Tennis thrives on its legendary players. In the Open Era, multiple Grand Slam players and players that dominate the sport have been what bring the fans, television ratings and the interest.
Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova all remain a big part of the sport decades after they each retired. Average sports fans remember them. Many players have made surprising runs in Grand Slams that were never able to duplicate in subsequent years.
All of the players listed won a Grand Slam title unless otherwise noted.