Who are the best Tennis players of ALL time? There are a number of tennis players that could be on this list. Now let me start with some honorable mentions who are not in this photo. Rod Laver retired with 11 grand slam titles. Bjorn Borg in the Wimbledon open era, won 5 straight titles and 6 total french opens. Jimmy Connors holds 109 titles, and won 1256 matches out of 1535 matches played.
Hall of fame inducted player whose nickname was Pistol Pete because of his powerful serve is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players to ever play tennis. Sampras retired in 2002 having won 64 career titles, 14 grand slam titles, and a number one world ranked player for 6 years in a row. There is no doubt Pete Sampras had an incredible career but can he be considered the best tennis player without a French Open title?
Where do you even start with Federer? Currently still active playing in matches but even if his career ended today, Federer has accomplished a lot in the sport to be considered the best of all time. He is sitting on 96 career titles and a record 20 Grand Slam titles (6 Australian, 1 French, 5 US Open, 8 Wimbledon). Even at 36 years old at the time of writing this, he is playing at a high level.
Another active tennis player that still has plenty of years left in his career. Right now Nadal has 75 career titles and 16 Grand Slam Titles. In those 16 Grand Slam Titles 10 of them were in the French Open which gives him the nickname Rafa (The King of Clay). This is a very difficult task to do, like mentioned above, Sampras doesn’t have 1 French Open title. Nadal had injuries in his career that slowed him down, but being 4 years younger than Federer, he still has a good chance at winning more titles.
Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam Titles and has titles in all four categories (Australian, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open). Djokovic has also been derailed by some injuries that kept him out part of his prime years. He currently leads in a head to head matchup against Nadal. They have met 50 times and he leads 26 to 24. Being only 30 years old he still has plenty of time to win more accolades and catch up to Federer in titles.
McEnroe has a total of 7 Grand Slam Titles but is sitting on 77 career titles and 78 doubles titles. Those combined equals more than anyone’s combined total in the Open era. McEnroe was so competitive his personality made him a hate him or love him type of guy. Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999, McEnroe is in talks to be one of the greatest to ever play.
A Hall of Fame inducted tennis player that did so much on the court and off the court. Agassi has 8 Grand Slam Titles winning in all 4 categories. He has 60 career titles and he was probably known for having the best service return anyone has seen. After suffering an injury which ended his career, he raised a mass amount of money open an at risk children k-12 public charter school.