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Best Tennis Players From The Open Era

Here's a list of best professional Tennis players from the open era based on their grand slam tournament accomplishments. Vote for your favorite player. Add players missing to this list that you feel should be on this list.

Roger Federer

17 grand slams as of 2014. The last one in 2012. Federer plays the game with grace and efficiency that's unmatched. Federer was #1 for almost six years between 2004 and 2010 and is one of the few that has accomplished a career grand slam.
#atp #swiss #federerexpress

Rafa Nadal

Maybe the best clay court player ever. Has thirteen grand slam titles including nine French. His rivalry with Federer in the last decade was a treat to follow.
#lefty #spaniard #kingofclay

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras was meant to be the champion from an early age. His passion for the game was unquestionable even while staying cool on court. Had the most slams until Federer passed him. While he's known for his deadly serve, I love his jump up in the air overhead smashes!
#atp #american #pistolpete

Martina Navratilova

Martina's longevity says it all. She loves the game and all the versions of it - singles, doubles, and mixed. She's my favorite all-time WTA player!
#wta #czech #lefty

Monica Seles

Seles won 8 Grand Slam singles titles while still a teenager, then got stabbed when she was 19 years old. She had the upper hand on Steffi Graf, and no telling how many more Slam titles she may have won.
#WTA #Yugoslavia

John McEnroe

Nicknamed the "superbrat", McEnroe was the number one player in the 80's. We all loved to watch him play the game - waiting for him to blow up on the umpire and the linesmen. His game and mannerisms were in stark contrast to Bjorn Borg, his #1 nemesis. McEnroe has seven grand slams between Wimbledon and US Open, but never won French or Australian.
#atp #american #lefty #superbrat

Novak Djokovic

Clearly the best player since 2011 with 9 grand slam titles and still young enough to chase much more.

#ATP #Nole #Serbia

Steffi Graf

Steffi won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second only to Margret Court. In 1988 she won the Golden slam - all four majors plus the Olympics. Graf was the #1 tennis player for a total of 377 weeks between 1987 through 1997.
#german #WTA

Boris Becker

Sure, he only won six slams, but Becker stormed into the scene and took Wimbledon at just 17 years of age, unseeded! His serve and diving volleys games was fun to watch and showed off his athletic capabilities.
#german #ATP #boomboom

Andre Agassi

Would not have made this list with his first stint on the tour between 1986 and 1993 with his "I am bigger than the game" image. "The Punisher" then shed his bad boy image and came back as the hardest working pro in the tour. Agassi won eight Gram Slam titles and an Olympic gold.
#american #goldenslam #thepunisher

Serena Williams

With 19 Singles Grand Slam titles, she's undisputed #1 even at the age of 33. Serena is closing in on Steffi Graf's 22 titles and it's a good bet that she will make 22+ when it's all over.

#american #WTA

Björn Borg

Nickname "Ice Man", Borg won 11 grand slam titles between 1974 and 1981. Borg won six French open title and 5 (consecutive) Wimbledon titles. Americans John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors were his primary foes.
#atp #swede #iceman

Rod Laver

Nicknamed the "Rocket", Rod Laver was an Australian player that won the grand slam (all four majors in one year) twice! He was the number one player for seven consecutive years from 1964 - 1970!
#atp #australian #lefty #rocket


Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

The Czech who changed the game - from all court to a workman like baseline game and still won 8 grand slams. A Wimbledon title eluded him though as he could not get over the finish line with a baseline game. #Czech