Tennis ... and in Tokyo on Sunday (23 April) reigning Wimbledon champion, Bjorn Borg of?
GV Olympic Swimming Pool in Tokyo
SV PULL OUT TO GV Bjorn Borg nearest camera serves to the left hand court; long rally ends with Borg taking point with drop shot to make it 5-1 in first set. Crowd applauds (2 shots)
GV Jimmy Connors serves from the far end to right hand court. Cross court rally ends with Connors netting backhand to lose first set 6-1
GV Scoreboard showing Borg leading 6-1
GV March point. Connors (nearest camera) serves to left hand court, more wide angled drives and Connors loses point by netting forehand volley
GV Scoreboard 6-1, 6-2 to Borg
GV Newsmen watching as Borg receives trophy and cheque for 100,000 dollars (4 shots)
In their opening matches Borg had beaten Orantes 6-1, 6-4 and Connors had come out on top against Vilas 6-4, 6-1. The tournament was played at the 1964 Olympic Swimming Pool in Tokyo. A special court had been built over the pool, at a cost of 386,000 dollars.
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Background: Tennis ... and in Tokyo on Sunday (23 April) reigning Wimbledon champion, Bjorn Borg of Sweden earned himself another 100,000 dollars, when he beat his old rival Jimmy Connors of the United States to win the 200,000 dollar four-man Suntory Cup tournament. In the play-off for third and fourth places 1977 Unites States Professional champion, Manuel Orantes of Spain, beat the U.S. Open Champion, Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
SYNOPSIS: The tournament was played at the Olympic Swimming Pool ... and in the first set, it was Borg, nearest the camera, serving to the left hand court ...Both players hit their returns hard and wide ... Connors had won five tournaments already this year, but this time Borg dictated ... The Swede had raced into an early lead, and the most delicate of drop shots made it 5-1.
Set point, and it was Connors from the far end to the right hand court ... Although under a lot of pressure the left-handed American continued to go for his shots, but Borg was playing with supreme confidence, and he clinched the set, when Connors netted a backhand.
Six-one in the first, and with the score at 5-2 in the second, it was Connors serving to save the match ... As always Connors made the Swede fight for every point... Connors attacked down the lines, but it was all over, when he netted a forehand volley.
Six-one, six-two...It was an impressive performance by the two-times Wimbledon champion. He never gave Connors a chance to settle, and always had the 100,000 dollar first prize well within his grasp.