Wimbledon 2011: The Top 10 Men's Players Never to Win Wimbledon
The Wimbledon Championships are the titles most players want to win over any others.
Many players have won Wimbledon multiple times, including Pete Sampras (seven times), Roger Federer (six times), and Björn Borg (five times). However, there are plenty who have not done so even once.
The following are the top 10 tennis players never to win at the All England Club.
10. Gottfried Von Cramm
I'm won't lie—I had never heard of Gottfried Von Cramm before writing this article.
He played for Germany (West Germany) in the 1930's and won twice at the French Open.
He played well at Wimbledon and reached the finals each year between 1935 and 1937. Unfortunately, he faced Fred Perry and Don Budge in those finals and never topped them.
9. Patrick Rafter
Patrick Rafter enjoyed quite a bit of success not only at Wimbledon but throughout his career.
He was very good in the 1990's, compiling a 358-191 record with 11 titles that included the 1997 and 1998 US Opens.
He reached the Wimbledon finals in 2000 and 2001, but lost both. In fact, his 2001 five-set loss in the finals to Goran Ivanisevic marks one of the better finals Wimbledon has seen.
8. Fred Stolle
Fred Stolle was another Aussie player who saw tons of success during the 1960's.
In that decade, he reached eight Grand Slam finals and brought home two: the 1965 French and the 1966 US Open.
He reached the Wimbledon final three consecutive years between 1963 and 1965 but lost all three, including twice to countryman Roy Emerson.
7. Andy Roddick
Roddick has been the best American player in the last decade, compiling over 500 wins and 30 career titles including the 2003 U.S. Open title.
However, he has not been able to win Wimbledon despite reaching the finals in 2004, 2005, and 2009. All his finals losses have come to Federer, including a 16-14 fifth-set loss to Federer in 2009. Tough luck.
6. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is currently the hottest player on the planet, and he looks like he will be around for a while.
Djokovic finally lost to end his 43-match win streak. He already has 365 wins in his career and 25 titles, including two Australian Open titles.
He has reached the semis twice at Wimbledon, and this may very well be his year to win it all.
5. Jim Courier
Jim Courier was one part of the American dominance in men's tennis during the 1990's.
The fact that Courier had over 500 career wins and four Major titles in seven Grand Slam Finals speaks for itself.
However, the Wimbledon championship eluded Courier. He lost in the 1993 Wimbledon final to Pete Sampras.
4. Ilie Nastase
Ilie Nastase is by far the best Romanian ever to play the game, as well as one of the best ever to step on the court.
Over the course of 15 years, Nastase won over 700 matches and had 57 career titles, including two Majors in five attempts.
His attempts to win Wimbledon however, always came up a little short, as he lost in the Wimbledon finals in 1972 and 1976.
3. Guillermo Vilas
Guillermo Vilas was known as a clay court specialist, but he was a great player all-around.
Any time you rack up over 900 wins and win 62 career titles including four Majors, you're doing something right.
The success he had at other Majors and on tour were never translated to Wimbledon, where at best, he twice reached the quarterfinals.
2. Ken Rosewall
Ken Rosewall was part of the Aussie rise in tennis from the 1950's through the 1970's.
He is not only among the best Aussies ever, but among the best players ever. He was never ranked outside the top 20 from 1952-1977 and won eight career major titles.
However, he was never able to win at Wimbledon despite reaching the finals in 1954, 1956, 1970, and 1974.
1. Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl is the best tennis player never to win Wimbledon.
His career speaks for itself: over 1000 wins, 94 career titles, eight Major titles, and a combined 270 weeks at No. 1 in the world.
Despite all the success Lendl had in his career, he was never able to capture the crown at the All England Club. He lost in the finals in both 1986 and 1987 in straight sets.