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1981 US Open – Men's Singles

Two-time defending champion John McEnroe defeated Björn Borg in the final, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3 to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1981 US Open. In retiring from the sport, the final turned out to be Borg's final Grand Slam tournament match of his career.

Men's Singles
1981 US Open
ChampionUnited States John McEnroe
Runner-upSweden Björn Borg
Final score4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
Legends men women mixed
WC Singles men women quad
WC Doubles men women quad
← 1980 · US Open · 1982 →

SeedsEdit

The seeded players are listed below. John McEnroe is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1.   John McEnroe (Champion)
  2.   Björn Borg (Finalist)
  3.   Ivan Lendl (Fourth round)
  4.   Jimmy Connors (Semifinalist)
  5.   José Luis Clerc (Fourth round)
  6.   Guillermo Vilas (Fourth round)
  7.   Gene Mayer (Fourth round)
  8.   Eliot Teltscher (Quarterfinalist)
  9.   Roscoe Tanner (Quarterfinalist)
  10.   Brian Teacher (Second round)
  11.   Peter McNamara (Third round)
  12.   Johan Kriek (Third round)
  13.   Yannick Noah (Fourth round)
  14.   Wojtek Fibak (First round)
  15.   Vitas Gerulaitis (Semifinalist)
  16.   Brian Gottfried (Fourth round)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

Final EightEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                     
1   John McEnroe 61077 6 6
  Ramesh Krishnan 712 644 2
1   John McEnroe 5 6 6 4 6
15   Vitas Gerulaitis 7 3 2 6 3
15   Vitas Gerulaitis 6 6 4 6
  Bruce Manson 4 2 6 1
1   John McEnroe 4 6 6 6
2   Björn Borg 6 2 4 3
8   Eliot Teltscher 3 1 2
4   Jimmy Connors 6 6 6
4   Jimmy Connors 2 5 4
2   Björn Borg 6 7 6
9   Roscoe Tanner 643 77 67
2   Björn Borg 77 6 6479

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1   McEnroe 6 6 6 6
  Nunez 7 1 3 2 1 McEnroe 6 6 6
  Bedel 1 4 4 Gullikson 3 1 3
  Gullikson 6 6 6 1 McEnroe 6 6 6
  DuPré 6 6 4 6 DuPré 3 2 3
  Delaney 3 3 6 2 DuPré 6 6 6
  Gullikson 6 6 3 6 1 Hooper 4 2 4
  Hooper 7 2 6 3 6 1 McEnroe 7 6 6
  Dupasquier 3 2 1 Curren 5 0 1
  Edmondson 6 6 6 Edmondson 4 3 6 6
  Kohlberg 5 4 4 Roger-Vasselin 6 6 1 4r
  Roger-Vasselin 7 6 6 Edmondson 3 5 2
  Martinez 6 6 4 4 2 Curren 6 7 6
  Lapidus 4 4 6 6 6 Lapidus 6 3 7 1 3
  Curren 7 6 7 Curren 4 6 6 6 6
14   Fibak 6 4 6

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
10   Teacher 6 6 7
  Scanlon 3 2 5 10 Teacher 6 6 2 4
  Davis 6 7 3 6 Davis 2 7 6 6
  Bourne 3 5 6 1 Davis 2 6 7 4
  Sadri 7 7 5 4 6 Krishnan 6 7 6 6
  Smith 5 6 7 6 7 Smith 4 3 3
  Krishnan 6 6 6 Krishnan 6 6 6
  Hjertquist 1 1 3 Krishnan 4 6 7 7
  González 3 2 6 5 7 Mayer 6 1 6 5
  Krulevitz 6 6 2 7 Krulevitz 4 4 2
  Tulasne 6 3 4 4 Stockton 6 6 6
  Stockton 4 6 6 6 Stockton 4 4 1
  Wittus 5 6 6 1 3 7 Mayer 6 6 6
  Buehning 7 3 4 6 6 Buehning 4 2 3
  Hayes 4 2 2 7 Mayer 6 6 6
7   Mayer 6 6 6

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
3   Lendl 6 6 6
  Simonsson 2 2 2 3 Lendl 7 6 7
  Portes 2 3 1 Borowiak 6 1 6
  Borowiak 6 6 6 3 Lendl 6 3 6 6
  Edwards 6 7 6 6 Vines 4 6 2 3
  Fromm 3 6 7 4 Edwards 1 7 1 4
  Vines 6 2 6 4 Vines 6 5 6 6
  Simpson 3 6 2 3 r 3 Lendl 3 4 6 6 4
  Ball 1 6 2 15 Gerulaitis 6 6 3 3 6
  Arias 6 7 6 Arias 6 6 3 r
  Tarr 0 1 7 1 Solomon 7 7 3
  Solomon 6 6 6 6 Solomon 3 2 3
  Brown 3 6 6 6 5 15 Gerulaitis 6 6 6
  Cortes 6 4 4 7 7 Cortes 6 0 1
  Moor 6 3 0 6 2 15 Gerulaitis 7 6 6
15   Gerulaitis 4 6 6 3 6

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
11   McNamara 7 2 6 6
  Fitzgerald 6 6 3 3 11 McNamara 6 6 5 6
  Fishbach 2 4 2 Fleming 4 2 7 3
  Fleming 6 6 6 11 McNamara 6 3 4 2
  Meyer 6 6 7 Manson 4 6 6 6
  Mitton 3 4 6 Meyer 0 2 6 6 2
  Manson 6 6 6 Manson 6 6 3 4 6
  Saltz 0 0 2 Manson 6 7 6
  Năstase 6 3 4 6 3 5 Clerc 3 6 3
  Purcell 3 6 6 3 6 Purcell 6 6 7
  Smith 4 4 2 Glickstein 4 4 5
  Glickstein 6 6 6 Purcell 3 6 6 4 3
  Alexander 4 6 6 4 5 Clerc 6 0 0 6 6
  Wilkison 6 2 7 6 Wilkison 4 7 4 7 6
  Drewett 4 3 3 5 Clerc 6 5 6 5 7
5   Clerc 6 6 6

Section 5Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
8   Teltscher 6 6 6
  Amaya 2 2 4 8 Teltscher 6 6 6
  Saviano 2 7 1 4 Austin 2 2 2
  Austin 6 6 6 6 8 Teltscher 6 6 6
  Moretton 6 3 4 7 6 Amritraj 2 4 0
  Fernandez 3 6 6 6 3 Moretton 5 3 4
  Amritraj 6 6 6 Amritraj 7 6 6
  Davis 3 4 2 8 Teltscher 6 6 5 1 6
  Cowan 5 4 2 16 Gottfried 4 0 7 6 3
  McCain 7 6 6 McCain 3 6 6 1 2
  Mayotte 6 6 6 6 Mayotte 6 3 4 6 6
  Denton 3 4 7 3 Mayotte 2 3 7 6
  Walts 7 6 6 2 6 16 Gottfried 6 6 6 7
  Fagel 6 4 7 6 1 Walts 6 4 2
  Van Patten 4 4 1 16 Gottfried 7 6 6
16   Gottfried 6 6 6

Section 6Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
12   Kriek 6 6 7
  De Palmer 2 3 5 12 Kriek 4 6 6 6
  Gurfein 2 2 7 2 Doyle 6 4 3 0
  Doyle 6 6 5 6 12 Kriek 6 2 1 4
  Freeman 6 5 6 Cahill 4 6 6 6
  Pattison 7 7 7 Pattison 4 1 6
  Cahill 6 6 6 Cahill 6 6 7
  Meister 3 3 4 Cahill 3 3 1
  Winitsky 6 3 2 4 Connors 6 6 6
  Gómez 7 6 6 Gómez 6 6 6
  Lewis 7 7 6 Lewis 4 3 3
  Pfister 5 6 2 Gómez 7 3 1 6 6
  Rebolledo 1 2 2 4 Connors 6 6 6 4 7
  Ostoja 6 6 6 Ostoja 6 4 3
  Lloyd 0 0 2 4 Connors 7 6 6
4   Connors 6 6 6

Section 7Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
6   Vilas 6 6 6 6
  Gitlin 3 7 0 4 6 Vilas 6 6 6
  Ramírez 6 6 6 Ramírez 1 3 2
  Ismail 3 2 4 6 Vilas 7 4 7 6
  Stadler 6 7 5 6 Panatta 6 6 5 4
  Docherty 4 5 7 2 Stadler 5 3 1
  Panatta 7 4 6 6 Panatta 7 6 6
  Taygan 6 6 3 2 6 Vilas 4 2 613
  Nichols 4 4 7 4 9 Tanner 6 6 715
  James 6 6 5 6 James 4 7 5 6 0
  Segal 1 4 4 Mayotte 6 5 7 4 6
  Mayotte 6 6 6 Mayotte 6 1 2
  Case 2 6 2 9 Tanner 7 6 6
  Delaney 6 7 6 Delaney 6 1 4 1
  Edwards 3 3 4 9 Tanner 4 6 6 6
9   Tanner 6 6 6

Section 8Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
13   Noah 6 6 5 4 6
  Andrews 3 4 7 6 2 13 Noah 6 6 4 7
  Benson 6 0 6 1 4 Van Dillen 4 2 6 5
  Van Dillen 4 6 4 6 6 13 Noah 6 6 6
  Waltke 7 6 1 4 7 Waltke 3 4 4
  Stewart 6 4 6 6 5 Waltke 6 6 7
  Giammalva 2 6 1 5 Fritz 3 3 6
  Fritz 6 2 6 7 13 Noah 77 4 3 3
  Carter 7 2 7 6 2 Borg 626 6 6
  Fillol, Sr. 6 6 6 2 Carter 4 6 1 6 6
  Giammalva, Jr. 6 4 6 1 6 Giammalva, Jr. 6 2 6 4 0
  Günthardt 4 6 3 6 1 Carter 2 2 2
  Dent 7 5 4 6 3 2 Borg 6 6 6
  Stefanki 6 7 6 3 6 Stefanki 4 4 4
  Günthardt 2 2 0 2 Borg 6 6 6
2   Borg 6 6 6

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