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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?

list ordered by

1
1,597 1,953
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

2
4,392 1,955
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Switzerland, South Africa

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
US Open: Winner 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; Finalist 2009, 2015

3
1,852 2,376
Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

4
1,443 1,888
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

5
3,272 1,705
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Spain

Australian Open: Winner 2009; Finalist 2012, 2014, 2017
French Open: Winner 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
Wimbledon: Winner 2008, 2010; Finalist 2006, 2007, 2011
US Open: Winner 2010, 2013, 2017; Finalist 2011

6
2,461 1,166
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Serbia

Australian Open: Winner 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
French Open: Winner 2016; Finalist 2012, 2014, 2015
Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018; Finalist 2013
US Open: Winner 2011, 2015, 2018; Finalist 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016

7
650 824
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

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

8
1,472 839
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

9
790 959
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

10
947 578
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

11
735 426
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

12
328 488
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Australia

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

13
1,070 723
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

14
525 351
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
West Germany, Germany

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

15
263 366
Pancho Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

16
199 336
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added 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

17
477 496
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

18
235 270
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
david5 added United States of America

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

19
480 454
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Scotland, 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

20
290 262
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Sweden

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

21
211 234
Fred Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United Kingdom, England

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

22
138 245
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
Wimbledon: Winner 1987

23
129 213
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Spain

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

24
225 236
Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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

25
149 127
René Lacoste is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
France

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

26
142 166
Patrick Rafter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

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

27
281 254
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Switzerland

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

28
193 162
Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
madamsundin added United States of America

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

29
126 119
Don Budge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United States of America

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

30
163 160
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Romania

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

31
186 158
Juan Martín del Potro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Argentina

US Open: Winner 2009, Finalist 2018

32
164 143
Lleyton Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

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

33
165 140
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Argentina

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

34
106 137
Jack Kramer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United States of America

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

35
65 105
Neale Fraser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Australia

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

36
83 127
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added United States of America

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

37
108 119
Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Croatia

Wimbledon: Winner 2001; Finalist 1992, 1994, 1998

38
41 63
Pancho Segura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America, Ecuador

39
158 148
Gustavo Kuerten is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Brazil

French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

40
58 71
Frank Sedgman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Australia

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

41
57 101
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Czech Republic

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

42
196 198
Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

43
53 103
Richard Krajicek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Netherlands

Wimbledon: Winner 1996

44
84 117
William Renshaw is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United Kingdom

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

45
60 77
Michael Stich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added Germany

French Open: Finalist 1996
Wimbledon: Winner 1991
US Open: Finalist 1994

46
59 103
Yannick Noah is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
bezveze added France

French Open: Winner 1983

47
71 100
Richard Sears is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United States of America

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

48
41 91
Nicola Pietrangeli is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Italy

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

49
24 30
Tony Roche is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

50
114 133
Marat Safin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Russia