Top Ten Best Grass-Court Players In Tennis History

The Top Ten
1 Roger Federer Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss former 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 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player. He has held the world No... read more

Federer might be #1, but the person who said he plays in the toughest competitive era, particularly on grass, needs to put down the crack pipe. Federer plays in by far the worst grass era ever. His biggest competition is a clay-court specialist (Nadal) and a slow hard-court specialist (Djokovic), both of whose worst surface is grass. And Murray, whoop-dee-doo! Sampras, Borg, McEnroe, and Laver all faced light-years stronger grass competition, which is one reason they all have fewer Wimbledon titles.

Obviously the king of grass, we can all guess how many Grand Slam titles he would have on the green surface if, like in the sixties, 3 out of 4 were played on grass. He is also successful in the toughest competitive era.

2 Steffi Graf

Beat Martina at her best in '88 and '89, proof she is better than her. Athleticism beyond compare and the quickest mind ever. Could pull out sensational winners in a way that no other woman has ever been able to do. Best in long rallies and the shortest. Roger, as amazing as he is, is not the best in the men's game in longer rallies. Both Rafa and Nole are better.

She would have easily tied or broken Navratilova's Wimbledon record without her injuries all but ending her career in early '97, despite the flukish/lucky last French title in '99. And the Monica Seles stabbing would have had nothing to do with it either, as Seles is easy fodder for Graf on grass anyway.

3 Pete Sampras

Prime-to-prime, Sampras beats Federer on grass, no question. Seven times out of ten, at least.

He has a 57-1 record at Wimbledon, having only lost to Federer in 2001.

4 Suzanne Lenglen

Never lost a match on the court at Wimbledon. Won six Wimbledon titles from 1919 to 1925.

5 Helen Wills Moody

She won 15 Grand Slam singles events played on grass: eight Wimbledon titles and seven U.S. Championships.

6 Rod Laver

Laver won nine Grand Slam titles on grass in a period when three of the four Grand Slam events were played on grass.

7 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.
8 Martina Navratilova

Number 1 with 9 Wimbledon singles titles.

9 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.
10 Billie Jean King
The Contenders
11 Bjorn Borg

Should be in the top 5, in my opinion.

12 Bill Tilden

Won 10 Grand Slam events on grass: three at Wimbledon and seven at the U.S. Championships.

13 Andy Murray
14 Margaret Court

Great grass-court player but surprisingly did not do very well at Wimbledon.

15 Andy Roddick
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