1981 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

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Men's Singles
1981 Wimbledon Championships
Champion United States John McEnroe
Runner-up Sweden Björn Borg
Final score 4–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Details
Draw 128 (16Q / 8WC)
Seeds 16
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women mixed
← 1980 · Wimbledon Championships · 1982 →

John McEnroe defeated his rival, the five-time defending champion Björn Borg in the final, 4–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–4), 6–4 to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 1981 Wimbledon Championships. Borg was attempting to equal William Renshaw's sixth consecutive Wimbledon title and Roy Emerson's all time record of 12 Grand Slam titles.[1]

Seeds[edit]

01.   United States John McEnroe (Champion)
02.   Sweden Bjorn Borg (Final)
03.   United States Jimmy Connors (Semifinals)
04.   Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl (First round)
05.   United States Gene Mayer (Withdrew before the tournament began)
06.   United States Brian Teacher (Second round)
07.   United States Brian Gottfried (Second round)
08.   United States Roscoe Tanner (Second round)
09.   Argentina José Luis Clerc (Third round)
10.   Argentina Guillermo Vilas (First round)
11.   Paraguay Víctor Pecci (First round)
12.   Australia Peter McNamara (Quarterfinals)
13.   France Yannick Noah (First round)
14.   Poland Wojciech Fibak (Fourth round)
15.   Hungary Balázs Taróczy (Third round)
16.   United States Vitas Gerulaitis (Fourth round)

Click on the seed number of a player to go to their draw section.

Gene Mayer withdrew due to injury. He was replaced in the draw by Lucky Loser Mike Estep.

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

Finals[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
1 Sweden Björn Borg 7 6 6
12 Australia Peter McNamara 6 2 3
1 Sweden Björn Borg 0 4 6 6 6
3 United States Jimmy Connors 6 6 3 0 4
3 United States Jimmy Connors 2 5 6 6 6
India Vijay Amritraj 6 7 4 3 2
1 Sweden Björn Borg 6 61 64 4
2 United States John McEnroe 4 77 77 6
Australia Rod Frawley 4 7 7 6
United States Tim Mayotte 6 6 6 3
Australia Rod Frawley 6 4 5
2 United States John McEnroe 7 6 7
South Africa Johan Kriek 1 5 1
2 United States John McEnroe 6 7 6

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1 Sweden B Borg 7 6 6
United States P Rennert 6 3 1 1 Sweden B Borg 6 6 6
Q Australia D Collings 4 3 3 United States M Purcell 4 1 3
United States M Purcell 6 6 6 1 Sweden B Borg 6 7 6
United States F Taygan 7 6 6 West Germany R Gehring 4 5 0
United States N Saviano 5 1 2 United States F Taygan 5 1 6
LL West Germany U Marten 6 2 7 0 West Germany R Gehring 7 6 7
West Germany R Gehring 7 6 6 6 1 Sweden B Borg 7 7 7
United States V Amaya 6 7 6 7 16 United States V Gerulaitis 6 5 6
Austria P Feigl 4 6 7 6 United States V Amaya 6 6 6
United Kingdom C Mottram 6 6 4 6 United Kingdom C Mottram 3 4 2
WC United Kingdom R Drysdale 1 4 6 3 United States V Amaya 6 4 6 3 5
Q United States J Bailey 7 6 3 6 4 16 United States V Gerulaitis 4 6 3 6 7
South Africa K Curren 6 4 6 7 6 South Africa K Curren 3 7 3 3
Q United States G Holroyd 3 4 6 16 United States V Gerulaitis 6 6 6 6
16 United States V Gerulaitis 6 6 7

Section 2[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
12 Australia P McNamara 6 6 2 7
Switzerland H Günthardt 1 2 6 5 12 Australia P McNamara 6 6 6
United States J Delaney 5 3 7 3 United States S Stewart 4 0 1
United States S Stewart 7 6 6 6 12 Australia P McNamara 6 6 7
Spain Á Giménez 6 7 6 United States A Pattison 1 0 5
Q Sweden J Windahl 3 5 2 Spain Á Giménez 6 6 7 1 4
United States S Giammalva 3 7 3 6 United States A Pattison 4 7 6 6 6
United States A Pattison 6 6 6 7 12 Australia P McNamara 7 6 7
United States Ti Gullikson 6 6 6 United States J Borowiak 6 0 6
Italy G Rinaldini 1 2 3 United States Ti Gullikson 3 7 7 6
United States P Fleming 7 6 2 7 United States P Fleming 6 6 6 3
Australia S Docherty 6 2 6 6 United States Ti Gullikson 3 6 6 3
Q United States E van Dillen 2 4 6 2 United States J Borowiak 6 7 4 6
United States J Borowiak 6 6 4 6 United States J Borowiak 6 7 6
United States K Walts 3 3 2 7 United States B Gottfried 4 6 4
7 United States B Gottfried 6 6 6

Section 3[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
3 United States J Connors 6 6 6
United States R Stockton 1 2 4 3 United States J Connors 7 7 6
New Zealand C Lewis 6 7 0 6 6 New Zealand C Lewis 6 6 3
Q United States C Dunk 7 6 6 4 4 3 United States J Connors 6 6 6
Czechoslovakia T Šmid 5 3 6 2 United States A Giammalva 4 4 0
United States P DuPré 7 6 3 6 United States P DuPré 3 4 6 3
United States A Giammalva 6 7 6 United States A Giammalva 6 6 1 6
LL United States S Davis 2 6 2 3 United States J Connors 6 6 6
Q United States C Wittus 6 6 6 14 Poland W Fibak 3 2 4
South Africa E Edwards 4 4 4 Q United States C Wittus 3 4 0
Australia B Drewett 7 4 6 6 Australia B Drewett 6 6 6
Brazil M Hocevar 6 6 4 3 Australia B Drewett 6 1 6 6 4
Q United States M Davis 7 5 2 7 6 14 Poland W Fibak 7 6 3 3 6
Israel S Glickstein 5 7 6 5 4 Q United States M Davis 4 4 2
United States M Doyle 4 7 4 5 14 Poland W Fibak 6 6 6
14 Poland W Fibak 6 6 6 7

Section 4[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
9 Argentina JL Clerc 3 6 2 6 9
LL Chile Á Fillol 6 3 6 4 7 9 Argentina JL Clerc 4 6 7 6
WC United Kingdom J Lloyd 6 3 4 6 6 WC United Kingdom J Lloyd 6 3 6 4
Australia P Dent 4 6 6 3 4 9 Argentina JL Clerc 6 4 1 6
France P Portes 7 6 2 6 Australia P Kronk 2 6 6 7
Q Australia W Pascoe 5 7 6 7 Q Australia W Pascoe 5 3 4
Australia P Kronk 6 6 3 6 Australia P Kronk 7 6 6
United States W Martin 2 3 6 3 Australia P Kronk 3 3 2
United States R Van't Hof 6 6 6 India V Amritraj 6 6 6
West Germany K Eberhard 4 4 4 United States R Van't Hof 3 4 2
Netherlands T Okker 5 7 4 6 United States T Wilkison 6 6 6
United States T Wilkison 7 5 6 7 United States T Wilkison 3 2 6 4
India V Amritraj 6 6 7 India V Amritraj 6 6 3 6
WC Czechoslovakia J Kodeš 0 1 5 India V Amritraj 6 2 2 6 6
Switzerland R Stadler 6 0 3 3 6 United States B Teacher 4 6 6 2 1
6 United States B Teacher 4 6 6 6

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
8 United States R Tanner 6 6 6
United States B Manson 1 4 4 8 United States R Tanner 4 4 6 2
Brazil C Kirmayr 6 6 6 6 Brazil C Kirmayr 6 6 3 6
WC United Kingdom M Cox 3 7 4 4 Brazil C Kirmayr 6 3 3
United States L Stefanki 1 6 3 Australia R Frawley 7 6 6
Q Australia C Letcher 6 7 6 Q Australia C Letcher 3 1 3
Australia R Frawley 4 6 6 6 Australia R Frawley 6 6 6
France T Tulasne 6 2 3 0 Australia R Frawley 6 6 7
United States J Austin 7 2 2 2 Australia J Fitzgerald 4 3 6
Q Sweden M Wilander 6 6 6 6 Q Sweden M Wilander 4 6 6 6
WC Australia J Alexander 4 6 4 2 LL France H Leconte 6 4 2 2
LL France H Leconte 6 2 6 6 Q Sweden M Wilander 0 6 2 2
Australia J Fitzgerald 5 7 6 6 Australia J Fitzgerald 6 4 6 6
Q United States S McCain 7 6 2 3 Australia J Fitzgerald 6 6 6
United States W Scanlon 7 6 6 United States W Scanlon 1 2 2
11 Paraguay V Pecci 6 0 0

Section 6[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
10 Argentina G Vilas 4 1 6 6 3
Australia M Edmondson 6 6 1 4 6 Australia M Edmondson 4 3 7 5
WC United Kingdom R Lewis 5 6 4 4 United States F Buehning 6 6 5 7
United States F Buehning 7 4 6 6 United States F Buehning 4 6 6 7 1
United States S Krulevitz 6 6 4 4 3 United States A Mayer 6 2 7 5 6
Sweden H Simonsson 4 2 6 6 6 Sweden H Simonsson 2 1 6
Romania I Năstase 4 6 6 4 4 United States A Mayer 6 6 7
United States A Mayer 6 4 4 6 6 United States A Mayer 3 4 6
WC United Kingdom A Jarrett 3 7 3 6 United States T Mayotte 6 6 7
United States J Sadri 6 6 6 7 United States J Sadri 7 6 6 6
France C Roger-Vasselin 6 6 7 France C Roger-Vasselin 6 7 3 4
Spain J López-Maeso 4 4 6 United States J Sadri 6 3 5
United States T Mayotte 6 6 6 United States T Mayotte 7 6 7
South Africa B Mitton 3 4 2 United States T Mayotte 4 6 7 6
Q Australia C Fancutt 4 6 6 1 6 Q Australia C Fancutt 6 4 6 3
4 Czechoslovakia I Lendl 6 3 4 6 3

Section 7[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
LL United States M Estep 0 3 7 3
South Africa J Kriek 6 6 6 6 South Africa J Kriek 6 6 6
Q India S Menon 4 0 6 4 LL Sweden J Nyström 2 4 4
LL Sweden J Nyström 6 6 3 6 South Africa J Kriek 7 3 6 7
New Zealand R Simpson 7 6 7 New Zealand R Simpson 6 6 2 5
LL United States S Denton 6 3 6 New Zealand R Simpson 6 6 3 6
Q France G Moretton 4 6 6 6 Q France G Moretton 4 4 6 3
Chile J Fillol 6 3 2 3 South Africa J Kriek 3 6 7 6
Czechoslovakia P Složil 3 4 2 Paraguay F González 6 3 6 1
Australia P McNamee 6 6 6 Australia P McNamee 6 6 6
LL Australia C Johnstone 6 6 4 4 6 LL Australia C Johnstone 2 1 2
Q Australia C Miller 4 1 6 6 3 Australia P McNamee 4 2 2
Paraguay F González 6 7 6 Paraguay F González 6 6 6
France C Freyss 0 5 2 Paraguay F González 6 6 7 6
United States E Fromm 6 6 6 United States E Fromm 3 7 5 3
13 France Y Noah 4 4 3

Section 8[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
15 Hungary B Taróczy 7 6 6
Sweden A Järryd 6 4 3 15 Hungary B Taróczy 7 6 7
United States R Hightower 2 2 4 United States R Meyer 6 3 6
United States R Meyer 6 6 6 15 Hungary B Taróczy 3 2 3
Zimbabwe H Ismail 3 1 3 United States S Smith 6 6 6
United States S Smith 6 6 6 United States S Smith 6 7 7
United States R Fagel 1 2 1 Australia R Case 3 6 6
Australia R Case 6 6 6 United States S Smith 5 6 1 2
Australia D Carter 3 7 6 1 3 2 United States J McEnroe 7 3 6 6
United States R Lutz 6 6 4 6 6 United States R Lutz 6 7 6
Peru F Maynetto 6 2 1 WC United Kingdom J Feaver 3 5 1
WC United Kingdom J Feaver 7 6 6 United States R Lutz 4 2 0
South Africa R Moore 4 5 2 2 United States J McEnroe 6 6 6
Mexico R Ramírez 6 7 6 Mexico R Ramírez 3 7 3 6
United States To Gullikson 6 5 3 2 United States J McEnroe 6 6 6 7
2 United States J McEnroe 7 7 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barrett, John (2014). Wimbledon: The Official History (4th ed.). Vision Sports Publishing. ISBN 9-781909-534230. 

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