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The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

Updated April 5, 2020 34.5k votes 6.7k voters 41.4k 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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  • 1
    Ivan Lendl
    2,614
    683

    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

  • 2
    Jimmy Connors
    359
    313

    Jimmy Connors

    United States of America

    BirthplaceEast St. Louis, Illinois

  • 3
    Pete Sampras
    853
    1,080

    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

  • 4
    Andy Murray
    308
    318

    Andy Murray

    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

  • 5
    Andre Agassi
    502
    623

    Andre Agassi

    United States of America, Armenia

    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

  • 6
    John McEnroe
    690
    896

    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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  • 7
    Mats Wilander
    199
    205

    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

  • 8
    Stanislas Wawrinka
    148
    133

    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Germany, Switzerland

    BirthplaceLausanne, Switzerland

    Year Turned Pro2002

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

  • 9
    Boris Becker
    306
    374

    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

  • 10
    Rod Laver
    664
    868

    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

  • 11
    Rafael Nadal
    1,342
    1,761

    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

  • 12
    Juan Martín del Potro
    110
    118

    BirthplaceTandil, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro2006

    US Open: Winner 2009, Finalist 2018

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  • 13
    Andy Roddick
    183
    227

    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

  • 14
    Björn Borg
    641
    845

    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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  • 15
    Novak Djokovic
    1,027
    1,378

    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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  • 16
    Guillermo Vilas
    129
    160

    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

  • 17
    Jim Courier
    136
    171

    Jim Courier

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSanford, Florida, United States of America

    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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  • 18
    Arthur Ashe
    182
    239

    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

  • 19
    Stefan Edberg
    416
    574

    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

  • 20
    Roger Federer
    2,085
    2,946

    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

  • 21
    Lleyton Hewitt
    130
    167

    BirthplaceAdelaide, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1998

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

  • 22
    Gustavo Kuerten
    117
    155

    BirthplaceFlorianópolis, Brazil

    Year Turned Pro1995

    French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

  • 23
    Dominic Thiem
    33
    32

    Dominic Thiem

    Austria

    BirthplaceWiener Neustadt, Austria

    French Open: Finalist 2018, 2019

  • 24
    Ilie Năstase
    129
    173

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

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

  • 25
    Marat Safin
    121
    173

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Year Turned Pro1997

    Australian Open: Winner 2005; Finalist 2002, 2004
    US Open: Winner 2000