Who is the World's All Time Greatest Tennis Player?

We are compiling a list of the greatest athletes from the sport of tennis, which will then be voted on and the winner placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (all sports). The first stage is to get nominations for tennis before the vote is started.

See the current list below of top players, compiled using other published lists and visitor feedback. If you believe that there is someone missing from this list, please place a comment below, including any relevant details about the person.

A somewhat similar poll to determine the Greatest Tennis Athlete of All Time was conducted on the ESPN Sport Science website in 2012 - looking for the greatest athlete, not player, from the sport of tennis.

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Tennis Greatest Players

The athletes below are listed in no particular order - once the shortlist is complete then you will be able to vote for who you think is the greatest of all. This list is not complete - if you know of someone who should be listed here, let us know using the comment form below.

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Andre Agassi
Bill Tilden
Björn Borg
Donald Budge
Jack Kramer
Jimmy Conners
Lew Hoad
Pancho Gonzalez
Pete Sampras
Rafael Nadal the fourth man in the Open era to claim a Career Grand Slam
Rod Laver
Roger Federer


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Billie Jean King
Martina Navratilova
Monica Seles
Serena Williams
Steffi Graf
Venus Williams

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