Who is the greatest male tennis player ever? - MensTennisForums.com
View Poll Results: The greatest player ever
Pete Sampras 50 39.06%
Andre Agassi 25 19.53%
Bjorn Borg 19 14.84%
John McEnroe 6 4.69%
Ivan Lendl 3 2.34%
Rod Laver 14 10.94%
Ken Rosewall 1 0.78%
John Newcombe 1 0.78%
Roy Emerson 0 0%
other 9 7.03%
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post #1 of 86 (permalink) Old 08-17-2002, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Who is the greatest male tennis player ever?

just modern era tennis please...

I know Sampras is probably the best player on grass ever, but can his overall career accomplishments hold well against other great ones? Your call...
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Pete, he dominated tennis for 6 straight years in an era that had Agassi, Ivanisevic, Courier, Chang etc.

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If you include Rod Laver, I suppose that I can consider BOTH his grand slams, and all the slams he couldn't play because he was a professional before 1968?

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of course you can...I am not old enough to have seen Laver play, but tennis enthusiasts I have spoken with, tell me that Laver's game is probably good enough to hold well against today's players, physical and equipment technology differences apart. Laver's total Slam tally would have been higher if not for his then professional status...I think he was truly the dominant player of his time, more so than Rosewall..
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always a topic of contention!

hey how come Boris Broom-Broom Becker is not on your list? or is he "other"?

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Pete Sampras the great

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In the modern era, Pete Sampras.

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Bjorn Borg or Rod Laver

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In that case, Borg.


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Sampras!!!

he's the man.

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Bjorn Borg, people, Bjorn Borg.

He played well on the most opposite of surfaces--red clay then grass, winning 3 back-to-back Slams at RG & Wimbly.

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Sampras-no doubt

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