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The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s

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List of the best men's tennis players from 1980s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1980 to 1989, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1980s 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 1980s 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 John McEnroe and Björn Borg. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, US Open winners, doubles players, and more, this list has it all. This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1980s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1980s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1980s 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 1980s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.

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  • 1
    525
    87

    Ivan Lendl

    United States of America, Czechoslovakia

    Australian Open: Winner 1989, 1990; Finalist 1983
    French Open: Winner 1984, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1981, 1985
    Wimbledon: Finalist 1986, 1987
    US Open: Winner 1985, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989

  • 2
    177
    122

    French Open: Winner 1980, 1981
    Wimbledon: Winner 1980; Finalist 1981
    US Open: Finalist 1980, 1981

  • 3
    93
    52

    Jimmy Connors

    United States of America

    US Open: Winner 1982, 1983
    WCT Finals: Winner 1980

  • 4
    206
    202

    John McEnroe

    United States of America

    Wimbledon: Winner 1981, 1983, 1984; Finalist 1980, 1982
    US Open: Winner 1980, 1981, 1984; Finalist 1985

  • 5
    99
    54

    Mats Wilander

    Sweden

    Australian Open: Winner 1983, 1984, 1988
    French Open: Winner 1982, 1985, 1988
    US Open: Winner 1988

  • 6
    49
    29

    Guillermo Vilas

    Argentina
  • 7
    96
    96

    Boris Becker

    West Germany, Germany

    Wimbledon: Winner 1985, 1986, 1989
    US Open: Winner 1989
    The Masters: Winner 1989

  • 8
    52
    67

    Pat Cash

    Australia

    Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
    Wimbledon: Winner 1987

  • 9
    25
    29

    French Open: Finalist 1988

  • 10
    24
    29

    Australian Open: Finalist 1989
    US Open: Finalist 1986

  • 11
    37
    49

    French Open: Winner 1983

  • 12
    116
    173

    Australian Open: Winner 1985, 1987
    French Open: Finalist 1989
    Wimbledon: Winner 1988; Finalist 1989

  • 13
    31
    39

    Johan Kriek

    United States of America, South Africa

    Australian Open: Winner 1981, 1982

  • 14
    15
    17
  • 15
    60
    103

    Andrés Gómez

  • 16
    12
    21

    Richard Krajicek

    Netherlands
  • 17
    11
    40

    Wayne Ferreira

    South Africa
  • 18
    11
    54

    Tim Mayotte

    United States of America