1. Novak Djokovic. Born in 1987 in Yugoslavia Djokovic is an easy choice for this list, not only because of his tremendous achievements thus far, but because at only 29 he’s easily got another 10 years to keep winning and breaking records. In 2016 he won the French Open, making him the eighth man to have a Grand Slam win in the course of his career. 2016 was a good year for him as he also won the Australian Open, and has a total of twelve Grand Slam titles already.
2. Rafael Nadal. Like Djokovic, Spaniard Nadal, at the age of 30, still has the potential to add a handful of Grand Slam titles to his already impressive career. He’s best known for his clay court wins and rivals that other tennis great Bjorn Borg int hat regard. He’s suffered from injury and tendinitis in the past, but after a brief hiatus he returned to the courts in 2013 and won both the French and US Opens. If he manages to stay in good condition and avoid further injury he could easily go on to break many records still.
3. Andre Agassi. The American Andre Agassi is perhaps as famous for his cavalier and cocky showmanship as his wins. But with so much talent and so many wins it’s hard to blame him for being a bit brash at times. In addition to winning the amount of titles he did, he and his wife Steffi Graf (easily on any top five list of women’s tennis players herself) are active members of their community and fundraise for charity on a regular basis.
4. Ivan Lendl. Younger readers may not be immediately familiar with Lendl whose career spanned from 1978 to 1994. However, with 94 career titles and 8 Grand Slam victories, he’s certainly one to be well aware of. The opposite of Agassi, whom he completed against several times, he was known for his quiet and almost Stoic demeanour on the courts. His achievements were honoured in 2001 when he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
5. Bjorn Borg. No list of this nature would come close to being complete without the addition of Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg, who dominated the courts from 1973 to 1983, when he retired. With 64 career titles and 11 Grand Slam victories (including an impressive 5 Wimbledon wins), he’s not necessarily the most decorated, but his skill at bested other tennis greats like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe show that this man was a force to be reckoned with and is certainly one of the stars of the 20th century. He now has a successful line of clothes that bear his name.