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Tennis: 5 noteworthy players who never won the French Open

Modified 13 Nov 2018, 20:12 IST
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#4 Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras

American Pete Sampras nicknamed 'Pistol Pete' for his quick serves won 14 Grand Slam Majors which was the benchmark until Roger Federer surpassed his tally in 2009. Sampras was a gifted serve-and-volley player who thrived on grass enabling him to win 7 Wimbledon Championships.

Sampras is the only tennis player in the history of ATP rankings to have finished the year as Number 1 on 6 different occasions. In addition to his exploits at SW19, Sampras also won the US Open 5 times and the Australian Open twice. However, his game was never really suited to the clay surface. His best performance at the French Open came in 1996 where he was a semi-finalist.

#3 Andy Murray

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

The first British player to win Wimbledon since 1936, Scotsman Andy Murray is one of the best counter punchers that the game has ever seen. His uncanny ability to hit winners from defensive positions is one of the moot points of his game.

Murray who is the only 2-time Olympic Gold medalist in the Singles category and has achieved considerable success on the ATP Tour with 14 Masters 1000 titles and 45 Singles titles overall.

Murray is extremely unlucky to have not won the Australian Open despite making a finals appearance on 5 different occasions. His best performance at the French Open came in 2016 where he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic. Murray who is also a venture capitalist and a self-proclaimed feminist will look to make a strong comeback to the men's game in 2019.

Published 13 Nov 2018, 20:12 IST
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