Top 10 Tennis Players Of All Time
Novak Djokovic is the current world’s number 1 tennis player, but where does he rank against history? Is he good enough to make this list of the top 10 tennis players of all time?
10. Ivan Lendl
Lendl won everywhere but Wimbledon, capturing a combined 8 titles at the other Grand Slam events. He won twice at the Australian Open and thrice at the US Open and the French Open.
9. John McEnroe
Perhaps the most interesting character in the history of tennis, McEnroe is most appreciated now for his good-natured willingness to poke fun at his previous “bad-boy” image. Between temper tantrums, he managed to win 7 Grand Slam championships.
8. Jimmy Connors
Connors and his short shorts won 109 tournaments, including 8 Grand Slam titles. Over his long career, he won more tournaments than any other player in tennis history.
7. Andre Agassi
Another 8-time Grand Slam champion, Agassi is perhaps best remembered for his celebrity off the court. He was a commercial spokesman and often appeared on television and in the tabloids.
6. Rod Laver
Laver won 11 Grand Slams in the 1960s. In 1969, he won all four of the Grand Slams in the same year. Perhaps he should be ranked higher on this list, but he played in a less-competitive era, so it’s hard to rank Laver in the top 5 of all time.
5. Novak Djokovic
The world’s current number 1 checks in at number 5 all-time on the strength of six Grand Slam titles . . . so far. In 2011, he had maybe the best single season ever when he won the Australian Open, the US Open, and Wimbledon. He won more than $12 million in prize money that season. There’s no telling what he’ll do before he’s done.
4. Bjorn Borg
Borg didn’t play for very long, but he compiled some amazing career statistics anyway. Even though he retired at age 25, after less than 8 full seasons as a professional, Borg managed to win 11 Grand Slam titles. Indeed, he won more than 40% of the Grand Slam events held during his career, including six French Open championships.
3. Rafael Nadal
Nadal has won 11 Grand Slams, 7 of them at the French Open, where he has proven especially dominant. There has never been anyone better, on clay at least, than Nadal.
2. Pete Sampras
Sampras held the world number one ranking for 286 weeks, which is a record. He won 14 Grand Slam titles, including 7 Wimbledon championships. Sampras never won at the French Open, but he was dominant in an era when tennis champions really began to emerge as worldwide superstars.
1. Roger Federer
The best of the top 10 tennis players of all time is a 16-time champion of Grand Slam events. He has won all four of the Grand Slams, finally winning at Roland Garros in 2009 to complete the career Grand Slam. He has been a picture of consistent dominance, winning Wimbledon six times to go win five and four victories, respectively, at the US Open and the Australian Open.