Men's Tennis: 5 Players With Most Titles in Open Era
- Some of the greatest players to ever grace the game make the list.
#2 Roger Federer
The most popular face in tennis, Swiss maestro Roger Federer is widely considered by pundits and fans alike to be the greatest of all-time. The Swiss has been a master of adapting to different surfaces and using them to his advantage. Since his victory over 7-time Wimbledon Champion Pete Sampras at the lawns of Wimbledon in 2001, Federer was destined for greatness beyond any levels seen in Men's Tennis.
At the age of 37, with 20 Grand Slam Singles titles and counting, the ageless wonder continues to carry on playing majestic tennis and winning matches against players much younger. His longevity in sport can be attributed to his free-flowing gazelle-like movements on the court enabling him to dictate play across surfaces.
Federer is the only athlete to have won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award and the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year 4 times each. Federer has also helped Switzerland win its first Davis Cup in the year 2014. With 98 Singles titles, the ageless warrior is approaching a century.
#1 Jimmy Connors
The left-handed American Jimmy Connors was a noted exponent of longevity in Men's tennis. Connors' two-handed backhand and his return of service are among the best that the game has ever seen. In an era when serve and volley was the preferred approach, Connors was the outlier with his preference to stick to the baseline. This, however, didn't hinder his approach to grab numerous titles. Connors won 8-Grand Slam singles titles, 2 Grand Slam Doubles titles and helped the USA win the Davis Cup in 1981.
With 109 Singles titles, Connors holds the Open Era record of most titles won. His tally of 1535 matches and 1256 match wins is also the highest in the Open Era. Connors also enjoyed spells as a broadcaster and a coach after retirement most notably coaching the likes of Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard.