The Australian Open’s international profile skyrocketed in 1975, mainly due to the rivalry between world No.1 Jimmy Connors, and No.2, John Newcombe. Objecting to the tournament’s dates, Newcombe only entered at the last minute on hearing that the American would be making the trip. Having missed the two previous Grand Slams through injury (which Connors had won), Newcombe tried to whip himself into shape by running up and down the hill behind his house in Pymble, Sydney. Nevertheless, Newcombe’s ageing legs were underdone and bad weather didn’t help his cause, forcing him to play the last three rounds on three consecutive days. In searing heat, and struggling with lactic acid build up and chronic tennis elbow, No.2 seed Newcombe somehow made his way to match point in the fourth set of the final, only to drop his serve. In the tiebreak the Aussie saved a couple of set points, fear of the physical repercussions of a fifth set steeling him to take the breaker. It was the first Australian Open match televised in America, on CBS, and was Connors’ last competitive match in Australia. Newcombe won 7-5 3-6 6-4 7-6. Mourning the death of her father in a car accident, Evonne Goolagong cried on her coach’s shoulder on receiving her second-consecutive Australian Open trophy having beaten Martina Navratilova 6-3 6-2.