One of the most important scales to measure tennis greatness is the number of titles a tennis professional is able to win in his career. The titles may include Grand Slams, ATP Year End Finals, Masters 1000 tournaments, Davis Cup and many more. Let’s look at the 5 players who lead the dashboard for all time singles titles in the Open Era.
5. John McEnroe
This temperamental American was famous for his On-Court serve and volley skills along with his Off-Court antics. McEnroe won 77 singles titles in his career which place him 5th on the all time list.
McEnroe was also a great doubles player and won 78 doubles titles taking his total career tally to 155.
4. Rafael Nadal
He might be known as the King of Clay but Rafa Nadal has made his mark on every tennis surface in his illustrious career. Nadal has won 82 singles titles so far in his career and looks well enough for many more.
Quite understandably 59 of Nadal’s 82 titles have come on the dirt. He holds the record clay court titles to his name in the Open Era.
3. Ivan Lendl
The Czech born American was the dominant figure in men’s tennis throughout the 1980s. He won 94 singles titles in his 16 year long career. Among Lendl’s titles included 8 Grand Slam trophies.
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Lendl also was the World Number 1 for not less than 270 weeks. This is a testimony of his dominance in Men’s tennis for a long stretch.
The Swiss ace has been the face of tennis for last 15 years. He has been on the tour since 1998 and is still going strong. Federer is the leader in all time Slam list having won 20 Majors. He stands 2nd to Connors in all time singles titles list.
Federer has won 101 singles titles in his career.
The maestro is going strong enough to chase Connors for the record. He could add one more to the tally this week if he manages to go all the way in Halle.
The Californian classy player holds the Open Era record for most singles title wins. He won 109 singles titles in his two decade long career. Among them were 8 Grand Slam titles which included 5 US Opens, 2 Wimbledon trophies and an Australian Open.
Connors had one of the longest careers in tennis history spanning 24 years from 1972 to 1996. It spanned around 22 years. He was also the World Number 1 for 268 years.