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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. 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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803 716
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Rod Laver Australia

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2
996 941
Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pete Sampras United States of America

3
742 732
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
John McEnroe United States of America

4
2,069 1,004
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roger Federer Switzerland, South Africa

5
1,553 908
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Rafael Nadal Spain

6
452 492
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Stefan Edberg Sweden

7
289 316
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ken Rosewall Australia

8
661 450
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Björn Borg Sweden

9
893 666
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

10
159 186
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added John Newcombe Australia

11
447 337
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andre Agassi United States of America

12
146 150
Pancho Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pancho Gonzales United States of America

13
333 230
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jimmy Connors United States of America

14
117 137
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Lew Hoad Australia

15
678 538
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ivan Lendl United States of America, Czechoslovakia

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16
317 383
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roy Emerson Australia

17
240 210
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Boris Becker West Germany, Germany

18
129 128
Fred Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Fred Perry United Kingdom

19
99 117
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
david5 added Arthur Ashe United States of America

20
81 97
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Manuel Santana Spain

21
122 126
Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Bill Tilden United States of America

22
60 82
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pat Cash Australia

23
245 240
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Murray Scotland, United Kingdom

24
41 42
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Stan Smith United States of America

25
143 146
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Mats Wilander Sweden

26
29 45
Neale Fraser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Neale Fraser Australia

27
141 137
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Stanislas Wawrinka Switzerland

28
30 42
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Jan Kodeš Czech Republic

29
72 93
Patrick Rafter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Patrick Rafter Australia

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30
25 41
Nicola Pietrangeli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Nicola Pietrangeli Italy

31
90 97
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ilie Năstase Romania

32
59 53
Don Budge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Don Budge United States of America

33
60 76
Jack Kramer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Jack Kramer United States of America

34
75 73
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Guillermo Vilas Argentina

35
60 62
Goran Ivanišević is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Goran Ivanišević

36
29 36
Richard Krajicek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Richard Krajicek Netherlands

37
82 84
Gustavo Kuerten is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

38
31 28
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Manuel Orantes Spain

39
4 5
Pancho Segura is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pancho Segura United States of America, Ecuador

40
33 43
Yannick Noah is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Yannick Noah France

41
28 26
Frank Sedgman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Frank Sedgman Australia

42
63 70
Lleyton Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Lleyton Hewitt Australia

43
61 71
René Lacoste is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
René Lacoste France

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44
69 73
Juan Martín del Potro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Juan Martín del Potro Argentina

45
87 97
Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
madamsundin added Jim Courier United States of America, Australia

46
4 8
Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

47
58 69
William Renshaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added William Renshaw United Kingdom

48
91 101
Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Roddick United States of America

49
51 60
Richard Sears is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Richard Sears United States of America

50
28 37
Michael Stich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Michael Stich Germany