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The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1980s

Updated September 3, 2019 990 votes 423 voters 43.2k 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 Navratilova1
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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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  • Steffi Graf2
    105
    53

    Steffi Graf

    Germany, West 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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  • Chris Evert3
    83
    36

    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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  • Gabriela Sabatini4
    62
    52

    Age49

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1985-01

    Wimbledon: Finalist 1991
    US Open: Winner 1990

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  • Hana Mandlíková5
    36
    31

    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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  • Arantxa Sánchez Vicario6

    Age48

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Year Turned Pro1985

    French Open: Winner 1989

  • Manuela Maleeva7
    15
    17

    Age52

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Year Turned Pro1982

  • Mary Joe Fernández8
    16
    20

    Mary Joe Fernández

    United States of America

    Age48

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Year Turned Pro1986

  • Tracy Austin9
    52
    72

    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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  • Katerina Maleeva10
    16
    61

    Age50

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Year Turned Pro1984