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The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

Updated October 20, 2020 117.9k votes 19.6k voters 158.2k views216 items

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Who are the greatest men's tennis players of all time? When you're talking about the best players over a period of decades in any sport, the list is probably going to be long, and highly debatable. This list includes some of the greatest male tennis players to ever step on the court. And yes, they include those who played pre-1968, though many listed here are among the greatest male tennis players of the open era (post-'68). Vote for the best, vote down any players you don't think deserve a spot up top and of course, feel free to rerank this list however you want. Any list of outstanding male tennis players should include names like Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal and Björn Borg—as these guys are easily the top tennis players. Debate about who gets the number one spot might get heated, but all of us probably agree that the names listed here should be considered among the best, and in some cases, some of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of sport. Now that you've perused this list of the greatest men's tennis players ever, why not vote for the ladies on this list of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, too?

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    Stan Smith

    United States of America

    Wimbledon: Winner 1972; Finalist 1971
    US Open: Winner 1971

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    Tony Roche

    Australia
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    Michael Chang

    United States of America
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    Rod Laver

    Australia

    Australian Open: Winner 1960, 1962, 1969; Finalist 1961
    French Open: Winner 1969; Finalist 1968
    Wimbledon: Winner 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969; Finalist 1959, 1960
    US Open: Winner 1962, 1969; Finalist 1960, 1961
    *ineligible for Grand Slams from 1963-1968

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    Tony Trabert

    United States of America

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    Frank Sedgman

    Australia

    Australian Open: Winner 1949, 1950
    French Open: Finalist 1952
    Wimbledon: Winner 1952
    US Open: Winner 1951, 1952

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    Fred Stolle

    Australia
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    Australian Open: Winner 1928
    French Open: Winner 1925, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1936
    Wimbledon: Winner 1925, 1932, 1933

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    Andre Agassi

    United States of America

    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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    John Hawkes

    Australia
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    Wimbledon: Finalist 2000, 2001
    US Open: Winner 1997, 1998

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    Wimbledon: Winner 2001; Finalist 1992, 1994, 1998

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    Vitas Gerulaitis

    United States of America

    Australian Open: Winner 1977
    French Open: Finalist 1980
    US Open: Finalist 1979

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    Adrian Quist

    Australia
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    Richard Sears

    United States of America

    US Open: Winner 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887

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    Dominic Thiem

    Austria

    Australian Open: Finalist 2020
    French Open: Finalist 2018, 2019

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    Jack Kramer

    United States of America

    Wimbledon: Winner 1947
    US Open: Winner 1946, 1947; Finalist 1943

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    John Newcombe

    Australia

    Australian Open: Winner 1973, 1975; Finalist 1976
    Wimbledon: Winner 1970, 1971; Finalist 1969
    US Open: Winner 1973

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    #4 of 19 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s#6 of 52 The Best Tennis Players from Australia

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    Michael Stich

    Germany

    French Open: Finalist 1996
    Wimbledon: Winner 1991
    US Open: Finalist 1994

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    John Bromwich

    Australia
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