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

How do you determine the greatest ever tennis player - the GOAT? It is not just the number of tournaments won, you also need to consider the people they played and era in which they played.

We are compiling a list of some of the greatest tennis players from the history of tennis, which will then be voted on with 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 (physical attributes), not the greatest overall player.

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Tennis' Greatest Male 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.

Tennis' Greatest Female Players



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