On our list, you will find the greatest tennis players that definitely stand out regardless of the century. They have managed to win Gram Slam singles titles, Olympic medals, and many other accomplishments. Keep reading to find out who made it on our list.
Martina Hingis, originally from Košice, Slovakia, become a professional tennis player with many notable achievements. Martina has won five career Grand Slams in her short career, as she initially retired at 22. With her doubles partner Anna Kournikova, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia and the WTA Championships in 2000 and 1999. Her other accomplishments include winning an Olympic silver medal, seventeen Tier I titles, and she’s also the youngest Grand Slam champion.
Also, she was the youngest world No. 1. Although she retired in 2002 when she came back from retirement, she won six Grand Slam mixed doubles tournaments, four Grand Slam women’s doubles tournaments, 27 WTA titles, and she also won a silver medal in women’s doubles Summer Olympics.
Justine Henin is a professional athlete with many accomplishments, including seven Grand Slam titles, one gold medal in the women’s singles at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. And she has also won the WTA Tour Championship in 2006 and 2007. Justine Henin is the only Belgian tennis player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
She has built a reputation for being one of the best volleyers in the game, and also she was considered very much mentally and physically tough. Justine retired in 2008 due to chronic elbow injury, but still, she has achieved an enviable success and is considered a legendary tennis player.
Venus Williams showed talent in sports along with sister and continue to train at the Macci tennis academy. Venus started to compete professionally at 14-years old. She is an accomplished tennis player in her own right, right next to her sister Serena Williams. She is one of the first African –American tennis players to win seven Grand Slam singles titles, four Olympic gold medals. With her sister, they have won 14 Grand Slam titles when playing doubles together, and it’s safe to say that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Furthermore, she has won 22 WTA doubles titles. If you are an avid sports fan and you watch tennis, then a good place to test your knowledge and luck is by betting online. There are many reliable betting sites, but the best place to start is to familiarize yourself with the current trends, reviews, and analysis of sports betting. The highly-qualified team of Picks.org provides free sports picks, and it’s definitely a site that you should check out.
Monica Seles was born in Yugoslavia (now Serbia) into a Hungarian family. As a teenager, she already had attracted a lot of attention for her double-handed forehand and backhand, which really put her at an advantage when she competed against other players. So, her skills, stamina, power, and speed also undoubtedly influenced her 9 Grand Slam singles titles, and she reached the Wimbledon women’s singles final but lost to Graf.
Unfortunately, a stabbing attack had a negative influence on her overall future performance. A deranged fan has attacked her on the court while she played against Magdalena Maleeva in Hamburg. The attacker, Günter Parche, was never convicted. However, she did manage to win a bronze Olympic medal in singles. That being said, she is still considered one of the greatest tennis players at all times.
Serena Williams is notably one of the greatest tennis players right now. She started to play professionally at 16, and she managed to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any man or woman during the open era. She also holds an Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open and another record for winning 356 single matches.
Other notable achievements include 14 Grand Slam doubles titles (with her sister Venus), three doubles gold medals at the Olympics. Moreover, she won her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2012. After giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, she continued to compete professionally and made a comeback along with her sister Venus.
Steffi Graf is a legendary tennis player from West Germany that broke all kinds of records in the world of tennis. She has won 22 Grand Slam titles and holds a record for being world No. 1 for 377 weeks, 107 singles titles, seven Wimbledon singles titles, among many other achievements.
Graf retired in 1999 while she was ranked world No. 3. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004. In conclusion, she is considered by many the greatest tennis player of all time, including Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. Actually, she was named the greatest tennis player of the 20th century by the Associated Press.