The game of Tennis has been around for a long while but it was in the 1970’s that it really started to become a mainstream sport. That era produced some of the finest and most popular tennis players like Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.
The sport has grown so much from the that time and technology has helped in the progress of the sport and it is quite difficult to compare the older players with the current ones.
Here is the list of top 10 best tennis players of all time based on their stats, styles and overall impact on the sport.
10. John McEnroe
John McEnroe was known for his creative shot-making and amazing skills on fast surfaces and hard courts as well as for his extremely short temper. McEnroe was born in Germany on 16 February, 1959 but he resided in New York after coming to United States.
John McEnroe turned pro in 1978 and won a total of 71 titles including 7 Grand Slam titles in his career winning the Wimbledon three times and the U.S Open four times. John McEnroe retired from tennis in 1992 and he was inducted in the tennis hall of fame in 1999.
09. Ivan Lendl
Born on March 7, 1960 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl was undoubtedly the most dominant player of the 1980’s, known for his big serves Lendl kept his opponents down with topspin forehand and powerful ground strokes. He was known for his amazing conditioning which made it impossible for his opponents to match his stamina.
After turning pro in 1978 Ivan Lendl won 94 career titles and eight Grand Slam titles, he won the Australian Open twice, the U.S Open three times and the French Open also three times. He was inducted in the Hall of fame in 2001.
08. Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 29, 1970 and he turned pro in 1986. Andre Agassi was had amazing skill in returning serves and he was known for his amazing ground strokes. Andre Agassi retired in 2006 after a 20-year long career.
In his career he won 60 career titles in total and he won 8 Grand Slam titles. He won Wimbledon once, the French Open once, the U.S Open twice and the Australian Open four time. Andre Agasi was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2011.
07. Jimmy Connors
The 1970’s was the decade of Jimmy Connors dominance, his record was 99-4 and he won all three Grand Slams that he entered in 1974 alone. His likely Grand Slam sweep was cut short when he was banned from playing in the French Open due to his affiliation with the World Team Tennis.
He turned pro in 1972 and went on to win 109 career titles and 8 Grand Slam titles including one Australian Open title, two Wimbledon titles and five U.S Open titles. In 1998 he was inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame.
06. Roy Emerson
This Australian great is often forgotten but his 12 Grand Slam title wins and 15 overall title wins are a proof that he is one of the greatest tennis players of all times. Pete Sampras broke his record in 2000 when he won his 13th title at Wimbledon.
Emerson had a very high level of physical fitness and he could easily outlast his opponents in the game. Although ATP gives him credit for 15 victories but in all actuality he won well over a hundred games.
05. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal could have won more Grand Slam titles by now if it was not for his knee problems. Arguably the greatest clay court player in history, Nadal has won the French Open for a record 9 times. Nadal has made a successful comeback in 2013 and won two Grand Slams that year the US Open and the French Open.
Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in the Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain and he turned pro in 2001. He has won 69 career titles and 14 Grand Slam titles including 1 Australian Open title, 9 French Open titles, 2 US Open titles and 2 Wimbledon titles.
04. Rod Laver
With 200 career titles, more than anyone in history being ranked at number one for seven years straight Rod Laver can easily be compared with the tennis players of the modern era. He was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia on August 8, 1983 and turned pro in 1962.
Rod Laver won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles which include 3 Australian Open titles, 2 French Open titles, 2 US Open titles and 4 Wimbledon titles. He retired in 1979 and was inducted in the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981.
03. Novak Djokovic
Still in his prime Novak Djokovic has a very realistic opportunity to become the greatest tennis player of all time. Djokovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on May 22, 1987 and he turned pro in the year 2003. He is also one of the highest earning tennis players of all times.
Novak Djokovic has secured 65 career titles and 12 Grand Slam titles up till now, he has won the Australian Open 6 times, Wimbledon 3 times, US Open 2 times and French Open 1 time.
02. Pete Sampras
At the time of his retirement Pete Sampras was considered the best tennis player of all time and most people thought it to be near impossible that someone could come close to his achievements in his lifetime. He was ranked as number one for six consecutive years which at that time was a record.
He was born on August 12, 1971 in Potomac, Maryland and he turned pro in 1998, during his career he has 64 career titles and 14 Grand Slam titles. He has won the Australian Open 2 times, the Wimbledon 7 times and the US Open 5 times. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2007.
1. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is the apparent choice for number one in this list for anyone who has any sort of interest in the sport of tennis. It is hard to argue about his positions due to the sheer size of his accomplishments. His record of staying at number one for 237 consecutive weeks is considered unsurpassable.
Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. He turned pro in 1998 and he has a total of 88 career wins and 17 Grand Slam titles which include winning the Australian Open 4 times, the French Open 1 time, the US Open 5 times and Wimbledon 7 times.