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From the Archives, 1970: Arthur Ashe wins Australian Open

The insurance, collected for Monday’s washout, reduced the tournament losses to about $12,000 or $13,000.

Ampol, sponsors of the tournament, will put up $10,000 toward the loss, so the N.S.W.L.T.A. will only lose $2,000 or $3,000.

Made short work of Crealy... Ashe in action on January 27, 1970.

Made short work of Crealy… Ashe in action on January 27, 1970.Credit:Staff photographer

$3,000 AN HOUR

The insurance was collected over a period of two hours on Monday, when 15 points fell between 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

When the Weather Bureau finally announced the amount of rain at 4.30 p.m. yesterday, a little cheer went up at White City, where officials were commiserating with each other over a few end-of-tournament drinks.

Earlier in the afternoon, Ashe, who had been beaten in two previous Australian finals by Roy Emerson, made fairly short work of Crealy.

It was Crealy’s first big final, while Ashe has been through the mill before, including a win in the 1968 U.S. singles, one of tho titles needed for the “Grand Slam.”

Crealy’s serve, his major weapon in beating Stan Smith, Tom Okker and Roger Taylor to get to the final, failed under the pressure and swirling centre-court wind.

“Hoe really hustled me out there today,” Crealy said later. “I’d used up all my luck, but I’ve got $2,000 in the kitty, so who cares?” Crealy said with a big smile.

Ashe quoted the name of a popular song, “The Impossible Dream,” when asked about his “Grand Slam” chances now that he has one “leg” in.

“But I suppose nobody else can win it, can they,” Ashe said dryly.

Ashe played five matches and 16 sets of tennis (he only lost two) to earn his week’s wages of $3,400.

It was tho first time in the history of the tournament that Americans have taken both the men’s singles and doubles In the same year.

Margaret Court made it an incredible nine Australian women’s singles titles by quickly disposing of Victorian Kerry Melville, 6-3, 6-1.

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