Undoubtedly, grand slam is the biggest parameter for judging the skills of any tennis player. It is regarded as one of the biggest sporting event in the world. The Grand Slam comprises of four tournaments – Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon Open. The Grand Slam involves the most ranking points for any player, along with the biggest monetary prize and the most media and public attention. Throughout its history, we have seen a number of great players, who have went on to become sport legends. Today, let us take a look at 10 male players who have won the most number of Grand Slam titles. So, here’s presenting tennis Grand Slam’s 10 most successful male players of all time.
10. Andre Agassi (8 Titles)
Starting the list at number 10 is American tennis player Andre Agassi. He won a total of 8 Grand Slam titles throughout his career. Although Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendi also won 8 titles in their career, what gives Agassi the 10th spot over them is the fact that unlike all of them, Agassi has won at least 1 tournament from all the major four tournaments that makes up Grand Slam. Agassi won his first title in the year 1992, when he won the Wimbledon. He then went on to win US Open twice in the year 1994 and 1999, Australian Open Four times in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003; and French Open in 1999. He also won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games and has spent a total of 101 weeks at number one spot on ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) rankings. HE was also ATP’s number one ranked player for the Year-end 1999. He is one of the seven men to achieve career Grand Slam (Winning all four tournaments in a career) and is the fifth man to achieve this feat, which he did in 1999.
9.Fred Perry (8 Titles)
At number 9 is English tennis player Fred Perry. Much like Andre, he has also won 8 titles. But what gives him the edge over Andre is that he has won more Wimbledon and US Opens than Andre, while Andre beats him only in Australian Opens, and both of them have won similar number of French Opens. He started out by winning US Open, which he did thri
ce in 1933, 1934 and 1936. He then won Australian Open in 1934, Wimbledon Open thrice in 1934, 1935 and 1936 and French Open in 1935. Besides, he also has two men’s doubles and three mixed doubles win to his credit. In 1935, he created history by becoming the first person to complete Career Grand Slam.
8.Bill Tilden (10 Titles)
Making it into top 8 is another American tennis player Bill Tilden. Popularly known as Big Bill, he won a total of 10 singles titles in his career. He won the Wimbledon Open thrice in 1920, 1921 and 1930 and he has won the US Open seven times (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929), a record for winning the most number of US Open men’s singles wins, which he shares with two other men. Besides, he has also won 4 men’s doubles titles and 4 mixed doubles titles in his career.
7.Novak Djokovic (10 Titles)
Next up at number 7 is Serbian Novak Djokovic. Similar to Bill, he also won 10 titles, but what gives him the 7th spot instead of Bill is the fact that he has won 3 out of the 4 tournaments that make up Grand Slam, unlike Bill who won 2 out the 4 tournaments. Novak won the Australian Open five times in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He won the Wimbledon Open thrice in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and US Open twice in 2011 and 2015. He has spent 166 weeks (still running) at number one spot on the ATP rankings. He was at the number one spot of the ATP’s Year-end ranking for four years in the year 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
6.Bjorn Borg (11 Titles)
Number 6 on our list of Grand Slam’s 10 most successful male players of all time comes Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg, who won a total of 11 titles throughout his career. He won the French Open six times in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981; and has won the Wimbledon Open five times consecutively in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. He has been on the number one spot on ATP ranking for a total of 109 weeks. He was ATP”s number one ranked player twice in the year 1979 and 1980.
5. Rod Laver (11 Titles)
Grabbing the fifth spot is Australian tennis player Rod Laver. While Rod and Borg, both have won 11 titles, what gives Rod the edge over Borg is the fact that that Rod has won all of the four tournaments of Grand Slam, unlike Borg, who won two out of those four tournaments. Rod won the Australian Open thrice (1960, 1962 and 1969), the Wimbledon Open four times (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969), French Open twice (1962 and 1969) and US Open twice (1962 and 1969). Besides, he has six men’s doubles titles and three mixed doubles titles also to his credit. Rod is the third man to complete Career Grand Slam, which he did in 1962. He also is the second man and third person overall to complete a Calendar Grand Slam (winning all four tournaments in a single year), which he did in 1962. He is one of two men and overall five people to achieve this feat. In 1969, he became the first person in history to pull off a Calendar Grand Slam twice in his career. He is currently the only person to achieve this feat.
4. Roy Emerson (12 Titles)
Number 4 on our list of Grand Slam’s 10 most successful male players of all time comes another Australian tennis player Roy Emerson. He hold the record for the most number of Australia Open wins in men’s singles category. He won it six times (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967). He won the US Open twice in 1961 and 1964; the French Open twice in 1963 and 1967; and the Wimbledon Open twice in 1964 and 1965. Besides, he also has a whopping number of 16 men’s doubles titles, for which he is tied at the second spot with three other men for the most number of men’s doubles titles won. Roy completed his Career Grand Slam in 1964, becoming the fourth man to do so.
3.Pete Sampras (14 Titles)
Coming in at number 3 is yet another American tennis player Pete Sampras, making the American most successful on this list by appearing thrice out of the ten times. Pete has spent a total number of 286 weeks at number one spot on the ATP rankings. He holds the record being at number one rank the most times on ATP’s Year-end list, in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. He also holds the record, along with two other men, for the most number of Wimbledon Open wins in the men’s singles category with seven titles (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000). He has won the US Open five times in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 2002, and has won the Australian Open twice in 1994 and 1997.
2.Rafael Nadal (14 Titles)
The second spot on this list goes to Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. He and Pete have both won 14 titles, but Rafael has won four out of the four tournaments, while Pete won three out of the four tournaments; thus giving Rafael an edge over Pete. Rafael holds the record for the most number of French Open wins in the men’s singles category with a whopping nine titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). This also makes him the record holder of most wins at any tournament of the Grand Slam in the men’s singles category. Also, he holds the record for the most number of French Open singles win by a player. He has won the Wimbledon twice in 2008 and 2010; the Australian Open in 2009; and the US Open twice in 2010 and 2013. He also won the 2008 Olympics gold medal. He completed his career Grand Slam in 2010, becoming the seventh and latest man to do so. He has spent a total of 141 weeks at the number one spot on the ATP ranking list. He has been ATP’s Year-end number one player thrice, in the year 2008, 2010 and 2013.
1. 1. Roger Federer (17 Titles)
Number 1 spot on our list of Grand Slam’s 10 most successful male players of all time goes to Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. He holds the record for the most number of Wimbledon Open wins in the men’s singles category, with seven titles to his credit (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012). He has won the Australian Open four times (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010); the US Open consecutively five times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008); and the French Open once in 2009. He is the record holder of spending the most number of consecutive weeks (237 weeks) and the most number of total weeks (302 weeks) at the number one spot on the ATP rankings. His consecutive week record stands true for both men and women. He has been at the number one spot on ATP Year-end rankings for five years in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. He also won the gold medal in the men’s doubles category in the 2008 Olympics and won the silver medal in the singles category in the 2012 Olympics. He is regarded by many one of the biggest sport personalities the world has ever seen, and we couldn’t agree more.