Blogtify.com brings you Top 11 – greatest men’s tennis players of all time, Because it is difficult to compare players of different eras in any sport due to technical changes and higher fitness standards, choosing the greatest player can be a difficult and very subjective task.
One thing I think most fans agree with is that we are currently witnessing Roger Federer’s greatest 3 ever, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Despite the challenge, here is my list of ten greatest male tennis players of the Open era-1968 to the present day. I’ve actually included eleven players, and here are two great guys tied for tenth.
11. Ken Rosewall.
Date of Birth: 2 November 1934
Place of residence Sydney, Australia
Turned pro: 1957
133 professional titles
8 Grand Slam singles titles:4 Australia, 2 France, 2 US Open
15 majors: 2 American majors, 5 Wembley majors, 8 French majors
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 1980
With a long career in both the early and late opening era, Ken Rosewall certainly deserves a place among the greatest players in tennis history. His eight Grand Slam titles combined with the 15 grand titles have undoubtedly made Rosewall a permanent place in tennis. As his career began in the early 1950s and ended in retirement in 1980, the fast and nimble Aussie was known for his backhand and crisp and accurate volleys.
His last Grand Slam champion appeared in the Australian Open in 1972, at the age of 37, remains the oldest record of Grand Slam champion.
I watched Ken Rosewall’s game in the second half of his career, probably unaware of the greatness I was watching at the time. The competition with the next generation tennis superstar in his age reflects his conditioning and mental toughness. I put him in tenth place with Andre Agassi because I think both players are worthy of the top ten.
10. Andre Agassi.
Date of birth: 29 April 1970
Las Vegas, Nevada
Place of residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Transfer of occupation: 1986
61 professional titles
8 Grand Slam singles titles:4 Australia, 1 France, 2 US Open, 1 Wimbledon
1996 Olympic gold medalist
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 2011
When he first came to the tennis court in the late 1980s, who could forget the young, arrogant, hairy Andre Agassi? I have to admit, at first I was put off by his seemingly”rock star”appearance and attitude. But something happened along the way, and when he finished his 20-year career, I was not only a fan, but I also came to honor him as a great player and a spokesperson for the game. With these killer ground tricks and serve returns, no Andre Agassi’s top 10 list will be complete.
Outside the stadium, Agassi also proved to be the champion. Probably no athlete out there who does more for their community than Agassi and his wife, tennis legend stayphigraff.
9. John McEnroe.
Date of birth: 16 February 1959
Wiesbaden, West Germany.
Residence: New York City
Morph pro: 1978
105 career title
7 Grand Slam singles: 3 Wimbledon, 4 US Open
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 1999
John McEnroe: what do we do Johnny Mack? Well, for starters, we put him on our list of all-time greats. When it comes to hard pitches, quick surfaces, and creative shots, there may already be no one better.
His fiery attitude and the occasional bad boy Act makes tennis fans either hate him or love him. Here is a highly competitive athlete who hates losing and sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him.
Who can forget his epic battle with rival Jimmy Connors and his five defeats to Bjorn Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon final, one of the greatest games in Wimbledon history?
8. Jimmy Connors.
Date of Birth: 2 September 1952
East St. Louis, Illinois
Residence: Santa Barbara,that
Morph pro: 1972
147 professional titles
8 Grand Slam singles championships:1 Australia, 2 Wimbledon, 5 US Open
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 1998
In the mid-1970s, no one dominated tennis more than Jimmy Connors. In 1974 alone, Connors had a staggering 99-4 record and won three Grand Slams in which he competed. Connors was banned from the French Open in 1974 due to his relationship with the world tennis team, which made it impossible for him to make a grand slam. Despite peaking in the 1970s, Connors had a long and impressive tennis career, retiring in 1996. Connors still holds the record for ATP Tour Championship with 109.
7. Ivan Lendl
Date of Birth: 7 March 1960
Residence: Goshen, Connecticut
Morph pro: 1978
144 professional titles
8 Grand Slam singles titles:2 Australia, 3 France, 3 US Open
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 2001
Big-ball quiet and stoic Czechs were the most dominant players of the 1980s.Lendl beat his opponent with his powerful ground flicks, topspin forehand and incredible conditioning levels. He was the number one player in the world for four years and kept the number one in the world for 270 weeks, setting a record for the day. Compared to many of his more outspoken peers, Lendl is known for having his game do his talking.
6. Bjorn Borg
Date of Birth: 6 June 1956
Sodertalje, Stockholm, Sweden
Place of residence: Stockholm, Sweden
Turned pro: 1973
101 professional titles
11 Grand Slam singles championships:6 France, 5 Wimbledon
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 1987
What is not to love long hair, blonde Swede with killer ground game? With ice water in his veins, the quiet Borg dominated tennis in the late 1970s and played some memorable games with the likes of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Borg dominated Wimbledon, winning the title for five consecutive years, from 1976 to 1980.
Despite his relatively short career (he retired in 1983 at the age of 26), Borg won 11 Grand Slam titles, all at Wimbledon and the French Open. Borg is the first player of the modern era to win more than 10 majors. In my book Bjorn Borg could have been in the top five all the time if he continued to play rather than retire during the Golden Age of his career.
5. Pete Sampras.
Date of birth: 12 August 1971
Place of residence: Lake Sherwood, California
Morph pro: 1988
Retired in 2002
64 professional titles
14 Grand Slam singles titles:2 Australia, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 2007
Pitt’s place in tennis history is difficult to judge because he won only three of the four Grand Slams in his career. Clearly more comfortable in the hard courts and on the grass How do we determine the position of a person when they are dominant on one surface and struggling on the other surface.
When Pitt retired from tennis in 2002, he was considered the best player ever, although some would question that. He was number one in the world rankings for six consecutive years, and his 14 Grand Slam titles were the record at the time. Who could forget his epic battles and Andre Agassi, making the 1990s a great decade for tennis? Pete won the US Open in 2002,his last Grand Slam tournament. But without the French Open Championship, or even the final, How do we determine his place in the best list. Now I think he came in fifth.
4. Rod Laver.
Date of Birth: 8 August 1938
San Juan,Puerto Rico,United States
Residence Carlsbad, California
Turned pro: 1962
200 professional titles.
11 Grand Slam singles championships:3 Australia, 2 France, 2 US Open, 4 Wimbledon
9 Pro Grand Slam singles titles:3 USA Pro,4 Wembley Pro,1 France Pro,1 Wimbledon pro
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 1981
It’s hard to assess how Rod Laver is playing against today’s players, but I doubt this red-haired Aussie will do well. It is difficult to argue with the record of the “rocket”. He was number one in the world for seven consecutive years (1964-1970) and has more professional titles than anyone in the history of the game (200).
He was the only player to win a Grand Slam twice, having played as an amateur in 1962 and again as a professional in 1969. Who knows how many people he would win if Nori were not excluded from the Grand Slam tournament during the five-year period in the mid-60s.
During this period, the pre-Open Era, Grand Slam tournaments are available only for amateurs. The”Open era” of tennis did not begin until 1968, when professionals were finally allowed to compete in Grand Slam tournaments. Given that Laver is number one in the world during this five-year period, he is likely to win more Grand Slam titles.
3. Novak Djokovic.
Date of birth: 22 May 1987
Arlington,Virginia, United States
Residence Monaco Monte Carlo
Turned pro: 2003
78 professional titles.
17 Grand Slam singles: 8 Australia, 5 Wimbledon, 3 US Open, 1 French Open
Putting Novak Djokovic on this list is a simple decision, but where to place him is not. At the age of 32, in his later years of career, Djokovic is clearly the best player in the world at the moment and has the potential to win more Grand Slam titles. With 17 Grand Slam titles already under his belt, he definitely has the potential to surpass Federer’s total 20. But in the competitive tennis world, he may also be injured and miss out on some of his best remaining time, so the jury is still out on his final spot in tennis history.
Based on his work so far, he did raise the argument that he should get the top three. With his 2016 French Open title, Djokovic became a professional Grand Slam eight. His major performance at the Australian Open in 2020 and his epic 5 wins against Federer at Wimbledon in 2019 show that Djokovic is currently the best player in the world. But is his working body so far as his status as the current number 1 enough to grant him the status of the greatest of all time? Time will tell, but now we put Djokovic on Number 3 all the time.
2. Rafael Nadal.
- Date of birth: June 3, 1986
Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
- Resides: Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
- Turned pro: 2001
- Career prize money: $120,583,119
- 84 career titles
- 19 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 Australian, 12 French, 4 US Open, 2 Wimbledon
- 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist – Beijing Summer Olympics
- Current active player
Raphael Nadal could have had more Grand Slam titles to his already impressive resume if it weren’t for the knee’s recurring tendonitis and wrist injuries. At the age of 33, the fiery Spaniard, known as Rafa and the”king of clay”, already has 19 Grand Slam titles and of course it is possible to catch Roger Federer.
Raphael is considered to be the greatest clay player of all time, though Bjornberg fans may question that claim. He took the lead at the 12th French Open in 2019, and of course it’s hard to imagine anyone better on clay.
While it’s hard to compare players from different generations, I think Nadal has proven that he should be considered one of the best Courts of all time. Winning the 2 grand slam in 2019, including his gusty at the US Open, the marathon’s 5-game victory will certainly raise the possibility that he will capture the biggest Grand Slam title in the coveted tournament and possibly through Roger Federer.
1. Roger Federer.
Date of Birth: 8 August 1981
Residence: Switzerland Bottmingen
Morph pro: 1998
103 professional titles
20 Grand Slam singles titles:6 Australia, 1 France,5 US Open, 8 Wimbledon
It is difficult not to choose Roger Federer as the greatest ever. His record, 20 Grand Slam titles speak for themselves, and even at the age of 38, he is still the highest level to win and compete with each other. His first 310 weeks in the world were open-era records. From 2004 to 2008, Federer was ranked number one in the world for 237 consecutive weeks, a record that could never be surpassed. Despite the fact that the young player is now looking for a way to beat him, the fact that he has maintained a high level of competition in his twenty-year career is proof of his fitness and ability.
Having won the 2018 Australian Open after his excellent 2017 season and seeing him win Wimbledon and Australian Open, there is no doubt that Roger Federer is indeed the greatest of all time. Unless injured, Roger will continue to be a force to be reckoned with, because who knows how long? His dramatic 5-time defeat to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2019 proved that he can still compete with anyone, even at almost 38 years of age.
Roger, of course, has a chance to win the 21st grand slam, a loss that will haunt him, but he is setting a new level of Excellence for the era in which most players have long since retired.
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