WCT players 1968 calendar

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  1. Scott_tennis

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    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)
     
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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    Wct 1968

    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?
     
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    WCT 1968 - Shreveport

    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.
     
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    WCT 1968 - Shreveport

    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
     
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    WCT revised 1968 schedule

    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
     
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    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.
     
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    WCT revised 1968 schedule (added Orlando)

    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
     
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