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The Wembley Championship was a tennis event held from 1934–1990 with some periods of inactivity in between and is considered as a part of the professional grand slam from 1927 - 1967 till the advent of Open Era.. It was held at the Wembley Arenamarker.

Prior to the Open era, the Wembley Championship was the most prestigious professional tennis competition, after the United States Professional Championship and French Professional Championshipmarker Until 1967, the Wembley Championship was considered the professional world championship.

Name

The Wembley championship was officially titled the Wembley Professional Championships till 1950. The tournament was called the London Indoor Professional Championships from 1951 through 1967. In 1968, it was called the Kramer Tournament of Champions. From 1969 through 1971, the tournament was called the British Covered Court Championships. Finally, it was called the "Benson & Hedges Tournament" beginning in 1976.

Champions

Year Champion Runner-up Score Name Surface
Professional Era
1934 Ellsworth Vines Hans Nüsslein RR formatr1 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1935 Ellsworth Vines Bill Tilden 6-1, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1936a Ellsworth Vines Hans Nüsslein 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1937 Hans Nüsslein Bill Tilden 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1938a Hans Nüsslein Bill Tilden 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1939 Don Budge Hans Nüsslein RR formatr2 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1940 not held - WWII
1941 not held - WWII
1942 not held - WWII
1943 not held - WWII
1944 not held - WWII
1945 not held - WWII
1946 not held
1947 not held
1948 not held
1949 Jack Kramer Bobby Riggs 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1950 Pancho Gonzalez Welby Van Horn 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 Wembley Professional Championships Indoor
1951 Pancho Gonzalez Pancho Segura 6-2, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1952 Pancho Gonzalez Jack Kramer 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1953 Frank Sedgman Pancho Gonzalez 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1954 not held
1955 not held
1956 Pancho Gonzalez Frank Sedgman 4-6, 11-9, 11-9, 9-7 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1957 Ken Rosewall Pancho Segura 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1958 Frank Sedgman Tony Trabert 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1959 Mal Anderson Pancho Segura 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1960 Ken Rosewall Pancho Segura 5-7, 8-6, 6-1, 6-3 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1961 Ken Rosewall Lew Hoad 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1962 Ken Rosewall Lew Hoad 6-4, 5-7, 15-13, 7-5 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1963 Ken Rosewall Lew Hoad 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1964 Rod Laver Ken Rosewall 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 8-6, 8-6 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1965 Rod Laver Andres Gimeno 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1966 Rod Laver Ken Rosewall 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
1967 Rod Laver Ken Rosewall 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 8-6, 6-2 London Indoor Professional Championships Indoor
Open Era
1968 Ken Rosewall John Newcombe Kramer Tournament of Champions Indoor
1969 Rod Laver Tony Roche British Covered Court Championships Indoor
1970 Rod Laver Cliff Richey British Covered Court Championships Indoor
1971 Rod Laver Ilie Năstase British Covered Court Championships Indoor
1972 not held
1973 not held
1974 not held
1975 not held
1976 Jimmy Connors Roscoe Tanner Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1977 Björn Borg John Lloyd Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1978 John McEnroe Tim Gullikson Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1979 John McEnroe Harold Solomon Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1980 John McEnroe Gene Mayer Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1981 Jimmy Connors John McEnroe Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1982 John McEnroe Brian Gottfried Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1983 John McEnroe Jimmy Connors Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1984 Ivan Lendl Andrés Gómez Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1985 Ivan Lendl Boris Becker Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1986 Yannick Noah Jonas Svensson Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1987 Ivan Lendl Anders Järryd Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1988 Jakob Hlasek Jonas Svensson Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1989 Michael Chang Guy Forget Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor
1990 Jakob Hlasek Michael Chang Benson & Hedges Tournament Indoor


Notes:

a The status of the Wembley Championships of 1936 and 1938 is unclear. Two of the three major sources for the professional championships list the results as shown below. Ray Bowers' History of professional tennis says that neither of these tournaments ever occurred and offers substantiating evidence for his assertion. The Wembley event was usually reported in the British press but there is no mention of an event taking place in either of those two years. It may just have been a single match between Nusslein and Tilden that Joe McCauley classified as the Wembley tournament.

r1 For 1934, the tournament was played under Round Robin format with Vines 5-0 and Nüsslein 4-1 as final standings.

r1 For 1939, the tournament was played under Round Robin format with Budge 3-0 and Nüsslein, Tilden and Vines as 1-2 as final standings.


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