1968 French Open – Men's Singles

1968 French Open – Men's Singles

Men's Singles
1968 French Open
1967 champion Roy Emerson
Champion Ken Rosewall
Runner-up Rod Laver
Final score 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2

Defending champion Roy Emerson lost to Pancho Gonzales in the quarter finals.

Ken Rosewall won the final 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2 against Rod Laver. It was Rosewall's second French title, and his fifth grand slam title of an eventual eight. The tournament was the first grand slam tournament of the open era, in which pros were allowed to compete against amateurs (the Australian Championships earlier that year having been an amateur only tournament, was won by Bowrey over a very weak, depleted field). Rosewall and Laver, who had not appeared in a grand slam tournament since 1956 and 1962, respectively, were no longer barred from entering. Missing from the French Open were WCT's "Handsome Eight" and top amateurs Santana, Ashe, Graebner and Okker. It was future champion Nastase's first ever grand slam event.

Seeds

A champion seed is indicated in bold text while text in italics indicates the round in which that seed was eliminated.
  1. Rod Laver (Final)
  2. Ken Rosewall (Champion)
  3. Andrés Gimeno (Semifinals)
  4. Roy Emerson (Quarterfinals)
  5. Pancho Gonzales (Semifinals)
  6. Fred Stolle (Second round)
  7. Lew Hoad (First round)
  8. Bob Hewitt (Third round)
  1. Ion Ţiriac (Quarterfinals)
  2. Wilhelm Bungert (First round)
  3. Nicola Pietrangeli (First round)
  4. István Gulyás (Fourth round)
  5. Cliff Richey (Fourth round)
  6. Ray Ruffels (Fourth round)
  7. Jan Kodeš (First round)
  8. Alex Metreveli (First round)

Draw

Key

Finals

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                                   
  1   Rod Laver 4 4 6 6 6  
9   Ion Ţiriac 6 6 3 3 0  
  1   Rod Laver 6 6 6      
  5   Pancho Gonzales 3 3 1      
4   Roy Emerson 5 3 6 6 4
  5   Pancho Gonzales 7 6 3 4 6  
    1   Rod Laver 3 1 6 2  
  2   Ken Rosewall 6 6 2 6  
      Boro Jovanović 4 0 2      
3   Andrés Gimeno 6 6 6      
3   Andrés Gimeno 6 3 5 6 3
  2   Ken Rosewall 3 6 7 3 6  
    Thomaz Koch 6 2 6 3  
  2   Ken Rosewall 8 6 3 6    

Preliminary round

Winning Player Score Losing Player
Eric Drossart 7–5, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5 John Bartlett
Dimitri Sturdza 6–2, 4–6, 9–7, 6–2 Gaetano di Maso
Carlos Fernandes 10–8, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1 Bernard Boutboul (Q)
Bernard Montrenaud 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6 Phil Dent
Eduardo Zuleta 2–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–5 Péter Szőke
Richard Hawkes 6–3, 6–2, 6–0 Richard Russell
Bernard Paul 6–0, 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 Colin Dibley

Section 1

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1 R Laver 6 6 6  
  L Lumsden 1 1 4 1 R Laver 6 4 6 6  
  N Kalogeropoulos 3 6 6 6     N Kalogeropoulos 2 6 4 1  
  R Howe 6 4 4 4   1 R Laver 6 6 2 2 6
  W Alvarez             P Marmureanu 3 1 6 6 3
  P Marmureanu w/o           P Marmureanu 6 7 6    
  L Olander 6 6 6       L Olander 4 5 2    
  A Pena 4 1 1     1 R Laver 6 6 6  
  B Wilson 6 3         B Carmichael 0 1 1    
  J-C Molinari 4 1 r       B Wilson 4 3 3    
  B Carmichael 4 6 6 6     B Carmichael 6 6 6    
  P Hombergen 6 3 1 0     B Carmichael 6 8 2 5 6
  A Fox 6 6 6       J Alexander 2 6 6 7 4
  A Acuna 2 1 0       A Fox 6 3 6 9 6r
  J Alexander w/o           J Alexander 4 6 3 11 6
16 A Metreveli          

Section 2

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
8 B Hewitt 6 7 6    
Q J Thamin 1 5 0     8 B Hewitt w/o        
  I Watanabe             A Cooper          
  A Cooper w/o         8 B Hewitt 6 6 5 2  
  Z Franulović w/o           Z Franulović 3 8 7 6  
  J Gisbert, Sr.             Z Franulović w/o        
  A Segal 7 3 6 1 6   A Segal          
  J Moore 5 6 1 6 3   Z Franulović 4 3 2
  M Riessen           9 I Ţiriac 6 6 6
  R Moore w/o           R Moore          
  M Holeček 6 2 6 6     M Holeček w/o        
  T Addison 1 6 1 4     M Holeček 1 3 7 3  
  M Orantes           9 I Ţiriac 6 6 5 6  
  J-L Rouyer w/o           J-L Rouyer 1 2 1    
  G Deniau 1 1 1     9 I Ţiriac 6 6 6    
9 I Ţiriac 6 6 6    

Section 3

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4 R Emerson 5 6 6 6  
  O Parun 7 1 2 2   4 R Emerson 12 6 6    
  B Phillips-Moore 6 6 6       B Phillips-Moore 10 1 1    
  P Beust 3 1 3     4 R Emerson 6 6 5 6  
Q B de Troye 3 1 1       B Maud 1 3 7 3  
  B Fairlie 6 6 6       B Fairlie 2 6 6 5 3
  B Maud 9 6 6       B Maud 6 4 3 7 6
  S Palmieri 7 4 4     4 R Emerson 6 6 6    
  P Pokorny           13 C Richey 4 2 2    
  A Stone             A Stone 7 6 6    
  J Mateo             M Lewandowski 5 1 0    
  M Lewandowski w/o           A Stone 5 3 5    
  G Goven w/o         13 C Richey 7 6 7
  G Merlo             G Goven 3 3 6 9 4
  J Velasco, Sr.           13 C Richey 6 6 4 7 6
13 C Richey w/o        

Section 4

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
12 I Gulyás 6 6 6    
Q F Tutvin 2 1 4     12 I Gulyás 6 6 6    
  T Ulrich w/o           T Ulrich 2 1 1    
  M Gilardelli           12 I Gulyás 3 8 6 6  
  M Cox 6 6 6       M Cox 6 6 2 2  
  B Paul 1 1 1       M Cox 6 6 6 6  
  R Hawkes 6 6 3 5 0   E Zuleta 0 1 8 3  
  E Zuleta 3 4 6 7 6 12 I Gulyás 1 1 4    
  C de Gronckel w/o         5 P Gonzales 6 6 6    
  P Rodríguez             C de Gronckel 5 0 1    
  N Perry 2 8 1 1     P Darmon 7 6 6    
  P Darmon 6 6 6 6     P Darmon 6 1 10 6  
  B Giltinan w/o         5 P Gonzales 1 6 12 8  
  S Likhachev             B Giltinan 1 0 3    
  R Keldie 2 0 6 3   5 P Gonzales 6 6 6    
5 P Gonzales 6 6 3 6  

Section 5

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
6 F Stolle 3 7 6 3 6
  C Duxin 6 5 3 6 4 6 F Stolle 3 0 3    
  B Jovanović 6 6 6       B Jovanović 6 6 6    
Q D Lloyd 1 0 1       B Jovanović 9 6 6 6 6
  I Năstase 6 6 6       D Crealy 7 8 2 8 2
  J-P Olivier 2 1 2       I Năstase 6 6 5 2  
  M Sangster 7 6 6 6 0   D Crealy 4 8 7 6  
  D Crealy 9 3 4 8 6   B Jovanović 6 6 6    
  B Montrenaud 6 11 6       G Battrick 4 4 3    
  C Fernandez 2 9 1       B Montrenaud 6 4 3 6 5
  D Sturdza 3 6 6 6     D Sturdza 3 6 6 3 7
  E Drossart 6 4 4 1     D Sturdza 4 4 8 3  
  E Gorostagia             G Battrick 6 6 6 6  
  J Courcol w/o           J Courcol 4 8 1    
  G Battrick w/o           G Battrick 6 10 6    
11 N Pietrangeli          

Section 6

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
14 R Ruffels          
  V Kazarevitch w/o         14 R Ruffels 5 7 6 8  
  F Komaromi 4 2 6 3     F McMillan 7 5 4 6  
  F McMillan 6 6 3 6   14 R Ruffels 6 6 6    
  D Contet 0 0 0       P Cornejo 4 2 2    
  N Špear 6 6 6       N Špear 4 6 3 2  
  P Cornejo w/o           P Cornejo 6 3 6 6  
  D Herdy           14 R Ruffels 1 1 1    
  P Strobl w/o         3 A Gimeno 6 6 6    
  I Molina             P Strobl          
  I Buding 6 6 6       I Buding w/o        
Q P Joly 4 4 0       I Buding 3 4 3    
  P Jauffret           3 A Gimeno 6 6 6    
  S Dron             S Dron 7 1 3 2  
  E Cruz           3 A Gimeno 5 6 6 6  
3 A Gimeno w/o        

Section 7

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
7 L Hoad          
  W Gasiorek             W Gasiorek 2 6 10 6 6
  R Summers 6 4 6       M Leclercq 6 2 12 2 2
  M Leclercq 8 6 8       W Gasiorek 7 7 2 0 2
  F Jauffret 8 6 6       F Jauffret 5 5 6 6 6
  J Barrett 6 4 2       F Jauffret 3 6 6 8  
  P Guzman             J Kukal 6 4 0 6  
  J Kukal w/o           F Jauffret 1 6 5 4  
  T Koch w/o           T Koch 6 4 7 6  
  Z Ivancic             T Koch 6 6 7    
  G Pilet w/o           G Pilet 4 2 5    
  J Mukherjea             T Koch 6 6 6    
  A Marcial             T Ryan 4 1 2    
  T Ryan w/o           T Ryan 3 4 6 6 6
Q T Christensen w/o         Q T Christensen 6 6 4 2 1
10 W Bungert          

Section 8

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
15 J Kodeš          
  F Gentil w/o           F Gentil 2 0 0    
  T Nowicki             P Hutchins 6 6 6    
  P Hutchins w/o           P Hutchins 3 3 3    
  S Tacchini             H Fitzgibbon 6 6 6    
  H Fitzgibbon w/o           H Fitzgibbon 6 7 6    
Q P Proisy w/o         Q P Proisy 3 5 3    
  R Krishnan             H Fitzgibbon 2 0 7    
  J E Mandarino 6 6 7     2 K Rosewall 6 6 9    
  J-B Chanfreau 4 3 5       J Mandarino 6 4 6 11  
  J Pinto-Bravo w/o           J Pinto-Bravo 3 6 3 9
  B Geraghty             J Mandarino 2 4 2    
  J-C Barclay 4 8 6 2 2 2 K Rosewall 6 6 6    
  C Stubs 6 6 1 6 6   C Stubs 1 1 0    
  T Edlefsen 8 1 1     2 K Rosewall 6 6 6    
2 K Rosewall 10 6 6    

External links

  • 1968 ATP French Open Men's Singles Draw
  • 1968 ITF French Open Men's Singles Draw