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My inability to recall the details of the 1975 U.S. Open final between Chris and Evonne sent me in search of a couple of old tennis yearbooks I have from the 1975 and 1976 seasons. For a moment, I feared I might have tossed in a zealous moment of cleaning at the beginning of this year, but finally found them stuck in a corner of a closet. In honor of next week's Canadian Open, or whatever they're calling Toronto this year, here are memories of the 1975-1976 tournaments, which were indeed played in Toronto, although not at the present facility and not on hard courts. It was a clay court tournament back then.

From 1975, here's what my yearbook says:

"Because Margaret Court ran afoul of the young Aussie lefty, Dianne Fromholtz, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, and Julie Heldman stumbled likewise to another kid, South African Delina "Linky" Boshoff 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 -- both in the quarters -- a light woman's draw came apart entirely. Two Americans only slightly known beyond their own households, Marcie Louie of San Francisco and Laura DuPont of Wilmington, N.C., popped up in the final after respective wins over Boshoff (6-0, 6-1) and Fromholtz (7-6, 6-3). Louie, a 21-year-old, won a good-natured baseline duel for the title, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

In the doubles final, Court won her nine-millonth or so national championship of one sort or another, in the company of Julie "Doc" Anthony, 6-2, 6-4, over a pair of lively American colleg e girls, Joanne Russell and Jane Stratton. Russell and Stratton had knocked out the 1974 champions, Heldman and Gail Chanfreau (Lovera), in the semis, 6-2, 7-5."

Manuel Orantes of Spain beat Ilie Natase 7-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the men's final.

Quarterfinals:
Fromholtz def. Court 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Dupont def. Anthony 6-4, 6-4; Louie def. Tine Zwaan, the Netherlands, 6-4, 6-4; Boshoff def. Heldman 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Semifinals:
Dupont def. Fromholtz 7-6, 6-3; Louie def. Boshoff 6-0, 6-1

Final: Louie def. Dupont 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

FYI -- I believe Dupont did win the Canadian Open a few years later, possibly 1979 or 1980.


For 1976, the yearbook says:
"The women attracted less notice or, as Jane O'Hara put it in the Toronto Sun, 'If the women were the only feature in this $155,000 tournament, the crowds would be staying away in droves.'

Britain's Sue Barker was the top seed but, having played little since Wimbledon, was out of touch and groove and lost to Cynthia Doerner in the quarters. Mrs. Doerner was then beaten by Australia's Lesley Hunt 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 after having match points. Mima Jausovec also saved match points against Regina Marsikova and Virginia Ruzici recovered from 1-5 in the final set to beat Laura Dupont.

Miss Jausovec's final win 6-2, 6-0 over Lesley Hunt was only the sixth women's match played on the sunken centre court during the eight-day meeting. But a near-capacity Sunday afternoon crowd watched that brief encounter."

Guillermo Vilas beat Poland's Wojtek Fibak 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 for the men's title.

Quarterfinals: Doerner, Australia, def. Barker 6-3, 6-2; Hunt def. Kathy May, USA, 6-0, 6-0; Jausovec def. Marsikova 6-7, 7-6, 7-5; Ruzici def. Dupont 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

Semifinals: Hunt def. Doerner 7-5, 5-7, 7-6; Jausovec def. Ruzici 7-6, 6-1.

Final: Jausovec def. Hunt 6-2, 6-0.

I have no recall -- and the book doesn't say -- who won the women's doubles, but it may have been Jausovec and Ruzici, who were a formidable doubles team in the mid to late 70s. And obviously, I have way too much times on my hands to spend all this time typing this stuff -- at 1:15 a.m. much less!
 

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Thanks for posting this, Jem. Inspired by your thread I dug out the first ten of my ITF "World Of Tennis" Yearbooks and I've posted the singles semis-and-onwards results in the Canadian Open forum. (I still call it that, as I guess most of us old-timers do!)
Two highlights for me: Francise Durr's fantastic 1971 tournament, and a rare win over Margaret Court for Virginia Wade in 1972!!
 

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Thanks so much for the results and blurbs! Very cool indeed. I guess the Canadian didn't really catch fire until a few years later. Do you have the write up on the 1981 event? Wasn't that the year that all hell broke loose?
 

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That's right BCP, it was 1981, as Mark calls it "the year all hell broke loose", with disputed calls, Pam calling Tracy 4 letter words, and Hana giving officials the finger.

To top it off the top women bitched about the rankings because jaeger was #2 and everyone didn't want Hana in their quarter.
 

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The 1981 Canadian was weird. Rita Mae Brown called Martina during the tournament and threatened to tell all about their relationship to the 'Washington Post' if Martina didn't give her her Rolls-Royce and more money. Martina refused and Rita Mae's story came out shortly thereafter.
 

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WOW what a great tournament! Drama drama drama. Does anyone have the toiurnament draw and results?

Chris, death threats, Pam cussing out Tracy, Martina's relationship problems, and everyone bitching about Andrea Jaegar....sooooooo good!
 

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marcie louie? any relation to peanut louie harper?

thanks for the memories and yes dupont won it 1980
 
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