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The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time 

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List Rules Only men's professional tennis players

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

Age: 33

Birthplace: Manacor, Spain

Year Turned Pro: 2001

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

More Rafael Nadal 

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2
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America, Czechoslovakia

Age: 59

Birthplace: Ostrava

Year Turned Pro: 1978

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

More Ivan Lendl 

#37 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #226 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #2 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

3
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Age: 81

Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia

Year Turned Pro: 1962

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

More Rod Laver 

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4
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Sweden

Age: 63

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Year Turned Pro: 1973

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

More Björn Borg 

#67 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #2 of 18 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s

5
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Serbia

Age: 32

Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

Year Turned Pro: 2003

Australian Open: Winner 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020
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

More Novak Djokovic 

#89 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #340 of 477 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time #4 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

6
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Age: 67

Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois

More Jimmy Connors 

#724 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #47 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #8 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

7
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America, Armenia

Age: 49

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1986

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

More Andre Agassi 

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8
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
West Germany, Germany

Age: 52

Birthplace: Leimen, Germany

Year Turned Pro: 1984

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

More Boris Becker 

#178 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #7 of 41 The Best Men's Tennis Serves of All Time

9
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Switzerland, South Africa

Age: 38

Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Year Turned Pro: 1998

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

More Roger Federer 

#4 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #1 of 97 The Best Men's Tennis Players in the World Right Now

10
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United Kingdom

Age: 32

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Year Turned Pro: 2005

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

More Andy Murray 

#1,664 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #4 of 20 The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019

11
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Sweden

Age: 53

Birthplace: Västervik, Sweden

Year Turned Pro: 1983

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

More Stefan Edberg 

#340 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #8 of 41 The Best Men's Tennis Serves of All Time

12
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Age: 83

Birthplace: Blackbutt, Queensland, 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

More Roy Emerson 

#764 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 19 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s #4 of 19 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s

13
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Mats Wilander Sweden

Age: 55

Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden

Year Turned Pro: 1981

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

More Mats Wilander 

#896 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #15 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #6 of 18 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s

14
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Switzerland

Age: 34

Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Year Turned Pro: 2002

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

More Stanislas Wawrinka 

#16 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #5 of 97 The Best Men's Tennis Players in the World Right Now #16 of 41 The Best Men's Tennis Serves of All Time

15
Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Age: Dec. at 60 (1893-1953)

Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

More Bill Tilden 

#571 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #39 of 41 The Best Men's Tennis Serves of All Time #3 of 51 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1930s

16
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
david5 added United States of America

Age: Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1969

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

More Arthur Ashe 

#1,343 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #14 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #76 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

17
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Age: 85

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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

More Ken Rosewall 

#726 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #17 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #9 of 19 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s

18
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Guillermo Vilas Argentina

Age: 67

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Year Turned Pro: 1969

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

More Guillermo Vilas 

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Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
madamsundin added United States of America

Age: 49

Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1988

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

More Jim Courier 

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

Age: Dec. at 86 (1909-1995)

Birthplace: Portwood, United Kingdom

Year Turned Pro: 1937

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

More Fred Perry 

#4 of 24 The Best Tennis Players from England #1 of 51 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1930s

21
Don Budge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United States of America

Age: Dec. at 85 (1915-2000)

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1939

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

More Don Budge 

#2 of 39 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1940s #2 of 51 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1930s #66 of 475 Athletes Who Have Appeared On Wheaties Boxes

22
René Lacoste is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
France

Age: Dec. at 92 (1904-1996)

Birthplace: Paris, France

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

More René Lacoste 

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23
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Romania

Age: 73

Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

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

More Ilie Năstase 

#111 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #21 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #6 of 19 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s

24
Juan Martín del P... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Argentina

Age: 31

Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina

Year Turned Pro: 2006

US Open: Winner 2009, Finalist 2018

More Juan Martín del Potro 

#20 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #6 of 97 The Best Men's Tennis Players in the World Right Now #87 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

25
Gustavo Kuerten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Brazil

Age: 43

Birthplace: Florianópolis, Brazil

Year Turned Pro: 1995

French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

More Gustavo Kuerten 

#1,183 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #19 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era #12 of 57 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 2000s