South Orange, N.J. (Aug. 3)
Shlomo Glickstein, Israel’s top ranked tennis player, defeated Dick Stockton to capture the final of the $125,000 Mutual Benefit Life Open, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 here yesterday. The victory gave Glickstein the richest prize of his career, a check for $15,000. Stockton took home $7,500.
Glickstein, 23, fourth seeded in the tournament, was down 3-1 in the third set, then held service in the fifth game, which went to deuce four times. He then broke Stockton, unseeded in the tournament, to even matters at 3 all.
The winning shot in the sixth game, of the 2 hour 10 minute match played in 90 degree heat, was a forehand sizzler down the line that was for beyond Stockton’s reach. After that, both competitors, alternated games until Glickstein broke through in the last game to capture the set, 6-4.
Both Glickstein and Stockton appeared to suffer from cramps as the game came to a close but it was Glickstein, taking advantage of Stockton, troubled with leg cramps, who prevailed utilizing drop shots to make Stockton move after the ball.