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1972 Grand Prix (tennis)

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Edition  3rd
Most tournament titles  Stan Smith (9)
Tournaments  33
Most tournament finals  Ilie Năstase (11)
1972 Grand Prix (tennis)
Duration  14 February – 28 November
Categories  Group AA (3) Group A (7) Group B (4) Group C (14) Group D (5)

The 1972 Commercial Union Assurance Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year and organized by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF). It consisted of 33 Grand Prix tournaments in different categories including three of the four Grand Slam tournaments and was followed by a season-ending Masters tournament. The circuit ran from February through November.


The 1972 Grand Prix circuit ran in competition with the 1972 World Championship Tennis circuit as well as the smaller 1972 USLTA Indoor Circuit. In July 1971 at its annual meeting the ILTF voted to ban all WCT contract professionals from their tournaments and facilities from the beginning of 1972 onwards. This meant that leading WCT players such as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Arthur Ashe and John Newcombe did not initially have permission to compete in the Grand Prix circuit and Newcombe could not defend his two consecutive Wimbledon titles of 1970 and 1971. In April 1972, however, an agreement was reached between the ILTF and WCT that divided the 1973 tour in a WCT circuit that ran from January through April and a Grand Prix circuit that was scheduled for the rest of the year. Under the agreement the players contracted by the WCT could play in the Grand Prix events as of September 1972. The deal was ratified at the annual ILTF meeting in July.




* Tournaments combined with a women's Grand Prix tour event.

Points distribution

No points were awarded for first round losers


Cliff Richey, Roscoe Tanner, Alex Metreveli, Tom Okker and Arthur Ashe played too few Grand Prix tournaments to qualify for prize money.

List of tournament winners

The list of winners and number of singles titles won, alphabetically by last name:

  • Jimmy Connors (6) Roanoke, Queen's Club, Columbus, Cincinnati, Albany, Jacksonville
  • John Cooper (1) Hilversum
  • Colin Dibley (1) Kitzbühel
  • Tom Edlefsen (1) Kansas City
  • Andrés Gimeno (3) Los Angeles, French Open, Eastbourne, Gstaad
  • Pancho Gonzalez (1) Des Moines
  • Bob Hewitt (4) Bournemouth, Bristol, Tanglewood, Indianapolis
  • Jan Kodeš (1) Barcelons
  • Karl Meiler (1) Buenos Aires
  • Alex Metreveli (3) Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide
  • Ilie Năstase (11) Baltimore, Omaha, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Nice, Düsseldorf, Montreal, South Orange, Seattle, US Open, London, Masters
  • Manuel Orantes (5) Caracas, Rome, Brussels, Hamburg, Båstad
  • Cliff Richey (2) London Indoor, Johannesburg
  • Stan Smith (7) Salisbury, Hampton, Wimbledon, Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Los Angeles, Paris Bercy, Stockholm
  • Roger Taylor (1) Merion
  • The following players won their first Grand Prix title in 1972:

  • Colin Dibley Kitzbühel
  • Bob Hewitt Bournemouth
  • References

    1972 Grand Prix (tennis) Wikipedia