Australian Open winners and runner-ups (male): From 1990-1999

Andre Agassi, Australian Open winners and runner-ups male, From 1990-1999

The legendary and greatest tennis player Pete Sampras ruled the tennis courts in 90’s. Along with him, it was American famous tennis player Andre Agassi who gave a tough competition to Sampras and made them the best rivals of that era. Some extraordinary matches were played between them on Australian Open as well. Andre Agassi holds an Open Era record of winning 4 Australian Open singles titles. This record has been tied by Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer. Both these players also hold the record of winning 2 consecutive Australian Open tennis championship titles as well. Who else made their name to the title list in the 90’s, here is a quick look:

Australian Open Tennis- 1990

  • Australian Open winner (male): Ivan Lendl
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Stefan Edberg

Australian Open Tennis- 1991

  • Australian Open winner (male):  Boris Becker
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Ivan Lendl

Australian Open Tennis- 1992

  • Australian Open winner (male): Jim Courier
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Stefan Edberg

Australian Open Tennis-1993

  • Australian Open winner (male): Jim Courier
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Stefan Edberg

Australian Open Tennis- 1994

  • Australian Open winner (male): Pete Sampras
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Todd Martin

Australian Open Tennis-1995

  • Australian Open winner (male): Andre Agassi
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Pete Sampras

Australian Open Tennis- 1996

  • Australian Open winner (male): Boris Becker
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Michael Chang

Australian Open Tennis-1997

  • Australian Open winner (male): Pete Sampras
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Carlos Moya

Australian Open Tennis-1998

  • Australian Open winner (male): Petr Korda
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Marcelo Rios

Australian Open Tennis- 1999

  • Australian Open winner (male): Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Thomas Enqvist

Australian Open winners and runner-ups (male)- From 1970-1979

Mats Wilander, Australian Open winners and runner-ups male, From 1970-1979

The Australian Open has gone through numerous changes specifically in the surface context from grass to hard courts. Famous tennis player Mats Wilander was the only tennis player to have played and won on both the grass and Rebound surfaces. Roger Federer is the only male tennis player of the current era to have won the Australian Open title on Plexicusion and Rebound Ace tennis surfaces. Enjoyed the facts? Now let’s move on to the winners and runner-ups of Australian open during the period of 1970-1979:

Australian Open Tennis- 1970

  • Australian Open winner (male): Arthur Ashe
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Dick Crealy

Australian Open Tennis- 1971

  • Australian Open winner (male):  Ken Rosewall
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arthur Ashe

Australian Open Tennis- 1972

  • Australian Open winner (male): Ken Rosewall
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Mal Anderson

Australian Open Tennis-1973

  • Australian Open winner (male): John Newcombe
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Onnay Parun

Australian Open Tennis- 1974 

  • Australian Open winner (male): Jimmy Connors
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Phil Dent

Australian Open Tennis-1975

  • Australian Open winner (male): John Newcombe
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Jimmy Connors

Australian Open Tennis- 1976

  • Australian Open winner (male): Mark Edmondson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): John Newcombe

Australian Open Tennis-1977

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rosco Tanner
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Guillermo Vilas

Australian Open Tennis-1978

  • Australian Open winner (male): Guillermo Vilas
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): John Marks

Australian Open Tennis- 1979

  • Australian Open winner (male): Guillermo Vilas
  • Australian Open  runner-up (male): John Sadri

The greatest tennis rivalries: Stefan Edberg vs Pete Sampras

The greatest tennis rivalries: Stefan Edberg vs Pete Sampras

The United States and Swedish tennis got stuck in a strong rivalry at the time of Pete Sampras and Stefan Edberg. Their rivalry ended 8 -6 to Sampras showing a crucial contest between them. Having won the Wimbledon tennis record seven times, gives Sampras a leading edge on Edberg. On the other hand Edberg has won this title twice. Although the Grand Slam titles of Edberg and Sampras show no rivalry but Edberg was known to contest till the end, giving hard time to his opponents. This made Sampras vs Edberg matches very interesting, thrilling and entertaining for the audiences.  Both were able to attain the highest ranking, No. 1 on the ATP rankings, with their convincing game. 

One commonality among both these players is their inability to win the French pen title. Both of them failed to win the French Open once. Famous male tennis player Edberg has the honor of being World No 1 in both singles and doubles making him one of the two men in history of tennis. Sampras however could not attain the No. 1 ranking in the doubles as he was pretty much focused on the Singles titles. 

 

Edberg

Sampras
Date of Birth:

January 19, 1966

August 12, 1971

Country:

Sweden

United States

Height:

6′ 2″

6 ft 1 inch

Career Singles Titles:

42

64

Career Doubles Titles:

18

2

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$43 million

Career record (singles):

806-270

762-222

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

 

Stefan Edberg’s career statistics:

 

Pete Sampra’s career statistics:

Stefan with his absolutely impeccable play was able to make his mark in the history of tennis. His rivalry against Sampras is still remembered among the tennis fans.

 

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

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:

  1. Australian Singles titles: 1983, 1984, 1988
  2. French Singles titles: 1982, 1985, 1988
  3. US Singles titles: 1988
  4. 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

French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1989-1980

Mats Wilander and Ican Lendl, French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From  1989-1980

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
In 80’s, the times changed for French Open as Bjorn Borg saw his downfall, or who else would have been able to rule the clay!

Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

Federer, Agassi, Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

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. 

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.

Record Holders of French Open (Men)

by on May 26, 2009
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Record Holders of French Open (Men), Rafael Nadal

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.

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

by on April 1, 2009
in Grandslams

 

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

One of the four Grand Slams to be held every year, the Australian Open, is held at Melbourne Park where the top tennis players from round the world compete with each other. The Australian Open tennis tournament is the first of the Grand Slams to be held in a calendar year. It is generally played every year in January in Melbourne Park where the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters come out to play. The Australian Open tennis tournament was first played in 1905 and it has completed a 100 years of its existence. Up to 1987, over a period of 82 years, the Australian Open was played on grass courts. The revised format of the tournament saw the surface being changed to hard courts in 1988. There are a variety of competitions which are held at the championship. These include Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles and finally Mixed doubles, apart from the junior’s singles and doubles. 

Mats Wilander holds the distinction of being the only tennis player to win the tournament on both types of surface. The two primary courts where all the main tennis matches are played are the Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena. They are the first tennis stadiums in the world which have retractable roofs which can be shut down and opened according to the weather. This tournament has seen a lot of high-quality tennis over the past few years with the main two contenders being Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s tourney.