Guillermo Vilas

Country  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of birth 17 August 1952 (1952-08-17) (age 58)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1969
Retired 1992
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career prize money $ 4,923,882
Int. Tennis HOF 1991 (member page)
Singles
Career record 923–284 (76.5%)
Career titles 68 (including 62 listed by the ATP)
Highest ranking No. 1 (1977)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1978, 1979)
French Open W (1977)
Wimbledon QF (1975, 1976)
US Open W (1977)
Major tournaments
Tour Finals W (1974)
Doubles
Career record 216–149
Career titles 15
Highest ranking No. 175 (3 January 1983)

The first South American male player to win a grand slam event is Guillermo Vilas.

PERSONAL DETAILS

Guillermo Vilas ex-Argentine professional tennis player who's one time coach was John Thompson.

The fans of Vilas nicknamed as "Young Bull of Pampas,".

In 1991 he was introduced into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

AWARDS

He has won 46 matches and successively achieved 7 titles at Kitzbühel, South Orange, Washington, Columbus, Louisville, U.S. Open and Paris after Wimbledon in 1977.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1975 French Open Clay Björn Borg 6–2, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1977 Australian Open Grass Roscoe Tanner 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1977 French Open Clay Brian Gottfried 6–0, 6–3, 6–0
Winner 1977 US Open Clay Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(4), 6–0
Runner-up 1978 French Open (2) Clay Björn Borg 6–1, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 1978 Australian Open Grass John Marks 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1979 Australian Open (2) Grass John Sadri 7–6(4), 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1982 French Open (3) Clay Mats Wilander 1–6, 7–6(6), 6–0, 6–4

Year-End Championships finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1974 Melbourne Grass Ilie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4

Records

  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.

Grand Slam Years Record accomplished Player tied
Australian Open 1978-79 2 consecutive wins Ken Rosewall
Johan Kriek
Mats Wilander
Stefan Edberg
Ivan Lendl
Jim Courier
Andre Agassi
Roger Federer

Singles titles (68)

Singles titles listed by the ATP Website (62)

Legend
Grand Slam (4)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Tour (57)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (46)
Grass (4)
Carpet (7)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 2 December 1973 Buenos Aires II, Argentina (1) Clay Björn Borg 3–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–6 retired
2. 24 July 1974 Gstaad, Switzerland (1) Clay Manuel Orantes 6–1, 6–2
3. 28 July 1974 Hilversum, Netherlands (1) Clay Barry Phillips-Moore 6–4, 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
4. 11 August 1974 Louisville, U.S. (1) Clay Jaime Fillol 6–4, 7–5
5. 18 August 1974 Toronto, Canada (1) Hard Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
6. 3 November 1974 Tehran, Iran (1) Clay Raúl Ramírez 6–0, 6–3, 6–1
7. 1 December 1974 Buenos Aires II, Argentina (2) Clay Manuel Orantes 6–3, 0–6, 7–5, 6–2
8. 15 December 1974 Masters, Melbourne, Australia Grass Ilie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
9. 11 May 1975 Munich, West Germany (1) Clay Karl Meiler 2–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3
10. 20 July 1975 Hilversum, Netherlands (2) Clay Željko Franulović 6–4, 6–7, 6–2, 6–3
11. 27 July 1975 Washington, D.C., U.S. (1) Clay Harold Solomon 6–1, 6–3
12. 10 August 1975 Louisville, U.S. (2) Clay Ilie Năstase 6–4, 6–3
13. 16 November 1975 Buenos Aires II, Argentina (3) Clay Adriano Panatta 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
14. 22 February 1976 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Vijay Amritraj 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
15. 29 February 1976 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard Phil Dent 6–7(4), 6–1, 6–1
16. 18 April 1976 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco (1) Clay Wojtek Fibak 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
17. 22 August 1976 Toronto, Canada (2) Hard Wojtek Fibak 6–4, 7–6, 6–2
18. 21 November 1976 São Paulo, Brazil Carpet José Higueras 6–3, 6–0
19. 28 November 1976 Buenos Aires II, Argentina (4) Clay Jaime Fillol 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
20. 13 February 1977 Springfield, U.S. Carpet Stan Smith 3–6, 6–0, 6–3, 6–2
21. 17 April 1977 Buenos Aires I, Argentina Clay Wojtek Fibak 6–4, 6–3, 6–0
22. 24 April 1977 Virginia Beach, U.S. Hard Ilie Năstase 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
23. 5 June 1977 French Open, Roland Garros, Paris Clay Brian Gottfried 6–0, 6–3, 6–0
24. 17 July 1977 Kitzbühel, Austria (1) Clay Jan Kodeš 5–7, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
25. 24 July 1977 Washington, D.C., U.S. (2) Clay Brian Gottfried 6–4, 7–5
26. 31 July 1977 Louisville, U.S. (3) Clay Eddie Dibbs 1–6, 6–0, 6–1
27. 7 August 1977 South Orange, New Jersey, U.S. (1) Clay Roscoe Tanner 6–4, 6–1
28. 14 August 1977 Columbus, U.S. Clay Brian Gottfried 6–2, 6–1
29. 11 September 1977 US Open, Forest Hills, New York Clay Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 7–6, 6–0
30. 25 September 1977 Paris, France Clay Christophe Roger-Vasselin 6–2, 6–1, 7–6
31. 9 October 1977 Tehran, Iran (2) Clay Eddie Dibbs 6–2, 6–4, 1–6, 6–1
32. 13 November 1977 Bogotá, Colombia Clay José Higueras 6–1, 6–2, 6–3
33. 20 November 1977 Santiago, Chile Clay Jaime Fillol 6–0, 2–6, 6–4
34. 27 November 1977 Buenos Aires II, Argentina (5) Clay Jaime Fillol 6–2, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3
35. 4 December 1977 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard Buster Mottram 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
36. 21 May 1978 Hamburg, West Germany Clay Wojtek Fibak 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
37. 28 May 1978 Munich, West Germany (2) Clay Buster Mottram 6–1, 6–3, 6–3
38. 16 July 1978 Gstaad, Switzerland (2) Clay José Luis Clerc 6–3, 7–6, 6–4
39. 6 August 1978 South Orange, U.S. (2) Clay José Luis Clerc 6–1, 6–3
40. 1 October 1978 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay José Luis Clerc 6–3, 6–0, 6–3
41. 29 October 1978 Basel, Switzerland Carpet John McEnroe 6–3, 5–7, 7–5, 6–4
42. 7 January 1979 Australian Open, Kooyong Park, Melbourne (1) Grass John Marks 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
43. 14 January 1979 Hobart, Australia Grass Mark Edmondson 6–4, 6–4
44. 22 July 1979 Washington, D.C., U.S. (3) Clay Víctor Pecci 7–6, 7–6
45. 25 November 1979 Buenos Aires II, Argentina (6) Clay José Luis Clerc 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
46. 6 January 1980 Australian Open, Kooyong Park, Melbourne (2) Grass John Sadri 7–6, 6–3, 6–2
47. 25 May 1980 Rome, Italy Clay Yannick Noah 6–0, 6–4, 6–4
48. 27 July 1980 Kitzbühel, Austria (2) Clay Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–2, 6–2
49. 14 September 1980 Palermo, Italy Clay Paul McNamee 6–4, 6–0, 6–0
50. 8 February 1981 Mar del Plata, Argentina Clay Víctor Pecci 2–6, 6–3, 2–1 retired
51. 15 March 1981 Cairo, Egypt Clay Peter Elter 6–2, 6–3
52. 12 April 1981 Houston, U.S. Clay Sammy Giammalva Jr. 6–2, 6–3
53. 7 February 1982 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Alejandro Ganzábal 6–2, 6–4
54. 21 March 1982 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Jimmy Connors 0–6, 6–2, 6–4
55. 28 March 1982 Milan, Italy Carpet Jimmy Connors 6–3, 6–3
56. 11 April 1982 Monte Carlo, Monaco (2) Clay Ivan Lendl 6–1, 7–6, 6–3
57. 2 May 1982 Madrid, Spain Clay Ivan Lendl 6–7, 4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 6–3
58. 18 July 1982 Boston, U.S. Clay Mel Purcell 6–4, 6–0
59. 25 July 1982 Kitzbühel, Austria (3) Clay Marcos Hocevar 7–6, 6–1
60. 13 February 1983 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
61. 27 February 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay Pavel Složil 6–1, 6–4, 6–0
62. 27 July 1983 Kitzbühel, Austria (4) Clay Henri Leconte 7–6, 4–6, 6–4

Other singles titles not listed by the ATP Website (6)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 12 March 1972 Buenos Aires I, Argentina Clay Héctor Romani 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
2. 10 March 1974 Buenos Aires I, Argentina Clay Julián Ganzabal 7–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
3. 20 April 1975 Buenos Aires I, Argentina Clay Clark Graebner 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
4. 28 August 1977 Rye, Westchester Country Club, U.S. (8-man draw) Clay Ilie Năstase 6–2, 6–0
5. 28–30 October 1977 Caracas, The Super Tennis 77 Tournament, Venezuela Clay Ilie Năstase 6–2, 6–2
6. 25–26 July 1979 Aix-en-Provence, France Hard Ilie Năstase 6–4, 6–4

Doubles titles (16)

  • 1973 (1) - Buenos Aires II
  • 1974 (4) - Buenos Aires II, Toronto, Tehran, Hilversum
  • 1975 (3) - Barcelona, Hilversum, Louisville
  • 1977 (4) - Baltimore, Buenos Aires II, Nice, Tehran
  • 1978 (2) - Aix-En-Provence, Munich
  • 1979 (2) - North Conway, San Jose

ATP singles runner-ups (42)

  • 1972 (2) - Buenos Aires II, Cincinnati
  • 1974 (1) - Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 (3) - Boston, French Open, San Francisco
  • 1976 (3) - Dallas WCT, Rome, São Paulo WCT
  • 1977 (6) - Aix en Provence, Australian Open (Jan.), Baltimore, Nice, Palm Springs, Johannesburg (not held)
  • 1978 (1) - French Open
  • 1979 (5) - Indianapolis, Richmond WCT, Rome, Stuttgart Indoor, Sydney Indoor
  • 1980 (4) - Barcelona, Hamburg, Madrid, Monte Carlo
  • 1981 (7) - Monte Carlo (not finish, final abandoned because of rain), Barcelona, Buenos Aires II, Kitzbühel, North Conway, Boca Raton, Washington, D.C.
  • 1982 (5) - Baltimore WCT, Barcelona, Gstaad, Johannesburg, French Open
  • 1983 (4) - Barcelona, Detroit WCT, Hilton Head WCT, Rotterdam
  • 1986 (1) - Forest Hills

Grand Slam / Masters singles performance

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Australian Open1 A A A A A A A F A W W SF 3R A A A A NH A A A
French Open A A 3R 3R 3R F QF W F QF QF 4R F QF 1R 2R QF 2R 2R 1R
Wimbledon 1R A 1R A 3R QF QF 3R 3R 2R A 1R A 1R A A 1R A A A
US Open A A 2R 1R 4R SF SF W 4R 4R 4R 4R SF 3R 3R 2R 1R A A A
Grand Slam WR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 2 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1
Grand Slam Win-Loss 0–1 0–0 3–3 2–2 7–3 15–3 13–3 21–2 17–3 14–3 10–3 8–4 11–2 6–3 2–2 2–2 4–3 1–1 1–1 0–1
Masters A A A A W SF SF SF2 A RR2 RR2 RR2 SF2 A A A A A A A

1-The Australian Open was played twice in 1977, in January and December. Vilas played only the January event.
2-The year-ending Masters tournament was actually played in January of the following year.
NH = tournament not held.
A = did not participate in the tournament.
WR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.


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