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Scott_tennis
05-18-2009, 02:57 PM
I am interested in developing a complete and accurate listing of all events that the WCT players ("Handsome Eight") participated in during 1968. The following list includes all WCT events, joint WCT/NTL events and open tournaments in which the WCT players participated.

Any corrections or additions to the list would be appreciated

WCT 1968
1. 1/22-1/25 Sydney Roche d Pilic
2. 2/1 - 2/3 Kansas City World Cup
3. 2/5 - 2/7 St Louis World Cup
4. 2/9 - 2/11 Miami Buchholz d Roche
5. 2/13 - 2/15 Houston Won by Buchholz
6. 2/17 - 2/19 New Orleans Drysdale d Newcombe
7. 2/23 - Tampa event cancelled
8. 2/27 - 3/1 Tulsa Drysdale d Ralston
9. 3/22 - 3/24 San Diego Buchholz d Ralston
10. 3/29 - 4/1 Los Altos Hills Pilic d Ralston
11. 4/2 - 4/3 Bakersfield Newcombe d Drysdale
12. 4/5 - 4/8 Fresno Buchholz d Roche
13. 4/17 - 4/21 Evansville Newcombe d Pilic
14. 5/3 - 5/6 Minneapolis Ralston d Newcombe
15. 5/9 - 5/12 Buffalo Buchholz d Ralston
16. 5/30 - 6/2 Baltimore Ralston d Roche

(Additional Listings to follow)

Scott_tennis
05-18-2009, 07:30 PM
WCT 1968
1. 1/22-1/25 Sydney Roche d Pilic
2. 2/1 - 2/3 Kansas City World Cup
3. 2/5 - 2/7 St Louis World Cup
4. 2/9 - 2/11 Miami Buchholz d Roche
5. 2/13 - 2/15 Houston Won by Buchholz
6. 2/17 - 2/19 New Orleans Drysdale d Newcombe
7. 2/23 - Tampa event cancelled
8. 2/27 - 3/1 Tulsa Drysdale d Ralston
9. 3/22 - 3/24 San Diego Buchholz d Ralston
10. 3/29 - 4/1 Los Altos Hills Pilic d Ralston
11. 4/2 - 4/3 Bakersfield Newcombe d Drysdale
12. 4/5 - 4/8 Fresno Buchholz d Roche
13. 4/17 - 4/21 Evansville Newcombe d Pilic
14. 5/3 - 5/6 Minneapolis Ralston d Newcombe
15. 5/9 - 5/12 Buffalo Buchholz d Ralston
16. 5/30 - 6/2 Baltimore Ralston d Roche
17. 6/12 - 6/16 US Pro Longwood (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
18. 6/17 - 6/22 Queens Open
19. 6/24 - 7/6 Wimbledon
20. 7/9 - 7/15 Paris (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
21. 7/15 - 7/21 Swiss Open Gstaad Drysdale won
22. 7/27 - 7/29 WCT Bastaad Ralston d Newcombe
23. 7/30 - 7/31 WCT Maribor Pilic wins RR
24. 8/1 - 8/3 WCT Cannes Newcombe d Riessen
25. 8/5 - 8/12 German Open Newcombe won
26. 8/13 - 8/18 WCT Newport Riessen d Drysdale
27. 8/29 - 9/8 US Open
(17 9/10 US Pro Final played)
28. 9/16 - 9/22 PSW Open
29. October* WCT Pretoria - Newcombe d Roche
30. October WCT Johannesburg - Roche d Buchholz
31. October WCT Durban - Newcombe d Roche
32. October WCT East London - Newcombe d Drysdale
33. October WCT Port Elizabeth - Taylor d Roche
34. October WCT Capetown - Roche d Drysdale
35. October WCT Kimberly - Newcombe d Roche
36. 11/15 - 11/21 London (with NTL) Rosewall d Newcombe
37. 11/27 - 12/1 New York (with NTL) Roche d Gonzales
38. 12/3 - 12/4 Evanston IL (with NTL) AUS d US

*McCauley book lists all the South African events as October. Does anyone have the exact dates of each event?

Also, does anyone have details of an event in Shreveport?

Tennisfan!
05-24-2009, 05:38 AM
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AndrewTas
05-25-2009, 08:39 PM
I went through the list and I agree with the whole list. I still haven't found the dates for the South African tournaments and didn't know Shreveport existed.

Scott_tennis
05-27-2009, 05:07 AM
Thanks for reviewing....I guess the South African dates will remain a mystery until someone else is able to come forward with details.

1. Shreveport:
From Open Tennis by Richard Evans:
"Few of the tournaments immediately following Kansas City were sufficiently successful....the whole thing would have ended in a total disaster as opposed to localized disasters like Shreveport. It was there that the court failed to arrive, leaving the matches to be played on a bare concrete floor, and the handful of fans that did show up were let in free."

The Bud Collins book My Life With The Pros also makes reference to this event.

2. Orlando
It appears that an event was held in Orlando sometime around 2/20-2/22.
Does anyone have results of finals from that event?

Scott_tennis
12-29-2009, 08:15 PM
I have located newspaper references to the Shreveport event.....it appears to have been held as a one-day event on 2/8/68, with Ralston d Buchholz in the finals. Shreveport should appear on list between St. Louis and Miami.

Scott_tennis
12-30-2009, 10:52 AM
WCT 1968
1. 1/22-1/25 Sydney Roche d Pilic
2. 2/1 - 2/3 Kansas City World Cup
3. 2/5 - 2/7 St Louis World Cup
4. 2/9 - 2/11 Miami Buchholz d Roche
5. 2/13 - 2/15 Houston Won by Buchholz
6. 2/17 - 2/19 New Orleans Drysdale d Newcombe
7. 2/23 - Tampa event cancelled
8. 2/27 - 3/1 Tulsa Drysdale d Ralston
9. 3/22 - 3/24 San Diego Buchholz d Ralston
10. 3/29 - 4/1 Los Altos Hills Pilic d Ralston
11. 4/2 - 4/3 Bakersfield Newcombe d Drysdale
12. 4/5 - 4/8 Fresno Buchholz d Roche
13. 4/17 - 4/21 Evansville Newcombe d Pilic
14. 5/3 - 5/6 Minneapolis Ralston d Newcombe
15. 5/9 - 5/12 Buffalo Buchholz d Ralston
16. 5/30 - 6/2 Baltimore Ralston d Roche
17. 6/12 - 6/16 US Pro Longwood (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
18. 6/17 - 6/22 Queens Open
19. 6/24 - 7/6 Wimbledon
20. 7/9 - 7/15 Paris (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
21. 7/15 - 7/21 Swiss Open Gstaad Drysdale won
22. 7/27 - 7/29 WCT Bastaad Ralston d Newcombe
23. 7/30 - 7/31 WCT Maribor Pilic wins RR
24. 8/1 - 8/3 WCT Cannes Newcombe d Riessen
25. 8/5 - 8/12 German Open Newcombe won
26. 8/13 - 8/18 WCT Newport Riessen d Drysdale
27. 8/29 - 9/8 US Open
(17 9/10 US Pro Final played)
28. 9/16 - 9/22 PSW Open
29. October* WCT Pretoria - Newcombe d Roche
30. October WCT Johannesburg - Roche d Buchholz
31. October WCT Durban - Newcombe d Roche
32. October WCT East London - Newcombe d Drysdale
33. October WCT Port Elizabeth - Taylor d Roche
34. October WCT Capetown - Roche d Drysdale
35. October WCT Kimberly - Newcombe d Roche
36. 11/15 - 11/21 London (with NTL) Rosewall d Newcombe
37. 11/27 - 12/1 New York (with NTL) Roche d Gonzales
38. 12/3 - 12/4 Evanston IL (with NTL) AUS d US

Scott_tennis
12-30-2009, 10:56 AM
WCT 1968
1. 1/22-1/25 Sydney Roche d Pilic
2. 2/1 - 2/3 Kansas City World Cup
3. 2/5 - 2/7 St Louis World Cup
4. 2/8 Shreveport Ralston d Buchholz
5. 2/9 - 2/11 Miami Buchholz d Roche
6. 2/13 - 2/15 Houston Won by Buchholz
7. 2/17 - 2/19 New Orleans Drysdale d Newcombe
8. 2/23 - Tampa (cancelled)
9. 2/27 - 3/1 Tulsa Drysdale d Ralston
10. 3/22 - 3/24 San Diego Buchholz d Ralston
11. 3/29 - 4/1 Los Altos Hills Pilic d Ralston
12. 4/2 - 4/3 Bakersfield Newcombe d Drysdale
13. 4/5 - 4/8 Fresno Buchholz d Roche
14. 4/17 - 4/21 Evansville Newcombe d Pilic
15. 5/3 - 5/6 Minneapolis Ralston d Newcombe
16. 5/9 - 5/12 Buffalo Buchholz d Ralston
17. 5/30 - 6/2 Baltimore Ralston d Roche
18. 6/12 - 6/16 US Pro Longwood (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
19. 6/17 - 6/22 Queens Open
20. 6/24 - 7/6 Wimbledon
21. 7/9 - 7/15 Paris (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
22. 7/15 - 7/21 Swiss Open Gstaad Drysdale won
23. 7/27 - 7/29 WCT Bastaad Ralston d Newcombe
24. 7/30 - 7/31 WCT Maribor Pilic wins RR
25. 8/1 - 8/3 WCT Cannes Newcombe d Riessen
26. 8/5 - 8/12 German Open Newcombe won
27. 8/13 - 8/18 WCT Newport Riessen d Drysdale
28. 8/29 - 9/8 US Open
(18 9/10 US Pro Final played)
29. 9/16 - 9/22 PSW Open
30. October* WCT Pretoria - Newcombe d Roche
31. October WCT Johannesburg - Roche d Buchholz
32. October WCT Durban - Newcombe d Roche
33. October WCT East London - Newcombe d Drysdale
34. October WCT Port Elizabeth - Taylor d Roche
35. October WCT Capetown - Roche d Drysdale
36. October WCT Kimberly - Newcombe d Roche
37. 11/15 - 11/21 London (with NTL) Rosewall d Newcombe
38. 11/27 - 12/1 New York (with NTL) Roche d Gonzales
39. 12/3 - 12/4 Evanston IL (with NTL) AUS d US

urban
12-31-2009, 12:22 AM
Excellent list, Scott tennis. From what i have read about the early Handsome 8 tour (from Evans, Collins, and Barrett or Gray), it was full of experimental scorings and habits. They were the first to wear coloured shirts, and used the van Alen (VASS) scoring system, with sets at 21 like ping-pong. Also the crowd was allowed to intervene with loud remarks during play. WTT took over some of these patterns later on. Interestingly, after the wild start, the WCT tour became more and more traditional, and the 1971 tour with 20 50000$ tournaments set new standards in pro tennis.

Scott_tennis
01-01-2010, 10:21 PM
WCT 1968
1. 1/22-1/25 Sydney Roche d Pilic
2. 2/1 - 2/3 Kansas City World Cup
3. 2/5 - 2/7 St Louis World Cup
4. 2/8 Shreveport Ralston d Buchholz
5. 2/9 - 2/11 Miami Buchholz d Roche
6. 2/13 - 2/15 Houston Buchholz d Ralston
7. 2/17 - 2/19 New Orleans Drysdale d Newcombe
8. 2/20 - 2/22 Orlando Ralston d Pilic
(The event scheduled after Orlando was Tampa, to start 2/23 but was cancelled)
9. 2/27 - 3/1 Tulsa Drysdale d Ralston
10. 3/22 - 3/24 San Diego Buchholz d Ralston
11. 3/29 - 4/1 Los Altos Hills Pilic d Ralston
12. 4/2 - 4/3 Bakersfield Newcombe d Drysdale
13. 4/5 - 4/8 Fresno Buchholz d Roche
14. 4/17 - 4/21 Evansville Newcombe d Pilic
15. 5/3 - 5/6 Minneapolis Ralston d Newcombe
16. 5/9 - 5/12 Buffalo Buchholz d Ralston
17. 5/30 - 6/2 Baltimore Ralston d Roche
18. 6/12 - 6/16 US Pro Longwood (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
19. 6/17 - 6/22 Queens Open
20. 6/24 - 7/6 Wimbledon
21. 7/9 - 7/15 Paris (with NTL) Laver d Newcombe
22. 7/15 - 7/21 Swiss Open Gstaad Drysdale won
23. 7/27 - 7/29 WCT Bastaad Ralston d Newcombe
24. 7/30 - 7/31 WCT Maribor Pilic wins RR
25. 8/1 - 8/3 WCT Cannes Newcombe d Riessen
26. 8/5 - 8/12 German Open Newcombe won
27. 8/13 - 8/18 WCT Newport Riessen d Drysdale
28. 8/29 - 9/8 US Open
(18 9/10 US Pro Final played)
29. 9/16 - 9/22 PSW Open
30. October* WCT Pretoria - Newcombe d Roche
31. October WCT Johannesburg - Roche d Buchholz
32. October WCT Durban - Newcombe d Roche
33. October WCT East London - Newcombe d Drysdale
34. October WCT Port Elizabeth - Taylor d Roche
35. October WCT Capetown - Roche d Drysdale
36. October WCT Kimberly - Newcombe d Roche
37. 11/15 - 11/21 London (with NTL) Rosewall d Newcombe
38. 11/27 - 12/1 New York (with NTL) Roche d Gonzales
39. 12/3 - 12/4 Evanston IL (with NTL) AUS d US