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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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Roger Federer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roger Federer age 36

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Rafael Nadal 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Rafael Nadal age 31

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Pete Sampras 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pete Sampras age 46

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Rod Laver 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Rod Laver age 79

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John McEnroe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
John McEnroe age 58

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Björn Borg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Björn Borg age 61

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Novak Djokovic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Andre Agassi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andre Agassi age 47

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Roy Emerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Roy Emerson age 81

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Ken Rosewall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ken Rosewall age 83

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Stefan Edberg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Stefan Edberg age 51

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Ivan Lendl 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ivan Lendl age 57

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Jimmy Connors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jimmy Connors age 65

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Boris Becker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Boris Becker age 50

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John Newcombe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
John Newcombe age 73

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Fred Perry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Fred Perry Died at 86 (1909-1995)

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Pancho Gonzales 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pancho Gonzales Died at 67 (1928-1995)

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Lew Hoad 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Lew Hoad Died at 60 (1934-1994)

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Manuel Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Andy Murray 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Murray age 30

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Mats Wilander 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Mats Wilander age 53

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Bill Tilden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Bill Tilden Died at 60 (1893-1953)

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Arthur Ashe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Arthur Ashe Died at 50 (1943-1993)

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Stanislas Wawrinka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Gustavo Kuerten 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Jack Kramer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jack Kramer Died at 88 (1921-2009)

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Guillermo Vilas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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

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Lleyton Hewitt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Ilie Năstase 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Ilie Năstase age 71

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Don Budge 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Don Budge Died at 85 (1915-2000)

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Juan Martín del Potro 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

33
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Jim Courier 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jim Courier age 47

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William Renshaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
William Renshaw Died at 43 (1861-1904)

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Juan Carlos Ferrero 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Andy Roddick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Andy Roddick age 35

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

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David Ferrer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
David Ferrer age 35

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Carlos Moyá 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Carlos Moyá age 41

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Michael Chang 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Michael Chang age 45

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René Lacoste 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
René Lacoste Died at 92 (1904-1996)

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Tony Wilding 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Tony Wilding Died at 32 (1883-1915)

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

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Pat Cash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Pat Cash age 52

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

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Henri Cochet 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Henri Cochet Died at 86 (1901-1987)

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Jack Crawford 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Jack Crawford Died at 83 (1908-1991)

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Stan Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Stan Smith age 71

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Frank Sedgman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Frank Sedgman age 90

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Neale Fraser 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
Neale Fraser age 84