Born on September 2, 1952, James Scott Connors was a former world No. 1 tennis player. In honor of September 2nd, Connors’s birthday, let’s take a look at 10 of the greatest Tennis men players in history.
Bjorn Borg was a former world No. 1 tennis player. He won 4 consecutive French Open titles and five consecutive titles at Wimbledon from 1976-1980. Borg won his first French Open when he was barely 18 years old. During his 10-year career, Bjorn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slams, 101 career titles, 15 Grand Prix Super Series, three year-end championships and total career prize money of $3,655,751. Bjorn Borg retired at age 26, but he remains of the best tennis players in history.
Bjorn Borg of Sweden holds the trophy aloft after defeating Jimmy Connors of the United States during the Men’s Singles Final match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 8 July 1978 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
On July 24, 1980, Borg tied the knot with tennis pro-Mariana Simonescu after his win against John McEnroe. Their marriage was dissolved in 1984. After going through another divorce in 1993, Borg married Patricia Ostfeld in 2002.
John McEnroe started his career as a tennis ball player in 1978. McEnroe is a 7 Grand Slam Singles Titles winner – 4 US Open and 3 Wimbledon. McEnroe lost the 1980 Wimbledon final to Bjorn Borg. He won the ATP Player of the Year and was named the ITF World Champion three times respectively in 1981, 1983 and 1984.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, presents the trophy to American tennis player John McEnroe after he beat Bjorn Borg to win the Men’s Singles title on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, London, 4th July 1981. (Photo by Rob Taggart/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Before he retired in 1992, he had won 105 career titles. After his divorce from award-winning actress Tatum O’Neal, McEnroe got married to rock singer Patty Smyth in 1997. John McEnroe was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
James Scott Connors
James Scott Connors became a professional tennis player in 1972. Between 1974 and 1977, Connors held the top ATP ranking for 160 consecutive weeks, a record broken by Roger Federer on February 26, 2007. Known widely as Jimmy Connors, he was banned from taking part in the French Open because of his association with World Team Tennis. During his career, Jimmy Connors won 8 Grand Slam titles, 17 Grand Prix Super Series, and three year-end championships.
1974: American tennis player Jimmy Connors, holding his trophy after winning the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
In 1974, Jimmy Connors got engaged to tennis champ Chris Evert. The couple broke off the engagement shortly before the Wimbledon championship in 1975. Connors later married Playboy model Patti McGuire. Connors holds the record of being one of only six men to win more than 3 Grand Slam singles title in a calendar year. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.
Born on April 29, 1970, Andre Agassi started playing professional tennis at the age of 16. During his career, he won 8 Grand Slam singles tournaments in 15 Grand Slam final appearances. Agassi is the only male to win the Career Super Slam, winning 4 Grand Slams, the Olympic singles gold medal, and the ATP World Tour Finals.
Andre Agassi. (Photo by Manuella DUPONT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
He has the 7th most career match wins in the Open Era, and the 8th all-time leader in earnings with prize money of US$31,152,975. In 2001, Andre Agassi married tennis legend and 22-time Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf. He retired in 2006 after a 20-year tennis career with a total of 61 career titles. In 2011, Agassi was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
Ivan Lendl is regarded as one of the world’s greatest tennis player. In the 80s, he was the world’s No. 1 tennis player for 270 weeks. Lendl started playing as a pro in 1978. Between 1981 and 1991, Lendl appeared in 19 Grand Slam singles finals and won 11 of them. Lendl also won 7 year-end championships.
Tennis player Ivan Lendl wins the Men’s Singles title at the 1984 French Open in Paris. (Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images)
During the course of Ivan Lendl’s career, he compiled a 1,071-239 record, 144 career titles and career prize money of $21,262,417. In 1989, Lendl got married to Samantha Frankel after losing the US Open finals to Boris Becker. In 2001 Ivan Lendl was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981, in Basel, Switzerland. It’s not hard to see why he is the greatest man ever to grace the tennis court. At the age of 19, he was able to beat against seven-time champion Pete Sampras which signaled the start of his great career. Since then, Roger Federer has won 98 career titles including 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles surpassing Sampras record of 14 Grand Slam win.
The French Open at Roland Garros – Roger Federer celebrates winning the men’s final with the trophy. (Photo by liewig christian/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Switzerland star at a time held the World No. 1 ranking for 310 weeks. At the age of 36, Roger Federer is married to Miroslava Federer, a former Women’s Tennis Association player. Federer may be well past his prime, but his recent accomplishments have shown that he is one of the greatest players in the history of tennis.
Popularly known as The King of Clay, Nadal is highly qualified to be among the top 10 men tennis player of all times. Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986, in Balearic Island Spain. Nadal started playing professional tennis in 2001 after receiving training from his uncle Toni Nadal, a former professional tennis player. Rafael Nadal is currently ranked by the ATPas the world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis.
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 10: Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the men’s singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
At the age of 32, Nadal has won 72 career titles, 17 Grand Slam titles, and an Olympic gold medal in 2008. He also holds the record as the highest French Open winner with 11 titles. The fact that he is still involved in competitive tennis makes him considered as the player who has the potential to beat the records set by Roger Federer.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning the Final Of The Gentlemen’s Singles against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2015, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Serbian born professional tennis player Novak Djokovic is married to Jelena Djokovic with two kids. Djokovic started his professional career in 2003 when he entered the ATP World Tour. He is said to be one of the greatest tennis players of our time as he has won 69 career titles, 13 Grand Slam singles titles, 12 ATP World Tour, and 500 tournaments. Djokovic held the No. 1 position in the ATP rankings for a total of 223 weeks. In 2011, he won 3 Grand Slam titles making him the 6th male player to win 3 Grand Slams in 1 year. When he reached the French Open Final in 2012, he became the 9th player in history to reach the final of all 4 Grand Slam singles tournaments. Novak Djokovic is also the first player to beat Roger Federer at all 4 Grand Slams.
Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981, Rod Laver is a player that would forever be remembered in the game of Tennis. He was born on August 8, 1938, in Queensland, California.
Australian tennis players Rod Laver (left) and Ken Rosewall shake hands as they hold their trophies by the clay court at Roland Garros for the French Tennis Internationals, Paris, France, June 7, 1969. (Photo by Agence France Presse)
Laver started playing professional tennis in 1962 and retired in 1979. During the course of his 17 years of playing professional tennis, Rod Laver had 200 career titles more than anyone in the history of the game, 11 Grand Slam Singles Titles (3 Australian Open, 2 French Open, 2 US Open, 4 Wimbledon), 9 Pro Slam Singles Titles (3 US Pro, 4 Wembley Pro, 1 French Pro, 1 Wimbledon Pro). He was ranked as the first position in the world for seven consecutive years (1964 – 1970). Laver is the only player to win the Grand Slam twice as a pro and as an amateur.
Pete Sampras was born on August 12, 1971. He is a retired American tennis player who was known as the best player in the game during his prime days. Many loved him for his humility and self-confidence. Sampras was known for his accurate and powerful right-handed backhand shot which earned him the nickname Pistol Pete.
Pete Sampras of the US holds up the trophy as Andre Agassi of the US looks on after their men’s singles final match at the US Open Tennis Tournament 08 September 2002 at Flushing Meadows, NY. Sampras won his 14th grand slam title over Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
His accomplishments include 64 career titles, 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles (2 Australian Open, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open). He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007. Pete Sampras was World number 1 for six consecutive years and established himself as the greatest male tennis player until Roger Federer surpassed his records.