Top 10 Best Male Tennis Players of all Time

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Tennis is a great sport. Watching two athletes battling it out with each other in a heavily contested tennis match is an experience in itself. The popularity of Tennis over the years has kept on increasing along with the popularity of the tennis players. The quality of tennis in the past 2 decades has been top class and the debate of which player is the best never ends as everyone has their favorites. The older generation always regards the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Rod Laver better than the likes of Federer, Nadal and vice-versa.

Here is our list if Top 10 tennis players of all time.

10. Mats Wilander (Sweden)

Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander

Grand Slam wins – 7

Mats came to the limelight just after Bjorn Borg’s retirement. Mats Wilander was only 17 years old, and unseeded when he defeated Guillermo Vilas to become the youngest French Open champion in 1982. Mats then went on to win 2 more French Open titles along with 3 Australian Open and a single US Open title in 1987. He never managed to win Wimbledon as a singles player but did that as a double player in 1986. He was crowned as #1 tennis player in the year 1988 following his 3 grand slam victories. Mats managed to win 33 singles titles and 7 doubles titles in the 7 years he played tennis.

9. Ivan Lendl ( Czechoslovakia)

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Grand Slam wins – 8

Ivan Lendl reached at least 1 grand slam final for eleven consecutive years! It’s a record that he shares with only one player, Pete Sampras. Having been raised by parents who have been professional tennis players, Ivan Lendl has pressure on him as he turned a pro. But, he managed to win 8 grand slam singles titles before he called it a day. Lendl had to play 4 finals before he finally defeated John McEnroe in an epic comeback after he went 2 sets down in the 1984 final. Lendl was known for his power and fitness along with a game that involved his secret weapon, the top spinning return.

8. Jimmy Connors (United States of America)

Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors

Grand Slam wins – 8

Jimmy Connors is the only player in the world who has won US Open singles championships on grass, clay and hard courts. Connors played professional tennis for almost 2 decades, having registered over 1200 wins in that 1970s, 80s and the 1990s. Connors won Australian Open in 1974, a year where he only lost French Open having won Wimbledon and US Open that year. He never won the Australian Open again but managed to win French Open 4 times, US Open 5 times and was Wimbledon champion twice. Connors was known for his heated conversations with rivals as well as referees but he was a great servant of the game. He managed to win 109 career singles titles.

7. Andre Agassi (United States of America)

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

Grand Slam wins – 8

Nicknamed, ‘The Punisher, Agassi was one of the most dominant players in the 1990s and early 2000s; Agassi was Tennis’ first real superstar. Andre Agassi was great player, a trendsetter and now a philanthropist. He won Wimbledon only once and that was in 1992 when he was 22 years old. Agassi went on to win French Open once and US Open twice while winning Australian Open 4 times. Agassi is one of those few players who have won a career golden grand slam. He contributed to US tennis as he won Davis Cup and an Olympic Gold medal in 1996 Atlanta games. A player of irresistible flair, appeal and shot-making ability, Agassi went on clinch 68 ATP titles before bowing down.

6. Rod Laver (Australia)

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Grand Slam wins – 11

Rod Laver holds the record for most career titles in the ATP circuit; he recorded 200 title wins, a record that will be tough for anyone to break. Rod Laver won all 4 grand slams as an amateur in 1962, he won 3 Australian Opens, 2 US and French Opens and won the Wimbledon 4 times. He also won 8 major titles as a doubles player. Laver was a small lad at 5-foot-8-1/2 but had tremendous power in his left hand which was famous for his top spinner return. In 1969, Laver won an incredible 17 singles tournaments out of the 32. Rod Laver suffered a massive stroke in 1998 but he battled it and now is seen watching a Grand Slam final every year.

5. Bjorn Borg (Sweden)

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Grand Slam wins – 11

Sweden born, Borg’s career at the top level tennis was over before he could turn 26 years of age as he had to retire. Borg won 11 grand slams between 1974 and 1981 winning the Wimbledon 5 consecutive times along with 6 French Open titles. He never won the US Open despite playing in the final 3 times. Borg holds the record of winning the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year for 3 consecutive years. Borg was known for a double handed backhand and tremendous ability to play ground strokes. Many tennis experts believed that Borg would have won many more grand slams had he not decided to retire at the age of 26. Known for his demeanor, Borg earned the nick name “Ice-Borg” from the fellow tennis community.

4. John McEnroe (United States of America)

John McEnroe

John McEnroe

Grand Slam wins – 7

Known for his anger as well brilliance on the court, McEnroe had a personality like no other, along with tremendous talent and hunger to win. Along with 77 tour tiles, McEnroe won 7 singles grand slam titles, US Open 4 times and the Wimbledon thrice from 1979 to 1984. McEnroe was a great singles player and an even better doubles player. In 1979, McEnroe registered 27 tour victories in a single season. McEnroe managed to win both the singles and doubles championships of the same major 5 times, a record that might never be broken. McEnroe now works for the ESPN as a commentator during the grand slams.

3. Rafael Nadal (Spain)

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Grand Slam wins – 12

Nadal is rightly regarded as the best clay court player in the history of tennis. Nadal won his 1st French Open title in 2005 as 19 years old; this was just the beginning of his reign as the clay court mogul. Nadal, till date has won the French Open 8 times, a record that will be hard to beat as he is the only player to win any grand slam 8 times! Apart from these, he won the Australian Open and the US Open once and the Wimbledon championship twice. He’s one of the few players that have won all 4 grand slams. If the knee injuries disappear, Nadal might manage to win the most grand slams by the time he calls it a day.

2. Pete Sampras (United States of America)

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras

Grand Slam wins – 14

Pistol Pete, as he was called was widely considered as the best player to grace a tennis court as he finished his playing career with 14 grand slam titles out of which 7 where Wimbledon championships, 5 US Open titles, 2 Australian Open titles and a single French Open title. Sampras dominated the game like no one has in the 1990s. He ended the year as No. 1 tennis player for six consecutive years (1993-1998.) Sampras loved the good old serve and volley and was one of the best in the sport at that. Sampras was a great server, had a strong forehand and backhand that generated top spin.

1. Roger Federer (Switzerland)

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Grand Slam wins – 17

There is absolutely no debate that Roger Federer,17 times grand slam champion is the best tennis player of all time. He’s won the Wimbledon 7 times, US Open 5 times, Australian Open 4 times and the French Open once. Federer held the No. 1 ranking for 302 weeks overall, a record among several record the Swiss player holds. Federer also holds record for most consecutive grand slam finals (10.) Federer’s prize money from the wins on tour is excess of whopping $75 million. In the 2008 Olympic Games, he grabbed a gold medal for Switzerland. Over the years, Federer has seen off players like Roddick, Safin, Hewitt while standing tall amongst the players like Nadal, Djokovic, Murray. He’s played the game with grace like no other player has and performed things on the court like no other has; Federer will go down as tennis best player of all time.

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  • Veljko Stojic

    where is the Novak DJokovic ?

  • Sean B

    I would put rafa is the GOAT due to the competition he had compared to federer, federer had 13 slams before the big 4 formed and only 3 after

    • Mirko Sasic

      Incredible,Novak is nowhere to be seen on the list,has not he achieved something jaw-dropping in tennis history by dethroning giants No.1 and No,3 on your list ? By the way one more grand slam and he will catch up or surpass both Agassi and McEnroe,Mats Wilander..