The just-concluded French Open saw Rafael Nadal win his 10th championship in the Grand Slam event, further cementing his title as the “King of Clay.” The French Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments held every year – Australian Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open are the others.This makes winning even one a rarity for the hundreds of tennis players that compete, except for these all-time great men and women athletes.
Margaret Court won a total of 24 Grand Slam singles titles in a professional career that lasted 17 years. With these championships, it is hard to argue with people who consider Court as the best player ever. She is a pioneer in the sport as she is the first woman to include fitness training and weights in her workouts, and as a result, she had a long and generally injury-free career.
Serena Williams trails Court by just one singles title, and given her dominance of the competition in the recent years, everyone assumed that she would pass Court’s record this year. However, Williams announced earlier this year that she was pregnant with her first child. Thus, overtaking Court would have to wait for at least a year.
While Nadal is considered the greatest clay court player ever, he is no slouch on other surfaces either. He has five non-French Open Grand Slam titles, bringing his total to 15. If it were not for recurring injuries, he might have won more championships.
Few people would dispute that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time. He holds numerous records, including the highest number of Grand Slam titles among men players with 18. And at the age of 35, he is still competing for major championships; it would not surprise people if Federer bags another Grand Slam title or two.