Top 10 Most Enduring Tennis Stars

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1. Boris Becker (Germany)

Boris Becker

Known to many as the youngest player to conquer Wimbledon, Boris Becker was a gifted player. Six Grand Slam wins include three Wimbledon singles titles, one U.S. Open title, and two Australian Open titles.

2. Billie Jean King (USA)

Billie Jean King

By the end of her career, Billie Jean King had won 39 Grand Slam victories (12 Singles, 16 Ladies’ Doubles and 11 Mixed Doubles). King’s contribution to Tennis did not end with her incredible achievements on the court. King is well remembered for defeating Bobby King 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the match now popularly referred to as the “Battle of the Sexes”.

 

3. Steffi Graf (Germany)

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf is an acknowledged legend, and several believe her to be the greatest female player of the 20th Century. Steffi ranked as the No. 1 for 377 weeks, won an unbelievable 22 Grand Slam tournaments, including all four Grand Slams in a single year (1988), 2 Olympic Gold medals. Unrelenting knee problems caused her to retire at just 30.


4. Bjorn Borg (Sweden)

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg was a genius on both grass and clay. Having won only two of the four Grand Slams, he contributed to the sport in terms of style and dedication. So it came as a major shock to fans and followers when he retired at just 26. Some are of the opinion that he might have won those two too.

 

5. Jimmy Connors (USA)

Jimmy Connors

One of the most enduring players, Jimmy Connors held the No. 1 seed for 160 straight weeks, out of the full 268 career weeks. He won 8 Grand Slams – 2 Wimbledon titles, 5 U.S. Open titles and 1 Australian Open title. Unfortunately, the French Open eluded him too.

 

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