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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?

list ordered by

1
1,685 2,151
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

2
1,929 2,583
Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

3
2,828 1,294
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Serbia

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

4
4,689 2,108
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Switzerland, South Africa

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
US Open: Winner 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; Finalist 2009, 2015

5
3,527 1,800
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Spain

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

6
1,507 2,054
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

7
1,583 895
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Sweden

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

8
687 897
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

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

9
821 1,034
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Sweden

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

10
1,021 626
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

11
785 468
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

12
346 536
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Australia

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

13
1,128 753
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America, Czechoslovakia

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

14
556 373
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
West Germany, Germany

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

15
275 392
Pancho Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

US Open: Winner 1948, 1949
*ineligible for Grand Slams from 1960-1968

16
211 364
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1956; Finalist 1955
French Open: Winner 1956
Wimbledon: Winner 1956, 1957
US Open: Finalist 1956
*ineligible for Grand Slams from 1957-1968

17
501 519
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967; Finalist 1962
French Open: Winner 1963, 1967; Finalist 1962
Wimbledon: Winner 1964, 1965
US Open: Winner 1961, 1964; Finalist 1962

18
252 297
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
david5 added United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1970; Finalist 1966, 1967, 1971
Wimbledon: Winner 1975
US Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1972

19
230 250
Fred Perry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United Kingdom

Australian Open: Winner 1934; Finalist 1935
French Open: Winner 1935; Finalist 1936
Wimbledon: Winner 1934, 1935, 1936
US Open: Winner 1933, 1934, 1936

20
535 492
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Scotland, United Kingdom

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

21
241 251
Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

French Open: Finalist 1927, 1930
Wimbledon: Winner 1920, 1921, 1930
US Open: Winner 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929; Finalist 1918, 1919, 1927

22
315 280
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Sweden

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

23
148 270
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
Wimbledon: Winner 1987

24
136 228
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Spain

French Open: Winner 1961, 1964
Wimbledon: Winner 1966
US Open: Winner 1965

25
142 127
Don Budge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1938
French Open: Winner 1938
Wimbledon: Winner 1937, 1938
US Open: Winner 1937, 1938; Finalist 1936