Famous Male Tennis Players

, , Leave a comment

The term tennis originated from the French root ‘tenez’, meaning to receive or hold, a communication from the server to the opponent. Tennis tournaments are organized in consideration of gender, number of players, age groups, or physical constraints. There are four Grand Slam tournaments or major tennis events, and they include the Australian Open, the French Open, the Wimbledon, and the US open. The Australian Open and the U.S. Open are played on hard courts while French Open is played on red clay courts and Wimbledon is played on grass courts.

1. Roger Federer

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Roger Federer was born to Robert Federer and Lynette Federer, on August 8, 1981 at Basel, Switzerland. His weight is 85 kgs and he is six feet one inch tall. The Association of Tennis professionals ranked him No.2 in April, 2013. On the basis of his games, statistical data analysis, and his persistent outstanding performance, many critics, former tennis players and sport analysts consider Federer as the all-time greatest tennis player. He held World No. 1 position for 203 weeks. He has won seventeen Grand Slam Singles. He reached Grand Slam tournaments finals five times and the Wimbledon finals eight times. In addition to Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal, he is the third tennis player to receive career Grand Slams separately on clay, grass, and hard courts. He has won 252 matches, considered the most in men’s Grand Slam tournaments. He is an Olympian gold medalist in doubles. Roger Federer, along with his rivals Nadal, Djokovic, and Andy Murray, constitute the big four of the all-time greatest and their period is considered the golden era of men’s tennis.

2. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal Parera, popularly known as Rafael Nadal, was born to Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Mallorca, and Balearic Islands in Spain. He is six feet one inch tall and weighs 85 kgs. He turned professional in 2001. He is a former World No. 1 and as of April 22, 2013 ATP ranks him No. 5. He is one of the all-time greatest players of tennis. He is especially known for his performance on clay courts and has been nicknamed The King of Clay. Many sports analysts and critics consider him the all-time greatest clay court player. He has won eleven Grand Slam Singles titles, of which seven are French Open titles, an all-time record. Having won the 2012 French Open, he became the second male tennis player who has won Grand Slam seven times. He has also won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles.

3. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi was born to Emmanuel Agassi and Elizabeth Agassi on April 29, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. He is five feet eleven inches tall and his weight is 80 kgs. He turned professional in 1986 and retired on September 3, 2006. He is the former World No. 1 and he dominated the game from early 1990s to mid 2000. He is considered the best service returner in the history of tennis. On his retirement BBC commented ‘perhaps the biggest worldwide star in the sport’s history’. He is the only man to win the ATP Tour World Championship in 1990 and to win the Career Golden Slam. The achievement was called the Career Super Slam by Supports Illustrated. Agassi is an eight time Grand Slam champion and an Olympics gold medalist.

4. Rod Laver

 Rod Laver
Rod Laver

Rodney George Laver MBE, often known as Rod Laver, was born on August 9, 1938 in Queensland, Australia. He is five feet eight inches tall. He turned professional in 1962 and retired in 1979. He has won 200 titles, the most singles titles in the history of tennis. He had been World No.1 consecutively from 1964 to 1970. He has won nineteen majors, of which eleven are Grand Slam Tournament titles and eight are Pro Slam titles. The former tennis player Dan Maskell, who was also a radio and television tennis commentator and was better known as the BBC’s voice of tennis, commented upon Laver’s game, saying that he was ‘technically faultless, from his richly varied serve to his feather-light touch on drop volleys plus a backhand drive carrying destructive topspin when needed or controlling slice when the situation demanded it.’

5. Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick

Andrew Stephen Roddick, commonly known as Andy Roddick was born to Jerry and Blanche Roddick on August 30, 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is six feet two inches tall and weighs 88.6 Kgs. He turned professional in 2000 and retired on September 2012. Roddick had reached four Grand Slam finals including Wimbledon 2004, 2005, 2009, and U.S Open 2006. He is a former World No.1 professional tennis player. In the 2003 U.S. Open he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero and became the Grand Slam singles champion. He idolized Andre Agassi. During the 2012 U.S. Open, he announced his retirement after the tournament.

6. Cyril Saulnier

Cyril Saulnier
Cyril Saulnier

Cyril Saulnier was born on August 16, 1975 in Toulon, France. His weight is 84 kgs. and his height is 6ft 3 inches. He turned professional in 1996 and retired in 2007. He reached SAP Open Final in San Jose in 2005. This achievement brought him to the Top 50 and he was ranked World No. 48 in March 2005. During an interview, answering the question if it was always difficult for him to play on clay, he said, ‘Well, this year I was able to adapt to clay easier. I adapted my movements and the sliding on clay pretty fast. I know the rallies are longer than when you play on hard courts, so for fast court specialists, it needs a certain time of adaptation on clay. You have to be very flexible to pick up new habits.’

7. Tim Henman

Tim Henman
Tim Henman

Timothy Henry Henman OBE was born to Tony and Jane on September 6, 1974 in Oxford, England. Tim Henman’s weight is 77 kgs. and he is six feet one inch tall. He started playing tennis at an early age and turned professional in 1993. Next to Roger Taylor, he was the only British player to reach the semi-finals of the Men’s Singles Championship. He reached six Grand Slam semi finals and won 15 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) titles, of which eleven were in singles and four were in doubles. He was ranked world No. 4 and was the most successful Open Era male tennis player. The Open Era playing started in 1968 when the Grand Slam Tournaments allowed professionals to compete with the amateurs in all tournaments.

8. Novak Djokovic

 Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was born to Srdan and Dijana on May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He is six feet two inches tall and his weight is 80 kgs. He turned professional in 2003. ATP has ranked him World No. 1. He is considered one of the greatest tennis players in history. He has won six Grand Slam singles titles, which include titles in the 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Australian Open, the 2011 Wimbledon championships, and the 2012 U.S.Open. He is the first Serbian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title. In addition to the Serbian language, he is fluent in English, German and Italian languages.

9. Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras

Peter Sampras, commonly known as Pete Sampras, was born to Sammy and Georgian August 12, 1971 in Potomac, Maryland, U.S. He is six feet one inch tall and weighs 77 kgs. He turned professional in 1988 and retired in 2002. He has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles and ranks among the all-time greatest tennis players. He was the year”œend World No. 1 from 1993 to 1998. Along with Roger Federer, he won seven Wimbledon singles championships. He was the last American male to win Wimbledon 2000 and the 1990 ATP.

10. Roy Emerson

Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson

Roy Stanley Emerson was born on November 3, 1936 in Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia. He turned professional in 1968 and retired in 1983. He is a former World No. 1. He has won 12 Grand Slam tournaments singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournament men’s doubles titles. His total 28 major titles are a record in the history of tennis. He is the only tennis player who has won singles and doubles titles at all the four Grand Slam events. Having won 12 majors, he is superseded by two players only: Pete Sampras, who has won 14 majors, and Roger Federer, who has won 17 majors. Tennis critics and sport analysts rank him among the all-time greatest tennis players.

Conclusion:

Games are perhaps the most active field to show gender discrimination. Tennis is played by males, females and by couples of opposite sex. Considering the evolution of tennis, it may be a probability that in future, either there will be no male and female games separately or in addition to male, female and mixed, another category of LGBT might be introduced. Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are considered the big four male tennis players as of 2012.

Tea Time Quiz

[forminator_poll id="23176"]
 

Leave a Reply