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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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    Ivan Lendl

    United States of America, Czechoslovakia

    BirthplaceOstrava

    Year Turned Pro1978

    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

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    102
    61

    Jimmy Connors

    United States of America

    BirthplaceEast St. Louis, Illinois

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

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    224
    211

    John McEnroe

    United States of America

    BirthplaceWiesbaden, Germany

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

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    110
    64

    Mats Wilander

    Sweden

    BirthplaceVäxjö, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1981

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

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    141

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1973

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

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    53
    34

    Guillermo Vilas

    Argentina

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1969

  • 7
    106
    99

    Boris Becker

    West Germany, Germany

    BirthplaceLeimen, Germany

    Year Turned Pro1984

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

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    44
    56

    BirthplaceSedan, France

    Year Turned Pro1977

    French Open: Winner 1983

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    57
    76

    Pat Cash

    Australia

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1982

    Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
    Wimbledon: Winner 1987

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    30
    34

    BirthplaceLillers, France

    Year Turned Pro1980

    French Open: Finalist 1988

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    124
    172

    BirthplaceVästervik, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1983

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

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    27
    34

    BirthplaceBojnice, Slovakia

    Year Turned Pro1982

    Australian Open: Finalist 1989
    US Open: Finalist 1986

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    32
    41

    Johan Kriek

    United States of America, South Africa

    BirthplacePongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Year Turned Pro1978

    Australian Open: Winner 1981, 1982

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    68
    111

    Andrés Gómez

  • 15
    15
    24

    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Year Turned Pro1982

  • 16
    11
    24

    Richard Krajicek

    Netherlands

    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    Year Turned Pro1989

  • 17
    10
    41

    Wayne Ferreira

    South Africa

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Year Turned Pro1989

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    15
    74

    Tim Mayotte

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Year Turned Pro1981