Best Tennis Players of all time

Mon 20 September 2021 | 6:00

Whether football, gymnastics, wrestling, or tennis, the bests are always sports fans' favorites when it comes to sports. Through today's article, we have gathered the list of the best tennis players of all time. Stay tuned to see who these great players are.

Although each sports fans are interested in following the related news to their favorite fields when it comes to reading about the well-known stars of other sports, most fans show enthusiasm in following them. Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Schumacher, Michael Phelps, or any other outstanding successful athletes can make each article attractive for any sports fan through their rich career history. 

They can keep the supporters in their seats till their ends of the pieces, even the fans whose favorite sports are different from the stars' professions. In the following article, we have focused on a popular sport, tennis, and presented a list of the best tennis players of all time.

Talking about their achievements, playing style, and sometimes highlighted features in their physics or characters are the items that we have gathered in the description for each one. However, one paragraph is not enough to cover all details about the athletes whose names are amongst the greatest tennis players of all time. 

Despite being a controversial topic with a wide range of various ideas about the names of the stars on the list, based on the last updated achievements, we have ordered them in the current article. To know more about the best tennis players ever, and get a little about their career history, join us through the text. 

List of the Best Tennis Players of All Time

As you got, a list of the best tennis players of all time and a brief review regarding each of the stars is the content that we have gathered through today's article. To know more about the memorable names in the tennis world, join us within the text. 

Ken Rosewall

  • Age: 86

  • Nationality: Australian

  • Turned Pro: 1957

  • Career Titles: 133

  • Grand Slam Singles Title(s): 8 (4 Australian, 2 French, 2 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand), born left-handed

Owning a "Rich" career, including the pre and post Open Era, made Ken Rosewall deserved to be amongst the list of the

best tennis players of all time

. Rosewall, the former Australian athlete, recorded 15 Major Championships and eight Grand Slam titles in his career history.

So, it is obvious why his name is one of the top tennis players of all time, even after many years after his playing time. Roswall began his profession in the early 1950s and ended it after about 30 years of playing in 1980.

Through performing brilliant performance, which was famous for excellent backhand, crisp, and accurate volleying, he earned much immortality popularity in the tennis world. At the 1972 Australian Open, Rosewall gained his last Grand Slam title.

Achieving the honor made ken, the player who was 37 at the time, the record holder as the oldest Grand Slam winner, which has lasted till now. The ability to compete at his age against the rivals, who were from the next generation, proves how much he had mental toughness and mastered his conditioning. 

Andre Agassi

  • Age: 51

  • Nationality: American

  • Turned Pro: 1986

  • Career Titles: 61

  • Grand Slam Singles Title(s): 8 (4 Australian, 1 French, 2 US Open, 1 Wimbledon)

  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

This paragraph is about an athlete that most believe the list of the greatest players in tennis history will not be a complete one without his name, Andre Agassi. Unlike these days, Agassi had long hair in his younghood, the era that he arrived in the tennis world in the late 1980s.

Though his appearance, which looked rock stars, and attitude had put off many tennis followers, by ending his 20-year-career, everything changed. Along the way, Agassi displayed some professional performance, including killer groundstrokes and returns of serves, which dazzled the eyes of all spectators to himself.

Though Agassi was famous enough due to his brilliant playing, what he has done off the court has earned him much more popularity. The American legend had a particular technique early in his career. Looking to endpoints via displaying first-strike tennis alongside a weak return with a deep, hard shot which finally led him to play a winner at a final angle, can describe his style in short words. 

Jimmy Connors

  • Age: 68

  • Nationality: American

  • Turned Pro: 1996

  • Career Titles: 147

  • Grand Slam Singles Title(s): 8 (1 Australian, 2 Wimbledon, 5 US Open)

  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)

By reviewing tennis history during the mid-1970s, Jimmy Connors' name shines throughout as an athlete who had a great dominance on his profession. During only 1974, Connors left a brilliant record from himself, gaining a staggering 99-4 record.

Additionally, Connors entered three Grand Slam competitions and successfully ended them, winning all three of them. Later in 1974, Connors association with World Team Tennis banned him from taking part in the French Open.

It also stopped him from a Grand Slam sweep, which he possibly could earn. The tennis world recalls the 1970s as Connors' peaking period of his profession, which after leaving a long and impressive tennis career, he announced his retirement from playing in 1996. After passing 25 years from his retirement, Connors is still the record holder for ATP tour titles with 109. One of his other honors is holding the ATP ranking between 1974 to 1977.

As a record, it lasted for 160 consecutive weeks out of the total of his career, 268 ones. Based on the presented facts, there is no wonder why Connors is one of the best tennis players of all time. 

Ivan Lendl

  • Age: 61

  • Nationality: American - Czechoslovak

  • Turned Pro: 1978

  • Career Titles: 144

  • Grand Slam Singles Title(s): 8 (2 Australian, 3 French, 3 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

Recalled s the most dominant tennis player of the 1980s, Ivan Lendl, the quiet and stoic Czech athlete, is one of the other stars amongst the 

best tennis players of all time

. Lendl was famous for wearing down his competitors through his strong groundstrokes, topspin forehand.

Performing incredibly in the level of conditioning, Lendl had placed his name as the world's top-ranked athlete for four years. Additionally, Lendle had allocated the number one ranking in the world to himself for about 270 weeks, which was a record at the time. His highlighted playing style and excellent performance spoke for themselves how much he was professional.

Letting his playing do his talking, Lendl became the runner-up for 11 times, a joint-record tied with Roger Federer. In addition to earning the achieved honor and eight Grand Slam titles, Lendl was the first player amongst male athletes who could appear in the 19 Grand Slam finals. By appearing in eight consecutive US Open finals, Lendle, a pioneer in a new style of playing tennis, set it as a record in his career history and obtained seven year-end championships. 

Bjorn Borg

  • Age: 65

  • Nationality: Swedish

  • Turned Pro: 1973

  • Career Titles: 101

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 11 (6 French, 5 Wimbledon)

  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Full name Bjorn Rune Borg, the former Swedish World No. 1 tennis player, is one of the other athletes whose name is one of the 

greatest players in tennis history

. During the late 1970s, Borg earned great domination in the tennis world and left some memorable scenes through the competitions against his legendary rivals, such as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.

One of the highlighted honors in Borg's career history is his success in Wimbledon, in which he could achieve the title between the years 1976 to 1980 for five consecutive years.

Although the Swedish star retired early in 1983, at the age of 26, Borg could record 11 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the French Open during his career history that did not last too long. Most believe that Borg, who had achieved more than ten majors, could be one name amongst the top five all-time players if he had not left the tennis world in the prime of his career. Three year-end championships and 16 Grand Prix Super Series titles are some of the other Borg's achievements.

Rod Laver

  • Age: 83

  • Nationality: Australian

  • Turned Pro: 1962

  • Career Titles: 200

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 11 (3 Australian, 2 French, 2 US Open, 4 Wimbledon)

  • Plays: Left-handed (one-handed backhand)

Assessing Rod Laver, another athlete on the list of the 

best tennis players ever

, against today's athletes seems complicated. Holding No. 1 ranking in the world, lasted for seven straight years from 1964 to 1970) and recording more than 200 career titles in his career history, considered as a record of owning honors more than any other players in the history of the game, can describe Laver's level of playing.

However, Laver's Grand Slam achievements are not as impressive as his other achievements. During his career history, he won two Grand Slam titles, one of them back to the period he was an amateur in 1962. The other title referred to 1969 when he appeared on the court as a pro. 

Being excluded from the Grand Slam competitions for five years in the mid-1960s caused him not to achieve more. However, if it had not happened to him, he could have earned much more.

Within the pre-open era, the Grand Slam matches were only tournaments for amateurs. By the start of the "open-era," professional players got the allowance of competing in the Grand Slam events. Do you agree that the player, who could allocate the No. 1 ranking within the period that lasted for five years, was professional and skillful enough to win more Grand Slam titles?

Pete Sampras

  • Age: 50

  • Nationality: American

  • Turned Pro: 1988

  • Career Titles: 64

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 14 (2 Australian, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

Most believe that placing Pete Sampras' name on the list of the 

top tennis players of all time

 is controversial. The former American World No. 1 tennis player started his profession in 1988, and after defeating Andre Agassi, his longtime contestant at the 2002 US Open ended it.

Achieving 14 major singles titles during the years was an all-time record when he announced his retirement. Having reached the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in 1993, Sampras held it for 286 weeks, which included an Open Era record of six consecutive year-end No.1 rankings between 1993 and 1998.

As an all-court player, Sampras had an all-around skill. After passing some years from the early years of his profession, Sampras followed a new strategy, playing more offensively and employing a chip-and-charge method.

However, he used another tactic that worked for him much, hitting offensives shots on the return and following his return to the net. One of the highlighted features in his playing was his accurate and powerful first serves, which had a high reputation amongst the commentators, fans, and players. 

Rafael Nadal

  • Age: 35

  • Nationality: Spanish

  • Turned Pro: 2001

  • Career Titles: 88

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 20 (1 Australian, 13 French, 4 US Open, 2 Wimbledon)

  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)

Though the whole members of the top lists always seem notable for the readers, they are more curious to know about the first three ones. One of the first three top of our list, greatest tennis players of all time, is

Rafael Nadal


The legend who carries several nicknames, including King of clay, Spain's Raging Bull, Rafa, Rafi, and El Nino, might own a few more Grand Slam titles if he did not suffer tendinitis recurrently in his knees and wrist injuries.

The 35-year-old Spanish legend has recorded 20 Grand Slam titles in his career history. The numbers show that he has enough potential to pass his professional rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Appear brilliantly in clay courts, has made him one of the best all-time player on it though Bjorn Borg fans believe their hero is a better choice for the honor.

However, following earning the record 13th French Open title in 2020 in dominating fashion, rarely it comes to minds that any other player can perform better than him on clay. Despite the difficulty in comparing the legends from a different generation, Nadal has proven he deserves to be one of the best tennis players of all time. 

Roger Federer

  • Age: 40

  • Nationality: Swiss - South African

  • Turned Pro: 1998

  • Career Titles: 103

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 20 (6 Australian, 1 French, 5 US Open, 8 Wimbledon) 

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

Roger Federer's rich career history has made the process of choosing the legend for one of the 

greatest tennis players of all time

 easy. In addition to 20 Grand Slam titles and holding No. 1 ranking for 310 weeks,


is still appearing at the highest level and winning various honors, which speak for themselves how professional he is.

One of his records, which rarely players can surpass, is his No. 1 ranking, lasting 237 consecutive weeks from 2004 to 2008. Although Roger's performance has proved he can be an unbeatable champion in the tennis world, his dramatic 5-set loss against his prominent rival, Novak Djokovic, demonstrates there is also at least one competitor for him to compete.

However, the 40-year-old star has not still given up from playing and making efforts in setting a new level of professionality while most players his age retired. Unfortunately, due to injuries, Roger could not participate in the 2020 and the early 2021 seasons.  

Novak Djokovic

  • Age: 34

  • Nationality: Serbian

  • Turned Pro: 2003

  • Career Titles: 85

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 20 (9 Australian, 6 Wimbledon, 3 US Open, 2 French Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

If you are a big tennis fan, you must have looked for Novak Djokovic's name amongst the 

best tennis players of all time

. How the 34-year-old Serbian legend plays proves that he is qualified enough to achieve more Grand Slam titles.

Novak, who has recorded 20 Grand Slam titles in his career history and has tied with both of his professional rivals, it is clear that he has enough potential to surpass them and place his name above them. He has aroused much admiration with his record 329 weeks and keeping his place as the No. 1 ranking player.

The honors have earned him a high level of professionalism to become one of greatest of all time. Starting the 2021 season brilliantly with winning at the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon,


earned domination at the matches.

After beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the 2021 French Open, on the surface which Rafa was best on, Novak proved many things. The aggressive baseline player has deep and penetrating groundstrokes. Novak's backhand shot, which downs the line with much pace and precision, has much reputation. 

Listing outstanding heroes in every sports field has usually aroused much controversy because comparing them based on their achievements, skills, and performances is not easy.

However, through the article, we presented a list of the best tennis players of all time. Being grateful for your attendance within the article, our team in Sportmob asks you to share any comments regarding the topic via the comment section.

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