The 1981 Australian Open was a tennis tournament played on grass courts at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne in Victoria in Australia. It was the 70th edition of the Australian Open and was held from 30 November through 6 December 1981 for the women and from 24 December 1981 through 3 January 1982 for the men.

1981 Australian Open
Date21 December 1981 – 3 January 1982
Edition70th
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
SurfaceGrass
LocationMelbourne, Australia
VenueKooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Champions
Men's singles
South Africa Johan Kriek
Women's singles
United States Martina Navratilova
Men's doubles
Australia Mark Edmondson / Australia Kim Warwick
Women's doubles
United States Kathy Jordan / United States Anne Smith
Boys' singles
Sweden Jörgen Windahl
Girls' singles
Australia Anne Minter
← 1980 · Australian Open · 1982 →

Seniors

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Men's singles

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  Johan Kriek defeated   Steve Denton, 6–2, 7–6(7–1), 6–7(1–7), 6–4

• It was Kriek's 1st career Grand Slam singles title.

Women's singles

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  Martina Navratilova defeated   Chris Evert, 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–5

• It was Navratilova's 3rd career Grand Slam singles title and her 1st title at the Australian Open.

Men's doubles

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  Mark Edmondson /   Kim Warwick defeated   Hank Pfister /   John Sadri 6–3, 6–7, 6–3

• It was Edmondson's 2nd career Grand Slam doubles title and his 2nd title at the Australian Open.
• It was Warwick's 3rd career Grand Slam doubles title and his 3rd and last title at the Australian Open.

Women's doubles

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  Kathy Jordan /   Anne Smith defeated   Martina Navratilova /   Pam Shriver 6–2, 7–5

• It was Jordan's 4th career Grand Slam doubles title and her 1st and only title at the Australian Open.
• It was Smith's 4th career Grand Slam doubles title and her 1st and only title at the Australian Open.

Mixed doubles

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The competition was not held between 1970 and 1986.

Juniors

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Boys' singles

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  Jörgen Windahl defeated   Pat Cash 6–4, 6–4

Girls' singles

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  Anne Minter defeated   Corinne Vanier 6–4, 6–2

Boys' doubles

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  David Lewis and   Tony Withers won the title

Girls' doubles

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  Maree Booth and   Sharon Hodgkin won the title

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