Popular Tennis Player Guillermo Vilas

Guillermo Vilas

Guillermo Vilas is a former tennis player from Argentina. At the height of his career he was ranked World No.2 in the ATP men’s singles rankings.

He won four grand slam singles titles. The French Open and the US Open in 1977 both played on clay at the time and the Australian Open in the years 1978 and 1979 then played on grass. Vilas was the runner up at French Open three times and the Australian Open, once. He won the year end Master’s Grand Prix title in 1974.

The year 1977 saw the glory of Vilas’s tennis career. He won two of the four Grand Slam titles namely the French Open and the US Open. He won 16 ATP titles out of the 31 he played. His record for the year was 145 wins to just 15 losses. During the same year Vilas won 72 of the last 73 ATP matches excluding the year-end Master’s Championships. The highest point of this phenomenal run was when he defeated Jimmy Connors in the US Open Final at Forest Hills, winning 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(4), 6–0.

Vilas holds the record of a winning streak and most titles won in a single year. He holds a 46-match all surface winning streak which remains unrivalled to this day and won seven consecutive titles. He also held the record of a 53-match winning streak on clay courts until 2006 when it was broken by Rafael Nadal.

In 1977 even though he had won 16 ATP titles including two Grand Slam titles he was never ranked World No.1 by ATP. The way in which ATP calculates its rankings now Vilas would have been the World No.1.

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