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YGK Tennis

He weighed just 145 pounds in his playing days but his massive left arm generated incredible topspin shots. The only player to win the Grand Slam twice—in 1962 as an amateur, and in 1969 as a professional—he took 11 major singles titles overall. Rod Laver
Turning pro in 1963, he won five U.S. Pro Championships; had he been allowed to play the majors from ’63 to ’67, he likely would hold the wins record instead of Pete Sampras. Rod Laver
Martina Navratilova and Pete Sampras both idolized this Australian tennis great, the first to earn $1 million in a career. Rod Laver
Burst onto the scene in 1990, when he became the youngest man ever to win the U.S. Open. He would take five U.S. Opens and two Australian Opens, but his greatest accomplishments came on the Wimbledon grass. Pete Sampras "Pistol Pete"
Starting in 1993 he won the tournament seven times in eight years, losing only to Richard Krajicek in the quarterfinals in 1996. The last Wimbledon win (2000) gave him the all-time men’s major record, passing Roy Emerson’s 12. Pete Sampras "Pistol Pete"
Married to actress Bridgette Wilson, he silenced his critics (who thought he was washed up) by defeating Andre Agassi for the 2002 U.S. Open title—then he retired. Pete Sampras "Pistol Pete"
On both grass and clay in the late 1970s, resistance to him was futile; he won Wimbledon five straight years (1976–80) and the French Open six times, for a total of 11 majors. Bjorn Borg
He got started at age nine, after his father won a tennis racket in a ping-pong tournament and gave it to him. He took his first French in 1974 and dominated through 1981, when John McEnroe finally knocked him off at Wimbledon. Bjorn Borg
He then inexplicably retired at 26; he tried an unsuccessful comeback in the early 1990s. Bjorn Borg
Despite his great success, he never won the U.S. Open (reaching the final four times). He played at the Australian Open only once, usually preferring to take the winter months off. Bjorn Borg
Between 1920 and 1925, he was almost unstoppable: He won six straight U.S. championships and took Wimbledon both times he played. Bill Tilden
He was nicknamed “Big Bill” for two reasons: He stood 6-foot-2 with his trademark “cannonball” serve and he faced “Little Bill” Johnston in six out of seven U.S. finals. Bill Tilden
In all, he won ten majors (seven U.S., three Wimbledon) and turned professional in 1930—winning a pro title at age 42 and competing in barnstorming tours until he was 50. Bill Tilden
This tennis greatalso loved the theater; he performed in several Broadway shows (including the lead in “Dracula”), but lost a lot of money backing failed ventures. Bill Tilden
His father boxed for Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics; his own Olympic exploits included the 1996 tennis gold. Born in Las Vegas, he reached the world’s #3 ranking at age 18 but was better known for his image than for his play. Andre Agassi
Perhaps the greatest returner and baseline player ever, he won his first major on Wimbledon grass in 1992. Briefly married to Brooke Shields, he fell to #141 in the world in 1997, but after they divorced, Agassi rededicated himself to the game. Andre Agassi
In 1999 he won the French Open, becoming just the fifth man to complete the career Grand Slam. In all, he has won eight major singles titles (five since 1999), and is now married to women’s great Steffi Graf. Andre Agassi
Though perhaps best known for his fiery temper and abuse of referees (with taunts like “You can’t be serious!”), he was the dominant player of the early 1980s. John McEnroe
He almost ended Borg’s run of Wimbledons in a five-set thriller in 1980, but succeeded the following year. In 1984, he compiled an 82–3 record, winning Wimbledon and his fourth U.S. Open, for a total of seven majors. John McEnroe
As a 17-year old amateur qualifier, he made the semifinals of Wimbledon, and in 1979 he won the first of three straight U.S. Opens. John McEnroe
An outstanding doubles player as well, he won 77 titles, many with partner Peter Fleming. He also played in the Davis Cup 12 times, captaining the U.S. team in 2000. John McEnroe
The first black man to win either the U.S. Championship (1968) or Wimbledon (1975), he was also the first American tennis player to earn over $100,000 in one year (1970). Arthur Ashe
Once claimed that he would consider himself a failure if he were remembered only for tennis. Arthur Ashe
The author of Hard Road to Glory, a history of black athletes, he announced in 1992 that tainted blood from a 1983 heart surgery had given him the AIDS virus. The current home of the U.S. Open, was named for him in 1997. Arthur Ashe
Born in Prague, she defected to the United States in 1975 because the Czech Tennis Federation had taken most of her earnings. . Martina Navratilova
She won 18 singles Grand Slams (58 overall), 167 total singles titles, and even more doubles crowns, many with partner Pam Shriver. Martina Navratilova
In 2003 tied Billie Jean King with 20 overall Wimbledons, taking the mixed doubles… at age 46! Martina Navratilova
A Wimbledon finalist at 37, she retired from singles in 1994, but returned to play doubles in 2000. Martina Navratilova
A bit heavy early in her career, Navratilova won the first two of her nine Wimbledons in 1978–79 but subsequent losses led her to pursue a grueling fitness regimen which paid off. Martina Navratilova
Her most devastating shot earned her the moniker “Fraulein Forehand.” She turned pro at age 13 and steadily rose through the rankings, garnering the #1 ranking and her first major (French) in 1987. Stefi Graf
In 1988, she made history by winning the Grand Slam and the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics, the only player ever to go 5-for-5 in one year. Stefi Graf
Seven Wimbledons, six French, five U.S., and four Australians add up to 22 major career singles crowns—the last coming at the French in 1999 after two years of major back injuries. Stefi Graf
She retired in the fall of 1999, and is now raising her son Jaden with her husband Andre Agassi. Stefi Graf
Queen of the Clay Courts, she won the French Open a record seven times and rolled off a 125-match win streak on the surface. Chris Evert
As a 15-year old, she upset Margaret Court, who had just won the Grand Slam. 1974 was the first of a record 13 straight years in which she won a major—several of them hard fought against her rival, Martina Navratilova. Chris Evert
In all, she took 18 Grand Slam singles titles, and was the first female player to win $1 million in her career. She was married to British tennis player John Lloyd for eight years, but they divorced in 1987, and she then wed Olympic skier Andy Mill. Chris Evert
Her records themselves are impressive: 12 Grand Slam singles wins (including six Wimbledons) and 20 overall Wimbledon titles. Billie Jean King
She, however, is best known for advancing women’s athletics. Her brother, Randy Moffitt, pitched for the San Francisco Giants; she herself reached a #4 world ranking in 1960 and turned pro eight years later. Billie Jean King
At the time, prize money for women was paltry, so she co-founded the Virginia Slims Tour, and in 1971 became the first female athlete to earn $100,000 in a year. Billie Jean King
Two years later, in front of over 30,000 at the Astrodome, she whipped Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes.” King retired in 1983, but not before winning a singles tournament at age 39. Billie Jean King
The most prolific winner, male or female, she amassed 62 Grand Slam titles, 24 of them in singles (3 Wimbledon, 5 French, 5 U.S., and 11 in her native Australia). Margaret Smith Court
In 1970 she became the second woman (after Maureen Connolly) to win the Grand Slam, taking 21 singles championships overall that year; less impressive was her 1973 loss to 55-year old Bobby Riggs. Margaret Smith Court
She did defeat Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs’s nemesis, 22 of 32 times. She retired in 1977 and became a lay minister. Margaret Smith Court
Born in Compton, California and coached from an early age by father Richard, the sisters have taken the game to new levels and to more people. Venus and Serena Williams
This Williams sister broke through first, reaching the final of the U.S. Open in 1997. She hit #1 by sweeping Wimbledon and the U.S. Opens in both 2000 and 2001. Venus Wiiliams
The younger Williams sister won a Grand Slam before her older sister did (1999 U.S. Open) Serena Williams
These tennis sisters are both fashion designers while the oldest designs interiors. Venus and Serena Williams
California native nicknamed “Little Miss Poker Face” because her expression rarely changed on the court, Helen Wills Moody
Nonetheless, she dominated her competition; between 1927 and 1932 she did not even drop a set! She won 19 major singles crowns—out of 22 entered—including eight Wimbledons, six U.S., and four French championships, Helen Wills Moody
Her play contrasted with that of the other great woman of the era, the emotional Suzanne Lenglen of France, though they met only once (as Lenglen turned pro) Helen Wills Moody
in 1928 becoming the first player to win three Grand Slams in one season. she also swept the singles and doubles gold medals at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Helen Wills Moody
Spanish tennis great who has won a record nine French Open singles titles and is one of only two men to win all four majors and Olympic gold. Rafael Nadal
Serbian professional tennis player who won his first of multiple Grand Slam championships in 2008 and took over the world's No. 1 ranking in 2011. Novak Djokovic
Russian who won various honors throughout her career, including the 2012 and 2014 French Open and a silver medal in women's singles at the 2012 Olympics. Maria Sharapova
Created by: Mr_Morman