1981 World Championship Tennis Finals

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1981 World Championship Tennis Finals
Date April 27 – May 3
Edition 11th
Category Grand Prix
Draw 8S
Prize money $250,000
Surface Carpet / Indoor
Location Dallas, Texas, USA
Venue Reunion Arena
United States John McEnroe [1]
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The 1981 World Championship Tennis Finals was a men's tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts. It was the 11th edition of the WCT Finals and was part of the 1981 Volvo Grand Prix. The tournament was played at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas in the United States and was held from April 27 through May 3, 1981.[2] The winners of the eight WCT tournaments that were part of the 1981 Grand Prix circuit qualified for the tournament augmented by the next best performers in the WCT points standings. Guillermo Vilas qualified by winning the last tournament held just before the WCT Finals, the River Oaks Tournament in Houston, but was unavailable to play. Jimmy Connors withdrew before the tournament due to gastroenteritis and Yannick Noah could not participate due to a shoulder injury. They were replaced by Sandy Mayer and Sam Giammalva respectively.[3] John McEnroe won the title and $100,000 prize money.[4]


Men's Singles[edit]

United States John McEnroe defeated South Africa Johan Kriek 6–1, 6–2, 6–4

  • It was McEnroe's 6th title of the year and the 62nd of his career.

Hall of Fame Classic[edit]

During the tournament a Hall of Fame Classic event was organized featuring four former Grand Slam tournament winners Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and John Newcombe. Rosewall won the event, defeating Newcombe in the final 4–6, 7–6, 6–4.


  1. ^ "ATP – 1981 Dallas WCT Men's Singles Draw". ATP.
  2. ^ "ITF – Tournament details". ITF.
  3. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1982). World of Tennis 1982. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 175–177. ISBN 9780356085968.
  4. ^ "McEnroe Beats Kriek, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, for his Second W.C.T. Crown". The New York Times. May 4, 1981.