1973 Wimbledon Championships

The 1973 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.[1][2] The tournament was scheduled to be held from Monday 25 June until Saturday 7 July 1973 but rain on the final Friday meant that the women's singles final was postponed until Saturday and the mixed doubles final was rescheduled to Sunday 8 July.[3] It was the 87th staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam tennis event of 1973. Jan Kodeš and Billie Jean King won the singles titles. King became the first player in the open era to claim the triple crown, the second time in her career she won all three titles open to women players. Her three victories necessitated playing six matches on the final weekend of the tournament: The singles final, the doubles semi-final and final and the mixed doubles quarter-final, semi-final and final, which was played on the extended Sunday schedule.

1973 Wimbledon Championships
Date25 June – 8 July
CategoryGrand Slam
Draw128S / 64D / 128X
Prize money£52,400
LocationChurch Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
VenueAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Men's Singles
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Women's Singles
United States Billie Jean King
Men's Doubles
United States Jimmy Connors / Romania Ilie Năstase
Women's Doubles
United States Rosie Casals / United States Billie Jean King
Mixed Doubles
Australia Owen Davidson / United States Billie Jean King
Boys' Singles
United States Billy Martin
Girls' Singles
United States Ann Kiyomura
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ATP boycottEdit

In May 1973 Nikola Pilić, Yugoslavia's number one tennis player, was suspended by his national lawn tennis association, the Yugoslav Tennis Association, which claimed he had refused to play in a Davis Cup tie for his country against New Zealand earlier that month.[4] The initial suspension of nine months, supported by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), later was reduced by the ILTF to one month, which meant that Pilić would not be permitted to play at Wimbledon.[5] The recently formed men's players union, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) stated that none should compete if Pilić were not allowed to compete. As a result, 81 of the top players, including reigning champion Stan Smith, boycotted Wimbledon in 1973 to protest the suspension of Nikola Pilić. Twelve of the 16 men's seeds had withdrawn.[6] This resulted in a large number of qualifiers and lucky losers.[7]

Three ATP players, Ilie Năstase, Roger Taylor and Ray Keldie, defied the boycott and were fined by the ATP's disciplinary committee. Năstase unsuccessfully appealed the fine as he insisted that as a serving captain, he was under orders from the Romanian army and government to compete. Some contemporary press speculation and later biographies have suggested Năstase contrived to lose his fourth round match as he supported the ATP boycott, but to have lost any earlier to a considerably less able player would have been too obvious.[8][9] Năstase never has commented on this speculation. Despite the boycott, the attendance of 300,172 was the second highest in the championships' history to that date.[5]

Prize moneyEdit

The total prize money for 1973 championships was £52,400. The winner of the men's title earned £5,000 while the women's singles champion earned £3,000.[3][10]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
Men's Singles £5,000 £3,000 £1,000 £550 £300 £200 £125 £100
Women's Singles £3,000 £2,000 £700 £400 £250 £150 £100 £75
Men's Doubles * £1,000 £600 £400 £200 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Women's Doubles * £600 £400 £200 £100 £0 £0 £0 N/A
Mixed Doubles * £500 £350 £175 £100 £0 £0 £0 £0

* per team



Men's SinglesEdit

  Jan Kodeš defeated   Alex Metreveli, 6–1, 9–8(7–5), 6–3[11]

Women's SinglesEdit

  Billie Jean King defeated   Chris Evert, 6–0, 7–5[12]

  • It was King's 10th career Grand Slam title (her 6th in the Open Era), and her 5th Wimbledon title.

Men's DoublesEdit

  Jimmy Connors /   Ilie Năstase defeated   John Cooper /   Neale Fraser, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–9(3–7), 6–1[13]

Women's DoublesEdit

  Rosemary Casals /   Billie Jean King defeated   Françoise Dürr /   Betty Stöve, 6–1, 4–6, 7–5[14]

Mixed DoublesEdit

  Owen Davidson /   Billie Jean King defeated   Raúl Ramírez /   Janet Newberry, 6–3, 6–2[15]

  • King became the only player to win the 'triple crown' (Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles) twice in the post-war era, repeating her success of 1967.


Boys' SinglesEdit

  Billy Martin defeated   Colin Dowdeswell, 6–2, 6–4[16]

Girls' SinglesEdit

  Ann Kiyomura defeated   Martina Navrátilová, 6–4, 7–5[17]

Singles seedsEdit


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  13. ^ "Gentlemen's Doubles Finals 1884–2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Ladies' Doubles Finals 1913–2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Mixed Doubles Finals 1913–2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
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  17. ^ "Girls' Singles Finals 1947–2017". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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Preceded by
1973 French Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1973 US Open