The 12 tennis stars with the most titles in their career

Unlike other sports, it is difficult to say conclusively which tennis player is the best in the Open Era.

If we are talking about Grand Slam singles titles, then Rafael Nadal and Margaret Court top the list: the former won 21 majors, while Court won 24.

However, when it comes to legacy and impact on the game, then the great Billie Jean King is hard to miss.

Another metric that could help influence the debate is looking at which player has won the most titles in their career, so that’s exactly what we’re doing.

To be clear, we’re only looking at individual titles, so sadly the Bryan brothers aren’t on this list.

It’s also important to note that this is not a ranking of who we think is the greatest player of all time, but simply the 12 players who have won the most trophies.


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12. Serena Williams-73

Williams she has won 23 Grand Slams, placing her second on the all-time list behind Court.

Surprisingly, though, the 40-year-old hasn’t won as many titles in her career as some of the other women below.

Nonetheless, Williams has won the year-end championship final five times, Olympic gold at London 2012 and has 23 Premier Mandatory wins. Hardly a bad record.

Serena Williams with her daughter Olympia

11.John McEnroe-77

McEnroe won 77 career titles in total, including seven majors, five year-end championship finals and 19 Grand Prix Super Series finals.

The American also has the best single-season match record for any male player in the Open Era, with a win-loss record of 82-3 (96.5%) set in 1984.

10.Billie Jean King-78

Although King won more than 100 titles in his career overall, only 78 came in the Open Era (from 1968 onwards).

This still included eight Grand Slam wins, four of which came over Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

billie jean king

9. Novak Djokovic – 86

Djokovic he has 20 major singles titles and is one of only two players, along with Nadal, to have won each of the four Slams at least twice.

He is also the only male player to have won all nine Masters tournaments and has done so twice.

8. Rafael Nadal – 91

Nadal won his 21st Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year, moving away from both Djokovic and Roger Federer.

The 35-year-old also won two Olympic gold medals while representing Spain and is the only Spanish player, male or female, to win all four Grand Slams.

Nadal

7. Daisy Court – 92

Court has won 92 career Open Era titles and remains one ahead of Williams on the all-time Grand Slam wins list.

The Australian won more than 90 per cent of her matches throughout her career and emerged victorious in more than half of the Grand Slams she entered (24 of 47).

6. Ivan Lendl – 94

Lendl is perhaps more famous for losing finals than winning them, but he still had an outstanding career.

He won eight Grand Slam singles titles, 22 Grand Prix Super Series titles, and 94 career titles overall.

Ivan Lendl

5.Roger Federer-103

While Nadal has now overcome federer in terms of major wins, the Swiss star continues to lead his Spanish rival when it comes to career titles.

The 40-year-old has won 20 Grand Slams, 28 ATP Masters titles, an Olympic gold medal and a record six ATP Finals.

Federer at Wimbledon

4. Steffi Graf-107

Graf is one of only four players in the Open Era to have more than 100 career titles.

This includes 26 major wins, five WTA Tour championships, one Olympic gold, and 18 Tier I tournament wins.

3. Jimmy Connors-109

While Connors lost the head-to-head battle with arch-rival McEnroe, he far outshone him in terms of overall titles.

The American has more singles titles than any other male tennis player, having won eight Grand Slams and 81 Grand Prix events.

Jimmy Connors at the US Open

2.Chris Evert-157

The top two on this list are somewhat out of the chasing pack, with Evert winning 48 more titles than Connors.

These titles came over a span of 17 years and featured 18 major wins.

1. Martina Navratilova – 167

Navratilova tops the list with 167 career titles, including 18 Grand Slam wins.

The now commentator also won 177 doubles titles, meaning she won more than 350 tournaments throughout her distinguished career.

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