1978 Richmond WCT

The 1978 Richmond WCT, also known by its sponsored name United Virginia Bank Classic, was a men's tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts in Richmond, Virginia, United States. The event was part WCT Tour which was incorporated into the 1978 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix circuit. It was the eighth edition of the tournament and was held from January 30 through February 5, 1978. Second-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis won the singles title.[3]

1978 Richmond WCT
DateJanuary 30 – February 5
Edition8th
CategoryGrand Prix (WCT)
Draw32S / 16D
Prize money$175,000
SurfaceCarpet / Indoor
LocationRichmond, Virginia, U.S.
Champions
Singles
United States Vitas Gerulaitis [1]
Doubles
South Africa Bob Hewitt / South Africa Frew McMillan [2]

Finals

Singles

United States Vitas Gerulaitis defeated Australia John Newcombe 6–3, 6–4

Doubles

South Africa Bob Hewitt / South Africa Frew McMillan defeated United States Vitas Gerulaitis / United States Sandy Mayer 6–3, 7–5

References

  1. ^ "1978 Richmond – Men's Singles draw". www.atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  2. ^ "1978 Richmond – Men's Doubles draw". www.atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  3. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1979). World of Tennis 1979 : a BP yearbook. London: Macdonald and Jane's. p. 177. ISBN 978-0354090681.

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1979 Richmond WCT

The 1979 Richmond WCT, also known by its sponsored name United Virginia Bank Classic, was a men's tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts in Richmond, Virginia, USA. The event was part WCT Tour which was incorporated into the 1979 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix circuit. It was the ninth edition of the tournament and was held from January 29 through February 4, 1979. First-seeded Björn Borg won the singles title.

Bob Hewitt

Robert Anthony John Hewitt (born 12 January 1940) is a former professional tennis player from Australia. In 1967, after marrying a South African, he became a South African citizen. He has won 15 major titles and a career Grand Slam in both men's and mixed doubles.

Convicted in 2015 of rape and sexual assault of minors (girls he was coaching in the 1980s and 90s), Hewitt was sentenced to an effective six years in jail, and was subsequently permanently expelled from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Frew McMillan

Frew Donald McMillan (born 20 May 1942) is a former professional male tennis player from South Africa who won five major doubles championships including three Wimbledons with Bob Hewitt. Altogether, he won 63 doubles titles, surpassed only by the Bryan brothers, Todd Woodbridge, John McEnroe and Tom Okker. He was also ranked No.1 in Doubles on the ATP Computer for a significant period from 1977 to 1979 when he was aged 37.

John Newcombe career statistics

This is a list of the main career statistics of professional tennis player John Newcombe.

Sandy Mayer

Alexander "Sandy" Mayer (born April 5, 1952) is a former tennis player from the United States, who won ten titles in singles and twenty-four titles in doubles during his professional career. He was part of the winning tennis squad at Stanford University in 1973.

Vitas Gerulaitis

Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis (July 26, 1954 – September 17, 1994) was a Lithuanian American professional tennis player. In 1975, Gerulaitis won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering with Sandy Mayer. He won the men's singles title at one of the two Australian Open tournaments held in 1977 (Gerulaitis won the tournament that was held in December, while Roscoe Tanner won the earlier January tournament). Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open titles, in 1977 and 1979, and the WCT Finals in Dallas, in 1978.

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