28.09.2022
tennis players

The best tennis players in history

The Grand Slam calendar, which requires winning all four major tennis tournaments in a calendar year (Australian Open, French Open (Roland Garros), Wimbledon, and US Open), is the sport’s highest honor. The Open period, which started in 1968 and brought equality between amateur and professional tennis, has made this effort all but impossible. Only two male tennis players have ever completed the Grand Slam in a single season; Don Budge did so in 1938. Rod Laver was the only man to win a major during the Open era (he won the Grand Slam in 1969 and before that 1962 ).

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A «career grand slam» is when a tennis player achieves all four major event victories in a single career. In the history of tennis, only eight players have completed the Grand Slam. A ranking that determines the amount of men’s singles Grand Slam events won includes the top 8 tennis players in history.

Don Budge / Don Budge (June 11, 1915 — January 26, 2000)

American tennis player of Scottish descent, the first Grand Slam calendar holder to win in 1938. In total, Budge won 6 Grand Slam tournaments: Wimbledon twice (1937, 1938), US Open twice (1937, 1938) and once the Australian Open and French Open in 1938. Budge is by far the youngest tennis player to win.

Grand Slam, he managed to win 4 major tournaments at the age of 23. Budge decided to end his amateur career after winning the Grand Slam. In early 1939, Budge turned professional (professional tennis players earned money by playing in front of an audience that paid for the right to watch a match).

Fred Perry / Fred Perry (May 18, 1909 — February 2, 1995)

English tennis player who won 8 Grand Slam events, including 1 Australian Open (1934), 1 French Open (1934), 3 Wumbledon (1934, 1935, 1936), and 3 US Open (1933, 1934, 1936) (1935). The first tennis player in history to win all four Grand Slam competitions is Perry (not in the same year). Perry is the first individual in history to achieve the pinnacles of table tennis and table tennis (in 1929, Perry became world table tennis champion). Perry began his career in late 1936.

Andre Agassi / Andre Agassi (born April 29, 1970)

An American tennis player of Armenian-Iranian origin, who was the first in his career to win the Golden Slam, i.e. who managed not only to win all the Grand Slam tournaments, but also to become the Olympic tennis champion (Agassi won the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta).

Agassi has won 8 Grand Slam tournaments: four Australian Open (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003), two US Open (1994, 1999) and once in Wimbledon (1992) and Roland Garros (1999). in his career, he has won 60 tournaments.

Rod Laver / Rod Laver (born August 9, 1938)

Australian tennis player who won 11 Grand Slam tournaments: four Wimbledon (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969), three Australian Open (1960, 1962, 1969), two Roland Garros (1962, 1969) and two US Open (1962, 1969). Rod Laver is the only tennis player in history to win two calendar grand slams (1962 and 1969) and so far the only tennis player to win a calendar grand slam in the open era.

Roy Emerson (3 November 1936)

Australian tennis player who won 12 Grand Slam tournaments: 6 times Australian Open (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967) and twice Wimbledon (1964, 1965), Roland Garros (1963, 1967) and US Open (1961)) . , 1964).

Novak Djokovic / Novak Ђoković (born May 22, 1987)

Serbian tennis player who won 20 Grand Slams: 9 times at the Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021), 6 times — Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019). , 2021)), 3 US Open (2011, 2015, 2018) and 2 Roland Garros (2016, 2021). The Serb holds the record for most Australian Open titles won by a man. In total, Djokovic won 87 tournaments. He is the absolute record holder in the number of awards won — 156 million dollars.

Roger Federer (born August 8, 1981)

Swiss tennis player who won 20 Grand Slam tournaments: Wimbledon 8 times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017), Australian Open 6 times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, US Open 5 times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), 2017, 2018) and once in Roland Garros (2009). The Swiss holds the record for most men’s wins at Wimbledon.

In total, Federer won 103 tournaments (second in the Open era behind Jimmy Connors with 109 titles not included in our rankings as he never managed to win a Roland Garros in his career) and won over $ 130 million. (Second after Djokovic). Federer is ahead of Djokovic in our ranking. with the same number of Grand Slam wins (20 each), the Swiss won more ATP tournaments.

Rafael Nadal / Rafael Nadal (born June 3, 1986)

Spanish tennis player who won 22 Grand Slam tournaments: 14 Roland Garros (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022), Wimbledon twice (2008, 201) , Australian Open twice (2009, 2022) and US Open four times (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019). The Spaniard holds the record for most championships in Roland-Garros.

In addition, Nadal is the second tennis player in history (after Andre Agassi) to win a Gold Slam career (Nadal won the 2008 Beijing Olympic Tennis Tournament). In total, Nadal has won 92 tournaments and grossed $ 128 million in cash prizes. It still ranks first in our ranking because. He is the only tennis player in history to win 22 Grand Slam tournaments (Federer and Djokovic each have 20).

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