This is a list of Top 7 World Best Tennis Players male/female singles tennis players, both past and present. It includes players who have been officially ranked among the top 7 singles. Players who have won more than one Grand Slam singles title or have been ranked world no. 1 in singles, Players who are still active on the tour . . . . .
7. ROGER FEDERER
Roger Federer born 8 August 1981 is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player and has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 302 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks. Federer turned professional in 1998 and was continuously ranked in the top ten from October 2002 to November 2016. The Swiss star now owns 19 majors after he lifting both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017, winning the latter without dropping a single set.
6. ROD LAVER
Rodney George Laver born 9 August 1938 is an Australian former tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. He was the No. 1 ranked professional from 1964 to 1970, spanning four years before and three years after the start of the Open Era in 1968. He also was the No. 1 ranked amateur in 1961–62. Laver’s 200 singles titles are the most in tennis history. This included his all-time men’s record of 10 or more titles per year for seven consecutive years (1964–70). He excelled on all of the court surfaces of his time: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet.
Laver straddled the move from the amateur to the Open (or professional) eras of tennis, therefore not only making him one of the best tennis players in history but also one of the most important.Although Laver’s 200 singles titles are the most in tennis history, it was his ability to pull off a second calendar-year sweep of all four Grand Slam tournaments in 1969 – seven years after his first Slam sweep! – That will forever underscore his greatness.
Despite being banned from playing the Grand Slam tournaments for the five years prior to the Open Era, he won 11 singles titles. Laver is the only player to twice achieve the calendar-year Grand Slam, in 1962 and 1969, and the latter remains the only time a man has done so in the Open Era.
5. RAFAEL NADAL
Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera born 3 June 1986 is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked World No. 1 in men’s singles. Known as “The King of Clay”, he is widely regarded as the greatest clay-court player in history. His evolution into an all-court threat has established him as one of the greatest tennis players ever. With a 23-14 career advantage over rival Roger Federer and a 9-3 advantage in major championships, the fiery Spaniard has been a force to be reckoned with since the mid-noughties, winning 16 grand slams in his professional career.
Nadal has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, an all-time record of 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, tied with Novak Djokovic, and an all-time record 18 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, tied with Roger Federer. He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. Nadal is renowned among tennis fans for his relentless work ethic and unparalleled mental strength, both of which were on full display when he overcame Federer in the final of Wimbledon in 2008. A five-set thriller spread over 4 hours and 48 minutes would ultimately see Nadal reign supreme in one of the greatest games ever witnessed.
4. PETE SAMPRAS
Pete Sampras born August 12, 1971 is a retired American tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. He was a right-handed player with a single-handed backhand and a precise and powerful serve that earned him the nickname “Pistol Pete”. His professional career began in 1988 and ended at the 2002 US Open, which he won, defeating rival Andre Agassi in the final. Sampras was the first man to win 14 Grand Slam singles titles (seven Wimbledon, five US Open, two Australian Open). Sampras was never as great from the baseline as Andre Agassi was, but he didn’t need to be. The American’s 14 major titles speak volumes for his right is ranked among the best tennis players.
3. BJORN BORG
Björn Rune Borg born 6 June 1956 is a Swedish former world No. 1 tennis player widely considered to be one of the greatest in the history of the sport. Between 1974 and 1981 he became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles (six at the French Open and five consecutive at Wimbledon. He also won three year-end championships and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles. Overall, he set numerous records that still stand. Borg was a teenage prodigy who played Davis Cup at 15 and was barely 18 when he won his first French Open.
But being ranked No. 1 wore greatly on him.
Borg’s career-defining moment came when John McEnroe passed the Swedish star for the No. 1 ranking by defeating him at the 1981 US Open. Borg made himself the biggest “What if?” in men’s tennis history by skipping the post-match news conference and leaving the stadium without showering, taking a car directly to JFK Airport and leaving town. He retired for the first time a few months later, with 11 Slam titles. He was only 26. He retired for the first time a few months later, with 11 Slam titles. He was only 26, but to this day remains one of the best tennis players to grace the men’s game.
2. NOVAK DJOKOVIC
Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Новак Ђоковић, Novak Đoković, pronouborn 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Djokovic’s victory over Federer in the 2014 Wimbledon final made him – not Rafael Nadal – the first man to defeat Federer at all four Grand Slams. Djokovic had also eclipsed what appeared to be a fading Nadal as the player with the best chance to beat Federer’s major record, but both Nadal and Federer have brought those ambitions to a halt as they’ve won three majors between them this season.
It doesn’t hurt that Djokovic has a slight advantage in head-to-head matches against both Federer (23-22) and Nadal (25-23), and he certainly made hay while the sun shone in men’s tennis, but at this point in time it seems “The Joker” won’t be having the last laugh over his rivals. Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth most (equal with Roy Emerson) in history, and held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 223 weeks. In majors, Djokovic has won six Australian Open titles (the only male player to win 3 consecutive Australian Open during open era), three Wimbledon titles, two US Open titles and one French Open title.
1. SERENA WILLIAMS
Serena Jameka Williams born September 26, 1981 is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight occasions, from 2002 to 2017. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002. On the sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf for the most consecutive weeks as world No. 1 by a female tennis player.
In total, she has been world No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks her third in the Open Era among female tennis players. Some commentators, players and sports writers regard her as the greatest female tennis player of all time. She has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. As a team, she and Venus have the third most women’s doubles grand slam titles, behind the 18 titles of Natasha Zvereva (14 with Gigi Fernández) and the record 20 titles won by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships in the singles division.