Tennis is one of the most popular sport and mostly known as the game of power.It is an Olympic sport played at all levels both individually and now in pair of two mostly known as doubles.Different players ruled in the tennis at different times and won various titles.The heights of tennis titles is called the Grand slam and the tournament is played four times in a year in Australia, United Kingdom, France and USA. In this article thus, we examine the top 8 players to have won the most Grand slam titles in history;
8. Bill Tilden – 10 Grand Slam Titles
He won 7 Wimbledon and 3 U.S Open Grand Slam Titles. Tilden was the Federer of the flapper era, a singular performer who won six consecutive United States championships (and seven over all) in the 1920s. Like Federer, who will try for his sixth consecutive United States Open title this year, the 80th anniversary of Tilden’s last national championship, Tilden had an arsenal that included a rocket serve and every shot in the instruction books as well as a few more he invented on the run.A backcourt specialist, Tilden was considered the best player of his generation. After World War II, he organized the Professional Tennis Players Association, a precursor to the ATP Tour. He wrote volumes on the game, including “Match Play and Spin of the Ball,” which Jack Kramer and John Newcombe, among others, later quoted like Scripture.And yet, if not for Federer’s Open success reviving his memory, Tilden would remain largely forgotten, his tennis legacy overshadowed by his vices. He was attracted to young boys in his later years. Shunned by tennis, he died virtually penniless in 1953, at age 60.
6. Bjorn Borg – 11 Grand Slam Titles
He won 6 French Open and 5 Wimbledon Titles.The greatest Swedish tennis player of all time. His career was brief, but still produced many bright spots nonetheless. He won 11 Grand Slam singles titles between 1974 and 1981. All of the titles came at either the French Open, or Wimbledon. In 1976, Borg won Wimbledon without losing a set, and became the youngest player to ever win Wimbledon at just 20-years-of age. Boris Becker broke that record in 1985, winning the title at the age of 17. From 1978 to 1980, he won the French, and Wimbledon each year. In the early 90s, Borg attempted to make a comeback on the professional tour. Wooden rackets were no longer used though, and Borg was unsuccessful. New rackets, new game. With 11 Grand Slam singles titles, Borg ranks fourth on the all-time list behind only Pete Sampras, Roy Emerson, and Roger Federer. He brought a playing style that changed the game, and served as an example for many of today’s players. Borg delivered powerful ground-strokes constantly, and used a two-handed backhand. It’s similar to a slap shot in hockey—a game he watched as a child. He would hit the ball hard, and high from the baseline, bringing it down with a topspin.These shots, and his fitness allowed him to dominate the French, and Wimbledon. Great strength, stamina, quickness, and coolness were all put into Borg’s play. His calm manner on the court earned him the nickname “Ice Man”. The Swede’s physical conditioning was superb, and he was able to outlast most of his opponents in the worst conditions.
6. Rod Lavar – 11 Grand Slam Titles
He is one of the very few tennis players to have won all career Grand slams.3 Australian Open, 2 French Open, 4 Wimbledon and 2 U.S Open Grand slam titles.It is the name that ultimately no one argues about. In the debate about which man is the greatest of all time, Rod Laver is invariably the yardstick.Even those who never saw him play, who have only heard tell of his achievements, bracket him with Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, with Don Budge and Pancho Gonzalez, with Bill Tilden and Jack Kramer.Were it not for the five-year hiatus before the arrival of the Open era, most believe that Laver would have put the big “GOAT” question beyond argument. For if he had remained an amateur and so been allowed to play in the 21 Grand Slams between 1963 and the Australian Open in January 1968, who knows what Slam target Federer might yet have to reach?In the years either side of that five-year “black hole,” Laver notched up 11 singles titles. He was in his prime, reaching his full potential.Had he won just half of the Slams available to the amateur tour, he could have exceeded 20 titles, and there is every reason to think he would have done just that.Laver’s chief contenders during his golden decade were both Australian and both formidable. Roy Emerson took the amateur route in 1963, and Ken Rosewall pursued a professional career with Laver.While the former won their first two Slam finals in 1961, Laver took revenge the next year by beating Emerson in three Slam finals and took the fourth Slam of the year from Marty Mulligan for good measure.For good measure, Laver also beat another of the era’s greats, Gonzalez, in one of the most prestigious events of the year, the U.S. Pro Championships.
ALSO READ: 10 Interesting Facts About Muhammad Ali
4. Roy Emerson – 12 Grand Slam titles.
He is also one of the few players to have won all the Grand slam titles. He won 6 Australian titles, 2 French Open, 2 Wimbledon and 2 U.S Open Grand slam titles. He is an Australian former number one amateur tennis player who won 12 amateur Grand Slam tournament singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournament men’s doubles titles (14 amateur. 2 open). He is the only male player to have completed an amateur Career Grand Slam (winning titles at all four Grand Slam events) in both singles and doubles. His 28 Major titles (26 amateur, 2 open) are an all-time record for a male amateur player. Roy Emerson is the first male player to win each amateur Major title at least twice in his career. In the history of tennis, only Margaret Court achieved this feat before him. He is one of only seven men to win all four Majors in his career (the others are Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal). Laver, Agassi, Federer and Nadal did it in the “open” era. He was the first male player to win 12 Majors, though all his majors were won as an amateur, when most of the world’s best players (above all Laver and Rosewall) were in the pros.Emerson won 55 consecutive matches during 1964 and finished the year with 109 victories out of 115 matches. He won three of the year’s four Grand Slam events that year (failing to win only the French Open). During his amateur career Emerson received several offers to turn professional, including an £38,000 offer made at the end of 1964 by Jack Kramer, but declined and opted to remain an amateur. Emerson was the World No. 1 amateur player in 1964 and 1965 according to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and in 1967 according to Rex Bellamy. In 1965, he successfully defended his Australian and Wimbledon singles crowns. He was the heavy favourite to win Wimbledon again in 1966, but during his fourth round match he skidded while chasing the ball and crashed into the umpire’s stand, injuring his shoulder. He still finished the match, but was unable to win. Emerson’s last Major singles title came at the French Championships in 1967 – the year before the open era began.His 12 Major singles titles stood as a men’s record until 2000, when it was surpassed by Pete Sampras. Emerson had 10 straight victories in Grand Slam tournament finals (the last ten in which he participated), which remains an all time record. Emerson’s final Grand Slam doubles title was won in 1971 at Wimbledon (partnering Laver). His 16 Grand Slam doubles crowns were won with five different partners. From 1960–1965, he won six consecutive French Open men’s doubles titles.
4. Novak Djokovic – 12 Grand Slam titles
He has won 6 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 3 Wimbledon and 2 U.S Open Grand Slam Titles.at the 2008 Australian Open, the tug-of-war for control of tennis’ throne was interrupted. At the only major that Federer and Nadal failed to win that year, Novak Djokovic became the first man from Serbia to win a Grand Slam crown. It was his first audible knock at the castle door.It was as if Djokovic was in disbelief that his name belonged. The 20-year-old cracked open a door that Federer and Nadal had, for the most part, kept slammed shut for years. Later on in 2008, a 21-year-old Andy Murray reached his first major final at the US Open. Both the Scot and Djokovic had stuck a foot into what was Federer and Nadal’s realm, previously untouched. A classic rivalry became that much more enthralling with two players who could push the best of the best to be even better.Their competition led to dominion over the men’s tour. The four players have made up 53 of the 64 Grand Slam finalists since 2008 and have won 42 combined majors since the start of 2004. Together, they have become widely recognized as the “Big Four.” Year after year each has taken a turn in the spotlight — dating back to 2008, any time one captured multiple majors in a season, they did not the following campaign – but none of them truly broke away to be alone as clearly, without a doubt, the best.Until now. Djokovic put together one of the best campaigns in tennis history in 2015 — he won three majors, the World Tour Finals and reached the French Open final, went 82-6 on the year and lifted a record six Masters 1000 trophies — and now, he has an opportunity to shatter the idea that the “Big Four” still exists. In 2016, he created a record by winning the four grand slams in a calender year meaning he won the Australian, Wimbledon, French and the U.S Open this calendar year and continues to grow from strength to strength as he aims to win a record of Grand slam titles which he is not too far from achieving following the kind of devastating form he currently posseses.
2. Rafael Nadal – 14 Grand Slam Titles
He has won 1 Australian Open, 9 French Open, 2 Wimbledon and 2 U.S Open Titles.Rafael Nadal is known as the King of Clay.Apart from being called the ‘King of Clay’, he is currently the king of the game. He was formally ranked as the No. 1 tennis player by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).Nadal has 14 Grand Slam titles to his name along with an Olympic gold medal won in 2008. He also holds a record of winning 19 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. It is lesser know that he has had tremendous doubles results, he won the Spain Davis Cup in 2004, 2008 and 2009. When he achieved the career Grand Slam in 2010, he was crowned as the youngest player of the era to do so.Nadal’s style is very distinctive. Early in his career he was easy to define… A baseliner, a clay court player. Now the world’s #1 is anything but easy to define. Rafa became #1 and decided he still had to get better. Nadal has awesome groundstrokes with fierce spin, but now he can flatten out the ball and can be more agressive. On top of that, his volleys and touch are second to none.Nadal a once in a lifetime talent is the tenacity and energy he brings in every single match he plays. Throughout his career, the Mallorcan Bull built reputation not only as a champion but arguably the most entertaining player of all time with his all-out style of play. Isner believes this particular quality in Nadal separates him from his peers.The excellence of execution – efficient, confident, in possession of every move or shot in the book. Looking for a technical weakness? You won’t find one. Casual fans might deem this style “boring,” but real heads know: Nadal comes to work. He puts his boots on and gets the job done. If that’s not thrilling to you, then you’re not paying attention.