Tennis history is full of great heroes, achievements and rivalries. Throughout the century, many players stood out with impressive victories and, among these victories, Grand Slams are the big ones. After all, the four most important tournaments of the year have a unique mark in a career resume and in the decision of who are the best tennis players of all time. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Serena Williams are three of the best players ever to play in the history of Tennis sport. But what place do they occupy in the list of the biggest Grand Slams winners?
24 Grand Slams
Margaret Court is considered the best female player ever. The Australian completely dominated the tennis scene in the 1960s and early 1970s. Between its first Australian Open and the last US Open triumph, the world of Tennis testified 13 years of absolute dominance. Court won 24 Grand Slams in singles, 19 more in doubles and another 19 in the mixed doubles category. Among many other records, she was the first player ever in the Open Era to win the four majors in the same season. She is also one of three personalities in the sport who won the four Grand Slams in singles, doubles and mixed doubles category. Doris Hart and Martina Navratilova are the other two.
23 Grand Slams
United States of America
The most successful of the Williams sister is one step away from joining Margaret Court in the ranking of the most successful tennis player ever. And among the experts, some believe that it is only a matter of time before this super athlete reaches the top. In addition to winning all the Grand Slams, Serena boasts an impressive achievement, commonly called Serena Slam, according to herself. She won all the majors not once, but twice, completing two sets of four consecutive wins. In addition to the singles titles, she has also 14 more in doubles and two in mixed doubles.
22 Grand Slams
The first European tennis player on this list is Steffi Graf. The talented German dominated the tennis scene between the 80s and the 90s. Among many impressive facts, as it is showed by the 22 triumphs in majors, Graff stands out from the rest because she completed a unique feat in tennis history. She’s still the unique player to win the four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal in the same year: It’s called a Golden Slam.
20 Grand Slams
The first man on this list is Roger Federer. The Swiss master is considered (even by his biggest rivals) the best player who has ever touched a racket. For now, Federer is still the one with the most Grand Slams trophies in history, with 20 titles. He won the four tournaments, and also an Olympic gold medal champion, alongside Stan Wawrinka. He is also the record holder for weeks leading the ATP ranking, totaling 310 weeks as number 1. His epic rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will remain forever.
Helen Wills and Rafael Nadal
19 Grand Slams
United States and Spain
With 19 titles each, Helen Wills and Rafael Nadal close the top-5 list. The North American player became famous in the 20s and 30s, becoming the first great world tennis champion. In addition to the 19 Grand Slam titles, Wills also won two Olympic gold medals in the 1924 Paris Olympics, singles and doubles. She retired with an impressive record of just one loss in 51 games played at Wimbledon.
As for Rafael Nadal, his journey continues with a clear objective: overtake Federer as the most successful man ever in Grand Slams tournaments. The King of Clay, a name he deserves due to his impressive 12 titles at Roland Garros, is also a two-time Olympic champion, winning the Beijing singles tournament (2008) and Rio doubles (2016).