Hottest Male Tennis Players-All Time

Rafter, Hottest Male Tennis Players

Tennis and glamour have always been walking together hand in hand, season to season, continents to continents and their relation is tied up as twins.

It’s all about the lights of glamour and the game that turned the Swedish giant to a legendry profile Bjorn Borg, both in the court and to the media as one of the hottest male players of his era. German stars are not far away in this race, putting their profile in the list of hot shots through Boris Becker, whose name kept shining in the media faster than his rocket serve. Now a day’s glamour is so much into tennis that the legends are competing both in the circuit as well as in the media lights, and there is one angry star famous for his racket breaking, Marat Safin whose anger is more than the heat produced by the glamorous lights.

The profile of hottest tennis male players is incomplete without the Spanish bull Rafael Nadal known as “Rafa”, who has truly caught the eyes of millions around the world not only by his top game but also by his Biceps. Some say his biceps are stronger than the bulls horn followed by his country man Fernando Verdasco who couldn’t rule the circuit but is ruling the hearts of thousands of girls with his hotness.

Last but not the least, a name no one wants to miss is of the current world No. 1 from Serbia, Novak Djokovic, who has crushed all opponents in the current year and is also under the fashion lights which are constantly storming around him. Perhaps with his hot and cool attitude and sexy body, he no doubt is the icon of the hottest male tennis players of history. Any doubt? 😉

Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

One of the most interesting but underrated rivalry was between Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. They both were serve and volley players but were opposite in their temperament on the courts. Becker stormed into the world of tennis by being the youngest Wimbledon champion and had a extraordinary serve along with powerful backhand and superb running forehand. He was an entertainer on the court whereas Stefan was a reserved and delicate tennis player and hardly showed any such outrageous emotions on the court. Edberg excelled at playing volleys and had huge kick serve. Due to calm temperament, Edberg showed great sportsmanship and ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ is a testimony to it.

Head-to-head match stats of 35 times of German tennis player Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg has made their rivalry visible to the world of tennis. Becker led the table 25-10 while on the other hand Edberg won three out of four meetings in the biggest test of Grand Slams. Both of them had won the career Grand Slam titles six times each, with both failing short to win the French Open. Also both the players have won the Australian Open two times each, showing rivalry more precisely in terms of title winnings. Here is some general information about the two players:

Edberg

Becker

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1966

November 22, 1967

Country:

Sweden

Germany

Height:

6′ 2″

6 ft 3 inch

Career Singles Titles:

42

49

Career Doubles Titles:

18

15

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$25 million

Career record (singles):

806-270

713-214

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

 

 

Career statistics of famous tennis player Boris Becker:

Career statistics of famous tennis player Stefan Edberg:

 

 

Best tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Andre Agassi

Best tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Andre Agassi

If it weren’t for Pete Sampras, Becvker and Agassi could have had a great rivalry. Initially both these players tried to rival Sampras but failed. Later, Agassi and Boris met many times on the court. Both these players had a loyal fan base and natural charisma. The classists loved Becker’s strong serve and rushing on to net while Andre Agassi was known for his ground strokes and flashy wardrobes.

One of the most controversial rivalries was among the two famous male tennis players, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi. Agassi won 60 singles titles in his career, and reached 30 other singles finals. Becker won 49 singles titles and reached 28 other finals. Becker and Agassi met each other 14 times on the ATP tour, including twice at Wimbledon. Agassi leads the table winning 10 of those matches. Both of them had the honor to achieve the career best ranking of World No 1. Becker and Agassi never met in the finals of a Grand Slam tournament, however. Both of these players during the career were often poised by giving controversial statements against each other.

Agassi

Becker

Date of Birth:

April 29, 1970

November 22, 1967

Country:

United States

Germany

Height:

5′ 11″ (180 cm)

6 ft 3 inch

Career Singles Titles:

60

49

Career Doubles Titles:

1

15

Career Prize Money:

$31 million

$25 million

Career record (singles):

870-274

713-214

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career statistics of Andre Agassi:

Career statistics of Boris Becker:

Not only their rivalry, but Agassi and Boris also had a controversial rivalry due to Boris’s blowing kisses on Shield, who was then seeing Andre Agassi. Agassi has mentioned many interesting stories in his book. Do check out!

 

Wimbledon Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Male)-From 1999-1990

Pete Sampras, Wimbledon Open Winners and Runner-Ups Male, from 1999-1990

When it comes to Wimbledon’s era of 1999-1990, there is only one name which appeared to be uncontested amongst famous male tennis players, holding the record for 286 weeks, and No. 1 ranking in the history of tennis. Yes, this is none other than one of the best tennis players ever Pete Sampras from Los Angeles, California United States.

Pete Sampras won 7 Wimbledon titles although he did not have the best of standings initially. He won only one match in his initial three years at Wimbledon. It was in 1993 where Sampras defeated the then number one, Jim Courier, having already defeated Boris Becker and Andre Agassi in the previous rounds. From then on, Sampras continued his successive winning streak and won 7 Wimbledon titles in only eight years. From 1993 to his last title win in 2000 at Wimbledon, he lost only match in 1996. Wimbledon was the comfort zone of Sampras. Sampras failed at winning any French Open title and after being dismissed in the French Open, he would rejuvenate at the Wimbledon. Sampras is also the last American to have won the Wimbledon title in year 2000. Since him, it was only Roddick who made it to the final 3 times but lost at the hands of Roger Federer.

Other famous name was of Boris Becker who appeared in the finals of Wimbledon thrice in that period of time. The list of male winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1999-1990 is as follow:

Year 1999-Wimbledon Open winners from 1999-1990:

  • Pete Sampras
  • Pete Sampras
  • Pete Sampras
  • Richard Krajicek
  • Pete Sampras
  • Pete Sampras
  • Pete Sampras
  • Andre Agassi
  • Michael Stitch
  •  Stefan Edberg

Year 1999-Wimbledon Open runner-ups from 1999-1990:

  • Andre Agassi
  • Goran Ivanisevic
  • Cedric Pioline
  • Malivai Washington
  • Boris Becker
  • Goran Ivanisevic
  •  Jim Courier
  • Goran Ivanisevic
  • Boris Becker
  • Boris Becker

Wimbledon Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Male)-From 1989-1980

Boris Becker, Wimbledon 1985

Wimbledon has a history of challenging competitions and one of the prime examples is the era of 1989-1980, when the title went into the hands of United States, Sweden and Germany. This era ended the victorious journey of Bjorn Borg, a Swedish Tennis Player who was highly ranked amongst the professional tennis players’ names in history. Other top names include John McEnroe and Boris Becker who won the title 3 times in this era. Boris Becker became the youngest man ever to have won Wimbledon championship in 1985. He was just 15 years old when he raised the coveted silver trophy on the centre court. Boris Becker is also the first German ever to have won the title, along with being the first unseeded player to do so. Boris took three hours and 18 minutes to defeat South African Born American Kevin Curren to win the Wimbledon Championship. Boris won the Wimbledon championship again in the following year and then for the third time in 1989. His attacking style of tennis based on massive and dramatic serves and diving volleys defined the tennis game for men for many years. McEnroe not only won 3 Wimbledon titles but he also brought style and charisma to centre court. He was often booed upon for his extreme and inexcusable behavior but he was loved for his delicacy and tough mind which he showed in his game.

The list of male winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:

Year 1989-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1989: Boris Becker
  • Runner-up (male)-1989: Stefan Edberg

Year 1988-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1988: Stefan Edberg
  • Runner-up (male)-1988: Boris Becker

Year 1987-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1987: Pat Cash
  • Runner-up (male)-1987: Ivan Lendl

Year 1986-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1986: Boris Becker
  • Runner-up (male)-1986: Ivan Lendl

Year 1985-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1985: Boris Becker
  • Runner-up (male)-1985: Kevin Curren

Year 1984-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1984: John McEnroe
  • Runner-up (male)-1984: Jimmy Connors

Year 1983-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1983: John McEnroe
  • Runner-up (male)-1983: Chris Lewis

Year 1982-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1982: Jimmy Connors
  • Runner-up (male)-1982: John McEnroe

Year 1981-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1981: John McEnroe
  • Runner-up (male)-1981: Bjorn Borg

Year 1980-Wimbledon Open

  • Winner (male)-1980: Bjorn Borg
  • Runner-up (male)-1980: John McEnroe

Best male tennis players: Bjorn Borg

Best male tennis players: Bjorn Borg

Tennis history is filled with precocious championships and achievements but none has been as impressive as Bjorn Borg who in his brief career was able to play outstanding tennis. His seemingly emotionless personality no wonders had the right amount of zeal and dedication for this game. Famous tennis player, Bjorn Borg was born on June 6, 1956 in Sodertalje, Sweden. His fascination for tennis is routed to the tennis racket which is father won as a prize in a ping-pong tournament. Bjorn Borg was a player with endurance and great strength and had an unorthodox and distinctive style. Borg used to battle from the baseline along with ground strokes in long rallies. Although his serve was not very impressive at first but he somehow managed the game beautifully with his volleying throughout the game. Due to his excellent playing skills, Bjorn Borg became the youngest champion of his time at the age of 20 (later Boris Becker claimed this record by becoming the champion at the age of 17 in 1985). Bjorn Borg was known as the King of Clay as he holds the record of winning the most French Open titles. It took him sometime to settle at grass but he did so by winning 5 Wimbledon titles.

Some of the career highlights and record of Bjorn Borg are:

1)      Bjorn Borg won 62 singles out of 88 finals and four double titles including Masters of 1979-80.

2)      Bjorn Borg won six French Open singles titles (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

3)      Borg won 5 Wimbledon singles titles (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980).

4)      Bjorn Borg won Davis Cup in years 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1981. He holds the record of 37-3 single wins and 8-8 in doubles.

5)      Bjorn Borg played all four tennis Grand Slams with the following final win-lose statistics:

  1. Australian Open tennis championship (1-1)
  2. French Open tennis championship (49-2)
  3. Wimbledon (51-4)
  4. US Open tennis championship (40-10)

5 Most memorable Finals at Wimbledon

5 Most memorable Finals at Wimbledon, Federer vs Nadal

133 – Year history of Wimbledon has given many memorable moments to tennis fans to cherish and talk about even now. Starting from Boris Becker winning of his first title at the age of 17 and unseeded Sampras lifting his 7th title trophy, Wimbledon has been entertaining the world around. Here are some of the classic and marvelous finals of Wimbledon:

Federer won his 15th Grand Slam title (2009)

King Federer is known to limit his game within 3 sets and win it. But in 2009, Federer played till the last set against Roddick and claimed his 15th Grand Slam and 5th Wimbledon title. Federer claimed an amazing 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) 3-6, 16-14 win while leaving Roddick exhausted.


Roger vs. Rafa (2008)

It was the most remarkable match for its being the longest battle between Federer and Rafa. It took them 288 minutes to win the five sets final match of Wimbledon. On top of it, rain shower added a delay in the match. While being 2 sets lower, Federer got back into the game, but Nadal with his play claimed his first Wimbledon title.


Super Star Federer (2007)

The all time rivals of the 21st century, Roger and Nadal played the final of Wimbledon 2007. Federer had a chance to equal Borg’s record of five straight Wimbledon titles. Federer took the lead in first set by 3-0 but Nadal had a come-back and this game continued till it reached the last set. Federer claimed this title by saving four break points. It sure was an amazing match.


Glorious Ivanisević (2001)

Ivanisević finally got a chance to win the Wimbledon title in 2001 after being a runner up in the previous three finals. But fate had something else for him as he got a shoulder injury. He entered the tournament with a wild card to make his way to the final of Wimbledon 2001. Ivanisević defeated Patrick Rafter in an epic five set final and claimed the title.


Edberg at his best against Becker (1990)

For some reason, Becker took sleeping pills before 1990 Wimbledon final against Edberg. This made Becker a sleepwalker in the first two sets. Edberg played at his best and his flawless play made him win the first two sets. Becker somehow got a wakeup call and stormed back into the match but Edberg claimed the victory by the end.

Wimbledon offered these and many other memorable moments of enthralling play. Let’s see what Wimbledon 2010 has in for us and players!

Famous male tennis players: Stefan Edberg

Famous male tennis players: Stefan Edberg

Famous Swedish male tennis player Stefan Edberg began his professional tennis career in the junior’s circuit. He won all four junior Grand Slam tournament titles in 1983 to become the first to ever accomplish a “Junior Grand Slam”. By 1984, Edberg was his first top-level men’s singles competition in Milan. He also won in the 1984 Olympic, but received no medals as in that year as the sport was only an “exhibition”.

Stefan Edberg took home his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open. First, he beat one of the greatest tennis players, Mats Wilander to win in 1985 and then, in 1987, he defended his title with a win over Pat Cash on the grass courts. That was the last year for grass at the Australian Open. Then, in 1988, Edberg reached the first of what would be three consecutive Wimbledon men’s finals. There he met best ever tennis player, Boris Becker for the first time on the grass courts and won. The next year, Becker would win and in their third and final meeting, in 1990, Edberg battled back to beat Becker in a five set match. The French Open was the only Grand Slam event that denied Edberg a victory, and prevented him from taking home a “senior” Grand Slam to go with this Junior’s title. His last Grand Slam singles appearances were at the Australian open, a tournament where he’d once enjoyed tremendous success, in both 1992 and 1993.

Stefan Edberg played a fast-paced, hard-driving style of tennis and his game was best suited to fast-playing surfaces. Of his six Grand Slam titles, Stefan Edberg won four on grass (Wimbledon 1988 and 1990 and Australian Open 1985 and 1987) and two on hard courts (US Open 1991 and 1992).

His career accomplishments will certainly earn Stefan a place in tennis history. Those fortunate enough to have witnessed his rise to greatness will never forget this professional Swedish tennis player.

Famous male tennis player: Boris Becker

Famous male tennis player: Boris Becker

Few players have ever taken Wimbledon by storm like the famous male tennis player, Boris Becker did in 1985 when he was only seventeen years old. Winning the title that year took a lot of people by surprise, including those who’d been favored to win. German tennis player Boris Becker was not only the youngest tennis player ever to have achieved the title at Wimbledon, but also the first unseeded and the first German player ever to accomplish the feat.

I seriously doubt too many people took him seriously at the outset, but as the tournament progressed, more and more tennis experts were taking note. His signature maneuver, a huge serve, earned him the nickname “Boom-Boom”. His play was aggressive, diving and throwing himself into the grassy surface to make volleys immediately endeared him to fans. His heavy forehand and deadly serve return also played major roles in his rise from obscurity to superstardom.

While many considered that first Wimbledon win a flash-in-the-pan, he shut the mouths of those detractors by coming back in 1986 to repeat his dominance on the grass courts of Wimbledon.

During the period stretching from 1985 through 1993, Boris Becker as never out of the top ten and in January of 1991, he became the world’s number one male tennis player after winning the Australian Open. At Wimbledon, he enjoyed victories against such rivals as Ivan Lendl, Kevin Curren and, of course, his long-time rival, Stefan Edberg. In Edberg’s defense, he did best Becker for two titles, one in 1988 and another in 1990.

Boris Becker’s last visit to Center Court at Wimbledon came in 1989 on the heels of a win at the US Open. Boris Becker’s amazing career leaves a legacy of promise to young tennis players everywhere. He proved that, if you are good enough, you don’t need to be a ranked player to win at the biggest tournament in tennis.

First Serve, Second Serve

First Serve, Second Serve, Schultz-McCarthy

A tennis player picks a ball, takes it into the air and hits it diagonally into the opposite service box to start a point. Yes! It is the tennis serve which starts the game for a player. A ball needs to cross the net and fall on the opposite service box. It’s all good as long as the ball crosses the net. Having a good serve is the biggest advantage for players as it helps them to get a hold of their game and not give it away easily. The fastest serve record has been made by Andy Roddick who served at 249.5 km/h (155 mph). In women’s tennis, Venus Williams and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy scored the fastest serve at a speed of 209 km/h (130 mph).

There are many different styles of serves which are played in tennis. The most common are the first and the second serves. Along with them, flat serve, slice serve, topspin serve, topspin slice serve, and American twist serve are typically played in tennis. Let’s have a look into the technicality of the first and the second serve.

The rules are no different for the first and the second serve, only the tactics differ. The first serve is all about the power, deception, and skill the player has in striking the ball, either by pushing the opponent in the disadvantageous zone or out-righting him/her. This creates a chance for winning the point. The second serve usually pops up after the double fault, which forces the player to hit with higher curve or less power. Typically, this is not the most favorite serve for the tennis players.

Simple difference, isn’t it? Players like Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Roger Federer, and Pete Sampras are few of the players with powerful first serves.

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