athletes The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Who are the greatest men's tennis players of all time? When you're talking about the best players over a period of decades in any sport, the list is probably going to be long, and highly debatable. This list includes some of the greatest male tennis players to ever step on the court. And yes, they include those who played pre-1968, though many listed here are among the greatest male tennis players of the open era (post-'68). Vote for the best, vote down any players you don't think deserve a spot up top and of course, feel free to rerank this list however you want. Any list of outstanding male tennis players should include names like Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal and Björn Borg. Debate about who gets the number one spot might get heated, but all of us probably agree that the names listed here should be considered among the best, and in some cases, some of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of sport. Now that you've perused this list of the greatest men's tennis players ever, why not vote for the ladies on this list of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, too?

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John McEnroe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
John McEnroe age 56

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Pete Sampras 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pete Sampras age 44

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Rod Laver 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Rod Laver age 77

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Stefan Edberg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Stefan Edberg age 49

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Roy Emerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roy Emerson age 79

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Ivan Lendl 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ivan Lendl age 55

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Ken Rosewall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ken Rosewall age 81

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Roger Federer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roger Federer age 36

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John Newcombe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
John Newcombe age 71

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Björn Borg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Björn Borg age 59

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Andre Agassi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andre Agassi age 45

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Novak Djokovic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Lew Hoad 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Lew Hoad Died at 60 (1934-1994)

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Jimmy Connors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jimmy Connors age 63

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Boris Becker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Boris Becker age 48

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Rafael Nadal 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Rafael Nadal age 31

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Fred Perry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Fred Perry Died at 86 (1909-1995)

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Pat Cash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pat Cash age 50

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Mats Wilander 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Mats Wilander age 51

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Bill Tilden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Bill Tilden Died at 60 (1893-1953)

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Manuel Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Arthur Ashe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Arthur Ashe Died at 50 (1943-1993)

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Pancho Gonzales 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pancho Gonzales Died at 67 (1928-1995)

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Ilie Năstase 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ilie Năstase age 69

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Andy Murray 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Murray age 30

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Patrick Rafter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Jack Kramer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jack Kramer Died at 88 (1921-2009)

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Gustavo Kuerten 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Johan Kriek 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Johan Kriek age 57

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René Lacoste 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
René Lacoste Died at 92 (1904-1996)

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Goran Ivanišević 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Goran Ivanišević

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Guillermo Vilas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Nicola Pietrangeli 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Marat Safin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Marat Safin age 37

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Vitas Gerulaitis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Vitas Gerulaitis Died at 40 (1954-1994)

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Jim Courier 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jim Courier age 45

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Yannick Noah 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Yannick Noah age 55

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Richard Krajicek 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Stanislas Wawrinka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Stan Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Stan Smith age 69

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Jan Kodeš 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jan Kodeš age 69

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Neale Fraser 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Neale Fraser age 82

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Manuel Orantes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Juan Carlos Ferrero 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Lleyton Hewitt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Michael Chang 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Michael Chang age 43

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Michael Stich 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Michael Stich age 47

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David Nalbandian 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Andy Roddick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Roddick age 33

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Henri Cochet 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Henri Cochet Died at 86 (1901-1987)