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List: Top Ten Greatest Tennis Players of the Last 40 Years

Date: 2005

Source: 'Tennis' magazine (USA)

Base: All tennis players 1965 to 2005.

Notes: This particular top ten is a disgrace. Apparently a range of tennis 'experts' were invited to vote, but how they managed to formulate these rankings is beyond your editor's ken. Pete Sampras best player ever? He was a power monkey who couldn't even win at Roland Garros. Rod Laver at eight? He should be number one as the only man to win the true 'Grand Slam' in the 'Open' era (i.e. when tennis went fully pro). No Agassi? He came in twelfth on the list yet he won all four Slam titles. Lendl makes tenth, edging out the great John McEnroe into 11th - another mistake. Roger Federer only came in 19th despite being clearly the best all-round player ever to grace a tennis court. This is a filthy top-ten and the 'experts' here are totally wrong. Shame on them all.

Rank

Player

Country

1.

Pete Sampras

United States

2.

Martina Navratilova

Czechoslovakia

3.

Steffi Graf

Germany

4.

Chris Evert

United States

5.

Bjorn Borg

Sweden

6.

Margaret Court

Australia

7.

Jimmy Connors

United States

8.

Rod Laver

Australia

9.

Billie Jean King

United States

10.

Ivan Lendl

Czechoslovakia


  
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