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Old 09-12-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default The Invitational Event Thread

I'm very interested in all those invitational tournaments that were held before the ATP Tour Era (1990) and that are usually not sanctioned by the ATP. Those tournaments that interest me the most are those for which 4 match wins are needed in order to get the title. SO 16-man draws or 8-man ones in a RR+SF+F format.

The Antwerp ECC tournament has already been talked about on this forum. So I won't come back to it: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=158526

So here's a list I have compiled and would like to check it out with you. If you know other than these, I'm always open.


Fréjus Carré d'As 1980-1981 (any other editions?):
1980 Final : Connors def. Tanner 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 [Aug. 4-10]
1981 Final : McEnroe def. Tulasne 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 [Aug. 3-9]

Dubaï Golden Tennis Tournament 1980 [Nov. 24-30]:
Final: Fibak def. Nastase 3-6 7-6 6-4 *

Melbourne Mazda Challenge 1980-1982 (any other editions?):

1980 Final : Connors def. G. Mayer 1-6, 6-2, 6-0, 7-5 [Oct. 8-12]
1981 Final : G. Mayer def. Teltscher 7-5 6-1 7-6 [Oct. 7-12]
1982 Final : Lendl def. Gerulaitis 6-2 6-2 7-5 [Oct. 19-24]

Challenge of Champions 1981-89:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_of_Champions

Toronto Molson Light Challenge 1981-1982(any other editions?):

1981 Final : Gerulaitis def. McEnroe 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-3 [Feb. 3-8]
1982 Final : Lendl def. McEnroe 7-5 3-6 7-6 7-5 [Feb. 4-7]
1983 Final : Connors def. Higueras 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-0 [Feb. 8-13]
1984 Final : Lendl def. Noah 6-0 6-2 6-4 [Jan. 30-Feb. 5]


Salisbury WCT Invitational 1981 [Mar. 2-8]
** :

Final : Scanlon def. Amritraj 3-6 6-2 6-4 3-6 6-4


Jericho Hamlet Challenge Cup 1983-1989
***

North Miami Beach 1981-1983
:

1982 Final : Connors def. Teacher 6-2 6-2 [Dec 15-19]
1983 Final : Connors def. Lendl 6-3 7-6 6-1 [Dec 14-20]

Stuttgart Classic 1988
: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_St...%E2%80%93_Draw

Forest Hills: WCT Tournament of Champions 1990
:

Final : Lendl def. Krickstein 6-4 6-7 6-3 [Aug. 20-26]****






*This tournament had the highest prize money ever at that time. Wojtek Fibak earned 125000$. The 16 players were: Fibak, Nastase, Tanner, Dupre, Lutz, G. Mayer, Tim Gullikson, Amaya, Sadri, Smith, Dibbs, Vilas, Higueras, Ramirez, Noah & Orantes.
http://hemeroteca.elmundodeportivo.e...z,espa%C3%B1ol

** The 1980 edition won by Borg is listed on the ATP website but not the 1981, if I'm not mistaken.

***became an ATP Tour event in 1990 in Long Island and then New Haven. Was a four-man invitational in 1981 and 8-man in 1982 if I'm not mistaken : http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/23/ny...some-aces.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilot_Pen_Tennis

**** The Tournament of Champions is listed on the ATP Website until 1989. In early 1990 Lamar Hunt announced the end of the WCT Circuit. The 1990 edition of the ToC would be the last WCT event.

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