Tournament of Champions
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded1957
Abolished1959
LocationForest Hills, New York (1957–1959)
Sydney (1957, 1959)
Melbourne (1958)
VenueWest Side Tennis Club (1957–1959)
White City Stadium (1957, 1959)
Kooyong Stadium (1958)
SurfaceGrass

The Tournament of Champions was a prominent professional tennis tournament series held at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. and at Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne and White City Stadium, Sydney in Australia in 1957, 1958, and 1959.

History

The tournaments were held on the grass courts of Forest Hills, New York, at West Side Tennis Club between 1957 and 1959, and Australian versions were held on grass courts at White City Stadium, Sydney 1957, at Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne in 1958, and at White City again in 1959. The 1957 and 1958 [1] Forest Hills tournaments were both a round robin format, while the 1959 Forest Hills tournament was an elimination format with 10 players. The 1958 Kooyong Tournament of Champions was a round robin format,[2] while the 1957 and 1959 White City, Sydney tournaments were an elimination format.

The 1958 Kooyoong Tournament of Champions, with 10,000 AUS£ prize money, was the richest tournament of the series.

The Forest Hills Tournament of Champions was broadcast live nationally in the U.S. on the CBS television network with three broadcasts for each year's event, the only professional tournament in the U.S. known to achieve this status prior to the Open Era. (The 1965 CBS Dallas pro tennis tournament was filmed and broadcast one match at a time as a weekly series.) The Forest Hills Tournament of Champions in 1957, 1958, and 1959 all featured a Pancho Gonzales vs. Lew Hoad singles match on the final day.

Sponsors

The Australian Tournament of Champions (TOC) was sponsored by Ampol Petroleum as the Ampol Tournament of Champions. The prize money for the 1957 Sydney TOC was 7,500 AUS£, for the 1958 Kooyong TOC it was 10,000 AUS£, and for the 1959 Sydney TOC it was 5,000 AUS£.[3][4][5]

Singles

Forest Hills Tournament of Champions

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1957 United States Pancho Gonzales [6] Australia Frank Sedgman Round Robin
1958 United States Pancho Gonzales [7] Australia Ken Rosewall Round Robin
1959 Australia Lew Hoad [8] United States Pancho Gonzales 6–1, 5–7, 6–2, 6–1

Australian Tournament of Champions

Year Location Champions Runners-up Score
1957 White City Stadium, Sydney Ecuador Pancho Segura Australia Frank Sedgman 7–5, 6–0, 6–4
1958 Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne Australia Lew Hoad [9] Australia Frank Sedgman Round Robin
1959 White City Stadium, Sydney United States Pancho Gonzales Australia Lew Hoad 11–9, 6–1, 6–1

Draws

Forest Hills 1957

  United States Gonzales Australia Sedgman Australia Hoad Australia Rosewall United States Trabert Ecuador Segura RR
W–L
Set
W–L
Game
W–L
Standings
  United States Pancho Gonzales 5–7, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 9–7, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 6–2, 8–6, 6–4 6–3, 3–6, 11–9, 6–3 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 5–0 15–4 115–88 1
  Australia Frank Sedgman 7–5, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6 3–6, 4–6, 4–6 4–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–2 2–6, 6–4, 8–6, 6–3 7–5, 4–6, 6–0, 6–1 3–2 11–9 103–91 2
  Australia Lew Hoad 7–9, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 3–6, 7–9, 6–4, 3–6 4–6, 12–10, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6 6–1, 7–5, 6–2 2–3 10–9 103–99 3
  Australia Ken Rosewall 2–6, 6–8, 4–6 6–4, 5–7, 2–6, 2–6 6–3, 9–7, 4–6, 6–3 4–6, 12–14, 4–6 6–3, 6–1, 6–8, 2–6, 13–11 2–3 7–12 105–117 3
  United States Tony Trabert 3–6, 6–3, 9–11, 3–6 6–2, 4–6, 6–8, 3–6 6–4, 10–12, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 6–4, 12–10, 6–4 4–6, 5–7, 11–9, 6–4, 5–7 2–3 10–11 124–126 3
  Ecuador Pancho Segura 4–6, 3–6, 4–6 5–7, 6–4, 0–6, 1–6 1–6, 5–7, 2–6 3–6, 1–6, 8–6, 6–2, 11–13 6–4, 7–5, 9–11, 4–6, 7–5 0–5 6–14 87– 6

Sources[10][11]

Forest Hills 1958

  United States Gonzales Australia Rosewall United States Trabert Australia Hoad Ecuador Segura Australia Sedgman Australia Hartwig RR
W–L
Set
W–L
Game
W–L
Standings
  United States Pancho Gonzales 19–17, 5–7, 6–4 6–4, 6–8, 8–6 15–13, 3–6, 4–6 13–11, 6–2 10–8, 6–2 6–3, 6–3 5–1 11–4 119–100 1
  Australia Ken Rosewall 17–19, 7–5, 4–6 6–2, 6–2 6–2, 9–7 4–6, 6–1, 6–1 6–4, 2–6, 6–3 6–3, 6–3 5–1 11–4 97–70 2
  United States Tony Trabert 4–6, 8–6, 6–8 2–6, 2–6 2–6, 6–3, 6–2 2–6, 6–4, 6–4 8–6, 8–6 6–2, 8–6 4–2 9–6 80–77 3
  Australia Lew Hoad 13–15, 6–3, 6–4 2–6, 7–9 6–2, 3–6, 2–6 6–2, 9–7 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 4–2 9–7 90–84 4
  Ecuador Pancho Segura 11–13, 2–6 6–4, 1–6, 1–6 6–2, 4–6, 4–6 2–6, 7–9 6–1, 6–4 8–6, 13–11 2–4 6–8 77–86 5
  Australia Frank Sedgman 8–10, 2–6 4–6, 6–2, 3–6 6–8, 6–8 4–6, 6–3, 4–6 1–6, 4–6 9–7, 6–2 1–5 4–10 69–82 6
Australia Rex Hartwig 3–6, 3–6 3–6, 3–6 2–6, 6–8 6–3, 1–6, 3–6 6–8, 11–13 7–9, 2–6 0–6 1–12 56–89 7

Sources[7]

Forest Hills 1959

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Australia Lew Hoad 6 6 6    
Australia Mervyn Rose 2 4       Australia Mal Anderson 8 3 4    
Australia Mal Anderson 6 6       Australia Lew Hoad 5 6 7 6  
Australia Ken Rosewall 7 4 5 4  
Ecuador Pancho Segura 1 5    
Australia Ken Rosewall 6 7    
Australia Lew Hoad 6 5 6 6  
United States Pancho Gonzales 1 7 2 1  
United States Tony Trabert 6 28 6    
Australia Frank Sedgman 8 26 2    
United States Tony Trabert 2 1 8 8  
Australia Ashley Cooper 6 6       United States Pancho Gonzales 6 6 6 10  
United States Sam Giammalva 1 3       Australia Ashley Cooper 3 2      
United States Pancho Gonzales 6 6      

See also

References

  1. ^ Talbert, William Franklin (6 July 1959). "The Kramer cast lacks a plot The pro tennis troupe winds up its U.S. tour at Forest Hills amid apathy. The author suggests a future remedy". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Hoad Fancied For Ampol Round Robin". Canberra Times. 29 January 1958. p. 12. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Tournament of Champions". Western Herald. Bourke, NSW. 1 February 1957. p. 11. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Draw For Ampol Tennis Fixed". Canberra Times. 15 January 1958. p. 11 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "World Tennis Championship". Cumberland Argus. Parramatta, NSW. 23 September 1959. p. 5. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ McCauley (2000), pp. 75–77, 206
  7. ^ a b McCauley (2000), pp. 84, 209
  8. ^ McCauley (2000), pp. 93, 212–213
  9. ^ "Hoad defeats Sedgman to take Tourney". Canberra Times. 31 January 1958. p. 16. Retrieved 28 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ McCauley (2000), pp. 76–78, 206
  11. ^ "Gonzales thinks he can beat Hoad consistently". Bergen Evening Record. July 22, 1957. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.

Sources

  • McCauley, Joe (2000). The History of Professional Tennis. Windsor: The Short Run Book Company Limited.