July 1981 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 88th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova (6-2 6-2)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 95th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jul 5 9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson
  • Jul 7 Ben Plucknett of US throws discus 72.34 m, but throw is disqualified
  • Jul 12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 19 110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St George

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 19 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jul 19 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 26 36th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jul 29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
  • Jul 31 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 2 Angel Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Jul 2 Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player
  • Jul 4 Francisco Cruceta, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 5 Jesse Crain, Canadian baseball player
  • Jul 6 Nicole Kantek, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 6 Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player
  • Jul 7 MS [Mahendra Singh] Dhoni, Indian cricketer (Indian national team ODI captain 2007-2014, Test captain 2008-14), born in Ranchi, Bihar
  • Jul 8 Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player
  • Jul 9 Kimveer Gill, Canadian spree shooter (Dawson College shooting) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 11 Mary Beth Arnold, Reno Nevada, gymnast (World-bronze-95)
  • Jul 11 Andre Johnson, American football player
  • Jul 15 Alecia Ingram, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jul 17 Elpida Romantzi, Greek archer
  • Jul 19 Naomi Grabow, lake Arrowhead California, pairs skater (& Benjamin Oberman)
  • Jul 19 Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 19 Jimmy Gobble, American baseball player
  • Jul 19 David Bernard, West Indian cricketer
  • Jul 20 Damien Delaney, Irish footballer
  • Jul 21 Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist
  • Jul 21 Joaquín Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 21 Titus Bramble, English footballer
  • Jul 23 Jarkko Nieminen, Finnish tennis player
  • Jul 25 Conor Casey, American soccer player
  • Jul 25 Jani Rita, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Jul 27 Susan King Borchardt, American basketball player
  • Jul 27 Collins Obuya, Kenyan cricketer
  • Jul 28 Michael Carrick, English footballer, born in Wallsend, England
  • Jul 29 Jennie Thompson, gymnast (Jr Natl-champ-93, Oly-96), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Jul 29 Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula 1 Driver (World Championship 2005, 2006), born in Oviedo
  • Jul 29 Andrés Madrid, Argentine footballer
  • Jul 29 Troy Perkins, American soccer player
  • Jul 30 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), born in Owensboro, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • Jul 30 Juan Smith, South African rugby player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 30 Hope Solo, American soccer player (US women's national team goalkeeper), born in Richland, Washington

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana