On This Day

December 2, 1973 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport

  • Capital Centre (USAir Arena) opens in Landover Maryland; NBA's Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96 in opening game; arena demolished 2002

Sport awardDavis Cup

Davis Cup Tennis, Cleveland: After clinching a famous victory the previous day, Australians Rod Laver and John Newcombe finish a 5-0 rout of the US with wins over Stan Smith and Tom Gorman

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Birthdays in Sport

  • Graham Kavanagh, Irish soccer midfielder (16 caps, Rep of Ireland; Stoke City, Cardiff City), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan Ullrich, German road cyclist (Olympic gold road race 2000; Tour de France 1997; Vuelta a EspaƱa 1999), born in Rostock, Germany

Person of interestMonica Seles

Monica Seles, Yugoslavian-American tennis player (9-time Grand Slam title champion), born in Novi Sad, Serbia

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Deaths in Sport

  • Watson Washburn, American tennis player (runner-up Wimbledon doubles 1924, US Nationals 1921, 23; founder International Tennis Hall of Fame), dies at 79