WCT: The Road to Open Tennis
Professional tennis wasn't always structured the way it is now – far, far from it. On Saturday, October 11, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will host the world premiere of WCT: The Road to Open Tennis, a documentary film that has been produced about the history of World Championship Tennis, the 1960's tennis tour that significantly accelerated the growth of pro tennis and laid the groundwork for today's pro tours.
In the 1960's, pro tennis players were faced with numerous challenges in developing viable playing careers – compensation was inadequate, they were ineligible for the biggest tournaments, and it was a challenge to keep fans engaged in a sport that lacked structure.
Lamar Hunt and Al Hill, Jr. developed World Championship Tennis (WCT), a radical new tour that gave tennis a new professionalism and strength.WCT: The Road to Open Tennis traces the tour's early years of the "The Handsome Eight" through the climactic 1972 championship in Dallas between Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, which became known as the "greatest match of all time."
The five-set battle played out before a packed stadium and a record TV audience of 23 million viewers, signaling to the world that tennis was well on its way to becoming a viable, exciting pro sport.
Tickets info is here, or call the Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 401-849-3990. Doors Open at 6:30 pm, with showtime at 7:30 pm.