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1973 Rothmans International Vancouver
Date25 March – 1 April
Edition4th
CategoryWorld Championship Tennis (WCT, Group B)
Draw32S / 16D
Prize money$50,000
SurfaceCarpet / indoor
LocationVancouver, BC, Canada
VenuePNE Agrodome
Champions
Singles
United States Tom Gorman[1]
Doubles
France Pierre Barthès / United Kingdom Roger Taylor[2]
← 1972 · Vancouver WCT

The 1973 Rothmans International Vancouver, also known as the Vancouver WCT, was a men's professional tennis tournament that was part of Group B of the 1973 World Championship Tennis circuit. It was held on indoor carpet courts at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. It was the fourth and final edition of the tournament and was held from 25 March through 1 April 1973. Unseeded Tom Gorman won the singles title and earned $10,000 first-prize money.[3][4]

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1973 World Championship Tennis circuit

1973 World Championship Tennis circuit

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Carpet court

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PNE Agrodome

PNE Agrodome

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Vancouver

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Vancouver is a major city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2021 census recorded 662,248 people in the city, up from 631,486 in 2016. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2.6 million in 2021, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Greater Vancouver, along with the Fraser Valley, comprises the Lower Mainland with a regional population of over 3 million. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada, with over 5,700 people per square kilometre, and fourth highest in North America.

Vancouver WCT

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The Vancouver WCT, also known by its sponsored name Rothmans International, was a men's tennis tournament held at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 1970 to 1973. The event was part of the WCT Tour and was played in indoor carpet courts. The tournament was cancelled in July 1973 due to diminishing interest and decreasing attendance.

Finals

Singles

United States Tom Gorman defeated Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 3–6, 6–2, 7–5

  • It was Gorman's 1st singles title of the year and the 2nd of his career.

Doubles

France Pierre Barthès / United Kingdom Roger Taylor defeated United States Erik van Dillen / United States Tom Gorman 5–7, 6–3, 7–6

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Czechoslovakia

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France

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United Kingdom

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Roger Taylor (tennis)

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Roger Taylor MBE is a British former tennis player. Born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, he won 6 singles titles and 10 doubles titles during his career. He achieved success at several Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open in 1973, the semi-finals of Wimbledon during the same year and winning back to back US Open Men's Doubles titles in 1971 and 1972. He also enjoyed particular success in 1970, again reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon, where he achieved a big upset win over defending champion Rod Laver en route, and the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Taylor also reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1967. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 11, though Taylor was ranked World No. 8 in 1970 before the ATP rankings began.

Erik van Dillen

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References
  1. ^ "1973 Vancouver WCT – Singles draw". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  2. ^ "1973 Vancouver WCT – Doubles draw". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  3. ^ Tony Gallagher (2 April 1973). "Gorman comes 'home' for Rothmans title". The Province. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1974). World of Tennis '74 : a BP and Commercial Union yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 173. ISBN 9780362001686.

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