Tennis is a very popular sport around the world. With the various world tournaments held at different countries every year, people have been accustomed to the sport and considers it as part of their history and culture. In the past decades, a few great male players have proven themselves worthy to be included as some of the greatest men in tennis history, in no particular order.
1. Andre Agassi
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, he became a professional player in 1986 at the age of sixteen. In his years as a player, he has won 61 titles including 8 Grand Slam Singles titles. He was also an Olympic Gold medallist and was eventually inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2011.He was known for his superb ground strokes and returns; he has certainly established his name in the history of tennis.
2. Ivan Lendl
This Czechoslovakian tennis pro has bagged 144 titles over the course of his tennis career, 8 of which are Grand Slam Singles titles. He was considered to be the most prominent player of the 1980’s because of his famous ground strokes that has worn down his opponents over the years. He was known to be a man of few words who lets his game record speaks for himself.
3. Jimmy Connors
Connors, who was born in Illinois, has snared 147 winning titles in his 24 year career as a professional tennis player. He was included in the Tennis Hall of Fame in the year 1998. In one year alone, he was able to complete an amazing record of 99 wins and 4 losses. Three of which are tournaments where he emerged as the Grand Slam winner.
4. John McEnroe
McEnroe is a German tennis player who became professional in the year 1978 and proceeded to have his career for another 24 years. He was well-known for his quick surfaces and artistic shots as well as his attitude while in a game. He finished his career with 105 titles and was included as part of the Hall of Fame in 1999.
5. Ken Rosewall
Born in Australia, Rosewall turned from amateur to professional tennis player in the year 1957. In his 23 years in the game, he has bagged a total of 133 titles including 8 Grand Slams Singles titles. He also holds the second oldest to win a Grand Slam in tennis history.
6. Novak Djokovic
This Serbian player is currently an active player who is at the height of his career. So far, he was able to win 68 titles including a staggering 12 Grand Slam Singles. He still has a lot of years to play in the court and by the time his career is completed, he may well be one of the best tennis players of the new generation.
7. Pete Sampras
Sampras is an American who became a professional tennis player in 1988 and was able to compete for 14 years. He has won 64 titles which include 14 Grand Slams Singles titles.
8. Rafael Nadal
Currently an active player, Nadal is on his 17th year as a professional athlete. He has bagged 79 career titles and 17 of which are Grand Slam Singles titles. This Spanish man is well known as the “King of Clay”. In 2008, he won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Beijing Summer Olympics.
9. Roger Federer
Also an active player, Roger Federer is a Swiss tennis player who has bagged 96 career titles wherein 20 of which are Grand Slam Singles titles. At the age of 36, he is still a force to be reckoned with at the tennis court and his record of 302 consecutive weeks as the top player in the world is definitely tough to beat.
You can, too
Truly, there have been a lot of great men in tennis history who hail from different countries all over the world. If you are a fanatic, one of your dreams may be to watch tournaments in France, Wimbledon or U.S.A. In 2019, the first of which will be in Australia and if you do not have any Australian Open tickets yet, then maybe you should get one now.
These men in tennis history have truly inspired a lot of fanatics and aspiring tennis players around the globe. Their achievements may seem out of worldly but if they managed to do it, then so can you. Tennis can be quite a challenging sport but it is what makes it all worthwhile.