1968 Men's National Tennis League

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1968 Men's NTL League
Rodney George Laver.jpg
Laver won most title's this year
Details
Duration 19 March – 2 August
Edition 1st
Tournaments 13
Categories (Pro)


Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles Australia Rod Laver (5)
Most tournament finals Australia Rod Laver (6)
1969

The 1968 Men's National Tennis League (NTL) [1] was the inaugural series of professional tennis tournaments founded by George McCall, among others: Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Andrés Gimeno, Pancho Gonzales and Fred Stolle.[2]

History[edit]

In 1967 two new professional tennis organizations were formed: the National Tennis League,[3] organized by former U.S. Davis Cup captain George MacCall, and World Championship Tennis (WCT), which was founded by New Orleans promoter Dave Dixon and funded by Dallas oil and football tycoon Lamar Hunt,[4] at the time the two professional tours signed a significant number of the world’s top players, professional and amateur.

In 1968 the first NTL Tour began in March with the opening tournament held in Sao Paulo, Brazil that was won by Rod Laver and ended with the final tournament held in Lima, Peru in August that was won by Fred Stolle.

Legend[edit]

Pro tour

Key[edit]

Calendar[edit]

This is the complete schedule of events on the 1968 National Tennis League, with player progression partially documented until the quarterfinals stage.

January[edit]

No events

February[edit]

No events

March[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semi Finalist Quarter Finalist
19 March NTL Sao Paulo Pro Championships 1968[5]
San Paulo, Brasil
Singles
Australia Rod Laver
Round Robin
United States Pancho Gonzales
AustraliaFred Stolle
Spain Andrés Gimeno
25 March NTL Buenos Aires Pro Championships 1968[6]
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Clay
Singles
Australia Rod Laver
Round Robin
United States Pancho Gonzales
Australia Fred Stolle
Spain Andrés Gimeno

April[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semi Finalist Quarter Finalist
1 April Bogota Pro Championships 1968[7] Bogotà, Colombia
Singles - Doubles
Spain Andrés Gimeno
11-13 6-3 6-4
Australia Fred Stolle Australia Rod Laver
United States Pancho Gonzales
Australia Rod Laver
Australia Fred Stolle
10-5
Spain Andrés Gimeno
United States Pancho Gonzales
15 April Cannes Pro Championship 1968[8]<
Cannes, France
Clay
Singles
Spain Andrés Gimeno
6-4 2-6 7-5
Australia Fred Stolle
18 April [9] BBC2 World Pro Invitation 1968
Wembley, Great Britain
Singles
Australia Rod Laver
6-3 10-8
Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Roy Emerson
United States Pancho Gonzales
20 April NTL Paris Pro Championships 1968[10]
Paris, France
Singles - Doubles
Australia Ken Rosewall
6-3 6-4
Spain Andrés Gimeno United States Pancho Gonzales
Australia Rod Laver

Australia Fred Stolle
Australia Roy Emerson

May[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semi Finalist Quarter Finalist
29 April-5 May [11] National Tennis League Professional Championships 1968
Wembley, Great Britain
Singles - Doubles
Australia Rod Laver
6–0, 6–1, 6–0
Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Rod Laver
Australia Roy Emerson
12-10 6-4
Spain Andrés Gimeno
United States Pancho Gonzales
18 May NTL Madison Square Garden Fields Pro Championships 1968[12]
New York City, United States
Singles - Doubles
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 6–3, 9–7, 6–4
Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Roy Emerson
6-2, 6-2
Spain Andrés Gimeno
8-10, 6-3, 7-5
Australia Lew Hoad
6-3, 6-1
United States Pancho Gonzales
15-13, 6-4
Peru Alex Olmedo
6-3, 6-4
Australia Fred Stolle
6-3, 6-3

June[edit]

No events

July[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semi Finalist Quarter Finalist
21 July NTL Los Angeles Pro Championships 1968[13]
Los Angeles, United States
Singles - Doubles
United States Pancho Gonzales
1–6 6–3 6–4
Australia Rod Laver

August[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semi Finalist Quarter Finalist
2 August NTL Oakland Pro Championships 1968[14]
Oakland, United States
Singles - Doubles
Australia Fred Stolle
7-5, 6-3
United States Pancho Gonzales

September[edit]

No events

October[edit]

No events

November[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semi Finalist Quarter Finalist
3 November[15] NTL La Paz Pro Round Robin Championships 1968
La Paz, Bolivia
Singles
Australia Rod Laver
6-4 3-6 7-5
Spain Andrés Gimeno Australia Fred Stolle
Australia Roy Emerson
8 November[16] NTL Sao Paulo Round Robin Championships 1968
Sao Paulo, Brasil
Singles
Australia Rod Laver
7-5 5-7 6-4
United States Pancho Gonzales Spain Andrés Gimeno
Australia Fred Stolle
Australia Roy Emerson
16 November[17] NTL Lima Pro Round Robin Championships 1968
Lima, Perù
Singles
Australia Fred Stolle
2-6 6-2 6-3
Spain Andrés Gimeno Australia Rod Laver
Australia Roy Emerson

December[edit]

No events

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gitlin, Marty (2011). Billie Jean King: Tennis Star & Social Activist: Tennis Star & Social Activist. ABDO. p. 46. ISBN 9781617149467. 
  2. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2017). The Concise History of Tennis. Independently published. p. 96. ISBN 9781549746475. 
  3. ^ Robertson, max (1974). Encyclopaedia of Tennis. Allen & Unwin. p. 74. ISBN 9780047960420. 
  4. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2017). The Concise History of Tennis. Independently published. p. 95. ISBN 9781549746475. 
  5. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Sao Paulo Pro Championships 1968". www.tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives, 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Buenos Aires Pro Championships 1968". www.tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives 2017. 
  7. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Bogota Pro Championships 1968". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Cannes Pro Championships 1968". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "BBC2 PRO Tournament Draw". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. 
  10. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Paris Pro Championships 1968". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "NTL Wembley Pro Champs Invitation: Tournament Draw". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Wembley Invitation 1968". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Los Angeles Professional Championships 1968". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  14. ^ Archives, Tennis. "Oakland Pros 1968". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "NTL LA PAZ PRO CH. Tournament Roll of honour". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "SAO PAULO PRO Tournament Roll of honour". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "NTL LIMA PRO CH. Tournament Roll of honour". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 

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