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Men’s Tennis Records

Men’s Tennis Records & 2020 Tennis Trivia

ADDucation’s selection of men’s tennis records highlighting some awesome performances by the world’s top men’s tennis players. There’s also some tennis records FAQs and tennis trivia too.

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Men’s Tennis Records & FAQs Tennis Player (Nationality) Men’s Tennis Records Trivia & Videos
How many men’s tennis players have won all 4 Grand Slam Singles titles a single calendar year? Only two men’s tennis players have won Grand Slam titles in the same calendar year:
  • Don Budge (USA) in 1938.
  • Rod Laver (Australia) in 1962 and 1969.
For men’s tennis records this is as tough as it gets. Don Budge and Rod Laver are the only 2 men to reach his achievement – and Rod Laver was still playing as an amateur in 1962!
Which man has won the most man’s singles tennis titles?
  1. 200 Rod Laver (Australia).
  2. 147 Jaroslav Drobný (Czech Republic).
  3. 139 Josiah Ritchie (Great Britain).
  4. 138 Bill Tilden (USA).
  5. 133 Ken Rosewall (Australia).
  6. 118 Anthony Wilding (New Zealand).
  7. 113 Pancho Gonzales (USA).
  8. 110 Roy Emerson (Australia).
  9. 109 Jimmy Connors (USA).
  10. 103 Roger Federer* (Switzerland).
Rod Laver has won the most men’s single tennis titles. The top 10 men’s singles tournament winners of all time are:

* Roger Federer is the only currently active singles player (07 Jan 2020) in the top 10 so he, or another current mens tennis player could Jimmy Connors.

How many men’s tennis players have won Career Grand Slams aka “Career slammers” in singles? Only 8 men have won Career Grand Slams in singles:
  • Fred Perry (Great Britain) in 1935.
  • Don Budge (USA) in 1938.
  • Rod Laver (Australia) in 1962 & 1969.
  • Roy Emerson (Australia) in 1967 & 1969.
  • Andre Agassi (USA) in 1999.
  • Roger Federer* (Switzerland) in 2009.
  • Rafael Nadal* (Spain) in 2010.
  • Novak Djokovic* (Serbia) in 2016.
Only 8 male tennis players have won all four singles majors during their career. Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal also won Olympic Golds in the same year to achieve Career Golden Grand Slams. Andre Agassi additionally won the 1999 end of year Championship to become the only man to win a Career Super Grand Slam.
Who has won the most Grand Slam singles wins in history? Roger Federer has won the most Grand Slam singles wins in history.
  1. 20 Roger Federer* (Switzerland).
  2. 19 Rafael Nadal* (Spain).
  3. 16 Novak Djokovic* (Serbia).
  4. 14 Pete Sampras (USA).
  5. 12 Roy Emerson (Australia).
  6. 11 Rod Laver (Australia).
  7. 11 Björn Borg (Sweden).
  8. 10 Bill Tilden (USA).
Watch Roger Federer’s Grand Slam Match Points in 4 mins:
Which men’s singles tennis player has ranked No. 1 for the most weeks?
  1. 310 Roger Federer* (Switzerland).
  2. 286 Pete Sampras (USA).
  3. 275 Novak Djokovic* (Serbia).
  4. 270 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic /USA).
  5. 268 Jimmy Connors (USA).
  6. 206 Rafael Nadal* (Spain).
  7. 170 John McEnroe (USA).
  8. 109 Björn Borg (Sweden).
  9. 101 Andre Agassi (USA).
  10. 80 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia).
Roger Federer has ranked No. 1 longer than any other men’s single tennis player.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the only active players in the top 10 (07 Jan 2020). This men’s tennis record looks likely to belong to Roger Federer for the foreseeable future.

Which men’s singles tennis player has ranked No. 1 for the most consecutive weeks?
  1. 237 Roger Federer* (Switzerland).
  2. 160 Jimmy Connors (USA).
  3. 157 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic / USA).
  4. 122 Novak Djokovic* (Serbia).
  5. 102 Pete Sampras (USA).
  6. 84 Jimmy Connors (USA).
  7. 82 Pete Sampras (USA).
  8. 80 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic / USA).
  9. 75 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia).
  10. 170 John McEnroe (USA).
Roger Federer has topped the ATP tennis rankings for more consecutive weeks than any other men’s singles tennis player and looks unbeatable.

The nearest other active player, Novak Djokovic, has fewer than half the titles. If Ivan Lendl’s two runs had been consecutive he would have tied on 237 with Roger Federer (07 Jan 2020).

Who is the youngest ever men’s singles Wimbledon winner? The youngest ever Wimbledon men’s single winner was Boris Becker (Germany) aged 17 in 1985. Enjoy the moment Boris Becker wins his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 1985:
Who was the youngest ever men’s doubles Wimbledon winner? The youngest ever Wimbledon men’s doubles winner was Dennis Ralston (USA) aged 17 in 1960. American Dennis Ralston was paired with Mexico’s Rafael Osuna who won 13 titles including the US Open in 1963.
Who is the youngest ever men’s singles US Open winner? The youngest ever US Open men’s singles winner was Pete Sampras (USA) aged 19 in 1990. Pete Sampras remains the only teenager to win the men’s singles US Open tournament.
Who is the youngest ever men’s doubles US Open winner? The youngest ever US Open men’s doubles winner was  Vincent Richards (USA) aged 15 in 1918, paired with Bill Tiden. One of the men’s tennis records which has stood for over a century! In more recently Lleyton Hewitt (Australia), aged 19, in 2000.
Who was the youngest ever men’s tennis singles world number 1? Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) is the youngest ever men’s No. 1, aged 20,  in 2001. Lleyton Hewitt retired from singles in 2016.
Who is the oldest winner of a ranking men’s tennis tournament? Arthur Gore (Great Britain), aged 41, won Wimbledon in 1909. Andre Agassi (USA) won the Australian Open, aged 33, in 2003.
Who are the highest earning mens tennis players of all-time?
  1. Novak Djokovic* (Serbia) ~ $116m.
  2. Roger Federer* (Switzerland) ~ $109m.
  3. Rafael Nadal* (Spain) ~ $95m.
  4. Andy Murray* (Great Britain) ~ $54m.
  5. Pete Sampras (USA) ~ $38m.
  6. Stan Wawrinka* (Switzerland) ~$28m.
  7. David Ferrer (Spain) ~ $28m.
  8. Andre Agassi (USA) ~ $27m.
  9. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) $26m.
  10. Marin Čilić* (Croatia) ~$23m.
The top 10 highest earning men’s tennis players was last updated: (07 Jan 2020). Prize money in US dollars and approximate. * Active tennis players, the other players have retired.
Countries with most ranked players in top 100
  • 12 mens tennis players from France.
  • 10 mens tennis players from Spain.
  • 8 mens tennis players from Italy.
  • 8 mens tennis players from the USA.
  • 6 mens tennis players from Australia.
  • 5 mens tennis players from Argentina.
  • 5 mens tennis players from Serbia.
  • 4 mens tennis players from Germany.
  • 4 mens tennis players from Great Britain.
  • 4 mens tennis players from Japan.
This is one of men’s tennis records currently dominated by European countries. All countries with 4 or more men’s tennis players ranked in the top 100 (07 Jan 2020) are included:
What was the longest match in men’s tennis history? The longest match in history lasted 11 hours 5 minutes and took place at Wimbledon in 2010.

John Isner (USA) beat Nicolas Mahut (France) over 3 days. The match included 183 games, the highest number of games in history.

This match broke several men’s tennis records.

Watch the last few minutes of the longest tennis match ever:
Who served the most aces in a tennis match? John Isner (USA) served the most aces in a tennis match. He served 113 aces against Nicolas Mahut (France) at Wimbledon in 2010. See above. In the same match, his opponent, Nicolas Mahut (France) served the second highest ever number of aces with 103.
Who holds the record for the highest number of broken rackets in a single tennis match? Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) broke 4 rackets during the 2012 Australian Open tournament. Two of the rackets didn’t even make it out of their packaging! Baghdatis lost to Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) and received a $1250 fine.
Who served the fastest tennis serve ever?
(since radar in 1991)
Sam Groth (Australia) hit a 163.4 mph (263 km/h) serve in 2012 at the Busan Open Challenger in South Korea. Watch the fastest tennis serve ever:

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