The history of tennis is a bit broader, but if we were to refer to its current form, the one who invented field tennis is Walter Clopton Wingfield, in 1874 under the name Sphairistike. 3 years later the term was changed to Lawn-Tennis, a term that was easier to remember.

🎾The structure of the tennis match

Probably many of us have heard the expression game – set – match. What does she mean? Basically these are the stages of a tennis match and we will explain in the following what each one means.

When we talk about how many sets he has a tennis match we can divide the games into 2 types: matches of Grand Slam tournaments (men’s) and Davis Cup, which play in the system 3 of 5 and which can thus have 3, 4 or 5 sets and the other matches (including the women’s one), which are played in the system 2 of 3 and which can have 2 or 3 sets. As a parenthesis here, one has to be careful about Exhibition type tournaments, because there may be even one match, with special rules.

A set consists of several games. The winner of the set is the first to reach 6 or 7 games, with the advantage of at least 2 games. In the case of reaching a set at the score of 6: 6 there will be a tie-break, practically a special range of separation. In the Grand Slam tournaments (except for the US Open) there is no tie-break in the decisive set (5), and the winner who wins the first advance of 2 games will win.

A game consists of several points and the one who wins the first 4 points will win it, provided he has an advantage of at least 2 points (games at 0, games at 15, games at 30). If both players take 3 points per game (40:40), the advantage will be passed and the game will be won by the one who will have the first 2 points advance.

🎾Tennis tournaments

◾️In the ATP circuit the tennis tournaments are divided on several levels:

▫️Grand Slam: Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open
▫️Masters or ATP 1000
▫️ATP 500
▫️ATP 250

◾️In the WTA circuit we have the following division:

▫️Grand Slam: Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open
▫️Premier Mandatory
▫️First 5
▫️First 700
▫️First 600
▫️Besides ATP and WTA tournaments we have Challenger and ITF tournaments, both for men and women.

🎾Top tennis players in the world

When we talk about tops of the best tennis players in the world we can rank them according to the most muted criteria. For example, we can have a top of the best tennis players at the moment or a top of the best tennis players of all time. We can also talk about a top of the best men’s or women’s tennis players. In order to reconcile everyone we will present the top positions of each category.

What you need to know is that if we talk about a top of the best tennis players of all time, the discussion is a relative one and we can get into fierce debates. There are certain statistics that are taken into account when making such a top, statistics that were not taken into account in ancient times. Other circumstances would be the fact that the “Open” series started only in 1968. We will summarize this period, 1968 – present, and present a TOP 5 of the best players:

Pete Sampras


Activity period: 1988 – 2002

Major achievements: 14 Grand Slam singles: 2 Australian, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open

Tennis Wins: $ 42 280 389

Rod Laver


Period of activity: 1962 – 1979

Important achievements: 11 Grand Slam singles: 3 Australian, 2 French, 4 Wimbledon, 2 US Open

Tennis Wins: $ 1,565,413


Rafael Nadal


Activity period: 2001 – present

Important achievements: 18 Grand Slam singles: 1 Australian, 12 French, 3 US Open, 2 Wimbledon

Tennis Wins: $ 109 565 738


Novak Djokovic


Period of activity: 2003 – present

Major achievements: 16 Grand Slam singles: 7 Australian, 5 Wimbledon, 3 US Open, 1 French Open

Tennis Wins: $ 134 684 000

Roger Federer


Period of activity: 1998 – present

Important achievements: 20 Grand Slam singles: 6 Australian, 1 French, 5 US Open, 8 Wimbledon

Tennis Wins: $ 126 266 005

🏆According to the ATP ranking, at the moment, the top 5 best players in the world is made up of:

1st place: Novak Djokoviv
2nd place: Rafael Nadal
3rd place: Roger Federer
4th place: Dominic Thiem
5th place: Zverev Alexander

🏆At the female level, things look good for our country. In the top 100 WTA, at present we have 4 romances, one of which is in the TOP 5. It is, of course, about Simona Halep who occupies the 4th place. The top looks like this:

1.Ashleigh Barty
2.Naomi Osaka
3.Caroline Pliskova
4.Simona Halep
5.Kiki Bertens