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The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

Updated April 5, 2020 33.9k votes 6.7k voters 41.7k views83 items

List RulesOnly 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.
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  • Ivan Lendl1
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    Ivan Lendl

    United States of America, Czechoslovakia

    BirthplaceOstrava

    Year Turned Pro1978

    Australian Open: Winner 1989, 1990; Finalist 1983, 1991
    French Open: Winner 1984, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1981, 1985
    Wimbledon: Finalist 1986, 1987
    US Open: Winner 1985, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989

  • Pete Sampras2
    812
    1,040

    Pete Sampras

    United States of America

    BirthplacePotomac, Maryland

    Year Turned Pro1988

    Australian Open: Winner 1994, 1997; Finalist 1995
    Wimbledon: Winner 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999
    US Open: Winner 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002; Finalist 1992, 2000, 2001

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  • Jimmy Connors3
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    310

    Jimmy Connors

    United States of America

    BirthplaceEast St. Louis, Illinois

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  • Andy Murray4
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    324

    Andy Murray

    Scotland, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    Year Turned Pro2005

    Australian Open: Finalist 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
    French Open: Finalist 2016
    Wimbledon: Winner 2013, 2016; Finalist 2012
    US Open: Winner 2012; Finalist 2008

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  • Rod Laver5
    636
    827

    Rod Laver

    Australia

    BirthplaceRockhampton, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1962

    Australian Open: Winner 1969
    French Open: Winner 1969; Finalist 1968
    Wimbledon: Winner 1968, 1969
    US Open: Winner 1969

  • Mats Wilander6
    191
    213

    Mats Wilander

    Sweden

    BirthplaceVäxjö, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1981

    Australian Open: Winner 1983, 1984, 1988; Finalist 1985
    French Open: Winner 1982, 1985, 1988; Finalist 1983, 1987
    US Open: Winner 1988; Finalist 1987

  • Andre Agassi7
    487
    621

    Andre Agassi

    United States of America

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1986

    Australian Open: Winner 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003
    French Open: Winner 1999; Finalist 1990, 1991
    Wimbledon: Winner 1992; Finalist 1999
    US Open: Winner 1994, 1999; Finalist 1995, 2002, 2005

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  • Stanislas Wawrinka8
    139
    143

    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Germany, Switzerland

    BirthplaceLausanne, Switzerland

    Year Turned Pro2002

    Australian Open: Winner 2014
    French Open: Winner 2015; Finalist 2017
    US Open: Winner 2016

  • Boris Becker9
    296
    375

    Boris Becker

    Germany, West Germany

    BirthplaceLeimen, Germany

    Year Turned Pro1984

    Australian Open: Winner 1991, 1996
    Wimbledon: Winner 1985, 1986, 1989; Finalist 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995
    US Open: Winner 1989

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  • Björn Borg10
    623
    817

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1973

    French Open: Winner 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
    Wimbledon: Winner 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980; Finalist 1981
    US Open: Finalist 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981

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  • John McEnroe11
    649
    860

    John McEnroe

    United States of America

    BirthplaceWiesbaden, Germany

    French Open: Finalist 1984
    Wimbledon: Winner 1981, 1983, 1984; Finalist 1980, 1982
    US Open: Winner 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984; Finalist 1985

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  • Rafael Nadal12
    1,314
    1,737

    BirthplaceManacor, Spain

    Year Turned Pro2001

    Australian Open: Winner 2009; Finalist 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019
    French Open: Winner 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
    Wimbledon: Winner 2008, 2010; Finalist 2006, 2007, 2011
    US Open: Winner 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019; Finalist 2011

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  • Juan Martín del Potro13
    105
    123

    BirthplaceTandil, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro2006

    US Open: Winner 2009, Finalist 2018

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  • Andy Roddick14
    179
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    Andy Roddick

    United States of America

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro2000

    Wimbledon: Finalist 2004, 2005, 2009
    US Open: Winner 2003; Finalist 2006

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  • Arthur Ashe15
    178
    236

    Arthur Ashe

    United States of America

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1969

    Australian Open: Winner 1970; Finalist 1971
    Wimbledon: Winner 1975
    US Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1972

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  • Novak Djokovic16
    994
    1,356

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    Year Turned Pro2003

    Australian Open: Winner 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
    French Open: Winner 2016; Finalist 2012, 2014, 2015
    Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019; Finalist 2013
    US Open: Winner 2011, 2015, 2018; Finalist 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016

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  • Stefan Edberg17
    395
    545

    BirthplaceVästervik, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1983

    Australian Open: Winner 1985, 1987; Finalist 1990, 1992, 1993
    French Open: Finalist 1989
    Wimbledon: Winner 1988, 1990; Finalist 1989
    US Open: Winner 1991, 1992

  • Guillermo Vilas18
    128
    161

    Guillermo Vilas

    Argentina

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1969

    Australian Open: Winner 1978, 1989; Finalist 1977
    French Open: Winner 1977; Finalist 1975, 1978, 1982
    US Open: Winner 1977

  • Jim Courier19
    130
    169

    Jim Courier

    United States of America, Australia

    BirthplaceSanford, Florida, USA

    Year Turned Pro1988

    Australian Open: Winner 1992, 1993
    French Open: Winner 1991, 1993; Finalist 1993
    Wimbledon: Finalist 1993
    US Open: Finalist 1991

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  • Gustavo Kuerten20
    113
    150

    BirthplaceFlorianópolis, Brazil

    Year Turned Pro1995

    French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

  • Roger Federer21
    2,012
    2,896

    Roger Federer

    Switzerland

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Year Turned Pro1998

    Australian Open: Winner 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018; Finalist 2009
    French Open: Winner 2009; Finalist 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
    Wimbledon: Winner 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017; Finalist 2008, 2014, 2015, 2019
    US Open: Winner 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; Finalist 2009, 2015

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  • Dominic Thiem22
    37
    37

    Dominic Thiem

    Austria

    BirthplaceWiener Neustadt, Austria

    French Open: Finalist 2018, 2019

  • Lleyton Hewitt23
    125
    166

    BirthplaceAdelaide, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1998

    Australian Open: Finalist 2005
    Wimbledon: Winner 2002
    US Open: Winner 2001; Finalist 2004

  • Ken Rosewall24
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    Ken Rosewall

    Australia

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Australian Open: Winner 1971, 1972
    French Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1969
    Wimbledon: Finalist 1970, 1974
    US Open: Winner 1970; Finalist 1974

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  • Ilie Năstase25
    125
    170

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    French Open: Winner 1973; Finalist 1971
    Wimbledon: Finalist 1972, 1976
    US Open: Winner 1972

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