1977 Italian Open (tennis)
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1977 Italian Open Tennis
1977 Italian Open
Date16-22 May
Prize money$125,000 (M)
$35,000 (W)
SurfaceClay / outdoor
LocationRome, Italy
VenueForo Italico
Men's Singles
United States Vitas Gerulaitis[1]
Women's Singles
United States Janet Newberry
Men's Doubles
United States Brian Gottfried / Mexico Raúl Ramírez[2]
Women's Doubles
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers / South Africa Marise Kruger
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The 1977 Italian Open was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament that was played by men on outdoor clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. The men's tournament was part of the Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix circuit while the women's tournament was part of the Colgate Series. The tournament was held from 16 May through 22 May 1977. The singles titles were won by eight-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis and fifth-seeded Janet Newberry who earned $21,000 and $6,000 first-prize money respectively. Gerulaitis competed despite being contracted to play for the Indiana Loves World Team Tennis (WTT) franchise and was fined $19,000 for failing to play Björn Borg in the weekend of the final.[3][4][5]


Men's singles

United States Vitas Gerulaitis defeated Italy Antonio Zugarelli 6-2, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6

Women's singles

United States Janet Newberry defeated Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová 6-3, 7-6(7-5)

Men's doubles

United States Brian Gottfried / Mexico Raúl Ramírez defeated United States Fred McNair / United States Sherwood Stewart 6-7, 7-6, 7-5

Women's doubles

South Africa Brigitte Cuypers / South Africa Marise Kruger defeated United States Bunny Bruning / United States Sharon Walsh 3-6, 7-5, 6-2


  1. ^ "ATP - 1977 Rome Men's Singles draw". ATP.
  2. ^ "ATP - 1977 Rome Men's Doubles draw". ATP.
  3. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1978). World of Tennis 1978 : a BP yearbook. London: Macdonald and Janes. pp. 97-98. ISBN 9780354090391.
  4. ^ "It's Veni, Vidi, Vici for Vitas". Sports Illustrated. 15 August 1977.
  5. ^ "Gerulaitis, Newberry Capture Italian Open Tennis Crowns". The Hour. UPI. 23 May 1977. p. 22.

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