US Open is one of the two oldest grand slam tennis tournaments in the entire game’s history. Originally, the men’s singles event was referred to as the U.S. National Championship. Since its inception in 1881, the US Open has had several great players. On the basis of their achievement in the US Open, the following are the greatest male tennis players of all time:
1. Bill Tilden (7 titles: 1920-25, 1929)
Bill Tilden is the all time greatest male tennis player. He is one among only three players in the history to possess 7 US Open titles. Throughout the 1920s, he dominated world tennis and was mostly ranked 1 during this period. He was also part of US Davis Cup team that won Davis Cup titles seven times continuously.
2. Roger Federer (5 titles: 2004-08)
Roger Federer, a living legend, is number two on this list. He is considered a great player in the history of male tennis because of his consistent performance and the number of titles he has won. Hence he can match only with the greatest players like Bill Tilden. He has won 5 US Open titles and is the only player in Open Era who has won 5 consecutive US Open titles.
3. Richard Dudley “Dick” Sears (7 titles: 1881-1887)
Richard Sears held 7 consecutive US Open titles in the period between 1881 and 1887. He was just a student at Harvard when he won the first of his 7 titles. Moreover, he won 6 consecutive doubles title from 1882 to 1887. Hence he will be remembered as a great champion when it comes to US Open.
4. William “Bill” Augustus Larned (7 titles: 1901-02, 1907-11)
Bill Larned or William Larned won 7 titles in the span of 11 years. He also holds 7 US Open titles to his credit. Larned is a versatile sportsman who showed admirable talent even in sports such as golf, shooting and horseracing. In 1956, William Larned was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
5. Pete Sampras (5 titles: 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)
In 1988, Pete Sampras started playing professional tennis and retired in 2003. He was truly successful in the US open and won the title 5 times. He had great rivalry with Andre Agassi. He was a gentle player which earned him a lot of fans around the world.
6. Jimmy Connors (5 titles: 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982-83)
Jimmy Connors is considered to be the boss of US Open Tennis. He truly dominated the event and is the only player to have won on grass courts, clay as well as hard courts. He reached the semifinals of US open for 12 years continuously. He had a great rivalry with John McEnroe and Björn Borg.
7. John McEnroe (4 titles: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984)
John McEnroe was an unorthodox, angry popular tennis player. He lost his temper many times which put him into problem with umpires. McEnroe was successful in US open and won the singles title 4 times and doubles title 3 times in US open.
8. Frederick “Fred” Perry (3 titles: 1933-34, 1936)
Fred Perry is considered to be the best male tennis player from the British isle. He won the US Open title three times, besides one Australian, three Wimbledon and one French Open titles during his long career. He is one among six male tennis players to have won all of the four grand slam titles to their credit.
9. Robert “Bob” Wrenn (4 titles: 1893-94, 1896-97)
During the 1890’s, Robert Wrenn was the 4-time US Open winner. These wins came within a span of 5 years. Though he is not well known today, he was really a threat to other players during his prime days. He served as the president of United States Tennis Association from 1912-1915. In 1955, Robert Wrenn was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
A great and a charismatic player, Agassi had great rivalry with Sampras. He was noted for his strong service return. He was also very successful in Australian Open.