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15 Best Tennis Players Of All Time – World Sports fantasy

Here are the 15 greatest athletes of the tennis world in the Open Era, meaning since 1968.

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each. Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s court.

1. Ken Rosewall

Born: November 2, 1934

Sydney, Australia

Resides: Sydney, Australia

Turned pro: 1957

Retired: 1980

Career prize money: $1,602,700

133 career titles

8 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 Australian, 2 French, 2 US Open

15 Pro Majors: 2 US Pro, 5 Wembley Pro, 8 French Pro

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1980

2. Andre Agassi

Born: April 29, 1970

Las Vegas, Nevada

Resides: Las Vegas, Nevada

Turned pro: 1986

Retired: 2006

Career prize money: $31,152,975

61 career titles

8 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 Australian, 1 French, 2 US Open, 1 Wimbledon

Olympic Gold Medalist 1996

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 2011

3. Ivan Lendl

Born: March 7, 1960

Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Resides: Goshen, Connecticut

Turned pro: 1978

Retired: 1994

Career prize money: $21,262,417

144 career titles

8 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 Australian, 3 French, 3 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 2001

4. Bjorn Borg

Born: June 6, 1956

Sodertalje, Stockholm County, Sweden

Resides: Stockholm, Sweden

Turned pro: 1973

Retired: 1983

Career prize money: $3,655,751

101 career titles

11 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 6 French, 5 Wimbledon

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1987

5. Rafael Nadal

Born: June 3, 1986

Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Resides: Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Turned pro: 2001

Career prize money: $124,961,595

88 career titles

20 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 Australian, 13 French, 4 US Open, 2 Wimbledon

2008 Olympic Gold Medalist – Beijing Summer Olympics

Current active player

6. Roger Federer

Born: August 8, 1981

Basel, Switzerland

Resides: Bottmingen, Switzerland

Turned pro: 1998

Career prize money: $130,594,339

103 career titles

20 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 6 Australian, 1 French, 5 US Open, 8 Wimbledon Current active player

7. Novak Djokovic

Born: May 22, 1987

Born in Belgrade, Serbia

Resides: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Turned pro: 2003

Career prize money: $153,120,635

85 career titles

20 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 9 Australian, 6 Wimbledon, 3 US Open, 2 French Open

Current active player

8. Pete Sampras

Resides: Lake Sherwood, California

Turned pro: 1988

Retired 2002

Career prize money: $43,280,489

64 career titles

14 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 Australian, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 2007

9. Rod Laver

Born: August 8, 1938

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Resides: Carlsbad, California

Turned pro: 1962

Retired 1979

Career prize money: $1,565,413

200 career titles

11 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 Australian, 2 French, 2 US Open, 4 Wimbledon

9 Pro Slam Singles Titles: 3 US Pro, 4 Wembley Pro, 1 French Pro, 1 Wimbledon Pro

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1981

10. Jimmy Connors

Born: September 2, 1952

East St. Louis, Illinois

Resides: Santa Barbara, CA

Turned pro: 1972

Retired: 1996

Career prize money: $8,641,040

147 career titles

8 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 Australian, 2 Wimbledon, 5 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1998

11. John McEnroe

Born: February 16, 1959

Wiesbaden, West Germany

Resides: New York City

Turned pro: 1978

Retired: 1992

Career prize money: $12,547,797

105 career titles

7 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 Wimbledon, 4 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1999

One thing I think most fans can agree on is that we are currently witnessing 3 of the greatest ever in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

12. Martina navratilova

Career Statistics

18 Singles | 31 Doubles | 10 Mixed Doubles

Singles

Australian Open: 1981, 1983, 1985

French Open: 1982, 1984

Wimbledon: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990

US Open: 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987

Doubles

Australian Open: 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989

French Open: 1975, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

Wimbledon: 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986

US Open: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990

Mixed Doubles

Australian Open: 2003

French Open: 1974, 1985

Wimbledon: 1985, 1993, 1995, 2003

US Open: 1985, 1987, 2006

About Martina

DOB: October 18, 1956

Birthplace: Revnice, Czech Republic

Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Weight: 145 lbs. (65 kg)

Plays: Left-handed

WTA Tour singles titles: 167

WTA Tour doubles titles: 177

Prize Money: $21,626,089

Win – Loss Record, Singles: 1442 – 219

Win – Loss Record, Doubles: 747 – 143

Awards

ITF World Champion 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986.

WTA Player of the Year 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award 2003

Czech Sport Legend Award 2006

13. Monica Seles

Country (sports)               Yugoslavia (1988–1992)

 FR Yugoslavia (1992–1994)

 United States (1994–)

Residence           Sarasota, Florida, United States

Born      December 2, 1973 (age 48)

Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia

Height   5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]

Turned pro          1989

Retired 2008 (last match in 2003)

Plays      Left-handed (two-handed both sides)

Singles

Career record    595–122 (82.98%)

Career titles        53

Highest ranking No. 1 (March 11, 1991)

Grand Slam Singles results

Australian Open               W (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996)

French Open      W (1990, 1991, 1992)

Wimbledon        F (1992)

US Open              W (1991, 1992)

Other tournaments

Tour Finals          W (1990, 1991, 1992)

Olympic Games Bronze medal olympic.svg Bronze medal (2000)

Doubles

Career record    89–45

Career titles        6

Highest ranking No. 16 (April 22, 1991)

Grand Slam Doubles results

Australian Open               SF (1991, 2001)

French Open      3R (1990)

Wimbledon        QF (1999)

US Open              QF (1999)

Team competitions

Fed Cup                United States

W (1996, 1999, 2000)

Hopman Cup      Yugoslavia

W (1991)

 United States

F (2001, 2002)

14. Boris Becker

Full name            Boris Franz Becker

Country (sports)               West Germany (1984–1990)

 Germany (1990–1999)

Residence           London, England

Born      22 November 1967 (age 54)

Leimen, West Germany

Height   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]

Turned pro          1984 (amateur tour from 1983)

Retired 25 June 1999

Plays      Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

Coach    Ion Țiriac

Günther Bosch

Bob Brett

Mike Depalmer Jr.

Günter Bresnik

Nick Bollettieri

Prize money       US$25,080,956

 14th all-time leader in earnings

Int. Tennis HoF  2003 (member page)

Singles

Career record    713–214 (76.9%)

Career titles        49

Highest ranking No. 1 (28 January 1991)

Grand Slam Singles results

Australian Open               W (1991, 1996)

French Open      SF (1987, 1989, 1991)

Wimbledon        W (1985, 1986, 1989)

US Open              W (1989)

Other tournaments

Tour Finals          W (1988, 1992, 1995)

Grand Slam Cup W (1996)

WCT Finals          W (1988)

Olympic Games 3R (1992)

Doubles

Career record    254–136 (65.1%)

Career titles        15

Highest ranking No. 6 (22 September 1986)

Grand Slam Doubles results

Australian Open               QF (1985)

Other doubles tournaments

Olympic Games Gold medal olympic.svg (1992)

Team competitions

Davis Cup            W (1988, 1989)

Hopman Cup      W (1995 with Anke Huber)

Coaching career (2013–2016)

Novak Djokovic (2013–2016)

Coaching achievements

Coachee Singles Titles total          25

List of notable tournaments

(with champion)

Career Grand Slam (Djokovic)

2x Australian Open (Djokovic)

French Open (Djokovic)

2x Wimbledon (Djokovic)

US Open (Djokovic)

2x ATP World Tour Finals (Djokovic)

14x ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (Djokovic)

Medal record

Olympic Games – Tennis

Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Men’s doubles

15. Stefanie Maria Graf

DOB:      14.6.1969

Place of birth:    Mannheim, Germany

Height: 1,76m

Weight: 64kg

Residing in:         Las Vegas, NV

Spouse: Andre Agassi, since 22.10.2001

KIds:      Jaden Gil, born 10.26.2001

Jaz Elle, born 10.3.2003

Parents:               Heidi and Peter Graf

Siblings:                Michael

Hobbies:              Design, Art, Photography, Music

Since 1984:          Ambassador for the “World Wide Fund (WWF)”

CAREER

Began playing Tennis: 1973

Turned Professional:  18.10.1982

First professional tournament: 1982 Porsche Grand Prix at Filderstadt, Germany

Plays: right handed, one handed backhand

Raquet:  Dunlop / Wilson

Former Clubs: HTC Heidelberg, LTTC Rot-Weiss Berlin, BASF Ludwigshafen

Favorite Tournament: Wimbledon

Favorite Surface: Grass court

Former Coaches: Pavel Slozil (1986-1991), Heinz Guenthardt (1992-1999)

GRAND SLAM WINS

During her career Steffi won a total of 22 Grand Slam titles

YearLocationOpponentResult
1987ParisM. Navratilova6:4,4:6,8:6
1988MelbourneC. Evert6:1,7:6
1988ParisN. Zwereva6:0,6:0
1988WimbledonM. Navratilova5:7.3:6,6:1
1988US OpenG. Sabatini6:3,3:6,6:1
1989MelbourneH. Sukova6:4,6:4
1989WimbledonM. Navratilova6:2,6:7,6:1
1989US OpenM. Navratilova3:6,7:5,6:1
1990MelbourneM.J. Fernandez6:3,6:4
1991WimbledonG.Sabatini6:4,3:6,8:6
1992WimbledonM. Seles6:2,6:1
1993ParisM.J. Fernandez4:6,6:2,6:4
1993WimbledonJ. Novotna7:6,1:6,6:4
1993US OpenH. Sukova6:3,6:3
1994MelbourneA. Sanchez-Vicario6:0:6:2
1995ParisA. Sanchez-Vicario7:5,4:6,6:0
1995WimbledonA. Sanchez-Vicario4:6,6:1,7:5
1995US OpenM. Seles7:6,0:6,6:3
1996ParisA. Sanchez-Vicario6:3,6:7,10:8
1996WimbledonA. Sanchez-Vicario6:3,7:5
1996US OpenM. Seles7:5,6:4
1999ParisM. Hingis4:6,7:5,6:2

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