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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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Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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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1,045 1,011
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

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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2,223 1,062
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roger Federer South Africa, Switzerland

Australian Open: Winner 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017; 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

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785 792
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
John McEnroe 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

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1,654 933
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Rafael Nadal Spain

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

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474 522
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Stefan Edberg 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

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694 464
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Björn Borg 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

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305 345
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ken Rosewall 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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943 679
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Novak Djokovic Serbia

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

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171 204
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added John Newcombe Australia

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

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465 352
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

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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353 241
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jimmy Connors United States of America

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157 167
Pancho Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pancho Gonzales United States of America

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

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127 151
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Lew Hoad 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

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697 551
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

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

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263 214
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Boris Becker West Germany, Germany

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

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329 392
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roy Emerson 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

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106 126
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
david5 added Arthur Ashe United States of America

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

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134 134
Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Bill Tilden 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

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136 135
Fred Perry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Fred Perry 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

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86 106
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Manuel Santana Spain

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

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67 92
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pat Cash Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
Wimbledon: Winner 1987

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257 254
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Murray 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

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147 153
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Mats Wilander Sweden

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

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42 49
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Stan Smith United States of America

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

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146 142
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Stan Wawrinka Switzerland

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

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65 65
Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Goran Ivanišević Croatia

Wimbledon: Winner 2001; Finalist 1992, 1994, 1998

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31 51
Neale Fraser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Neale Fraser Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1957, 1959, 1960
Wimbledon: Winner 1960, Finalist 1958
US Open: Winner 1959, 1960

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63 57
Don Budge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Don Budge United States of America

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

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75 97
Patrick Rafter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Patrick Rafter Australia

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

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79 76
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Guillermo Vilas Argentina

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

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30 47
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Jan Kodeš Czech Republic

French Open: Winner 1970, 1971
Wimbledon: Winner 1973
US Open: Finalist 1971, 1973

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61 79
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

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

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25 44
Nicola Pietrangeli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Nicola Pietrangeli Italy

French Open: Finalist 1959, 1960; Finalist 1961, 1964

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91 101
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ilie Năstase Romania

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

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85 87
Gustavo Kuerten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Gustavo Kuerten Brazil

French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

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30 39
Richard Krajicek is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Richard Krajicek Netherlands

Wimbledon: Winner 1996

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68 74
Lleyton Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Lleyton Hewitt Australia

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

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5 8
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

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32 31
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Manuel Orantes Spain

French Open: Finalist 1974
US Open: Winner 1975

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30 29
Frank Sedgman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Frank Sedgman Australia

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

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90 99
Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
madamsundin added Jim Courier United States of America

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

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63 74
René Lacoste is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
René Lacoste France

French Open: Winner 1925, 1927, 1929
Wimbledon: Winner 1925, 1928
US Open: Winner 1926, 1927

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34 46
Yannick Noah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Yannick Noah France

French Open: Winner 1983

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93 103
Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Roddick United States of America

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

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59 72
William Renshaw is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added William Renshaw United Kingdom

Wimbledon: Winner 1881 1882 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889

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70 78
Juan Martín del Potro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Juan Martín del Potro Argentina

US Open: Winner 2009

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4 10
Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Adriano Panatta Italy

French Open: Winner 1976

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52 61
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

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

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49 59
Juan Carlos Ferrero is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Juan Carlos Ferrero Spain