Ivan Lendl is among the most famous tennis players in the history of the game. He is considered as best ever tennis player because of his amazing win record, which is 82%. Lendl’s strongest skill was strength and top spin. He was popular for his running forehand. He was able to direct his powerful forehand from across the court as well as from down the line.
Lendl gained massive popularity and became a true tennis star from the beginning of his career. When he was playing at junior level, he won Wimbledon and US Open juniors.
He started playing professional tennis in 1978 but failed to win Grand Slam for first few years. However, Lendl’s wait came to an end in 1984 when he defeated John McEnroe to win French Open. He won US Open the next year, reached World No. 1 rank within the first few years of her career, and maintained it for long.
Ivan was at the top of his game during 1980s when he won French and US Open many times. His win percentage was at 90% and held it as record until Roger Federer equaled it. However, Ivan still holds the record to have 90% win record during different five years in his career. During these years, he won 10 titles out of 17. He also won Australian Open in 1990. Lendl’s one of the greatest achievements is to play in a Grand Slam final for 11 consecutive years.
The prestige of U.S open had been in the hands of United States during the era of 1989-1980. Ivan Lendl of the top professional tennis player from United States captured the finals 8 times and claimed the title three consecutive times. John McEnroe was another famous tennis player who aided U.S dominating this era, by winning the title three times. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:
Year 1989-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1989: Boris Becker
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1989: Ivan Lendl
Year 1988-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1988: Mats Wilander
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1988: Ivan Lendl
Year 1987-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1987: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1987: Mats Wilander
Year 1986-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1986: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1986: Miloslav Mecir
Year 1985-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1985: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1985: John McEnroe
Year 1984-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1984: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1984: Ivan Lendl
Year 1983-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1983: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1983: Ivan Lendl
Year 1982-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1982: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1982: Ivan Lendl
Year 1981-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1981: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1981: Bjorn Borg
Year 1980-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1980: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1980: Bjorn Borg
Famous and legendary male tennis player, Mats Wilander is a Swedish tennis player born on August 22, 1964. His exemplary and impeccable game play helped him endeavor the World No. 1 rank. From 1982-1988, Mats Wilander with his top-notch performances won seven Grand Slam singles titles and one men’s double Grand Slam title. In year 1988, Mats Wilander won three of the four Grand Slams and ranked World No. 1.Although Mats never won the Wimbledon singles title, but he did win the Australian Open title twice when it was still being played on the grass court. For this reason, Mats Wilander is one of the five men (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors) who won the singles titles on hard courts, grass courts and clay courts. Rafael Nadal and Mats Wilendar are the only two tennis players to have won at least 2 Grand Slam singles’ titles on each of 3 surfaces. Windler won his fourth tennis Grand Slam singles title at the age of 20 which made him the youngest tennis player to achieve this milestone in the history of tennis. Some other career highlights and records of best Swedish male tennis player, Mats Wilander are:
1) Major titles won by Mats Wilander are:
- Australian Singles titles: 1983, 1984, 1988
- French Singles titles: 1982, 1985, 1988
- US Singles titles: 1988
- Wimbledon doubles: 1986
2) Davis Cup, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 with a record 36-14 in singles and 7-2 in doubles.
3) Singles record in the Grand Slams: Australian (36-7), Wimbledon (25-10), French (47-9) and US (36-11)
4) Mats Wilnder is the only player to have achieve the World No. 1 rank after winning the most number of Grand Slams.
5) Mats Wilendar shares the record of appearing in three consecutive Australian Open finals with Ivan Lendl
The era of 1989-1980 in French Open tennis tournaments has been an alternative win pattern which was shared by two famous male tennis players, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander. Maximum French Open Championships were claimed by these two tennis players during this decade. Lendl and Wilander faced each other several times in the finals as well. Lendl and Wilander won the same number of French Open Grand Slams (4) in their tennis careers and were considered great rivals of the 80’s. Michael Chang, the youngest tennis player ever to have won the grand slam also claimed the French Open title.
The list of male winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:
1989-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1989: Michael Chang
- Runner-up (male)-1989: Stefan Edberg
1988-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1988: Mats Wilander
- Runner-up (male)-1988: Henri Leconte
1987-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1987: Ivan Lendl
- Runner-up (male)-1987: Mats Wilander
1986-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1986: Ivan Lendl
- Runner-up (male)-1986: Mikael Pernfors
1985-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1985: Mats Wilander
- Runner-up (male)-1985: Ivan Lendl
1984-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1984: Ivan Lendl
- Runner-up (male)-1984: John McEnroe
1983-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1983: Mats Wilander
- Runner-up (male)-1983: Ivan Lendl
1982-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1982: Mats Wilander
- Runner-up (male)-1982: Guillermo Vilas
1981-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1981: Bjorn Borg
- Runner-up (male)-1981: Ivan Lendl
1980-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up
- Winner (male)-1980: Bjorn Borg
- Runner-up (male)-1980: Vitas Gerulaitis
The famous Melbourne Park in Australia arranges the Australian Open event every year in the closing weeks of January. Since 1988, the Australian Open has been played on hard courts. One of the most prominent features of Australian Open is the retractable roof in the two main courts of the Hisense Arena and Rod Laver Arena. The Australian open has been a stage to greatest tennis players who have set records in this grand slam. Not every tennis player enjoys success on hard court, especially players who are masters of the clay surface. Sampras, famous for numerous records, wasn’t able to show his convincing skills on the hard court of Australian Open which definitely showed his limitation. However American Agassi and Swiss Federer with their 4 Australian Open titles depicted their excellent grip on hard court as well.
The top ten best male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles are as follows:
1) Kenneth Robert Rosewall
2) Roy Stanley Emerson
3) Mats Wilander
4) Andre Agassi
5) Roger Federer
6) Rafael Nadal
7) Rod Laver
8) Stefan Edberg
9) Jim Courier
10) Ivan Lendl
These best tennis players have been successful in winning the most titles in the Australian Open. Among these stars, Roy Emerson is leading with his record of six Australian Open titles, which is still to be conquered by second-leading tennis star Roger Federer with four Australian Open titles. Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier were famous for their hard court performances and managed to win the Australian grand slam too. However, Roy is the only name that has been successfully ruled the Australian Open championship.
Winning a title marks the victory of the players and in most cases are the steps to reach out to the next level of playing. There are greatest female tennis players who have crossed this line and have reached better and unreachable heights in tennis by winning record number of titles. The list given below comprises of the top ten best female tennis players who have accomplished the most and unreachable position by gaining the most number of titles in their career stint in tennis. These greatest female tennis players have won the championship in different backgrounds and are considered to be some of the most flexible players of all time. The Single’s tournament in tennis is definitely a tough thing to win but there are few women who have had a continuous wins. The Grand Slam titles are comprised of four major tournaments in tennis. The French Open, the Australian Open, the US Open and the Wimbledon Women Championship games. Some of the best female tennis players who won the most tennis Grand Slam titles are:
- Martina Navratilova
- Billie Jean King
- Chris Evert
- Margaret Court
- Pam Shriver
- Steffi Graf
- Jana Novotná
- Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
- Lindsay Davenport
- Natasha Zvereva
These perfect professional tennis female players have proved their spirit by winning in the different surfaces of the courts that includes the clay, grass and the hard courts. It is vital that a tennis player should hone his play according to the necessities of these different kinds of court surfaces. Each court requires an altogether different approach and winning the titles in all classes is only proof of the flexibility of these players. These women have diplomatically managed the game and have taken the tennis world to a better level with their unique style. These ten are the astounding women in tennis.
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.
With the highest competition at tennis level, each and every player tries to establish himself/herself as the best surface player. When it comes to clay court, nobody can beat the record of Rafael Nadal for his winning streak of eighty-one consecutive games. But, who is the best grass court player? This is a difficult question as nobody has dominated this court as well as Nadal has dominated the clay court. Probably, the only player who could be said to be best on a grass court is none other than Ivan Lendl who possesses a76% winning record with his 81-25 figures.
Even though, Lendl always criticized grass courts but nobody else has improved their performance on grass court as well as Ivan did. He also held the world record of being number one for 270 weeks which was broken by Pete Sampras later on who was another legend of grass court. The Ivan Lendl’s success came through 95% hard-work and talent and only 5% luck. Even after possessing such a good record on grass court, he never won Wimbledon, the biggest Grand Slam of the grass courts. This is due to the reason that he played in an era when some of the best grass court players like John McEnroe, Stephen Edberg and Boris Becker were also playing.
In the current regime, Roger Federer has clearly dominated the grass court by winning Wimbledon 6 times, consecutively 5 times from 2003-2007 and later winning in 2009. Nadal with this absolutely brilliant clay performance hasn’t been very successful on the grass court. For some Federer fans, Wimbledon is his thing!
The history of the French Open Tennis is full of ups and downs. Some became kings and for some there was nothing. Looking at the record book of the French Open Tennis, Bjorn Borg with six single titles and Henri Cochet with four hold the top two slots. Rafael Nadal stands by them as he has broken equalled the record of Bjorn with 6 titles. Nadal has already bagged 6 consecutive French Open Tennis titles and is eyeing for a 7th one. Again, most consecutive titles are held by Bjorn Borg, which is now shared by Rafael Nadal. At the Roland Garros, Henri Cochet has won the most titles in all events where he has won four singles, three doubles and two mixed.
The most Open Era match-winning Tennis player was Guillermo Vilas with stats of 56-17 followed by Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi registering corresponding figures of 53-12 and 51-15. The double title ace goes to Roy Emerson as he has won six double titles in the French Open. The youngest tennis champion at the Roland Garros was Michael Chang, who won the trophy in 1989 at the age of 17 years and 3 months; Mats Wilander is the next champion to follow who at the age of 17 years and 9 months created history in 1982. Bjorn Borg won the French Open crown in 1974 at the age of 18 years.