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The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s 

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Updated May 30, 2020 694 votes 223 voters 15.4k views 19 items

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List of the best men's tennis players from 1960s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1960 to 1969, tennis had some of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1960s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular men's tennis player from the 1960s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Arthur Ashe, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, and Neale Fraser. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1960s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1960s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1960s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1960s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.

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Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia

Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia

Year Turned Pro: 1962

Australian Open: Winner 1960, 1962, 1969; Finalist 1961
French Open: Winner 1962, 1969; Finalist 1968
Wimbledon: Winner 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969; Finalist 1960
US Open: Winner 1962, 1969; Finalist 1960, 1961

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Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

French Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1969

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Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia

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

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John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, + more

Year Turned Pro: 1967

Wimbledon: Winner 1967; Finalist 1969
US Open: Winner 1967; Finalist 1966

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Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Richmond

Year Turned Pro: 1969

Australian Open: Finalist 1966, 1967
US Open: Winner 1968

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Tony Roche is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Tony Roche Australia

Birthplace: Wagga Wagga, Australia

French Open: Winner 1966; Finalist 1965, 1967
Wimbledon: Finalist 1968
US Open: Finalist 1969

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Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Spain

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

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Neale Fraser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1960
Wimbledon: Winner 1960
US Open: Winner 1960

9
Butch Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
United States of America

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

10
Fred Stolle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Ben Hicks added Australia

Birthplace: Hornsby, Australia

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Rafael Osuna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Mexico

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

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Chuck McKinley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
United States of America

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

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Nicola Pietrangeli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Italy

Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia

14
Bob Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia, South Africa

Birthplace: Dubbo, Australia

15
William Bowrey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

16
Dick Crealy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Australia

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Clark Graebner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Clark Graebner United States of America

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

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Antonio Palafox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Mexico

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

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Jan-Erik Lundquist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s
Sweden

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden