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The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1980s

Updated September 3, 2019 996 votes 437 voters 44.3k views10 items

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List of the best women'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 women'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 women'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 Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon 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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    Martina Navratilova

    United States of America, Czechoslovakia

    Age63

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    Year Turned Pro1975

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

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    Chris Evert

    United States of America

    Age65

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1972

    Australian Open: Winner 1982, 1984; Finalist 1981, 1985, 1988
    French Open: Winner 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986; Finalist 1984
    Wimbledon: Winner 1981; Finalist 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985
    US Open: Winner 1980, 1982; Finalist 1983, 1984

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    Steffi Graf

    West Germany, Germany

    Age50

    BirthplaceMannheim, Germany

    Year Turned Pro1982

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

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    Age49

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1985-01

    Wimbledon: Finalist 1991
    US Open: Winner 1990

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    Age57

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    Year Turned Pro1978

    Australian Open: Winner 1980, 1987
    French Open: Winner 1981
    Wimbledon Finalist 1981, 1986
    US Open: Winner 1985; Finalist 1980, 1982

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    Age48

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Year Turned Pro1985

    French Open: Winner 1989

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    Age52

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Year Turned Pro1982

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    Tracy Austin

    United States of America, Australia

    Age57

    BirthplacePalos Verdes, California, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1978-10-23

    US Open: Winner 1981

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    #8 of 13 The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1970s#18 of 67 The Best Tennis Players from the United States

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    Mary Joe Fernández

    United States of America

    Age48

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Year Turned Pro1986

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    Age50

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Year Turned Pro1984