Top 10 Greatest Tennis Players of All Time

March 27, 2021 By Sourav

Top 10 Greatest Tennis Players of All Time

Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the World. It was mostly known as the game of rich people as it is an Olympic sport played at all levels. Now, it is played both individually and now in the pair of two, known as doubles. Different players ruled in tennis at different times. In this post, we are going to tell you about the top 10 Greatest Tennis players of all time.

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10. Jimmy Connors

He was shorter than the great players of his time but he was more swift than all of his rivals. He won 5 U.S. Open titles two Wimbledon titles and then he also won one Australian Open. At his peak, he was ranked for more than 159 weeks as the No 1 player in tennis.

Besides all this, the most amazing thing to place him on the list of top ten tennis players was to reach the semifinals of great U.S. Open in at the age of 39 when most of the tennis star is not able to run swiftly.

9. Ivan Lendl


Ivan Lendl a legendary player of the 1980s won the Grand Slam 8 times and played in all 19 Grand Slam finals and given a place in the top ten tennis players. He is the third to have more weeks as the No. 1 player in history after Sampras and Federer.

After retirement, he worked with Andy Murray and because of this Murray became popular as well.

8. John McEnroe


John McEnroe was the finest left-handed serve player ever born and included in the list of top ten tennis players because he won 7 singles Grand Slam and 9 doubles titles.

He ruled for more than 5 years from 1979 to 1984 when he won all the Grand Slam of that time which ended when he loses a match against Ivan Lendl in 1984 and his best match was in 1980 against the world’s best Borg.

7. Novak Djokovic

The Serbian legend has already achieved 15 Grand Slams till now that also includes 8 Australian Open titles. Besides, he also achieved 4 Wimbledon titles and 3 US Open titles. He achieved the French Open in 2016. He already marked his place in the heart of the fans as he gave the hardest competitions to Federer, Nadal, and Murry.

With a career prize money of $131,040,932 and an 860–180 (82.69%) career record, he is one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

6. Andre Agassi


Andre Agassi was born in Las Vegas and is known for his great comebacks. He was taught by his father and coached by him at an early age and due to his strictness, Agassi holds a place in the top ten tennis players of all time. In 1997 Aggasi was slipped to the 141st position in the world ranking but he came back and within two years he regains the No 1 position.

Agassi holds the record to win eight Grand Slam titles and he also won the Olympic Gold Medal in the year 1992. He wants to extend his career but the back injury didn’t allow him to play at all and he finally decides to retire at the age of 36. He definitely deserves his place among the greatest tennis players of all time.

5. Bjorn Borg


Borg has marked his name in the tennis world with his winning streak of 11 Grand Slams. He made that feat as the only tennis star ever to do so. Borg has achieved most of his titles at the age of just 25. That also shows his world-class fitness and tennis excellence.

He was included in the list of top ten greatest tennis players of all time not only because he won 11 Grand Slam but the main thing in his greatness is that he won Grand Slam followed by French Open and wobbled for three consecutive years where he shows his fitness. If he didn’t retire early in his career he should have the record to won many more Grand Slams.

4. Rod Laver


Being on the list of the top ten greatest tennis players, he is known for his master class. He achieved the Grand Slam in 1962. After that, he turned towards professionalism and remained unknown for more than 6 years. He then came into the battle with his class and excellence following that break.

He has made his name as one of the best players to win the Wimbledon in 1968. That same year, he achieved the Grand Slam. Within the course of a few years, he achieved 17 tennis titles and secured his place in the heart of the fans.

3. Pete Sampras


Originally from Greece, Sampras lived in California during his heydays. He held the record of winning 14 Grand Slams until Roger Federer surpassed him several years later. Sampras still holds the record for staying at the top spot of tennis ranking for an unbelievable 286 weeks.

He has achieved 7 Wimbledon titles during his active tennis career. And for that, fans dubbed him as the 'winning machine' at that time. He has also earned his place in the heart of his fans for his miraculous first and second serve. During his peak time, very few players had the ability to block his serve.

2. Rafael Nadal

One of the most successful players of the French Open, Rafael Nadal, consistently secured his place among the top three since the start of his pro career. Till now, he has eight french open titles under his name. And that feat helped him to secure his place among the greatest tennis players of all time.

Known as the king of the clay court, Nadal gives his best for every single point in the game. Besides, he also proved his worth and excellence in almost any ground surface and against each great player of modern times.

1. Roger Federer

One of the most important athletes right now, Federer, deserves the top place in the list of the greatest tennis players. He has achieved 20 Grand Slam titles till now, a record on its own. Besides winning the title that many times, he also has the record for participating in the 36 quarterfinals of the Grand Slam.

Federer is not only swift but clever as well. He correctly judged his opponent and plays according to the plan. And that quality helps him to maintain his place in the top list of tennis. Till now, he has achieved 101 career titles as a pro athlete.

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  1. Bob
    Bob August 9, 2019 04:49

    title should really read "Top 10 Greatest MALE Tennis Players of All Time"...less we forget that Serena has won more grand slams title than any other player living or dead...

    1. Ran
      Ran August 17, 2019 07:27

      If she had competed in mens tournament and win atleast 1 grandslam, would be eligible to say one of the all time greatest including men. Just because she is from USA dont brag as if she is so great.

    2. Harry
      Harry September 29, 2020 04:06

      Bob, complete nonsense. Margaret Court has won the most Grand Slam singles titles with 24. Margaret Court won a combined total of 64 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

  2. Brett
    Brett February 5, 2020 00:39

    Novak on 7th Place ? Are you normal ?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 6, 2020 00:10

      Liking is completely subjective. So, it can differ from person to person.

    2. Aaron
      aaron April 9, 2020 15:09

      That is totally bullshit. He should be tie with Roger or behind him as current stats.

  3. Bron
    Bron April 1, 2020 02:25

    There is not even 1 normal reason why would Agassi be ranked before Novak, liking or any other criteria.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 2, 2020 01:00

      As I said earlier, likings are completely subjective. While Novak is now playing against Federer and Nadal, Agassi played against Pete Sampras, Michael Stich, Michael Chang, and many more.
      He is also the second player to achieve a career grand slam. Get your facts correct, mate!

  4. Sol
    Sol May 26, 2020 09:03

    Can someone comment/About an Asian Player....Haroon Rahim

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das May 27, 2020 00:31

      The admin himself is here to comment. :P
      Haroon is definitely among the most influential player, but can you really count him among the greatest?
      His single's record is 119150, and his doubles record is 101127 (more defeat than wins in both the cases).
      And, no trophies at all.

  5. Tom
    Tom June 9, 2020 04:08

    Rafael Nadal has won his 19 Grand Slam singles titles in a 5 year shorter period than Federer has won his 20 Grand Slam singles titles. Nadal has a better head to head record against Federer in Grand Slam tournaments and overall. Nadal should be ranked ahead of Federer.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das June 10, 2020 00:19

      Nadal has most of his records in clay court where Federer consistently did well in other surfaces.
      And, that's why we chose Federer over Nadal.

    2. Tennis Analyst
      Tennis Analyst September 29, 2020 04:11

      I couldn’t disagree more with Sourav’s Admin team. It would not matter if Nadal had won 21 Grand Slam singles titles on clay. If Nadal ends up with more Grand Slam singles titles than Federer, Nadal must be ranked above Federer.

  6. Hamza
    Hamza August 10, 2020 13:01

    Pathetic Novak is 7th okey okey

  7. Nadalmania
    Nadalmania September 26, 2020 07:15

    You forgot Nadal has still won 7 Grand Slam singles titles away from clay. You forgot Nadal is only 1 Grand Slam singles title behind Federer, having played 20 less Grand Slam tournaments. You forgot Nadal has suffered far more injuries than Federer before and during Grand Slam tournaments. Do more research. You don’t know enough about Tennis!

    1. Rafamania
      Rafamania October 11, 2020 18:00

      Congratulations Rafa Nadal on winning your 13th French Open singles title and your 20th Grand Slam singles title! Rafa Nadal is the greatest male tennis player of all time! Carn The Mighty Rafa Nadal!

  8. Grand Slam Singles Statistics
    Grand Slam Singles Statistics October 18, 2020 23:39

    This is the updated Grand Slam Singles ladder:

    1) Rafael Nadal, 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles, from 60 Grand Slam Tournaments played.

    2) Roger Federer, 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles, from 79 Grand Slam Tournaments played.

    3) Novak Djokovic, 17 Grand Slam Singles Titles, from 62 Grand Slam Tournaments played.

  9. Thomas Banks
    Thomas Banks February 17, 2021 01:55

    Novak at 7 is just outrageous. Nadal should be no.1 . Federer won several tournaments against weaker competition before the greatest era. Nadal played entirely in the greatest era and dominated Roger head to head. Nadal has won 20 majors at a younger age with a high probability of surpassing Roger. Federer is the most natural tennis player but Rafa is arguably the mentally toughest athlete in the history of all sports.

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