Greatest Tennis Players Ever

A list that gives the top 10 tennis players of all time!

The Top Ten

1 Roger Federer Roger Federer Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player. He has held the world No. 1 spot ...read more.

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 ...more

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.

The Best ever.

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2 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

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

People have counted him out at every pitfall of his career, and now at 31 he seems poised to reclaim the world number 1. He will surpass Federer if he continues his dominance at the French Open and will become the greatest player of all time, it's simple.

Too good

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3 Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

The only player in tennis history (since 1877, the amateur era and the Open Era) holding all 4 Majors titles on 3 different surfaces at once! Most complete tennis player ever. The one and only Novak Djokovic!

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

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

First guy who broke rivalry between Federer and Nadal, first who came and become biggest rival of Federer, biggest rival of Nadal... He came and tennis started new era, era that shown us that he is biggest trait for Federer and Nadal, not them between each other. Most unique style of play (Nadal is pure athletism with some technique, Federer is pure technique with some mental strenght, Novak is pure mental strengh and both, athletism and technique). Tennis guy from his first ages... Legend already, for everything he done for this great sport! Sorry for my poor english.

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4 Pete 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!

14 grand slams legend

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5 Bjorn 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!!

Well, 11 big ones and qutting at 26
Greatest of all times!

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6 Jimmy Connors

Great backhand and service return. Excellent footwork and determination.

GREAT FIGHTER, THE LONGEST CAREER AMONG THE TOP PLAYERS. IF HE HAD HAD A BETTER SERVICE...

He only won 8 slams but he played against much tougher competition. In his era, at least six opponents had multiple slam wins. Today, it’s the same three guys winning everything.

7 Martina Navratilova Martina 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?

One of the greatest in regards to their gender

8 Steffi Graf Steffi 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

Way better than Navratilova and Connors atlast.

9 Rod 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. - plmilligan1968

unstoppable on all surfaces. grand slam X 2. several years apart, I might add. In his time, he was by far the best.

How many grand slams would he have won during the 5 year ban.
I would estimate at least 12 so that would rank him as the greatest ever
which he was and absolute natural and a great gent.

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10 John McEnroe John McEnroe

Mac should be higher on this list. His 7 slams aren't spectacular, but he carried the US Davis Cup team for years and is the greatest doubles player on this list, with nobody close. And...he had the prettiest game to watch from a fan's perspective, again nobody close.

The Contenders

11 Ivan Lendl

Ivan has to be way higher than this all his wins tournaments won and his year in the top come on know

Unglaubliche schlage wenn man bedenkt das er in den 80er jahren gespielt hat und die tennisschlager von heute fast nicht zu vergleichen sind

12 Andy Murray Andy 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

He is a moody poody

Murray has won Wimby! Yay!

13 Andre Agassi Andre Agassi

Should be number 3 behind Federer and Sampras.

He is really the best player EVER!

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14 Chris Evert Chris Evert

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

15 Boris Becker Boris Becker
16 Serena Williams Serena Williams Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002.

Number 1 player of all time... ask McEnroe

Should be no#204 because she lost to he 203rd best player in the world 6 sets to 1 whilst he was drunk.

Should be no. 1 not no. 18

GO SERENA!

17 Ken Rosewall
18 Monica Seles Monica 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.

19 Andy Roddick Andy Roddick
20 Jo-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.

21 Mardy Fish
22 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova

Maria sharapova is so talented and the most beautiful tennis player

Maria is best female and so hot

23 Lleyton Hewitt
24 Margaret Court

Margaret Court was measurably faster than the players of today beating the best Australian female sprinters over 100 meters. She bench pressed greater weights than the current female players. After having a child she serve volleyed on clay to beat Chris Evert in the French Open stopping the longest clay court run for a woman. Her doubles skills with serve volley tennis added to her Grand Slam showed she was a multi skilled tennis player. She won more slams than anyone.

25 Justine Henin
26 Venus Williams
27 David Ferrer
28 Tomas Berdych
29 Ernests Gulbis
30 Stanislas Wawrinka Stanislas Wawrinka

I love wawrinka he is the best tennis player ever I wish I could be him

Crazy ass backhand

Awesome backhand

31 Pancho Gonzales

He was the best tennis player in the world throughout the 1950's and into the early 1960's. After 1949, when he turned pro, he was ineligible to play in the major championships until 1968, when he was 40 years old. It is shameful that he is consistently left out of the top rankings. He might well have been the greatest tennis player of all.

32 Stefan Edberg
33 Marcelo Ríos

He had the biggest natural talent, he changed the game, his weack back and his lack of discipline were his only rivals

The GOAT

34 Simona Halep Simona Halep

She is such a great player!

35 Billie Jean King

Bullies Jean by Michael Jackson hey this is a song you copycats she stole the name of a song this is copyright so bad so so bad

36 Tim Henman
37 Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
38 Goran Ivanisevic
39 Patrick Rafter

Talented, creative, serve great, volleys superb,always showed exemplary sportsmanship, played and was never dull to watch,never in the tabloids for going off the rails, donates portion of US open prize money to children's hospital.

Great role model for all ages and gender.

Respect and well down Patrick!

40 Evonne Goolagong

She's so good and an Abo

41 Janko Tipsarevic

We Serbs are just to good at this sport - trazel

42 Viktor Troicki

This guy is Norwegian! -10/10 he is so cool and dumb I love and hate his eye balls

43 Thomas Muster
44 Victoria Azarenka
45 Bernard Tomic

Bernard is good in every surface, he has so much skill and potential to be number 1 and he likes to win. For example in 2011 the WImbledon quarter-final against Novak Djokovic, even if he lost it shows he has a great chance to win many Grand slams on any surface or even be World #1

Are you kidding? Who put him on here? - trazel

46 Daniela Hantuchova
47 Tommy Haas
48 Sebastien Grosjean

Um who is this guy I never heard of him

49 Jim Courier
50 Marat Safin
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