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1976 Grand Prix (tennis)

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Edition  7th
Most tournament titles  Jimmy Connors (7)
Tournaments  48
Most tournament finals  Manuel Orantes (10)
1976 Grand Prix (tennis)
Duration  28 December 1975 – 13 December
Categories  TC events Five-star events Four-star events Three-star events Two-star events One-star events

The 1976 Commercial Union Assurance Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit administered by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) which served as a forerunner to the current Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. The circuit consisted of the four modern Grand Slam tournaments and open tournaments recognised by the ILTF. The Commercial Union Assurance Masters is included in this calendar but did not count towards the Grand Prix ranking.


The 1976 Grand Prix circuit consisted of 48 tournaments held in 21 different countries.



Points system

The tournaments listed above were divided into six groups. Group TC consisted of the Triple Crown—the French Open, the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open—while the other tournaments were given star ratings ranging from five stars to one star, based on prize money and draw size. Points were allocated based on these ratings and the finishing position of a player in a tournament. No points were awarded to first-round losers, and ties were settled by the number of tournaments played. The points allocation, with doubles points listed in brackets, is as follows:


The 1976 Grand Prix tournaments were divided in six separate point categories, ranging from the Triple Crown tournaments (150 points for the winner) to the smallest One Star tournaments (40 points for the winner). At the end of the year the 35 top-ranked players received a bonus from the bonus pool. To qualify for a bonus a player must have played a minimum amount of One and Two Star tournaments. The top eight points ranked singles players and top four doubles teams were entitled to participate in the season-ending Masters tournament.

ATP Rankings

These are the ATP Rankings of the top twenty singles players at the end of the 1975 season and at the end of the 1976 season, with numbers of ranking points, points averages, numbers of tournaments played, year-end rankings in 1976, highest and lowest positions during the season and number of spots gained or lost from the first rankings to the year-end rankings.

List of tournament winners

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

  • Paolo Bertolucci (1) Barcelona
  • Björn Borg (3) Düsseldorf, Wimbledon, Boston
  • Jimmy Connors (6) Washington, North Conway, Indianapolis, US Open, Cologne, Wembley
  • Mark Cox (1) Stockholm
  • Eddie Dibbs (2) Hamburg, Paris (Jean Becker)
  • Mark Edmondson (1) Australian Open
  • Brian Fairlie (1) Manila
  • Wojciech Fibak (2) Bournemouth, Vienna
  • Brian Gottfried (1) Los Angeles
  • Geoff Masters (1) Sydney Indoor
  • Ilie Năstase (1) South Orange
  • Manuel Orantes (5) Munich, Kitzbühel, Madrid, Barcelona, Masters
  • Adriano Panatta (2) Rome, French Open
  • Víctor Pecci (2) Madrid, Berlin
  • Raúl Ramírez (2) Gstaad, London
  • Cliff Richey (1) Bermuda
  • Ken Rosewall (1) Hong Kong
  • Ray Ruffels (1) Perth
  • Harold Solomon (2) Maui, Johannesburg
  • Roscoe Tanner (4) Cincinnati, Columbus, San Francisco, Tokyo Outdoor
  • Balázs Taróczy (1) Hilversum
  • Guillermo Vilas (3) Montreal, São Paulo. Buenos Aires
  • Kim Warwick (1) Bangalore
  • Antonio Zugarelli (1) Båstad
  • The following players won their first Grand Prix title in 1976:

  • Mark Edmondson Australian Open
  • Wojtek Fibak Stockholm
  • Geoff Masters Sydney Indoor
  • Víctor Pecci Madrid
  • Kim Warwick Bangalore
  • Antonio Zugarelli Båstad
  • References

    1976 Grand Prix (tennis) Wikipedia