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Tennis great Billie Jean King, center, waves to the cheering crowds as she is joined by fellow U.S. Open champions ( left to right) Ron Laver, Stan Smith, Ilie Nastase, Chris Evert, John Newcombe and Guillermo Vilas as they take part in the opening ceremony which commemorates the 40th year of the U.S. Open at the U.S. National Tennis Center on August 25, 2008 in Flushing Meadows, New York. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Guillermo Apolinario Vilas (born 17 August 1952, in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a retired professional tennis player from Argentina.

Raised in the seaside resort of Mar del Plata, Vilas was a southpaw and played his first tour event in 1969. He was in the year-ending top ten from 1974 through 1982. He was a clay-court specialist but also played well on hard, grass, and carpet surfaces.

He won four Grand Slam titles: the 1977 French Open and the 1977 US Open (both played on clay) and the 1978 and 1979 Australian Open (both played on grass). He was also the runner-up at the French Open three times (1975, 1978, and 1982) and at the Australian Open once (January 1977).

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