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1968 Wimbledon Championships

 

1968 Wimbledon Championships

1968 Wimbledon Championships
Date:   24 June – 6 July
Edition:   82nd
Category:   Grand Slam (ITF)
Draw:   128S / 64D / 128MX
Prize money:   £26,150
Surface:   Grass
Location:   Church Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
Champions
Men's Singles
Rod Laver [1]
Women's Singles
Billie Jean King [2]
Men's Doubles
John Newcombe / Tony Roche [3]
Women's Doubles
Billie Jean King / Rosie Casals [4]
Mixed Doubles
Ken Fletcher / Margaret Court [5]
Boys' Singles
John Alexander
Girls' Singles
Kristy Pigeon
Wimbledon Championships
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The 1968 Wimbledon Championships was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 24 June until 6 July. It was the 82nd staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam tennis event of 1968.

This tournament started the open era for Wimbledon, as it became the second Grand Slam tournament to offer prize money and allow professionals to compete after the 1968 French Open.[6] Singles champions Laver and King had already won Wimbledon twice before in the amateur era.


Prize money

The 1968 championships was the first edition of the tournament to offer prize money. The total prize money for the event was £26,150. The winner of the men's title earned £2,000 while the women's singles champion earned £750.[7][8]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
Men's Singles £2,000 £1,300 £750 £400 £150 £100 £75 £50
Women's Singles £750 £450 £300 £150 £90 £50 £35 £25
Men's Doubles * £800 £500 £350 £180 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Women's Doubles* £500 £300 £150 £100 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Mixed Doubles* £450 £300 £150 £100 £0 £0 £0 £0

* per team

Champions

Men's singles

Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2

Women's singles

Billie Jean King defeated Judy Tegart Dalton, 7–5, 9–7

Men's doubles

John Newcombe / Tony Roche defeated Ken Rosewall / Fred Stolle, 6–3, 6–8, 14–12, 6–3

Women's doubles

Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King defeated Françoise Dürr / Ann Haydon-Jones, 3–6, 6–4, 7–5

Mixed doubles

Margaret Court / Ken Fletcher defeated Alex Metreveli / Olga Morozova, 6–1, 14–12

Boys' Singles

John Alexander defeated Jacques Thamin, 6–1, 6–2

Girls' Singles

Kristy Pigeon defeated Lesley Hunt, 6–4, 6–3

Seeds

References

  1. ^ "1968 Wimbledon Men's Singes draw". ATP. 
  2. ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – Ladies' Singles 1968" (pdf). AELTC. 
  3. ^ "1968 Wimbledon Men's Doubles draw". ATP. 
  4. ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – Ladies' Doubles 1968" (pdf). AELTC. 
  5. ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – Mixed Doubles 1968" (pdf). AELTC. 
  6. ^ "Open tennis accepted for Wimbledon". espn.go.com. ESPN. 14 December 1967. 
  7. ^ Little, Alan (2013). Wimbledon Compendium 2013 (23 ed.). London: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. p. 327–334.  
  8. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1969). BP Year Book of World Tennis. London, Sydney: Ward Lock & Co. Ltd. p. 52.  

External links

  • Official website Wimbledon Championships
Preceded by
1968 French Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1968 US Open
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