Mysterious past of the New York Open/Pione

After the men’s game suffered some significant milestones in its history, on 22 November 1970, tennis was given a new chapter: women started to play the men in international events.

Like the men’s tour, the Open/Pioneer Tournament in New York lasted several weeks in the winter months and was mostly played in the city’s outdoor arenas.

A similar tournament, the Woodbridge Ladies’ Championship, was created by William Sullivan and Herbert Platt in the same year for women.

The Open/Pioneer won six women’s Grand Slams: the Australian, French, US, German, Japanese and Wimbledon titles, while the Woodbridge was honoured for its contribution to the development of women’s tennis.

The women’s ATP Tour began in 1972, resulting in the Women’s Tennis Association – which exists today –

Though a growing number of women were now playing, it was still very difficult for women to obtain world ranking points – the points for men and women are always awarded at equal level. This resulted in a radically different level of tournaments from those played in the 1970s.

Nevertheless, the opening of the Open/Pioneer tournament significantly paved the way for the eventual growth of women’s tennis.

Today, what is called the WTA Tour and, recently, the WTA Challengers Tour, includes the likes of Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Garcia, Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Johanna Konta, Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Carla Suarez Navarro, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Garcia, Jelena Ostapenko, Angelique Kerber, Kateryna Bondarenko, Sloane Stephens, Caroline Garcia, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Johanna Konta, Caroline Wozniacki, Caroline Garcia, Kateryna Bondarenko, Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta, Angelique Kerber, Kateryna Bondarenko, Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Ekaterina Makarova, Venus Williams, Carla Suarez Navarro, Tsvetana Pironkova, Madison Keys, Lucie Safarova, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Sabine Lisicki, Samantha Stosur, Lauren Davis, Kateryna Bondarenko, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Carla Suarez Navarro, Kateryna Bondarenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sara Errani, Barbora Strycova, Julia Goerges, Jelena Ostapenko, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Jankovic, Paula Ormaechea,

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