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Top 10 greatest American tennis players of all time

Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
Modified 04 Jul 2019
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When it comes to Grand Slam Champions, no other country in the world has produced more than the United States of America. Americans also have won more Grand Slams than athletes of any other country - and this is not just restricted to singles, but extends to doubles and mixed doubles as well.

Breaking it down to numbers: At Wimbledon, American men have won 32 Grand Slam titles since 1877 (second highest after host Great Britain), while American women have won a record 57 titles at the All-England Club.

Coming to the Australian Open, American men are second on the list with 18 trophies behind Australia. American women likewise are second behind Australian ladies with 24 titles.

At Roland Garros, male American players have won 11 titles till date (joint-third with Australia) and its female players have won 29 titles (only one behind hosts France). However, in the Open Era, American women lead the pack with 15 titles.

At the US Open, the dominance of American athletes can be visibly seen in the stats. Although the last American male player to win the US Open was Andy Roddick way back in 2003, its men have dominated the tournament since the inception, winning a total of 85 titles. In the women's draw, the numbers are even more staggering, with American women having won 92 titles; that is 86 titles more than the next best, Germany and Australia.

Here, we highlight the achievements of 10 of the greatest American tennis players of all time:

#10 Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon Championships
Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon Championships

Arthur Ashe is an all-time great American legend who won the first US Open held in the Open Era in 1968. Ashe broke many stereotypes and barriers - from being the first black tennis player to get selected to the US Davis Cup team, to being the first black player to win a Grand Slam title.

Ashe received the USA's highest honour - the Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously in the year 1993 from President Bill Clinton. The primary court of the US Open at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, New York is named after him.

Ashe won a total of 3 Grand Slam titles but more than this, his amazing story is what inspires millions.

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Published 28 Nov 2018, 13:46 IST
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