Originally Posted by Gizo
No it began in 1982, and Lendl beat McEnroe in the final that year. At the time many people considered it to be an impressive and proper title for Lendl, even though it wasn't officially counted by the ATP.
1985 was when Lendl won his 3rd title at Antwerp, beating Mac in the final again to take that golden racket home (players to needed to win the event 3 times within 5 years to receive the racket).
Completely right, I think I got confused with Lendl winning Golden Racket in 85
A great semiofficial event in any case and far above the Gran Slam Cup held later in Munich