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The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s 

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List of the best men's tennis players from 1970s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1970 to 1979, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1970s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1970s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Jimmy Connors and Stan Smith. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1970s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1970s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1970s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1970s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.

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1
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 60

Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

Nationality: United States of America

US Open: Winner 1979
The Masters: Winner 1978
WCT Finals: Winner 1979

2
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
StLandrew1958 added Age: 63

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Year Turned Pro: 1973

French Open: Winner 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979
Wimbledon: Winner 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
The Masters: Winner 1979
WCT Finals: Winner 1976

3
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 81

Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Year Turned Pro: 1962

4
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 67

Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1974
Wimbledon: Winner 1974
US Open: Winner 1974, 1976, 1978
Masters: Winner 1977
WCT Finals: Winner 1977

5
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 75

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, + more

Nationality: Australia

Year Turned Pro: 1967

Wimbledon: Winner 1970, 1971
Australian Open: Winner 1973, 1975
US Open: Winner 1973

6
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 73

Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Nationality: Romania

French Open: Winner 1973
US Open: Winner 1972
Masters: Winner 1971, 1972 1974, 1975

7
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Filip Krawczyk added Guillermo Vilas Age: 67

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

Year Turned Pro: 1969

Australian Open: Winner 1978, 1979
French Open: Winner 1977
US Open: Winner 1977
Masters: Winner 1974

8
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1969

Australian Open: Winner 1970
Wimbledon: Winner 1975

9
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 85

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1971, 1972
US Open: Winner 1970

10
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 73

Birthplace: Pasadena, California

Nationality: United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1968

Wimbledon: Winner 1972
US Open: Winner 1971

11
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 83

Birthplace: Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia

Nationality: Australia

12
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 73

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Nationality: Czech Republic

French Open: Winner 1970, 1971
Wimbledon: Winner 1973

13
Vitas Gerulaitis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Vitas Gerulaitis Dec. at 40 (1954-1994)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1971

Australian open: Winner 1977
WCT Finals: Winner 1978

14
Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 69

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italy

French Open: Winner 1976
Italian Open: Winner 1976

15
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 70

Birthplace: Granada, Spain

Nationality: Spain

US Open: Winner 1975

16
Roscoe Tanner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 68

Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Nationality: United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1977

17
Alex Metreveli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Age: 75

Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia

18
Tony Roche is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Tony Roche Age: 74

Birthplace: Wagga Wagga, Australia

Nationality: Australia

19
Tom Gorman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
LyleForehand added Age: 72

Birthplace: Seattle, WA

Nationality: USA

Year Turned Pro: 1968

Won 16 titles

Coached US Davis Cup team eight times, won two world championships