On Sunday (11 May) Vitas Gerulaitis of the United States defeated John McEnroe at Forest Hills, New York to win the World Championship Tennis Tournament of Champions.
GV John McEnroe serves PULL BACK TO GV OF Vitas Gerulaitis returning shots and losing points.
GV Scoreboard McEnroe 6-2, 1-3.
GV McEnroe serving and rally follows, ZOOM TO scoreboard and crowd.
GV Spectators seated under umbrellas during rain.
SV McEnroe serves PULL BACK TO GV rally with McEnroe losing point, game to Gerulaitis and ZOOM TO scoreboard 'Gerulaitis leading 3-0 in third set'.
GV Gerulaitis serves ZOOM TO scoreboard, Gerulaitis leads 5-0 in third set.
GV McEnroe serves, Gerulaitis returns shot and wins game and championship, players walk off after shaking hands.
GV Gerulaitis receiving trophy.
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Background: On Sunday (11 May) Vitas Gerulaitis of the United States defeated John McEnroe at Forest Hills, New York to win the World Championship Tennis Tournament of Champions. Most of the final was played in rain and Gerulaitis had to come from behind to take the 100,000 dollars (US) first prize.
SYNOPSIS: Top seeded McEnroe wanted the match halted after only two games because of the persistent rain but the referee ruled that play should continue The left handed McEnroe immediately broke his opponent's serve and went on to win the first set 6-2.
Gerulaitis soon took control of the second set as McEnroe found the wet ball and the slow court hard to handle. Both players were brought up within a few miles of the Forest Hills arena and provided the soaked crowd with a skilled contest. The blond Gerulaitis however, was the steadier player and having won the second set 6-2, took an early lead in the third and deciding set.
Gerulaitis was seeking revenge for his defeat by McEnroe in last year's United States Open Final and didn't concede a single game in the final set.
Despite his frustrations with the weather and his poor form McEnroe accepted defeat gracefully and without complaint about the conditions.
For Gerulaitis it was an emphatic victory on the court where he was once a ball boy. The final score was 2-6, 6-2, 6-0.