STARNBERG, April 8, 2022 (Guest Post)
Tennis is a notable sport that fascinates fans with its fascinating game. It is also an ever-evolving game where players have gradually improved and significantly changed the rankings. Though, without a doubt, top players have left their fair share of achievements that gave them noteworthy titles.
Here are the top ten players who successfuly left a mark in the tennis arena.
Top 5 Female Tennis Players of All Time
More people are tuning in to tennis matches and betting on it. Fans are now trying to learn about the tennis odds, rules, and strategies of the game, and what makes a player stand out from the rest.
Let’s first talk about the women’s division in tennis and its popular players of all time.
1. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is the only female tennis player that holds the most number of Grand Slam Singles titles up to this day. She has collected 23 Grand Slam victories. Moreover, her journey is not considered a perfectly paved one. She even got pregnant during the 2017 championships, which was followed by a medical ordeal. Nonetheless, 2017 was an excellent year for her tennis career.
2. Steffi Graf
Stefanie Maria Graf was the first tennis player to bag the Golden Slam by winning the Olympic gold medal and all four major singles titles in one year. She was ranked as the number one tennis player for 377 weeks and was the only one who won every major tournament at least four times. Yet, she concluded her tennis journey on August 13, 1999.
3. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is a Russian tennis player who has achieved many first times for her country. At 14 years old, she had already turned pro, and in 2004, she defeated Serena Williams and bagged her first Grand Slam title. Sharapova had her last match against Vekic in Melbourne last February 26, 2020.
4. Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova is a Czechoslovak-American tennis player who debuted on the tennis scene at 15 in 1972 at the Czechoslovakia national tennis championship. Since 1975, Navratilova has won over 167 awards out of 239 games she attended during her whole career. Eighteen are Grand Slams, 141 WTA tours, and 8 Year-end Championships. However, she had to retire at the young age of 22 years old because of injuries.
5. Chris Evert
Chris is a former professional tennis player that has won 18 Grand Slam tournaments for single championships and three Grand Slams for doubles. Before she graduated from High School, she had already won her first professional championship in 1973. During the 13 years of her career, Evert has won at least one significant singles title every year and is thus renowned as the second tennis player with 157 singles titles in tennis history.
Top 5 Male Tennis Players of All Time
The male tennis team has also been steadily improving with its steady popularity. Many sports enthusiasts and tennis fans alike have been looking forward to this year’s Open tournaments. On top of that, here is the list of tennis players that have paved the way for male tennis players.
1. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is still an active professional tennis player that has also been ranked as the world’s number one several times. He was referred to as part of the Big Three, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Additionally, Federer has won 20 Grand Slams and six year-end championships. Up to this day, Federer is still up and roaring, staying in the high ranks of every game he attended.
2. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal never came short with accomplishments. He has won 91 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles titles with 21 Grand Slam singles, one Olympic game, and 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles. His Olympic win is a significant leap in his career because Nadal has marked tennis history by winning the gold medal on his first try.
3. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is also a member of the Big Three that has been sweeping the men’s tennis court since their time. This professional tennis player has already won 20 Grand Slam singles, totaling 86 ATP singles titles. So, he is currently tied with Ferrer in having the second all-time tennis players.
However, getting another Grand Slam singles will be tough for Djokovic after he was deported from Australia last January 2022 after a dispute. Australia’s immigration officer, Alex Hawke MP, canceled his visa. He could be banned for three years because he was still unvaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
4. Rod Laver
This Australian tennis player is the second male player to win the four major singles championships. He is the first to repeat this Grand Slam. The open championships were introduced to the public in 1968, and Laver became the first player to win the Wimbledon championship in the Open Era.
5. Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras protected his world’s number one for six years. He started his professional career in 1988 when he was in his teen years. Overall, Sampras got 64 titles, including 14 Grand Slam singles out of his 20 overall Grand Slam events, losing only four.
Sampas retired from professional tennis in 2002, after he earned his last Grand Slam title in the US Open. Although he does not have a French Open title, he is still considered one of the best tennis players.
These ten notable tennis players are the best on the court. Although they have lived in different timelines, they still have left significant marks in tennis history. Some titles are yet to be broken, and some are considered the best of their time. Nonetheless, these people are names that everyone should remember.