Guillermo Vilas

Born:
August 17, 1952
Place of Birth:
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Citizenship:
Argentina
Induction Category:
Recent Player
Year of Induction:
1991
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 2

As one of the leading players of the late 1970s Guillermo Vilas was surrounded by luminaries like Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Nevertheless, Vilas distinguished himself for a number of reasons. He was a thoughtful individual who wrote poetry, a left-hander known primarily for his heavy topspin, a deep thinker who benefited significantly from the wisdom of his coach Ion Tiriac. Tiriac helped Vilas develop a reliable sliced backhand, which was the key to his famous triumph over Connors in the 1977 U.S. Open final.

Grand Slam Record

Australian Open

  • Singles Champion 1978-79

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1977

US Open

  • Singles Champion 1977

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1970-74, 1976-84