The Gentlemen’s game Tennis has a vast history, as it is being played since a long time. In this time, a lot of amazing players came and they showcased their versatility. So fasten your belts, as here we bring you our top ten pick-up for ‘The Greatest Players in the History of Tennis’.
10. Bill Tinden
Often regarded as one of the best Tennis players of all time, Bill Tinden stands on the no. 10 position of our list. Commonly known as “Big Bill”, he remained World No. 1 for a time span of six years (1920-1925). During the 18-year long career, he won 10 Grand Slam tournaments with a win percentage of 89.76% and holds a record for 51 consecutive match wins.
9. Margaret Court
Former Australian Tennis player who holds record for the most number of Grand Slams in Tennis (24). In 2010, Herald Sun newpaper of Australia called her the greatest female Tennis player of all time. With a win percentage of 91.68%, she stands at number 9 in the list.
8. Bjorn Borg
One of the finest Tennis player in his time, this Swedish player became the first man to win 11 Grand Slam titles in Open Era and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles. He made millions in endorsements throughout his career. Although, due to the overwhelming attention, it caused him an occupational burnout which led to his retirement just at the age of 26.
7. Serena Williams
One of the best female Tennis players currently, American Tennis player Serena Williams must be aiming to march towards the best female Tennis player of all time. She has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles at the age of 36. She held a record for remaining World No. 1 for 186 consecutive weeks, thus tying to legendary Tennis player Steffi Graf. Let’s see what Serena delivers the fans in the next few years.
6. Rafael Nadal
Currently ranked World No. 1, Spanish Tennis player Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as “King of Clay”. With 16 Grand Slam titles and a record 30 ATP 1000 titles, Nadal stands at the 6th position in the list. His international Tennis career began in 2002 and ended up winning his first Grand Slam in 2005. The dominant of clay court season also has won gold medal for his country Spain at Olympics 2008.
5. Martina Navratilova
Selected as the greatest female Tennis player by ‘Tennis’ magazine, Martina was World No. 1 in singles for a record 332 weeks. She has won a massive 18 Grand Slam titles and an all time record of 31 major Women’s doubles titles. With an astonishing win percentage of 96.8%, Martina Navratilova is on the fifth position of this list.
4. Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras is a former Greek American Tennis player, and one of the finest players in the history of this sport. Sampras was the first man to win 14 Grand Slam singles titles (seven Wimbledon, five US Open, two Australian Open). Overall, he won 64 singles titles including seven year-end championships. He first reached world No. 1 in 1993 then held that position for a total of 286 weeks, including six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998.
3. Steffi Graf
One of the most versatile female Tennis players, Steffi Graf is a former German Tennis player who has won a record 22 Grand Slam titles and stayed at the apex postion for 377 weeks. She is the only Tennis player who has won each Grand Slam atleast four times. She was the first Tennis player to achieve ‘Golden Slam’ for winning all four Grand Slams and Olympic gold medal. In our list, she is the number one female Tennis player of all time.
2. Rod Laver
Ranked No. 1 from 1964 to 1970, Rod Laver is often regarded as one of the most respected Tennis players. He has won a total of 11 Grand Slams. He has won most number of singles titles in the history of Tennis. He stands alone winning 38 Grand Prix tour titles at the age of 30+ with a win percentage of more than 90%. He also stands alone winning 18 combined titles in a single season. Rod Laver is surely, the finest and most versatile player one could watch playing and stands at number 2 in the list.
1. Roger Federer
And here comes the best Tennis player of all time, till date: Roger Federer. This man doesn’t need an introduction at all. He has won the most number of Grand Slam men’s singles titles (an astonishing figure of 19), won a gold medal in doubles at 2008 Summer Olympics, has won a record 8 Wimbledon Championships (most by any player), 10 hard court Grand Slams (most by any player) and has won 19 ATP 500 tournaments. He was named ATP Player of the Year five times, Swiss Sports Personality of the Year six times and Best Male Tennis Player a record seven times. Remained at World No. 1 spot for a total of 302 weeks and has won Wimbledon title five consecutive times. The stats say it all. Here is your number one hero!