1970 US Open (tennis)
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1970 US Open Tennis

The 1970 US Open was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, in New York City, United States. The tournament ran from 2 September until 13 September. It was the 90th staging of the US Open, and the fourth Grand Slam tennis event of 1970.

It was the first Grand Slam tournament in which the tiebreak was used to decide the set at a 6-6 score. The 1970 US Open was the first tournament to introduce a final set tie-break in a Grand Slam. It differed from the current tie-break scoring in that it was won by the first player to reach five points with a sudden death at 4-4. A red flag would be put up by the umpire's seat to draw fan attention to the tiebreaker in progress. Most players disapproved of the tiebreaker but the visitors loved it.[4][5]


Men's singles

Australia Ken Rosewall defeated Australia Tony Roche, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5-2), 6-3 [1]

o It was Rosewall's 6th career Grand Slam singles title, his 2nd during the Open Era and his 2nd and last at the US Open.

Women's singles

Australia Margaret Court defeated United States Rosemary Casals, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 [2]

o It was Court's 20th career Grand Slam singles title, her 7th during the Open Era and her 4th at the US Open.
With this title, Court completed the Grand Slam (winning all 4 major tournaments in one calendar year).

Men's doubles

France Pierre Barthès / Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pili? defeated Australia Roy Emerson / Australia Rod Laver, 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6[3]

o It was Barthès' 1st and only career Grand Slam doubles title.
o It was Pili?'s 1st and only career Grand Slam doubles title.

Women's doubles

Australia Margaret Court / Australia Judy Tegart Dalton defeated United States Rosemary Casals / United Kingdom Virginia Wade, 6-3, 6-4 [2]

o It was Court's 10th career Grand Slam doubles title, her 5th during the Open Era and her 3rd at the US Open.
o It was Tegart Dalton's 7th career Grand Slam doubles title, her 4th during the Open Era and her 1st at the US Open.

Mixed doubles

Australia Margaret Court / United States Marty Riessen defeated Australia Judy Tegart Dalton / South Africa Frew McMillan, 6-4, 6-4 [2]

Prize money

Event W F SF QF 4R 3R 2R 1R
Singles [6] Men $20,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,250 $900 $600 $300
Women $7,500 $3,750 $1,750 $1,250 - $625 $400 $150


  1. ^ a b "1970 US Open - Men's singles". ATP.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "1970 US Open" (PDF). WTA.
  3. ^ a b "1970 US Open - Men's Doubles". ATP.
  4. ^ World of Tennis 1971. London: Queen Anne Press. 1971. p. 110. ISBN 978-0362000917.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Van Alen". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1971). World of Tennis. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0362000917.

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