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

US Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Male) – from 1999-1990

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

The golden era from 1999-1990 belongs to United States’ tennis players, when one of the greatest tennis player Pete Sampras won the title four times in that period, while another great name, Andre Agassi winning the title twice. Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player also showed impressive performance by winning the title twice in that time period. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open tennis championship during 1999-1990 is as follow:

Year 1999-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1999: Andre Agassi
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1999: Todd Martin

Year 1998-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1998: Patrick Rafter
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1998: Mark Philippoussis

Year 1997-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1997: Patrick Rafter
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1997: Greg Rusedski

Year 1996-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1996: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1996: Michael Chang

Year 1995-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1995: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1995: Andre Agassi

Year 1994-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1994: Andre Agassi
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1994: Michael Stitch

Year 1993-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1993: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1993: Cedric Pioline

Year 1992-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1992: Stefan Edberg
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1992: Pete Sampras

Year 1991-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1991: Stefan Edberg
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1991: Jim Courier

Year 1990-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1990: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1990: Andre Agassi

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!

 

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.

 

The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

One of the best comparisons of tennis history can be between the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Looking at their career records, their career achievements are almost same. The biggest edge that Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has is that, he is still continuing his career where as Sampras got retired in 2002. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament where Sampras has an edge over Federer, other than that, Federer has either equaled or had broken record in rest of the three tournaments. Although these two players never really got the chance to play against each other that often but Federer by breaking all possible records of Sampras turned it into a rivalry. Over all performances of both the players are somewhat same yet proving the great capabilities of both the players to the maximum. Here is some general information about Pete Sampras and Roger Federer:

 

Federer

Sampras

Date of Birth:

August 8, 1981

August 12, 1971

Country:

Switzerland

United States

Career Singles Titles:

63

64

Career Doubles Titles:

7

2

Turned Pro in:

1998

1988

Career Prize Money:

$56.9 million

$43 million

Career record (singles):

717-171

762-222

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career record (doubles):

40-42

64-70

Highest ranking (doubles):

123

27

 

Sampra’s career statistics:

 

Federer’s career statistics:

Sampras claimed 14 Grand Slam titles whereas Federer claimed 16 Grand Slam titles. In Federer’s 16 titles marathon, he won a French Open title as well which Sampras failed at achieving. One of the noticeable things about this French Open title is that Federer won this title to break the grand slam title record of Sampras. No wonder Federer is known as the King Federer.

 

The greatest tennis rivalries: Sampras vs Agassi

The greatest tennis rivalries: Sampras vs Agassi

Having a precise look at one of biggest rivalries of tennis circuit between the greatest tennis players Sampras and Agassi, our aim is to make the decision easy for our tennis lovers to have a clearer view of who has the edge between them? Sampras and Agassi for being from the same country, the USA not only enjoyed the tennis rivalry but also the an American vs American rivalry too. Both these players were able to rank No. 1 on the ATP rankings during their careers. Here is a comparison based on the career statistics of Sampras and Agassi:

Here are some general facts:

Players Agassi Sampras
Date of Birth: 29-Apr-70 12-Aug-71
Country: United States United States
Height: 5′ 11″ (180 cm) 6 ft 1 inch
Career Singles Titles: 60 64
Career Doubles Titles: 1 2
Career Prize Money: $31 million $43 million
Career record (singles): 870-274 762-222
Highest ranking (singles): 1 1

Sampras held the world’s No. 1 seat for a record 286 weeks while Agassi held it for 101 weeks. They faced each other 34 times, with Sampras having the edge by 20-14. Playing against each other in Grand Slam is the best way to judge both of them, and the stats again went in favor of Sampras leading the table by 4-1. But despite of this, they remained good friends.

Sampra’s career statistics:

Agassi’s career statistics:

Even though Sampras was and is considered as the legend of tennis but one can notice from the statistics that he was never able to show his ability on clay court and didn’t win even a single title at French Open. Agassi however was able to claim only one French Open title in his career.

 

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

How to play tennis like Pete Sampras?

How to play tennis like Pete Sampras?

The greatest tennis player and legend Pete Sampras, with 14 Grand Slams under his belt, is one of the best male tennis players in tennis history to pick up a racket. Pete was known as the royalty of tennis. With his exceptional play and all-rounder performance, playing like Sampras is pretty close to impossible, but you can still use some of his talents to improve your tennis skills. Use the below tips and play tennis like Sampras:

1)      Sampras, due to his extraordinary serve, was known as Pistol Pete. Sampras was not only able to bring heat in his first serve but he had an amazing talent of using his second serve as a weapon. His second serve used to be around 100mph mark routinely. So if you want to play tennis like Sampras, you must have control and accuracy in your serve. If you have a brilliant serve, you won’t even require the aces to claim the game. You have to understand that serve is not about power but it is about placement. Practice serving and try to place every area in the court in order to achieve Sampras skills.

2)      Identify your strengths in tennis. Sampras had a huge and strong forehand which failed the opponents completely in tennis. Sampras used to dodge his opponents over his backhand side which he used to lead the opponents to play his forehand, so you need to identify your talent and capitalize on it.

3)      Use your mental tactics. When you are playing tennis, assess the opponent. You should notice if your opponent is having problems with your forehand or if he is running down his best shots along with drooping shoulders. If you see any of these signs, take advantage.

Most aces by a male player in the Australian Open Tennis

Most aces by a male player in the Australian Open Tennis

The ace is the most exciting and beautiful serve played in tennis. Aces tend to remain unreturned because the opposing player does not touch the ball at all and therefore loses the point. Aces are seen on the first serve of a play as a tennis player can use full strength while serving, hence leading to an accurate ace. In the current tennis game, players now prefer playing from the baseline which means less of aces, volleys and drop shots. This has significantly decreased the aces as their are big winners. In addition to this, you get to see more of longer rallies with very few aces. However the history is full of ace records as tennis great names Sampras, Agassi and many more have won their games based on their aces. 

Greatest tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is famous for 1,477 maximum aces in the entire tennis season of 1996. After him, famous male tennis player Ivo Karlovic was leading until John Isner made his way with the record of 112 aces during the longest match in tennis history. This record was set in Wimbledon. However, the top ten leading male ace scorers of Australian Open are:

1)      Joachim Johansson (51 aces )

2)      Gilles Muller (47 aces)

3)      Chris Guccione (45 aces)

4)      Andy Roddick (42 aces)

5)      Bryan Shelton (40 aces)

6)      Goran Ivanisevic (39 aces)

7)      Roger Federer (39 aces)

8)      Feliciano Lopez (39 aces)

9)      Pete Sampras (37 aces)

10)   Julien Boutter (37 aces)

Among these names, hottest male tennis player Andy Roddick holds the record of serving the fastest ace as well. These players have entertained tennis fans with fastest and most beautiful aces.

Top ten female tennis players of US Open

by on December 10, 2010
in Grand Slam: US Open

Top ten female tennis players of US Open, England Tennis Helen Jacobs

US Open is a yearly played tournament that is conducted between the months August and September. The US Tennis Open is one of the grand slam tennis tournaments that bring in most outstanding and greatest tennis players to prove their courage in the hard court. The US open has grown to a great level in the past few years and has come to become a preferred tournament for the tennis fans. Women who have established to be champions in the US open are considered to be best tennis players as it is one field that acts as a level playing field for all players. The US Open is the last of the grand slam series of tournaments in tennis. The court surfaces for the US Open have changed before finalized upon the hard court surface. Now, the US Open is played on the hard court (concrete) surface. The US open has a very neutral field in comparison to other courts. The Women US Open champions have showcased to the world some of the best games ever in the world of tennis. These women are real heroes when it comes to the game of tennis and have given the world some of the most unbelievable games in tennis ever. Their assurance and fervor towards the game have made them the survivors in the top ten spot in the US Open games. The top ten famous female tennis champions listed below are the evergreen players in the US Open Single’s Champions.

  1. Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
  2. Helen Wills Moody
  3. Chris Evert
  4. Margaret Court
  5. Steffi Graf
  6. Pauline Betz Addie
  7. Maria Bueno
  8. Helen Jacobs
  9. Billie Jean King
  10. Alice Marble

These women have created great strong records that are hard to outdo even at a stage much ahead of them. Their role gave a new facet to the game of tennis.

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