View Full Version : A blast from the past

03-02-2004, 08:31 AM
Last night on the Tennis Channel, they continued with the WITC tournament. This broadcast was from 1975. It featured a 29 year old Virginia Wade playing with an 18 year old Bjorn Borg. They were against Stan Smith and Billie Jean King.

The interesting thing was Borg. He was dressed in Fred Perry clothes and Tretorn shoes. There was no headband and no beardage. He looked as though he hadn't started shaving as a matter of fact. His racket was also a Slazenger Challenge 1, I believe. From the sound of him hitting the ball, it didn't appear that it was strung at the high tension he later became famous for. Pancho Gonsalez was very complimentary of Borg saying that he was a "good" player with a lot of potential and a great attitude on court. Borg was the reigning French Open champion from '74, I'm not sure if this broadcast was prior to the French Open of '75.

Borg blasted balls at Billie Jean King and she handled them routinely. I had the opportunity to speak with her steady mixed doubles partner, Owen Davidson, and he said he'd never seen any woman handle the pace of a man's shot like Billie Jean King. For the record, these two won a Grand Slam (all four in a year) in mixed doubles. She was also the firecest competitor that he said he'd ever seen regardless of gender.

Oh, Stan Smith and Billie Jean King beat Wade and Borg in straight sets. 8)

03-02-2004, 08:32 AM
Today is the match I've been waiting for, Rod Laver vs. Ilie Nastase. The broadcast is at 7:30 CST.

03-02-2004, 08:35 AM
Interesting. Someone on here said that they had seen Borg play in person, and that his groundies sounded like gunshots off the wood racquet.

03-02-2004, 09:55 AM
I've seen Borg play in person and I've shot many, many guns. I can safely and certainly dispell that rumor. Borg's shots never even came close to a .22 even! :lol:

He did hit a mean ball, but it wasn't close to a caliber.

03-02-2004, 12:02 PM
As I recall, the WITC was held Sept/Octoberish--great format with both genders playing. Used to be able to park under the pines and walk to the courts in those days. Also, the CBS Tennis Classic and early Family Circle tournaments were great to attend(except when the moonballers were on stadium court and folks started to wander the grounds watching practice instead of the main match!). Ah, the good old days! Wish it didn't cost an extra $50 to get TTC.