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Old 09-09-2008, 01:08 PM   #60
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Originally Posted by jeffreyneave View Post
The aussie open regained its prominence when Wilander beat Mcenroe and Lendl in 1983. It was waek in the early 80s when Kriek won. In the 70s it varied. In 1970 it had good field (roche, necombe qashe, okker smith taylor and ralston -top grass court players)

In 1971 it was full grand slam with all wct players (laver, rosewall etc)
In '72 fairy weak (only Newcombe, metrevli and Rosewall from top 20)
In '73 same field as '72

In '74 not much depth, but had 3 best players of 74 (connors, newcombe, borg)

'75 no depth but 3 great grass court players newcombe, connors and Roche

'76 weak field - no top 10 from 1976

'77 Tanner beat roche, rosewall and vilas (all very good players and in the top 20 in 1977)

'77 dec Gerulaitis wins from reasonable field (includes dent, tanner, alexander ,roche and rosewall all rated players in '77)

'78 and '79 vilas wins from fairly weak field, but he is a quality player on aussie grass given his Maters wins in '74

Laver's 13 wins were not all on the wct circuit; 7 were open to ITF players (philaelphia, South Africa, Queens, Dunlop sydney open, South orange, PSW and Wemlby London) ; that's why he beat the top itf players(richey, nastase, ashe and Smith) as well The 1970 circuit was a mixed one with Laver and Rosewall both qualifying for the ITF masters even though they played plenty of restricted events for WCT player as well. Laver beat Rosewall 5-0; Newcombe 3-0.

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