Sports
256 voters

The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1960s

Updated May 30, 2020 902 votes 256 voters 18.9k views19 items

List RulesUpvote the best tennis players who played during the 1960s

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.

Photo:
...more
  • Rod Laver1
    94
    26

    Rod Laver

    Australia

    BirthplaceRockhampton, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1962

    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

  • Ken Rosewall2
    55
    26

    Ken Rosewall

    Australia

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    French Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1969

  • John Newcombe3
    44
    20

    John Newcombe

    Australia

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1967

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

  • Roy Emerson4
    49
    26

    Roy Emerson

    Australia

    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

  • Arthur Ashe5
    48
    33

    Arthur Ashe

    United States of America

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1969

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

    More Arthur Ashe 

    #1133 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#8 of 216 The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

  • Tony Roche6
    29
    17

    Tony Roche

    Australia

    BirthplaceWagga Wagga, Australia

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

  • Neale Fraser7
    19
    21

    Neale Fraser

    Australia

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

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

  • Fred Stolle8
    5
    4

    Fred Stolle

    Australia

    BirthplaceHornsby, Australia

  • Manuel Santana9

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

  • Rafael Osuna10
    16
    23

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

  • Butch Buchholz11
    15
    23

    Butch Buchholz

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

  • Nicola Pietrangeli12

    BirthplaceTunis, Tunisia

  • Bob Hewitt13
    13
    27

    Bob Hewitt

    Australia, South Africa

    BirthplaceDubbo, Australia

    More Bob Hewitt 

    #12 of 15 15 Seemingly Upstanding Members of Society Who Turned Out to Be Monsters#52 of 58 The Best Tennis Players from South Africa

  • Chuck McKinley14
    10
    22

    Chuck McKinley

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

  • Dick Crealy15
    7
    20

    Dick Crealy

    Australia

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

  • William Bowrey16
    7
    20

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

  • Clark Graebner17
    10
    32

    Clark Graebner

    United States of America

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

  • Jan-Erik Lundquist18

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

  • Antonio Palafox19

    BirthplaceGuadalajara, Mexico