1981 US Open – Men's Singles

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1981 US Open
Champion   United States John McEnroe
Runner-up   Sweden Björn Borg
Final score   4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
Other events
Legends    men    women    mixed
WC Singles    men    women    quad
WC Doubles    men    women    quad
US Open
 < 1980 1982 > 

John McEnroe defeated Björn Borg 4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1981 US Open.

Seeds[edit]

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

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

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

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

Final Eight[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                                   
  1  United States John McEnroe 6 7 6 6    
 India Ramesh Krishnan 7 6 4 2    
  1  United States John McEnroe 5 6 6 4 6  
  15  United States Vitas Gerulaitis 7 3 2 6 3  
15  United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6 6 4 6  
   United States Bruce Manson 4 2 6 1    
    1  United States John McEnroe 4 6 6 6  
  2  Sweden Björn Borg 6 2 4 3  
  8  United States Eliot Teltscher 3 1 2      
4  United States Jimmy Connors 6 6 6      
4  United States Jimmy Connors 2 5 4    
  2  Sweden Björn Borg 6 7 6      
9  United States Roscoe Tanner 6 3 7 6  
  2  Sweden Björn Borg 7 6 6 7    

Section 1[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1 United States McEnroe 6 6 6 6
Chile Nunez 7 1 3 2 1 McEnroe 6 6 6
France Bedel 1 4 4 Gullikson 3 1 3
United States Gullikson 6 6 6 1 McEnroe 6 6 6
United States Du Pré 6 6 4 6 Du Pré 3 2 3
United States Delaney 3 3 6 2 Du Pré 6 6 6
United States Gullikson 6 6 3 6 1 Hooper 4 2 4
United States Hooper 7 2 6 3 6 1 McEnroe 7 6 6
Switzerland Dupasquier 3 2 1 Curren 5 0 1
Australia Edmondson 6 6 6 Edmondson 4 3 6 6
United States Kohlberg 5 4 4 Roger-Vasselin 6 6 1 4r
France Roger-Vasselin 7 6 6 Edmondson 3 5 2
Bolivia Martinez 6 6 4 4 2 Curren 6 7 6
United States Lapidus 4 4 6 6 6 Lapidus 6 3 7 1 3
South Africa Curren 7 6 7 Curren 4 6 6 6 6
14 Poland Fibak 6 4 6

Section 2[edit]

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

Section 3[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
3 Czechoslovakia Lendl 6 6 6
Sweden Simonsson 2 2 2 3 Lendl 7 6 7
France Portes 2 3 1 Borowiak 6 1 6
United States Borowiak 6 6 6 3 Lendl 6 3 6 6
South Africa Edwards 6 7 6 6 Vines 4 6 2 3
United States Fromm 3 6 7 4 Edwards 1 7 1 4
United States Vines 6 2 6 4 Vines 6 5 6 6
New Zealand Simpson 3 6 2 3 r 3 Lendl 3 4 6 6 4
Australia Ball 1 6 2 15 Gerulaitis 6 6 3 3 6
United States Arias 6 7 6 Arias 6 6 3 r
South Africa Tarr 0 1 7 1 Solomon 7 7 3
United States Solomon 6 6 6 6 Solomon 3 2 3
United States Brown 3 6 6 6 5 15 Gerulaitis 6 6 6
Colombia Cortes 6 4 4 7 7 Cortes 6 0 1
United States Moor 6 3 0 6 2 15 Gerulaitis 7 6 6
15 United States Gerulaitis 4 6 6 3 6

Section 4[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
11 Australia McNamara 7 2 6 6
Australia Fitzgerald 6 6 3 3 11 McNamara 6 6 5 6
United States Fishbach 2 4 2 Fleming 4 2 7 3
United States Fleming 6 6 6 11 McNamara 6 3 4 2
United States Meyer 6 6 7 Manson 4 6 6 6
South Africa Mitton 3 4 6 Meyer 0 2 6 6 2
United States Manson 6 6 6 Manson 6 6 3 4 6
United States Saltz 0 0 2 Manson 6 7 6
Romania Năstase 6 3 4 6 3 5 Clerc 3 6 3
United States Purcell 3 6 6 3 6 Purcell 6 6 7
United Kingdom Smith 4 4 2 Glickstein 4 4 5
Israel Glickstein 6 6 6 Purcell 3 6 6 4 3
Australia Alexander 4 6 6 4 5 Clerc 6 0 0 6 6
United States Wilkison 6 2 7 6 Wilkison 4 7 4 7 6
Australia Drewett 4 3 3 5 Clerc 6 5 6 5 7
5 Argentina Clerc 6 6 6

Section 5[edit]

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

Section 6[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
12 South Africa Kriek 6 6 7
United States De Palmer 2 3 5 12 Kriek 4 6 6 6
United States Gurfein 2 2 7 2 Doyle 6 4 3 0
United States Doyle 6 6 5 6 12 Kriek 6 2 1 4
United States Freeman 6 5 6 Cahill 4 6 6 6
Zimbabwe Pattison 7 7 7 Pattison 4 1 6
United States Cahill 6 6 6 Cahill 6 6 7
United States Meister 3 3 4 Cahill 3 3 1
United States Winitsky 6 3 2 4 Connors 6 6 6
Ecuador Gómez 7 6 6 Gómez 6 6 6
New Zealand Lewis 7 7 6 Lewis 4 3 3
United States Pfister 5 6 2 Gómez 7 3 1 6 6
Chile Rebolledo 1 2 2 4 Connors 6 6 6 4 7
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ostoja 6 6 6 Ostoja 6 4 3
United Kingdom Lloyd 0 0 2 4 Connors 7 6 6
4 United States Connors 6 6 6

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
6 Argentina Vilas 6 6 6 6
United States Gitlin 3 7 0 4 6 Vilas 6 6 6
Mexico Ramírez 6 6 6 Ramírez 1 3 2
Zimbabwe Ismail 3 2 4 6 Vilas 7 4 7 6
Switzerland Stadler 6 7 5 6 Panatta 6 6 5 4
Australia Docherty 4 5 7 2 Stadler 5 3 1
Italy Panatta 7 4 6 6 Panatta 7 6 6
United States Taygan 6 6 3 2 6 Vilas 4 2 6
United States Nichols 4 4 7 4 9 Tanner 6 6 7
Australia James 6 6 5 6 James 4 7 5 6 0
South Africa Segal 1 4 4 Mayotte 6 5 7 4 6
United States Mayotte 6 6 6 Mayotte 6 1 2
Australia Case 2 6 2 9 Tanner 7 6 6
United States Delaney 6 7 6 Delaney 6 1 4 1
United States Edwards 3 3 4 9 Tanner 4 6 6 6
9 United States Tanner 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
13 France Noah 6 6 5 4 6
United States Andrews 3 4 7 6 2 13 Noah 6 6 4 7
United States Benson 6 0 6 1 4 Van Dillen 4 2 6 5
United States Van Dillen 4 6 4 6 6 13 Noah 6 6 6
United States Waltke 7 6 1 4 7 Waltke 3 4 4
United States Stewart 6 4 6 6 5 Waltke 6 6 7
United States Giammalva 2 6 1 5 Fritz 3 3 6
France Fritz 6 2 6 7 13 Noah 7 4 3 3
Australia Carter 7 2 7 6 2 Borg 6 6 6 6
Chile Fillol, Sr. 6 6 6 2 Carter 4 6 1 6 6
United States Giammalva, Jr. 6 4 6 1 6 Giammalva, Jr. 6 2 6 4 0
Switzerland Günthardt 4 6 3 6 1 Carter 2 2 2
Australia Dent 7 5 4 6 3 2 Borg 6 6 6
United States Stefanki 6 7 6 3 6 Stefanki 4 4 4
Switzerland Günthardt 2 2 0 2 Borg 6 6 6
2 Sweden Borg 6 6 6

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