People look up to tennis players as celebrities as we see them on TV with their competitive stance and outstanding strokes. These players have worked all their lives to be good at what they do—they undergo training, observe proper diet, and ensure proper fitness. Being a professional player does not happen overnight; it will take you years to get into a good shape but the learning continues and players continue to improve themselves.
Here is a list of the most popular male tennis players of our generation.
- Roger Federer. It is undeniable—Roger Federer is deemed to be the greatest player of all time. A whopping record of 17 Grand Slams and counting makes Federer a notable player. He has achived an outstanding record of, before Wimbledon this year, having reached 36 Grand Slam quarterfinals. He is also known for his grace whenever he plays which enabled him to avoid the injuries that have affected his other rivals.
- Rafael Nadal. The man from Mallorca is an eight French Open title holder that makes him the greatest clay court player of all time. Nadal has exemplified a a relentless determination not only to fight for every point but to constantly improve himself as a player and become a winner on all surfaces. One of the turning points of his career was when he suffered from an injury but he managed to recover from it due to his persistence. He returned and upped his own game.
- Pete Sampras. With 14 Grand Slam titles under his belt, he is undeniably a winning machine. He has a joint record seven Wimbledon titles speak volumes of his strength as one of the best players of this generation. He is is known for his phenomenal serve and for being a volleyer but he is also known for his outstanding running forehand.
- Rod Laver. He won a calendar year Grand Slam in 1962 but tuned into a professional player which made him ineligible to compete in the Grand Slams. In 1968, he won Wimbledon and also made a clean sweep of Grand Slams the next year among an open era record of amazing 17 titles.
- Bjorn Borg. His biggest achievement is bagging 11 Grand Slam titles, which he achieved on such a notable day—a day after his birthday. He retired the year after which surprised all the Tennis fans. He was the iceman and the great rival of John McEnroe. All of his Grand Slam titles were from the Wimbledon and French Open. He won both tournaments for three consecutive years and people believed this was hard to match. He played Australian Open only once.
- Andre Agassi. Agassi is known to be the sport’s most respected ambassador. He won eight Grand Slam titles throughout his career and had an exciting career with highs and lows. Known to be one of the best returners of all time, Agassi had a stellar hand-eye coordination that he was able to acquire through years of practice.
- Novak Djokovic. The list of the best players will never be complete without Djokovic. He was known to be the world’s no.1 player for the past two years despite strong contemporaries—Federer, Nadal, and Andy Murray. He bagged 10 titles, with three Grand Slams in 2011. His return and two-handed backhanded stroke is known to be the best of all time.
- Jimmy Connors. Connors is known for his lack of height but this did not stop him from being ranked as no.1 in the world in the mid 1970s.