20 Athletes With the Most Men's Tennis Titles

20 Athletes With the Most Men’s Tennis Titles

We have seen plenty of greats enter the tennis court over the past 50+ years, but who among those players have secured the most men’s tennis titles? I’m sure you can think of a few of those players off the top of your head, but would you be able to list the top 20 players? 

Let’s be honest, the tennis community has come a long way over the past 50 years. The Open Era began in 1968 and the Association of Tennis Professionals was established four years later in 1972. Since then, there have been a number of players that played a role in its expansion. 

Winning a single game isn’t easy in Tennis, let alone winning a set, a match, several matches, and eventually a title. Throughout the history of the ATP, some players made winning look easier than other players and they’re the ones remembered for having the most men’s tennis titles.

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Who Has Won the Most Men’s Tennis Titles?

20 Athletes With the Most Men's Tennis Titles
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Every year, there are four major tennis titles that get a majority of the attention, but they’re not the only events that happen throughout the calendar year. In fact, the yearly ATP Tour consists of anywhere from 60-75 tournaments where players can showcase their skill and talent. 

Not only that, but there are both singles and doubles tournaments for players to compete in. For the sake of this article, we’re going to rank the players with the most men’s tennis titles in singles play during the Open Era (1968-present) — not just major titles, but ATP titles as a whole. 

Don’t worry, we’ll also showcase how many doubles titles they won, how many major titles they won, and their career win-loss record. As we make our way through the list, there are some players you won’t be surprised to see, but there are a few names that might shock you. 

Honorable Mentions: Michael Chang (34), Mats Wilander (33), John Newcombe (32), Andy Roddick (32), Lleyton Hewitt (30)

20. Manuel Orantes – Spain

Singles Titles: 34 titles

Doubles Titles: 23 titles

Major Titles: One title (1975 US Open)

Years: 1968-1983

Career W-L Record: 722-292

Manuel Orantes found consistent success in both singles and doubles tournaments. His only Grand Slam victory came in the 1975 US Open against Jimmy Connors — a name we’ll get to later on. As for Orantes, he won a career-high 8 titles in 1975 and another 7 titles the year after.

19. Ken Rosewall – Australia

Singles Titles: 40 titles

Doubles Titles: 14 titles

Major Titles: 4 titles (1968 French Open / 1970 US Open / 1971 & 1972 Australian Open)

Years: 1968-1980

Career W-L Record: 1,811-710

Ken Rosewall was at his peak from 1968-1973, winning 34 of his 40 career singles titles in that timeframe. He won the 1971 Australian Open without dropping a set, becoming the first player to do that at the time. He was small and skinny, but he made up for it with quickness and agility. 

18. Stefan Edberg – Sweden

Singles Titles: 41 titles

Doubles Titles: 18 titles

Major Titles: 6 titles (1985 & 1987 Australian Open / 1988 & 1990 Wimbledon / 1991 & 1992 US Open

Years: 1983-1996

Career W-L Record: 801-270

Stefan Edberg won seven singles titles in two different years — 1987 and 1990 — as well as six titles in 1990. He was the year-end ATP No. 1 ranked player in 1991 and 1990. Edberg represented Sweden in the Olympics twice, winning a bronze in singles and doubles in 1988.

17. Thomas Muster – Austria

Singles Titles: 44 titles

Doubles Titles: One title

Major Titles: One title (1995 French Open)

Years: 1985-1999

Career W-L Record: 625-273

Thomas Muster played his best tennis in 1995 and 1996, winning 12 singles titles in 1995 and 7 more in 1996. He was often referred to as ‘The King of Clay’ winning 40 of his 44 ATP singles titles on clay. Before Dominic Thiem, Muster was the first Austrian to win a men’s singles title.

16. Arthur Ashe – United States

Singles Titles: 44 titles

Doubles Titles: 15 titles

Major Titles: 3 titles (1968 US Open / 1970 Australian Open / 1975 Wimbledon)

Years: 1968-1979

Career W-L Record: 1,188-371

Arthur Ashe is the only African American to win a singles title at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. He won 7 singles titles in 1968, 9 singles titles in 1970, and 8 singles titles in 1975. Ashe won a Grand Slam in each of those years and played well on all surfaces. 

15. Andy Murray – Great Britain

Singles Titles: 46 titles

Doubles Titles: 3 titles

Major Titles: 3 titles (2012 US Open / 2013 & 2016 Wimbledon) 

Years: 2005-present

Career W-L Record: 685-209

Andy Murray is the only men’s tennis player to win two Olympic gold medals during the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Speaking of 2016, it was quite the year for Murray — he was the year-end No. 1 ranked player, made three Grand Slam finals, and one Grand Slam victory (Wimbledon).

14. Stan Smith – United States

Singles Titles: 48 titles

Doubles Titles: 56 titles

Major Titles: 2 titles (1971 US Open / 1972 Wimbledon)

Years: 1968-1986

Career W-L Record: 950-383

Stan Smith not only had success as a singles player, but also dominated the doubles scene for a while. In fact, Smith and Bob Lutz will go down as one of the best doubles teams in ATP history. Together, they won the US Open four times and the Australian Open once. 

13. Boris Becker – Germany

Singles Titles: 49 titles

Doubles Titles: 15 titles

Major Titles: 6 titles (1985, 1986, & 1989 Wimbledon / 1989 US Open / 1991 & 1996 Australian Open)

Years: 1984-1999

Career W-L Record: 713-214

Boris Becker won more than five singles titles in six different years (1986, 1988-1990, 1992, and 1996). He also won four Grand Slams in those years, which doesn’t include the 1985 Wimbledon title he won at just 17 years old. The only major he never won was the French Open.

12. Andre Agassi – United States

Singles Titles: 60 titles

Doubles Titles: One title

Major Titles: 8 titles (1992 Wimbledon / 1994 & 1999 US Open / 1995, 2000, 2001, & 2003 Australian Open / 1999 French Open)

Years: 1986-2006

Career W-L Record: 870-274

Andre Agassi was one of the best players in the world from 1994-2003, winning 39 of his 60 singles titles in that timeframe. He was the year-end No. 1 ranked player in 1999 and won the Olympic gold medal in 1996. He was nicknamed ‘The Punisher,’ and for good reason. 

11. Guillermo Vilas – Argentina

Singles Titles: 62 titles

Doubles Titles: 14 titles

Major Titles: 4 titles (1977 French Open / 1977 US Open / 1978 & 1979 Australian Open)

Years: 1968-1992

Career W-L Record: 951-293

Guillermo Vilas is one of 7 players to win more than 900 matches in the Open Era. His best season was in 1977 when he won a total of 16 singles titles and two major titles (French Open and US Open). He also won 7 singles titles in three different years — 1974, 1978, and 1982. 

10. Pete Sampras – United States

Singles Titles: 64 titles

Doubles Titles: 2 titles

Major Titles: 14 titles (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, & 2002 US Open / 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, & 2000 Wimbledon / 1994 & 1997 Australian Open)

Years: 1988-2002

Career W-L Record: 762-222

Pete Sampras was at his peak from 1992-1997, winning 44 of his 64 singles titles — including 9 of his 14 Grand Slams — in that timeframe. His 762 career wins is the 13th-most in the Open Era. Perhaps his best season came in 1994, when he won a career-high 10 singles titles. 

9. Ilie Năstase – Romania

Singles Titles: 64 titles

Doubles Titles: 45 titles

Major Titles: 2 titles (1972 US Open / 1973 French Open)

Years: 1968-1989

Career W-L Record: 1,144-490

Ilie Năstase was the year-end No. 1 ranked player in 1973 after winning 16 singles titles and one of his two Grand Slam wins. He also had 12 singles titles and one Grand Slam victory in 1972. From 1971 until 1976, winning 55 of his 54 career singles titles in that six-year timespan. 

8. Björn Borg – Sweden

Singles Titles: 66 titles

Doubles Titles: 4 titles

Major Titles: 11 titles (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, & 1981 French Open / 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, & 1980 Wimbledon)

Years: 1973-1983

Career W-L Record: 654-140

Björn Borg was only pro for 11 years, but accomplished more than most in that timeframe. He was the year-end No. 1 ranked player in 1979 and 1980, winning 22 singles titles and four Grand Slams in those two years. He also won 12 singles titles and one Grand Slam in 1977.

7. John McEnroe – United States

Singles Titles: 77 titles

Doubles Titles: 77 titles

Major Titles: 7 titles (1979, 1980, 1981, & 1984 US Open / 1981, 1983, & 1984 Wimbledon)

Years: 1978-2006

Career W-L Record: 883-198

John McEnroe was the year-end No. 1 ranked player for four straight years from 1981-1984. He won 35 singles times in that timeframe, as well as 5 of his 7 Grand Slams. Along with his 77 doubles titles, he holds the record for most combined titles in the Open Era with 154 titles. 

6. Rod Laver – Australia

Singles Titles: 78 titles

Doubles Titles: 28 titles

Major Titles: 5 titles (1968 & 1969 Wimbledon / 1969 French Open / 1969 US Open / 1969 Australian Open

Years: 1968-1986

Career W-L Record: 1,689-538

Rod Laver was one of the most consistent tennis players from 1968-1970. He finished with 42 singles titles in those three years, including all 5 of his Grand Slams. Over the next five years, he won more than 5 singles titles in each calendar year and had a career 79.8% win percentage.

5. Novak Djokovic – Serbia

Singles Titles: 85 titles

Doubles Titles: One title

Major Titles: 20 titles (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, & 2021 Australian Open / 2016 & 2021 French Open / 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, & 2021 Wimbledon / 2011, 2015, & 2018 US Open)

Years: 2003-present

Career W-L Record: 978-198

Novak Djokovic was at his peak from 2011-2015, winning 41 of his 85 singles titles, 9 of his 20 Grand Slams, and being named the year-end No. 1 ranked player in 4 of those 5 years. He was also year-end No. 1 in 2018, 2020, and is the current No. 1 player so far in the 2021 season.

4. Rafael Nadal – Spain

Singles Titles: 88 titles

Doubles Titles: 11 titles

Major Titles: 20 titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, & 2020 French Open / 2008 & 2010 Wimbledon / 2009 Australian Open / 2010, 2013, 2017, & 2019 US Open)

Years: 2001-present

Career W-L Record: 1,028-209

Rafael Nadal has been named the year-end No. 1 ranked player five times in his long career (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, and 2019). He won a career-high 11 singles titles in 2005 and 10 singles titles in 2013. Nadal is currently the No. 6 ranked player in the world at 35 years old.

3. Ivan Lendl – United States

Singles Titles: 94 titles

Doubles Titles: 6 titles

Major Titles: 8 titles (1984, 1986, & 1987 French Open / 1985, 1986, & 1987 US Open / 1989 & 1990 Australian Open)

Years: 1978-1994

Career W-L Record: 1,068-242

Ivan Lendl is one of only four players to win more than 1,000 matches in their career (in the Open Era). He was the year-end No. 1 ranked player in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1989. Lendl won more than 10 singles titles in four different years, including a career-high 15 titles in 1982. 

2. Roger Federer – Switzerland

Singles Titles: 103 titles

Doubles Titles: 8 titles

Major Titles: 20 titles (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, & 2017 Wimbledon / 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, & 2018 Australian Open / 2009 French Open / 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008 US Open)

Years: 1998-present

Career W-L Record: 1,251-274

Roger Federer has 1,251 career ATP wins, which ranks second all-time. He was the year-end No. 1 ranked player in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. His 20 Grand Slams are tied for the most all-time with Djokovic and Nadal. He’s currently the No. 9 ranked player in the world. 

1. Jimmy Connors – United States

Singles Titles: 109 titles

Doubles Titles: 16 titles

Major Titles: 8 titles (1974 Australian Open / 1974 & 1982 Wimbledon / 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, & 1983 US Open)

Years: 1972-1996

Career W-L Record: 1,274-283

Jimmy Connors currently holds the record for most men’s tennis titles (109) and most career wins (1,274) in ATP history. By the time Federer retires, there’s a chance Connors drops to the second of all-time, but his 25-year tennis legacy is unlike any other player in the Open Era.

Which Active Players Have the Most Men’s Tennis Titles?

Three of the greatest men’s tennis players of all-time — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic — are not only still playing, but are still winning at an incredible rate. Over the past five years (2017-2021), these three tennis legends have won an incredible 17/19 Grand Slam titles. 

The only two titles they haven’t won are the 2020 US Open (Dominic Thiem) and 2021 US Open (Daniil Medvedev) — Djokovic was runner up in 2021. It’s crazy to think about how much they’ve dominated the sport for the past 20 years, consistently beating the best in the world.

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Federer has 103 singles titles, Djokovic has 88 singles titles, and Nadal has 85 singles titles. Outside of those three, Andy Murray is the next closest at 46 singles titles. It’s going to be a while before we see any other active players crack our list of the most men’s tennis titles. 

Looking forward, the tennis community is seeing a number of men make a name for themselves in the sport. We’ll be keeping an eye on players like Danil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, and Andrey Rublev — to name a few. 

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