Greatest Tennis Players Ever

August 3, 2015 - A list that gives the top 10 tennis players of all time! Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Roger Federer
I vote for Federer.

A good player must have the ability to combine effectiveness with fluency and elegance in the execution of the game. Nature knows no reviews. A less effort implies less energy consumed, and if you want effectiveness and results, you have to be an exquisite in sport.

Just pass a look through the pictures of the faces of the players hitting the ball, most completely dislocated by the effort. Then watch Federer, there is NO effort! Even today, nearly 34 years.

I have almost 45 years following this sport, I have never seen anything like it.

To achieve this and to be the current world No. 2, still playing with such Giants of the sport (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, etc. ), must be more than superlative.

In addition, with more age than the rest.

When another player proves me to be able to transmit that feeling that everything is fluid in tennis, I change my mind.

Thank you.
You can make a case for Nadal at number 1 due to his head to head record vs Federer, especially in the Slams. This case could definitely be made if the day comes when Nadal surpasses Fed's Grand Slam record.

I'm saying that Federer had a 4-5 year run in which he destroyed the competition in a way nobody ever had before. Perhaps he took advantage of a time that lacked top heavy competition, but you can only play what's out there. I've never seen such domination by one player for that length of time.

Federer's game is like watching a machine at work. His greatest strength is his groundstrokes, particularly during his mid to late 20's. He could hit the ball with such power and at such an angle that gave his opponents no chance to stay in the point once a rally began. He had such a complete all around game and very rarely lost a match by beating himself with excessive unforced errors.

And to top it all off, he's been a true sportsman in both victory and defeat, a class act on and off the court. A great player and person in every sense of the concept.
Could have played in any era and still won and much! The game is played on slower courts now with power from the back of the court yet here's a champion whose ability set him aside from all others with tennis that we will probably never see the level of again. A true champion on and off the field and perhaps the greatest sportsman of all time.
[Newest]And good is a massive understatement, he is absolutely marvellous, Federer just floats around the court

2Rafael Nadal
For me, greatness is a combination of two factors: how good were you at your best and how long did you stay that good? Djokovic at his best is the greatest player the game has ever seen, but he's only performed at or near that level for about 3 years. Federer demonstrated incredible consistency and longevity, remaining at an elite level for nearly 10 years, but even at his best he was a step below the level Nadal and Djokovic have achieved. Nadal is the best combination of longevity (first major in 2005, still going strong 8 years later) and peak performance (winning record against every top competitor of his era, particularly Federer, and the highest overall winning percentage of any player in the open era).
Give the best on all of his game. Keep making the record. Always be the best on his personal and national team ranking
He is improving each year in all surfaces. His mentality is incredible.
[Newest]I'm a lefty go nadal

3Pete Sampras
Federer until recently didn't have the competition that Sampras faced throughout his entire career. Sampras faced Borg, McEnroe, Agassi, Chang, Martin and even Federer himself and if he had continued to play, he would have won more majors.
Lord I miss this guy's matches. He made it look so easy to win, until the day I picked up a racket and learnt it is quite the opposite.
Based upon the competition he had to play against, and that volley and serve of his, he is the greatest!
[Newest]14 grand slams legend

4Novak Djokovic
First tennis player on the world
He is Brilliant and the best


BEST PLAYER EVER! Does anything else need to be said?


Only 27 years old and already 8 grand slam titles... And counting


5Bjorn Borg
He was my costume for Halloween it was pretty nice he hurt ma back so it wasn't really that great but still don't care
He is the only tennis player to have won Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year for 3 consecutive years
won Wimbledon a record 5 times in a row and the French an all time 6-times record, and he also won them 3 time back to back, in a ROW!!

6Jimmy Connors
Great backhand and service return. Excellent footwork and determination.

7Martina Navratilova
Definitely the greatest tennis player to have ever lived. She ruled the court like an empress. The champion of 18 Grand Slam singles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (phew)... Now ask who is the best.
How on earth can Djokovic be placed in front of Navratilova?

8Steffi Graf
She had talent, she had character. She hardly lost her cool even when she was losing. She gave no excuses for ehr lost. she is the epitome of what sportwomaship should be
Achieved the Golden Slam, and many, many more
What idiot would put a person with 22 major champoinships, 107 titles, held the 1 ranking for 377 weeks.. And won at least 4 majors on all surfaces this low? Your post has not validity

9Andy Murray
He is one of the best and most talented athletes ever. He has an exquisite backhand. Amazing footwork. Strong emotions, and he's crazily passionate about the sport.

He will be a grand slam winner and a legend soon.

-Mohammad Nawaflih
He win every match in this year
Murray has won Wimby! Yay!

10John McEnroe

The Contenders

11Andre Agassi
He is so good look at his stats
Should be number 3 behind Federer and Sampras.
He is really the best player EVER!

12Ivan Lendl

13Rod Laver
Laver won the grand slam (all 4 majors) as an amateur in 1962. He then turned professional and as a result was banned from playing the 4 grand slam tournaments for 5 years. He was allowed back in 1969 when tennis turned professional and duly won the grand slam again in 1969. How many grand slams would he have won if he wasn't banned for 5 years? He is the only player to win the grand slam twice and the only player (male or female) to win the grand slam in the open era. He also won the doubles grand slam 6 times and the mixed doubles grand slam twice. He was won the Davis Cup 5 times as a member of the Australian team. How's he going so far?
2 Grand Slams - Unbelievable. Most of those in the list above Rod have never achieved one Grand Slam! - John McEnroe had the best touch and was by far the most entertaining but Rod Laver has it on achievements.


unstoppable on all surfaces. grand slam X 2. several years apart, I might add. In his time, he was by far the best.
[Newest]Won the Grand Slam without high tech racquets

14Chris Evert
The player that had the best winning percentage of all time is the best player in my book!

15Boris Becker

16Maria Sharapova
Maria sharapova is so talented and the most beautiful tennis player

17Monica Seles
Without a doubt, the greatest womens tennis player in the game at her time. Even Martina Navratilova went to Florida to bring Monica Back to the game after her stabbing, that says allot.
Without the stabbing would have dominated as Graf before her, unconventional but steely! A true champion.
A true champion. One of the hardest fighters the game has ever seen.

18Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
He is one of the most aggressive tennis players ever. Once he has confidence he can sometimes be unstoppable.
Jo fights until the end, for example, against Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2011 when he was 2 sets down, and in the 3rd set he built up his confidence, and in the 4th and 5th he was ripping winners to Roger Federer.

19Andy Roddick

20Mardy Fish

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