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Sporting Highlights for 1973

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1973.

1973 All Africa Games (image from Wikipedia Commons) 1973 All Africa Games

John Newcombe became a five time grand slam winner taking the Australian Open. He also won the US Open that year. Ilie Năstase won the French Open for his second and final slam title, while Jan Kodeš took the Wimbledon for his third career title.

In women's tennis, Margaret Court, who has the highest number of grand slams till this date including pre-open era tennis, won the three grand slams, for a career total of 24 grand slam titles. The Wimbledon that Margaret missed out on was taken by Billie Jean King who also had a successful career with 12 slam titles.

Two "Battle of Sexes" matches were held that year, Bobby Riggs won the first against Margaret Court and lost to Billie Jean King on the second match.

Jack Nicklaus won his 12th major at the PGA Championship. He would go on to win six more in the following years for a total of 18 majors which stands for over three decades as the most major wins.

The heavyweight championship fight was conducted in Japan for the very first time and it was between two superstars. George Foreman easily emerged out as the winner against Joe Frazier in just two rounds.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1973.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by John Newcombe and Margaret Court
Feb Super Bowl held in Los Angeles won by Miami
April Golf Masters won by Tommy Aaron
May Tennis French Open won by Ilie Nastase and Margaret Court
June Golf US Open won by Johnny Miller
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Luis Ocaña
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Jan Kodes and Billie Jean King
July Golf The Open Championship won by Tom Weiskopf
Aug Golf US PGA won by Jack Nicklaus (3)
Sep Tennis US Open won by John Newcombe and Margaret Court
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Oakland Athletics

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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