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Wimbledon might be one of the Grand Slams but it is held in high regard by players and fans alike. It has always been a matter of huge debate when it comes to the question of assembling the Wimbledon top players of all time and the current generation.
Seven of the Wimbledon Top Players in the Open Era
Martina Navratilova can easily be regarded as the greatest ladies’ player at Wimbledon while she would also rank as one of the Wimbledon top players courtesy of her nine titles in the open era. The American was also spectacularly assertive and she dominated the Grand Slam in the 1980s with six consecutive titles – a record that stands even now.
Roger Federer is widely perceived to be the greatest tennis player of all time on grass courts. The Swiss master has been able to prove the same with a remarkable eight titles with his last at Wimbledon coming when he was 35. Federer is still going strong at 40 and he remains a celebrated asset at the all-England club.
Pete Sampras clearly specialised in grass courts and he was able to reflect the same with the staggering seven titles. The American’s style of serve-and-volley was extremely effective on grass courts. He was such a dominant figure at Wimbledon during the 1990s that he won all seven titles in a span of eight years. Among his many records was a string of 32 consecutive victories which came to an end at the hands of Roger Federer in 2001.
Novak Djokovic has been at the top of the game for more than a decade. The Serbian has not only been successful at Wimbledon with six titles but he has also dominated other Grand Slams. Djokovic’s string of victories in 2018, 2019, and 2021 have taken him past many great players like Bjorn Borg.
Steffi Graf would easily feature in the list of Wimbledon top players courtesy of the seven titles which would have just two behind Martina Navratilova. Graf’s first success at Wimbledon came when she was just 19. Even though she was quite far off from managing a string of titles, the early 1990s clearly belonged to the German at the all-England club.
Serena Williams’ story in tennis might not have concluded, but she remains one of the greatest Wimbledon players in the women’s game. A staggering five titles came in a decade and she even went on to lift the last of her Wimbledon successes at 33. Serena Williams sits near the top of the Wimbledon top players in the ladies’ game with seven titles.
Bjorn Borg is the five-time Wimbledon champion who created a record for the consecutive crowns – a record which has since been matched by Roger Federer – picked up at the all-England club. After starting out as a mediocre player on grass, Borg improved his game to such an extent that he was unplayable from 1976 to 1980.
Potential Wimbledon Stars in the Future
Cori Gauff created headlines after reaching the French Open final in 2022. The 18-year-old has all the credentials that could make her the ‘next Serena Williams’. The Wimbledon 2022 features Gauff as one of the youngest players in the top 100 rankings. She was able to hit a career-high of No.12 thanks to recent successes.
Carlos Alcaraz steps into Wimbledon 2022 quite high in the ATP rankings. The number six has had a string of successes at ATP tournaments in 2022. He has even been able to reach the French Open quarter-finals. He is often referred to as the ‘next Rafael Nadal’ thanks to the big-hitting style and power of his two-handed backhand.
Holger Rune made a huge jump in the ATP rankings after overcoming Stefanos Tsitsipas at the French Open. He is now 29th in the ATP rankings with Wimbledon 2022 expected to contribute to an even bigger jump. The 19-year-old has all the style fit for dominating the French Open, but added finesse could see him dominate the all-England club stage as well.