100 Greatest of All Time

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100 Greatest of All Time was a sports television series of five one-hour episodes, produced and first aired by the Tennis Channel in March 2012. It presented a list of 100 tennis players to be considered the greatest of all time, both men and women. The series was hosted by Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Rice, Wayne Gretzky, Lisa Leslie and Carl Lewis.[1] Many retired tennis luminaries provided commentary, including Rod Laver, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi.

Background[edit]

An international panel of tennis experts determined this ranking of 62 men and 38 women.[1] The United States was credited with the most great players (38), followed by Australia (17), France (7), Great Britain (6) and Czechoslovakia (5). Forty-three players made the list from the Americas, 39 from Europe and 18 from Oceania.

Grand Slam singles titles (Australian, French, Wimbledon and US tournaments) column figures reflect number of wins as of March 2012 when the list was published. In addition to that, the pre-Open Era Pro major tournaments (three professional events) were included: the U.S. Pro Championships (first held in 1927), French Pro Championship (first held in 1930) and Wembley Championships (started in 1934). Only male tennis players that turned from amateurs to pros were able to participate in those.[a] The Open Era started in 1968 and all three pro majors tournaments were quickly relegated to lesser events and were all defunct by the 1990s.

Prior to 1924, the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) recognized two other events as world championships. The "World Hard Court Championships" (WHCC) and the "World Covered Court Championships" (WCCC). Between 1913 and 1923 Wimbledon was known as the World Grass Court Championships (WGCC), also sanctioned by the ILTF.

In 1924 ILTF designated the Australasian, French, British and American championship tournaments as the new four majors. 1925 was the first season held with all these four major tournaments opened to all amateurs.

Achievements[edit]

The Grand Slam, winning all four Grand Slam tournament singles titles (Australian, French, Wimbledon and US) in one calendar year was achieved six times by five different players: Don Budge in 1938, Maureen Connolly in 1953, Rod Laver in 1962 & 1969, Margaret Court in 1970 and Steffi Graf in 1988.

The Pro Grand Slam, winning all three professional slam singles titles (U.S., French and Wembley) in one calendar year was achieved by Ken Rosewall in 1963 and by Rod Laver in 1967.

† Anthony Wilding is the only Triple World Champion. In 1913, he won all three ILTF singles titles, the World Covered Court Championships (WCCC), the World Hard Court Championships (WHCC) and Wimbledon Championships (also known as World Grass Court Championships or simply WGCC).

Top 100 ranking[edit]

Rank Name Gender Nationality Majors
ILTF chps. Pro Slam Grand Slam
(March 2012)
Total
(Current)
1 Roger Federer Male.svg   SUI 16 20
2 Rod Laver ‡ ◊ ‡ Male.svg  AUS 8 11 19
3 Steffi Graf Female.svg  FRG/ GER 22 22
4 Martina Navratilova Female.svg  TCH/ USA 18 18
5 Pete Sampras Male.svg  USA 14 14
6 Rafael Nadal Male.svg  ESP 10 19
7 Björn Borg Male.svg  SWE 11 11
8 Margaret Court Female.svg  AUS 24 24
9 Chris Evert Female.svg  USA 18 18
10 Billie Jean King Female.svg  USA 12 12
11 Don Budge Male.svg  USA 4 6 10
12 Andre Agassi Male.svg  USA 8 8
13 John McEnroe Male.svg  USA 7 7
14 Serena Williams Female.svg  USA 13 23
15 Jimmy Connors Male.svg  USA 8 8
16 Bill Tilden Male.svg  USA 1 4 10 15
17 Roy Emerson Male.svg  AUS 12 12
18 Ivan Lendl Male.svg  TCH/ USA 8 8
19 Monica Seles Female.svg  YUG/ USA 9 9
20 Ken Rosewall Male.svg  AUS 15 8 23
21 Boris Becker Male.svg  FRG/ GER 6 6
22 Venus Williams Female.svg  USA 7 7
23 Fred Perry Male.svg  GBR 2 8 10
24 Suzanne Lenglen Female.svg  FRA 4 8 12
25 Stefan Edberg Male.svg  SWE 6 6
26 Justine Henin Female.svg  BEL 7 7
27 Maureen Connolly Female.svg  USA 9 9
28 Arthur Ashe Male.svg  USA 3 3
29 Helen Wills Female.svg  USA 19 19
30 Martina Hingis Female.svg   SUI 5 5
31 John Newcombe Male.svg  AUS 7 7
32 Lew Hoad Male.svg  AUS 1 4 5
33 Mats Wilander Male.svg  SWE 7 7
34 Jack Kramer Male.svg  USA 2 3 5
35 Pancho Gonzalez Male.svg  USA 12 2 14
36 René Lacoste Male.svg  FRA 7 7
37 Evonne Goolagong Cawley Female.svg  AUS 7 7
38 Maria Bueno Female.svg  BRA 7 7
39 Althea Gibson Female.svg  USA 1 5 6
40 Novak Djokovic Male.svg  SCG/ SRB 5 16
41 Guillermo Vilas Male.svg  ARG 4 4
42 Jim Courier Male.svg  USA 4 4
43 Lindsay Davenport Female.svg  USA 3 3
44 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Female.svg  ESP 4 4
45 Kim Clijsters Female.svg  BEL 4 4
46 Henri Cochet Male.svg  FRA 3 1 7 11
47 Jean Borotra Male.svg  FRA 4 4
48 Frank Sedgman Male.svg  AUS 2 5 7
49 Ilie Năstase Male.svg  ROU 2 2
50 Tony Trabert Male.svg  USA 2 5 7
51 Doris Hart Female.svg  USA 6 6
52 Jack Crawford Male.svg  AUS 6 6
53 Tracy Austin Female.svg  USA 2 2
54 Manuel Santana Male.svg  ESP 4 4
55 Gustavo Kuerten Male.svg  BRA 3 3
56 Stan Smith Male.svg  USA 2 2
57 Jennifer Capriati Female.svg  USA 3 3
58 Alice Marble Female.svg  USA 5 5
59 Margaret Osborne duPont Female.svg  USA 6 6
60 Virginia Wade Female.svg  GBR 3 3
61 Neale Fraser Male.svg  AUS 3 3
62 Hana Mandlíková Female.svg  TCH 4 4
63 Lleyton Hewitt Male.svg  AUS 2 2
64 Ellsworth Vines Male.svg  USA 5 3 8
65 Pancho Segura Male.svg  ECU 4 0 4
66 Bobby Riggs Male.svg  USA 3 3 6
67 Fred Stolle Male.svg  AUS 2 2
68 Helen Hull Jacobs Female.svg  USA 5 5
69 Louise Brough Female.svg  USA 6 6
70 Patrick Rafter Male.svg  AUS 2 2
71 Maria Sharapova Female.svg  RUS 3 5
72 Gottfried Von Cramm Male.svg Germany/Germany/ FRG 2 2
73 Jaroslav Drobný Male.svg  TCH 3 3
74 Tony Roche Male.svg  AUS 1 1
75 Pauline Betz Addie Female.svg  USA 5 5
76 William Renshaw Male.svg  GBR 7 7
77 Molla Mallory Female.svg  USA 8 8
78 Ashley Cooper Male.svg  AUS 4 4
79 Gabriela Sabatini Female.svg  ARG 1 1
80 Marat Safin Male.svg  RUS 2 2
81 Vic Seixas Male.svg  USA 2 2
82 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Male.svg  RUS 2 2
83 Jan Kodeš Male.svg  TCH 3 3
84 Norman Brookes Male.svg  AUS 3 3
85 Yannick Noah Male.svg  FRA 1 1
86 Anthony Wilding Male.svg  NZL 3 6 9
87 Mary Pierce Female.svg  FRA 2 2
88 Amélie Mauresmo Female.svg  FRA 2 2
89 Dorothea Lambert Chambers Female.svg  GBR 7 7
90 Bill Johnston Male.svg  USA 1 3 4
91 Shirley Fry Irvin Female.svg  USA 4 4
92 Svetlana Kuznetsova Female.svg  RUS 2 2
93 Nicola Pietrangeli Male.svg  ITA 2 2
94 Andy Roddick Male.svg  USA 1 1
95 Thomas Muster Male.svg  AUT 1 1
96 Manuel Orantes Male.svg  ESP 1 1
97 Pat Cash Male.svg  AUS 1 1
98 Bunny Austin Male.svg  GBR 0 0
99 Ann Haydon-Jones Female.svg  GBR 3 3
100 Michael Chang Male.svg  USA 1 1

Notes:

  • Bolded players are still active today.
  • Empty spots in the table mean player did not participate in any of those tournaments.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ except for 1960 U.S. Pro Tennis Championships where also women could have participate. Althea Gibson won the event

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tennis Panorama News". Tennis Panorama. Retrieved 2012-03-23.

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