The following feature is a ranking of the top 25 legacies in the Open era. Grand Slam winning and No. 1 dominance is heavily considered, as well as recognition of the increasing competition and deeper fields as the decades unfolded. The early Open-era champions were considered most by their professional success.
This is not a list that claims to rank players by perceived abilities, but rather by tennis resumes. They were the most transcendent champions. Their winning and personalities are snapshots woven as a tapestry of style, innovation and popularity through 40 years of tennis.
These Hall of Fame epitaphs will capture each player’s legacy in no more than 50 words.