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The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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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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    6,306
    5,277

    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

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    3,594
    1,522

    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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    5,403
    3,888

    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

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    2,673
    2,720

    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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    1,333
    1,341

    Jimmy Connors

    United States of America

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    8,187
    3,430

    Roger Federer

    South Africa, Switzerland

    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

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    923
    865

    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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    505
    556

    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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    512
    546

    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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    300
    325

    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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    308
    309

    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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    657
    715

    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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    361
    373

    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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    527
    554

    Stan Wawrinka

    Switzerland

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

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    416
    463

    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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    265
    275

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

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    921
    1,002

    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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    1,408
    1,761

    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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    265
    292

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

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    369
    370

    Andy Roddick

    United States of America

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

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    353
    431

    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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    282
    305

    French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

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    345
    379

    US Open: Winner 2009, Finalist 2018

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    293
    339

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

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    1,205
    1,543

    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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