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Five of the Greatest Men’s Tennis Players of All Time

Every tennis fan has their list the greatest of all time—their GOATs. That’s why it’s rather tricky to debate who the greatest men’s tennis players in tennis history are.

The stats cannot be the sole basis, though, because we are talking about pre- and the Open era. It means training, technology, and equipment are very different then. Tennis players have their preference also, excelling in grass or clay.

Here’s to establish who the GOATs are in the men’s Tennis division.

#5 – Pete Sampras

Sampras is famous for his powerful serve. The American dominated the tennis scene of the 1990s, ranking #1 consistently between 1993 and 1998. Turning pro in 1988 and retiring in 2002, Sampras has one of the stellar professional careers among men players.

Sampras, who seemed to be in his best elements when playing on hard and grass courts, has a total of 64 titles, 14 Grand Slam titles. His Grand Slams was the number to beat during his time. 

During the 2002 US Open, he beat Andre Agassi, his longtime rival. Even before the rivalries of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, theirs was considered as the rivalry of all time. The epic match made the 1990s a great decade for tennis. 

In 2007, Sampras was inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame.

#4 – Rod Laver

For some, Laver deserved to be the GOAT in tennis history. He won 200 tournaments throughout his career. He also has 11 Grand Slams and 9 Pro Slam titles. Laver won all Grand Slam titles for men’s singles within the same year. And he did it twice!

Also called “The Rocket,” Laver ranked as the world’s #1 between 1964 and 1970. He was inducted in 1981, two years after he retired in 1979.

#3 – Novak Djokovic

Djokovic is known for his fantastic backhand, which already won him 75 titles and 16 Grand Slams. In April 2019, he defeated his longtime rival Nadal in the Australian Open. He also beat Federer in 2019 Wimbledon.

The Serbian national is currently the world’s #1 tennis player. But he is no stranger to this spot; he held the same ranking in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. 

He is also expected to win more Grand Slams throughout his last few years playing tennis. He was 32. Some even claimed he is well-positioned to surpass Federer’s Grand Slam record.

#2 – Rafael Nadal

Nadal has 84 titles and 19 Grand Slams as well as an Olympic gold medal under his belt. That’s thanks to his incredible agility and power on the court. This is more so on clay courts where he typically plays his best tennis. He has 12 French Open titles!

While he is nearing retirement at age 33, there is so much more to expect from Nadal. If not Djokovic, Nadal nay potentially snatch the most Grand Slam wins record from Federer.

#1 – Roger Federer

Federer is the men’s tennis all-rounder who deserves the top spot. The Swiss player has 102 titles and won 20 Grand Slam titles and speak for his tennis prowess.

Nadal’s greatest rival is recognized by Tennis Magazine as the leader in men’s tennis in its ranking of the 50 best tennis players of all time.

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8 Tennis Players that Could be Serena Williams’ Heir

With 23 titles under her belt, Serena Williams is hailed as one of the best woman tennis players, if not the best.

Who can ever replace Williams’ place and take over the throne? So okay, she was displaced several times as world’s No. 1. But the article is talking about her legacy of winning.

At the recently concluded US Open Finals, Bianca Andreescu won her maiden Grand Slam title with 6-3, 7-5. Other than that, she has a fantastic record this year so far at 45-4, beating the top 10 players including Williams.

But Andreescu, the 2019 US Open Finals champion, is not the only one.

Here are the list of other players who could be Williams heir apparent

Belinda Bencic

Bencic broke through the tennis scene in 2012. Her biggest triumph yet was at the Rogers Cup where she beat Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, and Williams herself. She also has a career-high No. 7 ranking.

Simona Halep

Halep is one of the most consistent tennis players, ranking as the world’s No. 1 twice (2017 and 2019). In 2019, she bested Williams at the Wimbledon finals with her offensive, aggressive play. She has another Grand Slam title, the French Open (2018). She is often compared with Justine Henin, who praised the Romanian superstar’s intelligent game.

Naomi Osaka

Osaka was the other half of the infamous 2018 US Open finals, defeating Williams and receiving her trophy amidst the booing crowd. She has also won the 2019 Australian Open, giving her second Grand Slam title. Osaka is known for her aggressive playstyle combined with a powerful serve. She is also one of the most marketable athletes worldwide, ranking second behind Williams,

Ashleigh Barty

Barty won the 2019 French Open for singles. She also played the doubles in the 2018 US Open and won the title. Other than that, she has a career record of 220-83 which means, like Williams, she has the highest winning potential among all the players on the list. 

Elina Svitolina

Svitolina reached the highest ranking of No. 3 in 2015, while her current ranking is No. 5 (August 2019). She has never won a single Grand Slam title, but she the Tour Finals 2018 winner.  

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova has won the Wimbledon trophy twice, against Maria Sharapova in 2011 and Bouchard in 2014. She also appeared in the finals of the Australian Open in 2019. Kvitova currently ranks 6th in all-time rankings.

Madison Keys

Keys won her first WTA singles title in 2014. She consistently appears in the semifinals, quarterfinals and finals of Grand Slam match. She reached a career-high of No. 7 ranking, appearing in the top 25 since 2015.

Sloane Stephens

Stephens reached and beat Williams at the 2013 Australian Open when she was just a teenager. At the 2017 US Open championship, she went against Keys for an all-American match. She also has a Grand Slam title to boast of, the 2017 US Open. Stephens is slowly gaining her momentum, appearing in the Tour Finals in 2018.

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5 Most Prestigious Tennis Tournaments

From the ATP World Tour to WTA Tour, there are about over a hundred tennis tournaments worldwide. However, some tours are more distinguished than others because they award most ranking points and prize money, among other factors.

Here are five of the reputable tennis tournaments today.

1) Wimbledon

Tennis analysts would claim that the Wimbledon, a Grand Slam event, is the most estimable tennis tournament. Well, it is. The competition itself receives plenty of media attention. The tournament was already considered a major event before the Grand Slam tournaments were created in 1924-25.

Wimbledon has a certain allure that is not present in other tournaments despite being steeped with tradition. This is true for both the tennis players and spectators. Perhaps, it’s the prestige that comes with playing or watching the tennis games at a Wimbledon. The fact that it is played on grass that makes it all the more challenging.

2) US Open

Another major, the US Open, which is formerly known as the US National Championship first played in 1881. The atmosphere at the National Tennis Center makes the tournament different but in an exuberant way. Above all, the match occurs in New York.

Other than the numbers of celebrities in attendance, the US Open is well-loved by the fans also. It rakes in record-high attendance year after year. One reason is its more laid-back appeal compared with the Wimbledon wherein attendees usually sip champagne. The New York-based tournament is like a festival, bursting into life with vibrancy.

3) French Open

The only Grand Slam event that is played on clay courts, the French Open is a respected tournament having been the first to welcome international players. The competition also the first to allow amateur tennis players to be seeded against professional players. Since it is played on clay, it can be the most physically demanding tennis court to tackle. Any knowing tennis player would appreciate the challenge.

The tournament happens in Roland Garros in Paris, during the spring season. This presents an opportunity to explore the best city in the world after watching the game. The Paris in the French Open figures into allowing the players to be as creative as they can when it comes to fashion-forward tennis outfits.

4) Australian Open

Played first among the four Grand Slam events, the Australian Open is the biggest sporting event in the South. It is one of the highest-attended tennis events as well despite some players skipping the tournament altogether. Remoteness, inconvenient dates, and low prize money are three of the commonly cited reasons for this.

Roger Federer called it the “Happy Slam” for a reason. And that is, as the US Open, has a more relaxed atmosphere. For one, the tournament officials listen to and heed the needs of the players whenever they voice their concerns. They cannot always do this at Wimbledon.

5) ATP/WTA Finals

These two non-Grand Slam tournaments occupy the second-highest positions in tennis tournaments. The best tennis players in the men’s and women’s divisions met here at the ATP and WTA Finals, respectively. Indeed, these finals are the culmination of a player’s tennis performance throughout the year.

Although these are not Grand Slam events, the prestige of winning any of the two cannot be denied. Both offer the highest ranking points as well as the biggest prize money. The ATP Finals prize money in 2018 was $8.5 million while the WTA Finals’ 2019 prize money is $14 million.

 

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