Sports 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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Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Jimmy Connors age 66

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

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Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Filip Krawczyk added Guillermo Vilas age 66

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

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
John McEnroe age 59

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

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Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Rod Laver age 80

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John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
John Newcombe age 74

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

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Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Ilie Năstase age 72

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

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Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Arthur Ashe Died at 50 (1943-1993)

Australian Open: Winner 1970
Wimbledon: Winner 1975

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Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Ken Rosewall age 84

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

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Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Stan Smith age 72

Wimbledon: Winner 1972
US Open: Winner 1971

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Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Roy Emerson age 82

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Vitas Gerulaitis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Vitas Gerulaitis Died at 40 (1954-1994)

Australian open: Winner 1977
WCT Finals: Winner 1978

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Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Manuel Orantes age 69

US Open: Winner 1975

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Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Jan Kodeš age 72

French Open: Winner 1970, 1971
Wimbledon: Winner 1973

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Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Adriano Panatta age 68

French Open: Winner 1976
Italian Open: Winner 1976

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Alex Metreveli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s

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Roscoe Tanner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Roscoe Tanner age 67

Australian Open: Winner 1977

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Tom Gorman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
LyleForehand added Tom Gorman 72

Won 16 titles

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