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Top 10 Men’s Tennis Players Of All Time

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It is also one of the biggest money generating and highest paying professional sports, with annual major events taking place in London, New York, Paris and Melbourne.

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Here we look at the top ten of the greatest Tennis players of all time.

Ken Rosewall

Ken Rosewell

The oldest player on the list, Ken’s golden era stretched from the fifties into the seventies transcending into the modern Open era. During that time, left handed Rosewell, from Sydney Australia, collected 133 career titles, 15 of these Pro Slam.

Fast and agile, Rosewell also harvested four Australian Opens, two French Opens and two US Opens while making the Wimbledon final four times.

He also helped Australia win the Davis cup four times in what was an outstanding career.

Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors

American Tennis legend, Jimmy Connors once held the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) top ranking for 160 consecutive weeks from 1974 to 1977, at the time a Tennis record.

In all, over his entire career, Connors, who enjoyed a famous rivalry with John McEnroe (below) spent a total of 268 weeks at the top.

The Tennis legend also reaped eight Grand Slam Singles which included five US Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian Open. Only the French evaded him.

Connors also won the Davis Cup, Tour Finals and WCT Finals and 109 singles titles in total, the most in the open era.

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl

Back when there was a Czechoslovakia, there was also their home grown Tennis superstar Ivan Lendl. During the 80’s, Lendl took down eight Grand Slam singles including two Australian Opens, three French Opens and three US Opens.

It was a career that allowed him to amass a total of 94 singles and six doubles titles while spending 270 weeks on top of the ATP rankings.

The Czech-American, who helped coach Andy Murry to three major titles, also won the Tour Finals five times, Two WCT Finals, and a Davis Cup for his country.

John McEnroe

John McEnroe

Today, SuperBrat is almost remembered as much for his on court outbursts as his on court successes. Given how substantial his on court successes were, this is a bit of a shame.

After all, despite having a ferociously fiery temper that regularly saw him confronting match officials, he remains one of the greatest Tennis players of all time and one that retired with seven Grand Slam titles to his name.

Among these are three Wimbledons and four US Opens, while he was also runner up at the French Open once to.

He eventually retired with 77 titles in the bag which included ATP finals, WCT finals and the Davis Cup.

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg
Bjorn Borg

Swedish legend Bjorn Borg remains one of the finest people to ever pick up a Tennis racquet ever.

On his way to legendary status, in which he bagged 64 singles, he became the first Tennis player ever in the Open era to bag 11 Grand Slam titles.

Despite reaching the final at Flushing Meadows four times, he never won the US Open, but did win six French Opens and five Wimbledon crowns to make up for it.

During his time he also won the WCT Finals as well as Tour Finals and the Davis Cup for Sweden in 1975.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Part of the modern era and the first of the trio that have dominated the game this side of the millennium, Serbian Novak Djokovic has so far clocked up a pretty healthy 17 Grand Slam singles, the fifth-highest of anyone in the Open era.

Among his many considerable achievements are seven Australian Opens, five Wimbledons, three US Opens and one French Open.

Novak has also chalked up 77 singles titles, five Tour Finals and a Davis Cup which easily sees him into the top five of all time.

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

In the six years between 1964 and 1970 Australian Rod Laver, after whom the Rod Laver Stadium in Melbourne host venue for the Australian Open is named, held the number one spot in the world.

During that period Laver scooped 11 Grand Slam singles, three Australian Opens, two French Opens, and four Wimbledons.

Prior to that, the Queensland born legend also won five Davis Cups, three US Pro, four Wembley Pro, and one French Pro as well as Grand Slam Mixed Doubles in the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, as part of his 200 singles titles.

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras

This guy owned 90’s Tennis. Nicknamed Pistol Pete, Sampras was the original king of Wimbledon, winning that particular grand slam seven times.

In all, he took down 14 Grand Slam titles with five US Opens and two Australian Opens making up the tally.

Tour Finals, the Grand Slam Cup and two Davis Cups also make the Sampras’ bucket list in a career that bought it 64 singles titles in total.

Fittingly, when the Washington born star took down the 2002 US Open, it was also his last professional match ensuring that he bowed out in style.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

The first of two modern day gems and the leading pair in what many have come to come to dub Men’s Tennis greatest ever era. While a third member – Novak Djokovic – has already made the list these last two lead it.

Breaking on to the scene in 2001, the Majorcan crowd favourite that is Rafael Nadal has taken Tennis by storm. An entertainer rather than blaster, Rafa prefers to grin his opponents down than simply smash aces past them.

Without injuries, who knows where the Spaniard may have finished but even so, his career, which still lives on, is one of brilliance.

Nicknamed the King of clay, he has won an incredible 13 French Opens which is of course played on clay. His record on grass is decent too where he has made the Wimbledon final six times, winning twice while on the hard surface Nadal has one Australian Open and four US Opens.

As well as his 20 Grand Slam Singles, he has also won the Davis Cup which all go towards the 84 singles he has won in his career so far which also happens to be the highest in the Open era.

But he isn’t done there for he has also claimed two Olympic golds, one singles gold from Beijing 2008 and a doubles gold from Rio 2016.

As we say, one of the best of all time, it just so happened to be that he played at the same time as this next fella.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Quite simply, the best there has ever been and the only person on earth who could keep his old rival Rafa off the top.

In all, Roger has been able to spend a total of 310 weeks at world number one of the ATP rankings, including 237 consecutive weeks at the top, more than any other player.

The Swiss has also finished in the number one spot at the end of the year five times.

Beyond this, the old master has racked up a phenomenal 20 Grand Slam singles which are made up of eight Wimbledons, six Australian Opens, four US Opens and one French Open.

In total, and remember he is still going, Federer has amassed some 103 singles events titles which include six Tour Finals, as well as Doubles Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Silver at Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Oh, and he has banked a cool $128 million in prize money so far in his career which I guess you could say is thoroughly deserved.

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