Re: What was the WCT?
WCT -- World Championship Tennis -- was founded by Dallas oil magnate Lamar Hunt in the 1970s. It was the first big money tour for the men. Aside from Forest Hills in 1971, WCT was my first introduction to tennis, as their tournaments were televised frequently. If I remember correctly, play was set up in three divisions -- in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. The folks with the highest point totals advanced to the 8-player WCT Championships in Dallas, usually played indoors in the spring. Laver-Rosewall played one of the early WCT finals, a five-set epic that ranks as one of the all-time great matches. It's been a lot of years, and I may be remembering this incorrectly, but WCT generally took up the first 4-5 months of the year, and the Grand Prix took over after that. There was a lot of discord between the two groups, but the best players generally played WCT. At one point, they reached a truce and coincided in peace for a short time, before WCT began running its tournaments head-to-head with Grand Prix tournaments in the 1980s. The WCT tourneys were richer, but I'm not sure the ATP rankings recognized them in the end. Regardless, Lamar Hunt was a true visonary, and men's tennis owes him a lot. He should be in the Hall of Fame in my book, along with Gladys Heldman for the women's tour.