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Greatest Tennis Players of All TimeIn March , Tennis Channel picked Graf as the greatest female tennis player ever in their list of greatest tennis players of all time. The tennis player (f). 1. Roger Federer, 2. Rafael Nadal, 3. Steffi Graf, 4. Pete Sampras, 5. Martina Navratilova. Nadal and Djokovic are the.
Best Tennis Player Of All Time 19. Guillermo Vilas VideoTop 10 Greatest Tennis Players Of All Time Roger Federer can easily be considered one of the top tennis players of all time. Born in Switzerland in , this year-old player became a professional player in and is still winning titles today (like Wimbledon in ). Making a list of the greatest tennis players of all time is certainly a challenging task. The game has changed so much, and the racquets, in particular, have turned the modern game into something vastly different from the past. With that being said, one of the best ways to compare players is to look at grand slam totals. Rafael Nadal is unquestionably the greatest clay court player of all time. In fact, his dominance on clay may be the most dominant thing in any sport-ever. Of his 84 titles, 60 are on clay. Of his 19 majors, 12 are French Opens. Any list of outstanding male tennis players should include names like Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal and BjÃ¶rn Borg—as these guys are easily the top tennis players. Debate about who gets the number one spot might get heated, but all of us probably agree that the names listed here should be considered among the best, and in some cases, some of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of sport. Sampras' victory at Wimbledon arguably established him as the greatest male player of all time (until Roger Federer eclipsed him).
At 20 years old, it robbed her of over two years in her prime. When she returned, she was able to win one more grand slam singles title, but she was not the same caliber of player.
Still, winning a total of nine grand slam singles titles is pretty impressive. The left-hander had nearly every shot in the game, and in many ways, she had a style of play that was well ahead of her time.
Margaret Court is considered one of the best tennis players of all-time, winning at least three grand slam singles championships at all for tournaments.
The only knock against her is that most of her domination came in the s, before the open era of tennis. She was able to have a lot of success with her volley at the net, and her speed was tough for opponents to overcome when combining with her height.
Going off of numbers, she still has the most Grand Slam singles titles at Serena Williams continues to try to tie that record, but she has been unsuccessful so far in her attempts.
However, in her time, she was a dominant player who could win on any surface. Evert relied on great placement, movement and spin to have success in tennis.
This made her nearly unbeatable on clay, finishing with a record on that surface. With modern technology, her game would need to change some, but her precision on every type of shot would still be there.
When considering singles and doubles, Martina Navratilova has had a ton of success in her career.
She is known as one of the top competitors in the sport, and she played for a long time as well. She also holds the record for five consecutive years ending the season number one in singles.
She was able to have a ton of success in the s in particular, but it was where she first made a huge splash. She was able to win the Golden Grand Slam, taking home all four major titles, as well as the Olympic gold in the Seoul Olympics.
Now married to Andre Agassi, she has formed perhaps the most powerful tennis partnership in the history of the sport.
There is no arguing that Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time. Some people believe that Serena Williams still has work to do to become the greatest tennis player of all-time.
Here is the full list of the greatest female tennis players of all time. I'm Fred, the guy behind TennisPredict. Apart from writing here, I play tennis on a semi-professional level and coaches upcoming talents.
Tennis is a relatively niche sport, and that means that a lot of people turn to the internet to find those who are huge fans of the game. Holcombe Ward.
Rodney Heath. Pat O'Hara Wood. Chuck McKinley. Ashley Cooper 2. Rod Laver 3. Roger Federer 4. Roger Federer 5. Novak Djokovic 4.
Fred Perry 2. Dick Savitt. Dick Savitt 2. Frank Sedgman 2. Vic Seixas 2. Neale Fraser 2. Neale Fraser 3. Roy Emerson 3. Roy Emerson 4. Roy Emerson 5.
Ivan Lendl 3. Andre Agassi 2. Roger Federer 6. Roger Federer 7. Roger Federer 8. Andy Murray 2. David Ferrer 2. Andy Murray 3. Novak Djokovic 5.
Novak Djokovic 6. Andy Murray 4. Alex Olmedo. Budge Patty. Björn Borg 3. Jimmy Connors 2. John McEnroe 2.
Ken Rosewall . Vinny Richards. Hans Nüsslein. Pancho Segura. Frank Kovacs. Butch Buchholz. Mal Anderson. Mike Davies.
Ken Rosewall 2. Don Budge 2. Robert Ramillon. Martin Plaa. Ken Rosewall . Rod Laver . Josiah Ritchie. Edward Roy Allen.
Gordon Lowe. James Cecil Parke. Bill Talbert. Herbert Roper-Barrett. Herbert Roper Barrett. Sydney Howard Smith. Henry Mayes.
His wins include the Tour Finals which he has won 5 times and the Davis Cup. Since Rafael Nadal turned Pro in , he has progressed to become one of the most proficient and prolific tennis players on the planet.
He has won 84 singles titles in his career, which is the 4th highest in the open era. He is currently ranked no.
The best in the game, Roger Federer is the man who has always been at summit despite stiff competition from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss man has spent weeks in the number one spot in the ATL rankings, and of those weeks were consecutive. He has also finished in the number one spot at the end of the year five times.
Federer who currently ranked 4th in the World in the latest round of the ATP ranking s released in March A sport followed by over 1 billion fans globally, tennis in the open era has transcended from just another sports or recreational activity to fiercely contested matches, which attracts tremendous numbers of viewers, ultimately resulting in a large sum of revenue being generated.
The attention tennis has continued to receive can not be attributed to the dynamics of tennis alone, but to the emergence of key players who have dominated the tennis scene and entertained fans with their unique antics.
What do you think? Which of the tennis greats did you expect would make this list? Please share with us in the comment section below. These descriptions add little to the understanding of the significance of older players like Laver and Rosewall.
Both Laver and Rosewall were contemporaries of Emerson who won those titles when he remained an eligible amateur while Laver and Rosewall were ineligible as pros.
Laver won the calendar-year grand slam twice — as an amateur in and as a pro in Rosewall won 8 majors before turning pro at 21 and after open tennis began in when he was 33, the years comprising the entire career of the vast majority of most players.
Jim, I completely agree with your assessment. Agree that not only Ken Rosewall but John Newcombe were great too. As an Australian, I believe the great Rod Laver, would have ended up with more than 25 Grand Slam singles titles had he been allowed to play from to , as he had turned professional and was banned from playing in Grand Slam tournaments during that period.
However, as Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are so close in Grand Slam singles titles with currently 20 each for Nadal and Federer and 17 for Djokovic, that whoever wins the most Grand Slam singles titles after all 3 players have retired should be the Greatest Male Tennis Player of the Modern Era.
Greatness was predicted for Agassi even before he turned pro at age He proved worthy of the hype six years later, when he won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in Agassi, seeded No.
Agassi was a flashy pitchman who made a major splash in the endorsement world. He went on to win seven more Grand Slam singles championships, two Davis Cup titles and an Olympic gold medal.
Very aggressive. She always wanted to be at the net. She had, I think, the most technically sound volleys of anyone in that era.
She was a great competitor, fearless out there. She hated to lose. She had the best backhand in the game.
It was versatile, topspin or slice. Many observers know King best for her historic victory over outspoken former Wimbledon men's champion Bobby Riggs in the famed Battle of the Sexes in Riggs had repeatedly disparaged female tennis players and boasted that, even at age 55, he could beat King.
Much more impressive, however, are her record 20 Wimbledon championships -- six in singles, 10 in doubles and four in mixed doubles. The biggest thing was how athletic she was.
She was a terrific serve-and-volleyer. One thing that really helped her was our coach, Harry Hopman, who would bring her down to [men's] practice.
She felt that working with the guys gave her a bit of an edge. Speedwise, she was the fittest of all of us.
It's not easy to identify the career zenith of a player who won a record 24 Grand Slam singles championships and another 40 in doubles.
But even in that context, the streak Court enjoyed from January to January is extraordinary. She won eight of the nine Grand Slam singles titles during that span, including six in a row and the first women's Grand Slam of the Open era.
I feel he changed the game of tennis in He was serious about nutrition and training in a way we haven't seen.
Today, it's something all professionals do. He was way ahead of it. On the court, he was very, very consistent and mentally strong. He always wanted to make improvements.
At a time when John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors were the dominant names in men's tennis, Lendl managed to elbow his way into the conversation by achieving a No.
He cemented his place among the sport's elite the next year with his first Grand Slam tournament win by rallying from a two-set deficit against McEnroe in the French Open final.
The Czech held the No. He had a lot of power. You had to really play well and, most importantly, steady to beat him. The style he played was a very difficult style to play against.
When he was on -- which was most of the time -- you had to withstand it. When he wasn't, you had to take advantage of his weaker moments.
Becker is the youngest male champion in Wimbledon singles history, having stunned the tennis world at age 17 in He was also the first German to claim the men's Wimbledon title.
He won three of his matches in five sets before recording a four-set championship victory over Kevin Curren. She got a really raw deal.
She would have won six to eight more Grand Slams if she hadn't been stabbed. She might have set the record. Remember, she was No.
No one took the ball earlier and created more acute angles. She was tenacious -- just dictated almost every point. Seles began a two-year domination of her sport at age 17, when she assumed the No.
She won seven of nine Grand Slam events from January through January Her career took an unfortunate turn when a crazed fan stabbed her during a match in April , which led to a two-year playing hiatus.
She went on to win the Australian Open but never returned to the level of her previous success. He was Mr.