Most sportsmen became great because they have teammates to assist and support them, but with these guys however, it’s different. When they step into the court, they’re on their own. All they have to aid them is their agility and accuracy in slapping that fibrous green ball. Who do you think among these slappers is the best at it?
What makes him an elite player is that he is visibly proficient in whatever tennis court you may put him in. Whether it is clay, grass, or hard, Roger can perform exceptionally well. Ever seen those athletes that often show outbursts and frustrations upon committing errors? He doesn’t succumb to that, and that gives him an edge over most players. This provides him greater control of his play, which eventually hailed him as one of the best there ever was.
Born: August 8, 1981
Turned pro: 1998
During the 90s, Tennis have shown a slight decline in popularity, but due to the charisma and attitude of this guy, the sport was revitalized in a fresh and different way. Andre is not only about charm and poses though, for he was the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on all 3 court types. Sports analysts and critics describe his retirement as one of the most notable commencements not only in tennis, but in the entire world of sports as well.
Born: April 29, 1970
Turned pro: 1986
Some teenagers turned out to be pop-stars or movie icons. This Swedish guy achieved such a status, only, it is in the world of ball-hitting. Borg’s unprecedented stardom and consistent success helped propel the rising popularity of tennis during the 70s. He became super-successful, which also brought too much stress on him. It brought about a fateful retirement that happenned too early– he retired at the young age of 26. He may have a career that ended too soon, but he was still hailed as a World No.1 during his time.
Born: May 22, 1987
Turned pro: 1973
An Olympic medalist, multi-grand slam winner, and a music video star– these are only few of the attributes that can be linked to this Spanish player. As one who favors the clay surface, he is widely regarded as the ‘King of The Clay’ due to his dominance on that court type. As his career flourished further, he has shown great improvement in other surfaces as well, making him a threat to other players. This led many to believe that he is in fact the greatest tennis player of all time.
Born: June 3, 1986
Turned pro: 2001
Allegedly diagnosed with gluten intolerance, any ordinary tennis player would have slowed down a bit due to some diet changes. But Djokovic is no ordinary player, that’s why he further polished his agressive baseline style, his impressive both-wing groundstrokes and his excellent backhand precision– specialties that currently situated him as the World No.1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
Born: May 22, 1987
Turned pro: 2003
Highly publicized as the ultimate rival of Andre Agassi, he was a World No.1, much like his greatest foe and is considered as one of the very best. Possessing an all-around skill, He had an accurate and powerful first serve, one of the best in Tennis history. How he garnered points that brought the defeats of his contenders was due to the extreme pace and flat nature of the his serving shots. This is what earned him the nickname, ‘Pistol Pete.’
Born: August 12, 1971
Turned pro: 1988
Known for his specialization of the ‘touch on the volley’ technique, John McEnroe is an important figure in the world of tennis. He gained excellence in his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, inasmuch as he has the reputation of being too confrontational in the court, which often got him in trouble with tennis authorities. This doesn’t give his image severe scars though, for he still ended up as a World No. 1, which makes him one of the best as well.
Born: February 16, 1959
Turned pro: 1978
He is the present coach of Andy Murray, the latest addition to the list of the world’s greatest in the realm of tennis, and has been instrumental to the young man’s improving maturity and consistency, which brought Murray to his first two Grand Slam victories. Lendl is indeed a great coach, because he was a great player himself. He was called as “the game’s greatest overachiever,” according to Tennis magazine which emphasized his importance in the history of the racket and its ball.
Born: March 7, 1960
Turned pro: 1978
He still holds three prominent Open Era singles records, which is a total of 109 titles. He currently owns it by virtue of his long and prolific career. So how great was he as a Tennis pro? Jimmy was known for his fiery competitiveness, vibrant relationships with other tennis stars, and oafish behavior that was adored greatly by spectators. Physically, he was never as imposing as his opponents. He lacked in size, but he compensated it with great determination that brought him to great heights of fame.
Born: September 2, 1952
Turned pro: 1972
In 1969, he was awarded as ABC Sportsman of the Year. He is also an Australian Living Treasure. In 2000, a Court at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne was renamed Rod Laver Arena. This is a testament to his greatness as no mediocre Tennis player would ever receive such an honor. As the oldest player on this list, he is far from being the least. Sometime in his career, he was banned for five years, but it didn’t stop him from becoming one of the greatest in Tennis history. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981.
Born: August 9, 1938
Turned pro: 1963
Who among them should be ranked as No. 1?