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Sporting Highlights for 1983

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1983.

Yannick Noah won the French Open for the only grand slam title of his career. Though he has 23 titles to his name, it never translated into more grand slam success. Martina Navratilova had another spectacular season with three grand slam titles, missing out only on the French Open. Jimmy Connors won his eighth and final grand slam title in the US Open defeating the then upcoming player Ivan Lendl.

Arthur Ashe underwent a fateful bypass surgery in June of that year during which he contracted HIV, which eventually lead to his death in 1993.

Detroit 186 defeated Denver 184 in a 3OT game. The total 370 points scored still remains as the highest scoring game ever in the NBA after 30 plus years.

Tom Watson won the British Open for his eighth and final major. His total wins has since been surpassed only by two golfers thus far. Patty Sheehan won the LPGA Championship for the first of her six majors.

In the America's Cup sailing event, Australia II completed an improbable comeback over the US boat Liberty, winning race seven at Newport, Rhode Island, for a 4-3 victory overall, after having trailed 3-1. The victory ended the longest winning streak in sports.

Laurent Fignon of France won the Tour de France for the first time. Fignon would also successfully defend his title the following year. Greg LeMond was an upcoming rider at the time, and he won the Road Championship that year to become the only American to achieve the feat. LeMond would go on to have great success in the Tour de France later in his career.

See some videos from the world of sport in 1983. Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1983.

Date Results
Jan Super Bowl held in Pasadena won by Washington
April Golf Masters was won by Seve Ballesteros (2nd win)
May Tennis French Open won by Yannick Noah and Chris Evert Lloyd
June Golf US Open won by Larry Nelson
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon
July Tennis Wimbledon won by John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova
July Golf The Open Championship won by Tom Watson
Aug Golf US PGA won by Hal Sutton
Sep Tennis US Open won by Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Baltimore Orioles
Dec Tennis Australia Open won by Mats Wilander and Martina Navratilova

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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