Wimbledon 2010: The Top 15 Players Ever at the All-England Club
Wimbledon has been handing out men's singles trophies since 1877 and women's singles titles since 1884, so who are the best 15 tennis players the All England Club has ever seen?
All but two of the athletes on this list played during the Open Era, which began in 1968, and all are multiple time winners.
15. Chris Evert
Chris Evert won 18 major singles titles, including a record seven French Opens and six U.S. Opens.
Her career singles mark of 1,309–146 (.900) is the best of any professional player ever.
But the American only took home three Wimbledon championships in 1974, '76 and '81, therefore she ranks just 15th on this list.
14. Serena Williams
Serena Williams has a shot to win her fourth Wimbledon title on Saturday, adding to her championships won in 2002, '03 and '09.
Williams, who has won more career prize money than any other woman in sports history, also has four Wimbledon doubles crowns to her name.
13. John Newcombe
John Newcombe won Wimbledon as an amateur in 1967 and then twice more as a professional in '70 and '71.
The Australian also captured six doubles titles in '65-'66, '68-'70, and '74.
12. Boris Becker
In 1985, Boris Becker became the youngest-ever winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17.
He added another two championships in '86 and '89.
11. John McEnroe
John McEnroe won his first of three singles titles at Wimbledon in 1981, the same year he made famous the catchphrase "You can not be serious!" when screaming at an umpire at the All England Club.
The American went on to win singles championships in '83 and '84, as well as five doubles crowns, the last of which coming in '92 when he was 33 years old.
10. Venus Williams
Venus Williams has won nine Wimbledon titles, five in singles and four in doubles.
She even reached the finals in mixed doubles in 2006.
9. Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King won two Wimbledon singles titles as an amateur in 1966 and '67, before adding four more as a professional in '68, '72, '73, and '75.
She also captured an incredible 10 doubles and four mixed doubles championships in London.
8. Helen Wills
Helen Wills won the most women's singles titles at Wimbledon prior to the Open Era and the second most all-time.
She captured eight between 1927 and 1938.
7. Rod Laver
Rod Laver is the only tennis player to twice win all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year—first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in '69, when he captured his last of four Wimbledon titles.
But Laver probably could've won about five more if he were not prohibited from competing after turning pro in '62.
6. Bjorn Borg
Bjorn Borg won five consecutive Wimbledon titles between 1976-80, a modern era record he shares with Roger Federer.
The man from Sweden is the only player in the Open Era to win Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year more than once.
5. William Renshaw
William Renshaw shares the record for men's Wimbledon singles titles at seven with Pete Sampras.
The Brit also won a record six consecutive championships between 1881-86, but his achievement is somewhat diluted by the fact that back then the reigning champion got an automatic bye into the finals.
4. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is probably the best tennis player of all time, but he ranks only fourth on this list with six Wimbledon titles.
His five consecutive wins between 2003-07 tie him for the most in a row during the modern era.
3. Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf's 22 Grand Slam singles titles are second only to the 24 won by Margaret Court, who just missed this list because she only won three Wimbledon championships, just one of which was during the Open Era.
Graf, on the other hand, captured seven between 1988-96 and added a doubles crown in '88 for good measure.
2. Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras is the greatest male champion in the history of Wimbledon.
His seven titles between 1993-2000 are the most in the Open Era.
The American's only loss at the All England Club during that span was in the '96 quarters to eventual winner Richard Krajicek.
1. Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova advanced to the Wimbledon singles championship 12 times, including nine in a row between 1982-90, winning a record nine times.
No one in the history of the event has won more singles crowns.
Add to that her seven doubles and four mixed doubles titles—the last of which came in 2003, when she was 46 years old—and it's clear that Navratilova is the greatest Wimbledon champion ever.