The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era Tennis Players
Ultimate List
34  items 4,129 votes 555 voters 8,096 views more info

The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

List Criteria: Only male tennis players from 1968 to the present

This list of the greatest male tennis players of the Open Era includes some of the most iconic names in men's tennis. Who are the best male singles tennis players since the game became open (professionals included) in 1968? Some might argue that Roger Federer is, without question, one of the best - if not *the* best men's tennis player of all time. Disagree? That's totally fine, just cast your votes as you see fit and, if you want, you can also re-rank this list in any order you like.

Any list of great male tennis players of the Open Era should include many of the players on this list of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. And debates can certainly get interesting. Nadal vs. Federer is a pretty epic debate, for example. Sure, Nadal may rule the clay courts, but where does he stack up in the bigger picture, especially against the likes of Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg?

Does Novak Djokovic deserve to be listed here? He's arguably one of the top current men's tennis players. Andy Murray? Same situation. It's hard to know for sure where these younger players will rank in the annals of tennis history, but it's sure hard to argue they aren't some of the best.

If you're a huge tennis fan, you might also want to check out these lists and vote for the greatest female tennis players of the Open Era and the best players of all time, too.
  • 15 ReRanks
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 292
    Down 95

    the people's #1 1981

    open
  2. 2
    Up 155
    Down 103

    1971

    open
  3. 3
    Up 189
    Down 110

    1986

    open
  4. 4
    Up 137
    Down 74

    1956

    open
  5. 5
    Up 124
    Down 88

    most listed 1970

    open
  6. 6
    Up 105
    Down 57

    1938

    open
  7. 7
    Up 111
    Down 75

    1959

    open
  8. 8
    Up 93
    Down 63

    1952

    open
  9. 9
    Up 139
    Down 96

    1987

    open
  10. 10
    Up 88
    Down 47

    1960

    open
  11. 11
    Up 78
    Down 58

    1967

    open
  12. 12
    Up 74
    Down 54

    1966

    open
  13. 13
    Up 51
    Down 71

    1982

    open
  14. 14
    Up 54
    Down 63

    1987

    open
  15. 15
    Up 47
    Down 54

    1964

    open
  16. 16
    Up 38
    Down 68

    1970

    open
  17. 17
    Up 40
    Down 50

    1952

    open
  18. 18
    Up 31
    Down 71

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1981

    open
  19. 19
    Up 34
    Down 59

    1980

    open
  20. 20
    Up 27
    Down 45

    1944

    open
  21. 21
    Up 53
    Down 50

    ranked low on reranks 1943

    open
  22. 22
    Up 33
    Down 65

    1972

    open
  23. 23
    Up 29
    Down 49

    1934

    open
  24. 24
    Up 28
    Down 40

    1946

    open
  25. 25
    Up 32
    Down 47

    Goran Ivanišević 1971

    open
  26. 26
    Up 10
    Down 14

    1976

    open
  27. 27
    Up 4
    Down 5

    new! 1893

    open
  28. 28
    Up 7
    Down 6

    1971

    open
  29. 29
    Up 3
    Down 5

    1936

    open
  30. 30
    Up 21
    Down 49

    1974

    open
  31. 31
    Up 14
    Down 44

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1946

    open
  32. 32
    Up 3
    Down 5

    1904

    open
  33. 33
    Up 2
    Down 6

    1861

    open
  34. 34
    Up 10
    Down 53

    1946

    open
  35. 35 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 34 of 34

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists