Alan King Tennis Classic

The Alan King Tennis Classic [1] was a men's tennis tournament held in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1972-1985. It was an event of the WCT Tour in 1972 before joining the Grand Prix tennis circuit from 1978 until 1985, and was one of the major ranking tournaments of both tours. It was part of the Grand Prix Super Series between 1972 and 1981. The event was hosted by American comedian Alan King and was played on outdoor hard courts of the Caesars Palace hotel.

Alan King Tennis Classic
Defunct tennis tournament
TourWCT Tour (1972)
Grand Prix circuit (1978–1985)
Founded1972
Abolished1985
Editions13
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
VenueCaesars Palace
SurfaceHard / outdoor

Past finals

Singles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1972 Australia John Newcombe South Africa Cliff Drysdale 6–3, 6–4
1973 United States Brian Gottfried United States Arthur Ashe 6–1, 6–3
1974 Australia Rod Laver United States Marty Riessen 6–2, 6–2
1975 United States Roscoe Tanner Australia Ross Case 5–7, 7–5, 7–6
1976 United States Jimmy Connors Australia Ken Rosewall 6–1, 6–3
1977 United States Jimmy Connors Mexico Raúl Ramírez 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
1978 United States Harold Solomon Italy Corrado Barazzutti 6–1, 3–0, RET.
1979 Sweden Björn Borg United States Jimmy Connors 6–3, 6–2
1980 Sweden Björn Borg United States Harold Solomon 6–3, 6–1
1981 Czech Republic Ivan Lendl United States Harold Solomon 6–4, 6–2
1982 United States Jimmy Connors United States Gene Mayer 5–2, RET.
1983 United States Jimmy Connors Australia Mark Edmondson 7–6, 6–1
1984 Not Held
1985 United States Johan Kriek United States Jimmy Arias 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2

Doubles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1972 Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
DEF
1973 United States Brian Gottfried
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
1974 Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia John Newcombe
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
1975 Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
6–1, 6–4
1976 United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 6–2
1977 United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
1978 Chile Álvaro Fillol
Chile Jaime Fillol
South Africa Bob Hewitt
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
1979 United States Marty Riessen
United States Sherwood Stewart
Italy Adriano Panatta
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
1980 United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Gene Mayer
6–2, 7–5
1981 United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
United States Tracy Delatte
United States Trey Waltke
6–3, 7–6
1982 United States Sherwood Stewart
United States Ferdi Taygan
Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
United States Van Winitsky
7–6, 6–4
1983 South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
United States Tracy Delatte
United States Johan Kriek
6–3, 7–5
1984 Not Held
1985 Australia Pat Cash
Australia John Fitzgerald
United States Paul Annacone
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
7–6, 6–7, 7–6

See also

References

  1. ^ "reference to tournament name in article". The Dispatch Newspaper. 25 April 1983. Retrieved 20 August 2011.

External links

1972 World Championship Tennis circuit

The 1972 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1972. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT). The circuit included twenty-three regular events, and two circuit finals, one taking place in May, counting for the second half of the 1971 season, and the first part of the 1972 season, and a smaller one taking place in November, counting for the second half of the 1972 season.

1976 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1976 Alan King Tennis Classic was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States that was sanctioned by the ATP but not part of the Grand Prix or World Championship Tennis circuits. It was the fifth edition of the tournament held from May 10 through 16, 1976. First-seeded Jimmy Connors won the singles title for the first time and earned $30,000 first-prize money as well as a new car.

1976 Alan King Tennis Classic – Doubles

Fourth-seeded pair Arthur Ashe and Charlie Pasarell won the title, defeating top-seeds Bob Lutz and Stan Smith in the final.

1976 Alan King Tennis Classic – Singles

Jimmy Connors claimed the title for the first time, defeating Ken Rosewall in the final.

1977 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1977 Alan King Tennis Classic was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States that was sanctioned by the ATP. It was the sixth edition of the tournament held from April 25 through May 1, 1977. Jimmy Connors won the singles title for the second time. Connors earned $50,000 first-prize money and a $7,000 new car.

1977 Alan King Tennis Classic – Doubles

Second-seeded Bob Lutz and Stan Smith won the title, defeating top-seeds Bob Hewitt and Raúl Ramírez in the final.

1977 Alan King Tennis Classic – Singles

First-seeded Jimmy Connors retained his title, defeating second-seeded Raúl Ramírez in the final.

1978 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1978 Alan King Tennis Classic was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States that was part of the 1978 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix. It was the seventh edition of the tournament was held from April 24 through April 30, 1978. Harold Solomon won the singles title after Barazzutti had to forfeit in the second set due to illness induced by food poisoning. Solomon earned $50,000 first-prize money as well as 225 Grand Prix points.

1978 Alan King Tennis Classic – Singles

Jimmy Connors was the defending champion but lost in the second round to Hank Pfister.

Sixth-seeded Harold Solomon claimed the title after Corrado Barazzutti retired from the final due to food poisoning.

1979 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1979 Alan King Tennis Classic was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States that was part of the 1979 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix. It was the eighth edition of the tournament was held from April 23 through April 29, 1979. First-seeded Björn Borg won the singles title and earned $33,750 first-prize money.

1980 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1980 Alan King Tennis Classic, also known as the Alan King-Ceasers Palace Tennis Classic, was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, United States. It was the ninth edition of the event and was part of the 1980 Volvo Grand Prix circuit. The tournament was held from April 21 through April 27, 1980. First-seeded Björn Borg won the singles title and the accompanying $60,000 first-prize money. It was Borg's second successive singles title at the tournament.

1981 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1981 Alan King Tennis Classic, also known as the Alan King-Ceasars Palace Tennis Classic, was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, United States. It was the tenth edition of the event and was part of the Super Series of the 1981 Volvo Grand Prix circuit. The tournament was held from April 20 through April 26, 1981. First-seeded Ivan Lendl won the singles title and the accompanying $60,000 first-prize money.

1982 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1982 Alan King Tennis Classic, also known as the Alan King-Ceasars Palace Tennis Classic, was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, United States. It was the 11th edition of the event and was part of the 1982 Volvo Grand Prix circuit. The tournament was held from April 19 through April 25, 1982. First-seeded Jimmy Connors won the singles title and the accompanying $60,000 first-prize money after his opponent in the final, Gene Mayer, retired due tro a sprained ankle.. It was Connors' third singles title at the tournament after 1976 and 1977.

1983 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1983 Alan King Tennis Classic, also known as the Alan King-Ceasars Palace Tennis Classic, was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, United States. It was the 12th edition of the event and was part of the 1983 Volvo Grand Prix circuit. The tournament was held from April 18 through April 24, 1983. First-seeded Jimmy Connors won the singles title and the accompanying $62,500 first-prize money. It was Connors' second consecutive singles title at the tournament and the fourth in total.

1985 Alan King Tennis Classic

The 1985 Alan King Classic was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, United States. It was the 13th edition of the event and was part of the 1985 Nabisco Grand Prix circuit. The tournament was held from April 29 through May 5, 1985. Unseeded Johan Kriek won the singles title.

Alan King

Alan King (born Irwin Alan Kniberg; December 26, 1927 – May 9, 2004) was an American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. King became well known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. He was also a serious actor who appeared in a number of movies and television shows. King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes.

Clifford S. Perlman

Clifford "Cliff" S. Perlman (March 30, 1926 – September 4, 2016) was an American entrepreneur and president and CEO of the Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas for over a decade. During his ownership he built thousands of additional rooms to what is the current Caesars Palace. Most notably, Perlman, first introduced live sports and boxing to Las Vegas. With his brother Stuart, they founded the international fast food franchise Lum's and bought, sold, and operated an airline.

Perlman, prior to his death, spent his time between his residences in Beverly Hills and Miami.

Corrado Barazzutti

Corrado Barazzutti (born 19 February 1953, in Udine) is a former Italian tennis player.

Tennis Channel Open

The Tennis Channel Open was a men's tennis tournament on the ATP International Series which was held for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 27 to March 5, 2006. In the men's singles final, James Blake defeated Lleyton Hewitt while the men's doubles title was won by Bob and Mike Bryan.

In 2005 The Tennis Channel purchased the tournament from IMG and moved it from Scottsdale to Las Vegas. In April 2008, The Tennis Channel announced that it was selling the tournament to the ATP, and the week the event had been held is now the first week of Davis Cup.

Alan King Tennis Classic

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