Challenge. Atlanta

1988

Code:
"Red" Group 
J.McEnroe d. Connors 7-5 6-1
Edberg d. Zivojinovic 3-6 6-3 6-2
J.McEnroe d. Edberg 6-1 6-4
Connors d. Zivojinovic 6-1 6-4
Zivojinovic d. J.McEnroe 6-4 6-3
Edberg d. Connors 6-4 6-3

"Blue "Group 
Lendl d. Mansdorf 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3
Gomez d. Pernfors 6-1 6-0
Lendl d. Pernfors 6-3 6-3
Gomez d. Mansdorf 6-1 1-6 6-4
Lendl d. Gomez 6-4 6-4
Mansdorf d. Pernfors ?

SF
Edberg d. J.McEnroe 6-3 3-6 6-3
Lendl d. Gomez 6-2 6-2

F
Lendl d. Edberg 2-6 6-1 6-3
1989 ($ 40.000)

Code:
"Red" Group 
Gomez d. Gilbert 6-3 6-3
Lendl d. Noah 6-2 6-3
Noah d. Gilbertt 6-4 6-2
Lendl d. Gomez 6-3 6-1
Noah d. Gomez 6-4 1-6 6-2
Lendl d. Gilbert 3-6 6-3 6-4

"Blue "Group 
Chang d Krickstein 6-4 2-6 6-2
Agassi d. Mayotte 7-5 7-5
Mayotte d. Krickstein 5-7 7-6(2) 6-2
Agassi d. Chang 6-1 6-0
Agassi d. Krickstein 6-0 6-1
Chang d. Mayotte 6-1 6-4

SF
Chang d. Lendl 6-2 3-6 6-1
Agassi d. Noah 6-2 6-2

F
Agassi d. Chang 6-3 6-2
1990

Code:
"Blue "Group  
Agassi d. S.Davis 3-6 6-2 6-1
Wheaton d. Mayotte 6-4 6-1
S.Davis d. Wheaton 6-3 6-3
Agassi d. Mayotte 6-4 6-3
Agassi d. Wheaton 6-4 6-2
S.Davis d. Mayotte 6-2 6-3

"Red" Group 
Yzaga d. Reneberg 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(5)
Gilbert d. Washington 6-4 7-5
Yzaga d. Gilbert 4-6 6-2 7-5
Washington d. Reneberg 6-3 6-1
Gilbert d. Reneberg 7-6(7) 6-4
Yzaga d. Washington 6-3 7-6(2)

SF
Agassi d. S.Davis 6-3 6-0
Yzaga d. Gilbert 3-6 6-2 6-1

F
Agassi d. Yzaga 6-2 6-4
1991
Code:
"Blue "Group  
Agassi d. S.Davis 6-2 6-3
Chang d. P.McEnroe 6-4 6-7(7) 6-4
Agassi d. Chang 6-3 4-6 6-2
P.McEnroe d. S.Davis 6-1 2-6 7-5
Agassi d. P.McEnroe 6-1 7-6(4)
Chang d. S.Davis 6-2 7-6(6)

"Red" Group 
Sampras d. Krickstein 6-4 6-1
Gilbert d. Wheaton 6-7(4) 6-2 6-3
Wheaton d. Sampras 6-1 7-5
Krickstein d. Gilbert 1-6 7-6(2) 6-2 - 3 m.p.
Sampras d. Gilbert 6-3 7-6(8)
Wheaton d. Krickstein 6-4 7-6(4)

SF
Agassi d. Chang 6-4 6-2
Wheaton d. Sampras 7-6(4) 6-1

F
Agassi d. Wheaton 7-6(3) 6-1
Curiosities:
* Agassi led 5:0 in the 2nd set during his 7-5 7-5 win over Mayotte. Needed 7 match points to beat PMac.
* Krickstein after identical scoreline (1-6 7-6 6-2) beat Gilbert also in Los Angeles '89, and also saved match points (seven then)
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