The Kings of Tennis
It’s never easy to select the top players from a game like
tennis, but there are always some players who dominate the
courts. Here are six of the most loved tennis greats, who have
kept the game alive on the courts and in our hearts.
From 1964 to 1970 and consistently ranking World No.1, this
Aussie player dominated the sport like no other. Laver is the only
player in tennis history to have won the Grand Slam twice. Fans
describe him as technically flawless and he was aptly nicknamed
the ‘Rocket’. With 11 Grand Slam tournaments under his belt,
critics regard Laver as the best tennis player of all time.
Ever since his 1990 US Open win, Sampras ruled the tennis
courts till 2002, displaced only by Federer. His power play
and athleticism earned him the nickname ‘Pistol Pete’. Before
2009, Sampras had a record 14 Grand Slam titles and his seven
Wimbledon titles showcased his love for grass courts. Sampras
also won a record-tying five US titles and spent 286 weeks at
the pole position. However, his inability to win the French
Open mars his glory a little.
If not for his four losses at the US Open Finals, this Swede
might have been at the top of this list. Though the US Open
and the Australian Open titles always eluded him, his six French
Open titles and five consecutive Wimbledon crowns make one
of the best in the game. With a rock-star appearance, ‘Iceman’ Borg was known for never giving up and his ability to perform on
With his impeccable timing and graceful strokes, Federer is a
complete package and a treat to watch. The Swiss has won 16
Grand Slam titles and achieved the career Grand Slam once.
‘Fedex’ won his first title at the 2003 Wimbledon and has never
looked back since. Considered as the successor to Sampras,
Federer continues to dominate the court with his speed and
agility and is often regarded the greatest tennis player ever.
While Rod Laver was busy firing up the courts in the ’60s,
fellow Australian and rival Roy Emerson was just a little behind,
demolishing opponents with his powerful serves. His total of
28 Grand Slam titles is an all-time record by any tennis player.
Though his serve and volley style of play earned him 12 single
titles, Emerson was more famous as a doubles player with 16 titles.
Possibly the most passionate and animated of the lot, American
player McEnroe was naturally gifted in tennis. His challenges on
the court and his disputes with umpires are notorious and have
often overshadowed his influence on the game. He was known
for his brilliant volleys and artistic shots that earned him plaudits
from both fans and critics. By the time he retired, McEnroe had
seven Grand Slam single titles, nine double titles and one mixed