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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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  • Rafael Nadal1
    6,378
    5,286

    Age33

    BirthplaceManacor, Spain

    Year Turned Pro2001

    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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  • Ivan Lendl2
    3,613
    1,500

    Ivan Lendl

    United States of America, Czechoslovakia

    Age59

    BirthplaceOstrava

    Year Turned Pro1978

    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

  • Novak Djokovic3
    5,474
    3,920

    Age32

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    Year Turned Pro2003

    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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  • Björn Borg4
    2,702
    2,732

    Age63

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1973

    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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    #4 of 18 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s#1 of 19 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s

  • Roger Federer5
    8,316
    3,497

    Roger Federer

    Switzerland

    Age38

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Year Turned Pro1998

    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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  • Boris Becker6
    932
    865

    Boris Becker

    Germany, West Germany

    Age52

    BirthplaceLeimen, Germany

    Year Turned Pro1984

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

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  • Jimmy Connors7
    1,347
    1,351

    Jimmy Connors

    United States of America

    Age67

    BirthplaceEast St. Louis, Illinois

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    #698 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#97 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Arthur Ashe8
    507
    562

    Arthur Ashe

    United States of America

    AgeDec. at 50 (1943-1993)

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1969

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

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  • Guillermo Vilas9
    312
    306

    Guillermo Vilas

    Argentina

    Age67

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1969

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

  • Mats Wilander10
    519
    549

    Mats Wilander

    Sweden

    Age55

    BirthplaceVäxjö, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1981

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

  • Don Budge11
    304
    328

    Don Budge

    United States of America

    AgeDec. at 85 (1915-2000)

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1939

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

  • Jim Courier12
    365
    370

    Jim Courier

    United States of America, Australia

    Age49

    BirthplaceSanford, Florida, USA

    Year Turned Pro1988

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

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    #10 of 67 The Best Tennis Players from the United States#33 of 48 Athletes Charged with DUI

  • René Lacoste13
    269
    275

    AgeDec. at 92 (1904-1996)

    BirthplaceParis, France

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

  • Roy Emerson14
    663
    724

    Roy Emerson

    Australia

    Age83

    BirthplaceBlackbutt, 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

  • Stan Wawrinka15
    533
    553

    Stan Wawrinka

    Germany, Switzerland

    Age34

    BirthplaceLausanne, Switzerland

    Year Turned Pro2002

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

  • Bill Tilden16
    421
    473

    Bill Tilden

    United States of America

    AgeDec. at 60 (1893-1953)

    BirthplaceGermantown, 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

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  • Andy Murray17
    931
    1,022

    Andy Murray

    Scotland, United Kingdom

    Age32

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    Year Turned Pro2005

    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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  • Ilie Năstase18
    269
    294

    Age73

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

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

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    #2 of 55 The Best Tennis Players from Romania#7 of 9 Athletes With Bipolar Disorder

  • Stefan Edberg19
    1,433
    1,795

    Age53

    BirthplaceVästervik, Sweden

    Year Turned Pro1983

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

  • Andy Roddick20
    371
    371

    Andy Roddick

    United States of America

    Age37

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro2000

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

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  • Gustavo Kuerten21
    288
    307

    Age43

    BirthplaceFlorianópolis, Brazil

    Year Turned Pro1995

    French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

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    #9 of 57 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 2000s#17 of 51 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1990s

  • Juan Martín del Potro22
    350
    382

    Age31

    BirthplaceTandil, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro2006

    US Open: Winner 2009, Finalist 2018

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    #10 of 97 The Best Men's Tennis Players in the World Right Now#2 of 32 The Tallest Men's Tennis Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Ken Rosewall23
    1,230
    1,573

    Ken Rosewall

    Australia

    Age85

    BirthplaceSydney, 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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    #2 of 20 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1950s#2 of 19 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s

  • Fred Perry24
    356
    441

    Fred Perry

    United Kingdom

    AgeDec. at 86 (1909-1995)

    BirthplacePortwood, United Kingdom

    Year Turned Pro1937

    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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    #2 of 51 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1930s#12 of 24 The Best Tennis Players from England

  • Lleyton Hewitt25
    297
    336

    Age38

    BirthplaceAdelaide, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1998

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