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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.

list ordered by
1
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
StLandrew1958 added age 63

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

2
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 67

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

3
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 81
4
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 60

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

5
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
Filip Krawczyk added Guillermo Vilas age 67

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

6
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 75

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

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

Australian Open: Winner 1970
Wimbledon: Winner 1975

8
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 73

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

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

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

Wimbledon: Winner 1972
US Open: Winner 1971

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

Australian open: Winner 1977
WCT Finals: Winner 1978

12
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 83
13
Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 69

French Open: Winner 1976
Italian Open: Winner 1976

14
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 70

US Open: Winner 1975

15
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 73

French Open: Winner 1970, 1971
Wimbledon: Winner 1973

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

Australian Open: Winner 1977

17
Tony Roche is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
age 74
18
Alex Metreveli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s
19
Tom Gorman is listed (or ranked) 19 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