The Ten Greatest Men’s Tennis Players of All Time: Article One
Tennis is one of the most competitive and physically demanding sports in the world. This means to be any good at the sport one must be very athletically primed, and know the game inside out. Not many tennis players have ever had a true combination of the two, yet alone become the world’s best. But a few have, and so here is my top ten list of the greatest men’s tennis players of all time!….
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1. Roger Federer (Switzerland) – Career record 709-170
Currently ranked world no. 2 by the ATP, Federer is a living legend, and the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer is the Schumacher of the Tennis world having dominated the sport over a decade now! With 22 career Grand Slam finals, 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals, 62 career titles, Olympic gold medallist, and the winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, Federer is undoubtedly the best player in the sport today! The Swill Maestro is formidable on any court he plays on be it a clay court, grass court, or hard court! He is a true all round tennis professional that has proven himself to be a master of this sport!
2. Rod Laver (Australia) – Career record 392-99
This retired legend of tennis has proven himself to be one of the sports greatest. The former world number 1 for seven consecutive years (64’-70’), and the only player to ever win all four Grand Slam singles for 1 year, Laver is one of the most technically flawless players of all time! Laver is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player of all time, and well yes he was, until Federer came along!
3. Pete Sampras (United States) – Career record 762-222
Pete Sampras is one of the most successful tennis players of all time, having won 14 Grand Slam titles and a former world number 1 for six consecutive years (93’-98’), he proved to be superior to many great tennis players including Andre Agassi! He did hold the record for most Grand Slam titles until Federer took the record as he dominated the sport.
4. Andre Agassi (United States) – Career record 870-274
If there was ever a player to hold their own against the legendary Sampras, it was Agassi! Having won the Grand Slam eight times, 17 master series singles titles, 96’ Olympic gold medal, and only one of 6 players to ever complete a men’s singles career Grand Slam, Agassi well and truly deserves a placing this high on the list! His career of 20 years has allowed him to help revive the sport back in the 90s due to his on court personality.
5. Roy Emerson (Australia)
The only reason I put this living tennis legend so far down the list is simply because he made most of his tennis achievements prior to the introduction of the open era in the late 60s , and thus as an amateur, not a professional! If one was to put that fact aside, then Emerson could easily be considered the best player of all time simply by his sheer achievements within the sport. Having won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, and 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, a record of 28 Grand Slam titles, he holds the all time record for a male player. Well deserved for the fifth position on my list!
This is MY top ten list, so respect it as such. The continuation 6-10 will be in ‘article two’! Feel free to comment and discuss below the list, do you agree with the list, or do you not? Thank you!