Top 13 male tennis players of all time
- As many as 13 male players have won 8 or more Grand Slam singles titles. Here's a look at all of them.
#11 Ken Rosewall
Ken Rosewall has the unique distinction of being the youngest and oldest Australian Open winner. The Australian won his first home Slam title in 1953 at the age of 19 years, 76 days, and won his last Australian Open trophy in 1972 at the age of 38.
He holds the record for the most number of years between first and last Grand Slam triumphs among men. In a glittering career, Rosewall won 8 Grand Slam Singles titles and 11 Grand Slam Doubles titles in addition to helping Australia win the Davis Cup 4 times.
#10 Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl is the only male tennis athlete to have aggregated a win percentage of 90% or above for five different years. He won 94 singles titles including 8 Grand Slam titles.
Lendl rose to the top of the ATP rankings for the first time in February 1983, even though he was yet to win a Grand Slam title until then. Lendl is one among only two players who rose to the top without winning a Grand Slam title at the time.
Lendl never won the Wimbledon championships and was runner-up on two occasions - in 1986 and 1987, losing to Boris Becker and Pat Cash respectively. Lendl later transitioned into a successful coach, most notably helping Brit Andy Murray win Wimbledon and attain the World No. 1 ranking.
#9 Jimmy Connors
American Jimmy Connors won a mammoth 109 ATP titles - a record which still stands to this date. Connors rose to the top of the ATP rankings on five different occasions, most notably for a period of 160 consecutive weeks from 1974 to 1977.
Connors is one of six men to have been ranked Number 1 in their 20s and 30s. He also holds the all-time record for the most singles matches played and most singles matches won - 1535 and 1256 respectively.
Connors won 8 Grand Slam singles titles which includes an Open Era record of 5 US Open titles. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.Published 27 Nov 2018, 00:29 IST