Important Events aka Major Events on the Old Pro Tour

thrust

Hall of Fame
At Wembley in 1968, there were actually 3 pro tennis events. In spring in a NTL event, Laver beat Rosewall pretty badly in 3 straight sets. Then the BBC 2 event was played in April i think, where Laver again beat Rosewall in 2 sets. This event was billed as "World Professional Tennis Championshpis" and transmitted on tv as first ever pro tennis event to Germany. First time i actually saw those mythical, so long hidden pro players on tv. The Kramer event in autumn was a combined NTL/WCT event and so called by the trustful Lance Tingay, who makes no errors in those questions, also so billed in the 1968 World of Tennis yearbook. I saw pictures of Kramer in a line with those pros present. Kramer at that time was no longer the regular boss of the pros, that were McCall and Hunt. He was still operating as the organizer of the very important open Los Angeles South West Pacific event. Maybe he still had the copyright on it and brought the bill Tournament of Champions with him to London. Nevertheless, I don't see it as a direct follower of the TOC, which were played at Forest Hills 1957-1959.
There was a Wembley tournament in 68 in which Rosewall beat Newcombe in the final. There was also a tournament in Paris, RG, in which Laver beat Newcombe in the final. I am pretty sure both were organized by Kramer.
 

urban

Legend
That the TOCs in the 50s had better prize money, is wrong. Wembley KTOC 1968 as successor of the London pro event had very good prize money and a very good draw of 16. Rosewall got 5000 British pounds for his win, his 6th Wembley win. In the next years the event was succeeded by the important open British Covered Court Championships, later Benson and Hedges tournaments with at least 32 draws. Winners included Laver (2), who won 6 Wembleys alltogether, Nastase, Connors (2), Borg and McEnroe (3).
The Roland Garros pro event in 1968 was played a week after Wimbledon on clay, and was the last French Pro. In some public statements is was billed as European Pro Championships.
 

Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
That the TOCs in the 50s had better prize money, is wrong. Wembley KTOC 1968 as successor of the London pro event had very good prize money and a very good draw of 16. Rosewall got 5000 British pounds for his win, his 6th Wembley win. In the next years the event was succeeded by the important open British Covered Court Championships, later Benson and Hedges tournaments with at least 32 draws. Winners included Laver (2), who won 6 Wembleys alltogether, Nastase, Connors (2), Borg and McEnroe (3).
The Roland Garros pro event in 1968 was played a week after Wimbledon on clay, and was the last French Pro. In some public statements is was billed as European Pro Championships.
That final RG Pro had a very strong field, Newk outlasted Rosewall but lost the final to Laver.
The 1968 Wembley TOC had a total purse of 20,000 pounds, but the Forest Hills TOC in the late fifties had national broadcast contracts, which fetched huge amounts of cash for the tour.
 
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