1969 Italian Open (tennis)
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1969 Italian Open Tennis
1969 Italian Open
Date21 - 28 April
Prize money$14,600
SurfaceClay court / outdoor
LocationRome, Italy
VenueForo Italico
Men's Singles
Australia John Newcombe [1]
Women's Singles
United States Julie Heldman
Men's Doubles
No winners [2]
Women's Doubles
France Françoise Dürr / United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones
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The 1969 Italian Open was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament that was played on outdoor clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. It was the 26th edition of the tournament and the first that was open to amateur and professional players.[a] The event was held from 21 April through 28 April 1969 and finished a day late. The singles titles were won by second-seeded John Newcombe and Julie Heldman, the first American female player to win the title in 13 years.[4][5]


Men's singles

Australia John Newcombe defeated Australia Tony Roche 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Women's singles

United States Julie Heldman defeated Australia Kerry Melville 7-5, 6-3

Men's doubles

Netherlands Tom Okker / United States Marty Riessen shared the title with Australia John Newcombe / Australia Tony Roche 4-6, 6-1, susp [b]

Women's doubles

France Françoise Dürr / United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones defeated France Rosemary Casals / United Kingdom Billie Jean King 6-3, 3-6, 6-2


  1. ^ The 1968 edition was the first held in the open era of tennis, which started in April 1968, but was not yet declared open by the Italian tennis federation.[3]
  2. ^ Match was suspended due to darkness


  1. ^ "1969 Rome Men's Singles draw". www.atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  2. ^ "1969 Rome Men's Doubles draw". www.atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  3. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1969). BP Yearbook of World Tennis. London: Ward Lock. pp. 93-84. ISBN 978-0706318241. OCLC 502175694.
  4. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1970). BP Year Book of World Tennis 1970. London: Clipper P. pp. 85-88. ISBN 0851080049. OCLC 502255545. OL 21635829M.
  5. ^ "Newcombe and Miss Heldman Win Italian Titles". The New York Times. UPI. 28 April 1969.

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