Tennis is one of the best recreational sport played by a racket and tennis ball. Players try to hit the ball with the racket as if it can land the opposite court and the opponent player can’t get a chance to return the ball. Players apply their own strategy and game plan to win the match. That strategy makes them the best of all players. Best tennis players are treated like a celebrity by the audience.
Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) does the job of ranking. They choose the best tennis player male according to the Grand Slam title number. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi are some of the world’s top players. They are famous worldwide for their outstanding performance.
In this article, we will discuss some of the world’s top tennis player’s biography and achievements.
1. Roger Federer
Among the best tennis player male, the first name that comes into mind is Roger Federer. He is a Swiss professional tennis player. Roger born on 8 August 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. He ranked the world’s No.3 position in men’s singles tennis according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). As a male player, he has won the most 20 Grand Slam singles titles in history. A total of 310 weeks, he has held the No.1 position in the ATP rankings. Federer’s specialty is his exceptional footwork and versatile style of play on any surface. Some of his major achievements are-
- eight Wimbledon titles
- six Australian Open titles
- five US Open titles
- one French Open titles &
- 31 men’s singles Grand Slam finals.
In 2014, Switzerland won the Davis Cup and Federer was a member of that team. Federer has blessed with many awards and prizes. The most prestigious awards of his life are-
- the Sportsmanship award 13 times
- the ATP Player of the Year
- ITF World Champion award five times
- Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award five times
- BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.
Roger Federer got married to Women’s Tennis Association player Mirka Federer in 2009.
2. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player who currently ranked World’s No.1 position in men’s singles tennis according to the Association of tennis professionals (ATP). He was born on 3rd June 1986 in Manacor, Spain. His first success was an under-12 regional tennis championship title at the age of 8.
Rafael has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles which is the second most in history after Roger Federer. He has ranked the world’s No.1 for a total of 202 weeks. Some of his major titles and how many times he won them are listed below-
- twelve times French Open titles
- four times US open titles
- two times Wimbledon titles
- one Australian Open title
- Olympic gold medal in singles at 2008
- 35 times ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles
- 20 times ATP Tour 500 titles
Further, Nadal has won Davis Cup titles with Spain for five times. He has been year-end No.1 for five times. He was chosen for so many awards like ATP Player of the Year, the tour Sportsmanship Award, ITF World Champion and so on.
3. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is a professional Serbian tennis player who was the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title. He is one of the best male tennis player currently ranked world No.2 in men’s singles tennis by the ATP. He was born on 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia. Novak started playing tennis at the age of four. He joined the Yugoslav national team and took part in the Junior Davis Cup under-14. He reached to the finale but unfortunately lost the match in singles. In 2006, Novak won his first ATP title at the Dutch Open in Amersfoort.
Novak Djokovic won 16 Grand Slam singles titles and has held the No.1 position for 275 weeks. He has won-
- seven Australian Open titles
- five Wimbledon titles
- three US Open titles
- one French Open titles
- 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles
- 13 ATP Tour 500 titles
Djokovic has achieved numerous awards also. Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award etcetera is remarkable in his achievement.
4. Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras is an American former professional male tennis player who was drafted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He was born on 12 August 1971 in Washington, D.C. At the age of three, he found a tennis racket near the home started playing. Rod Laver was the idol of Pete Sampras and he got a chance of playing tennis with the legend at the age of 11. He won his first major title at the US Open in 1990.
Pete has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles and reached the World’s No.1 position in 1993. He held his No.1 position for a total of 286 weeks. Pete was a right-handed player with a single-handed backhand. He has been year No.1 in rankings for six consecutive years from 1993 to 1998. Because of his precise and powerful serve, he was named “Pistol Pete” by the fans.
5. Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi is a retired American former professional tennis player holding many records. He was born on April 29, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He started professional tennis at the age of sixteen and won his first match at La Quinta, California against John Austin.
Agassi has won eight Grand Slam singles titles in his career. In 1996, he won a gold medal in the Olympic Games. Agassi is the first best tennis player male who won four Australian Open titles during the Open Era. He is one of five male players to achieve the Career Grand Slam, one of two to achieve the Career Golden Slam and the only player to achieve Career Super Slam. Agassi held the world’s No.1 position for the first time in 1995 but sank to No.141 in 1997 for his personal issues. He returned to the No.1 Position again in 1999 and enjoyed the most successful run of his career over the next four years. After suffering from serious physical issues, Agassi retired from professional tennis on 3rd September 2006.
Many tennis players from different countries have taken place in the ATP’s ranking list. Some of the best tennis player male has presented in this article. They are very popular with all of the tennis fans. We must learn patience, hard work and attentiveness from them.