Results for: The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (W): No. 6, Billie Jean King

While she hailed from tennis-rich Southern California, King was considered an outsider.

Feb 23, 2018
by Steve Tignor

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (M): No. 6, Bjorn Borg

When Borg left the tour abruptly at age 25 in 1981, tennis seemed to stop with him.

Feb 23, 2018
by Steve Tignor

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (M): No. 7, Ken Rosewall

A speedy attacker and born net-rusher, Rosewall was known for his one-handed backhand. 

Feb 22, 2018
by Steve Tignor

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (W): No. 7, Monica Seles

In Seles' brief period of indomitability, she set the bar higher for other champions.

Feb 22, 2018
by Steve Tignor

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (W): No. 8, Venus Williams

Because of Venus, African-Americans are no longer just an exception in tennis.

Feb 21, 2018
by Steve Tignor

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (M): No. 8, Ivan Lendl

The Czech-turned-American was an overachiever—and one of the most feared players ever.

Feb 21, 2018
by Steve Tignor

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (W): No. 9, Justine Henin

Henin made up for her lack of size with a Federer-esque sense of first-strike urgency. 

Feb 20, 2018
by Steve Tignor

The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era (M): No. 9, John McEnroe

No tennis player of the last 50 years has been as famous, or infamous, for so long. 

Feb 20, 2018
by Steve Tignor