Over the last few years tennis has changed the standards in player fitness and racket technology, making it more difficult to label a player as the greatest of all time. Although each player contributes to the game in his own, unique way, some have been more impressive than others. If anyone asks you who the best tennis player from England is, you will probably say Andy Murray, who was among the top 4 for years now. But who are the other sports legends? Here is a top 5 list of the best British tennis players of all time:
- Andy Murray
Andrew Barron Murray, known as Andy Murray is a professional tennis player ranked British No. 1 and World No. 6. He is one of the best British tennis players of all time, achieving a career peak of World No. 2 in August 2009 and once again in May 2014. Andy is the 2012 Olympic tennis men’s singles champion and currently holds the Wimbledon Championships singles title. In 2013, the player became the 6th man in the history of tennis to win over $30,000,000 in career prize money. He is also the first British player since 1977 to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. In December 2013 he was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
- Greg Rusedski
Greg Rusedski is a former British Canadian tennis player, born 6 September 1973 and turned professional in 1991. Rusedski played until his retirement at age 33 and represented Canada before changing to the United Kingdom in June 1995. His first career singles tournament title was in 1993 in Newport at the Hall of Fame Championship. Greg Rusedski is a former British No. 1 (1998) and ATP World No. 4. He was also awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. On 15 May 2006, he overtook Andy Murray and finally reclaimed the British No. 1 spot.
- Tim Henman
Timothy Henry Henman is a retired English professional tennis player born on 6 September 1974. He is one of the best British tennis players of all time and the first to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Championship since Roger Taylor in the 1970s. Although he never reached the finals of any Grand Slam, he won 15 career ATP titles, 4 in doubles and 11 singles and also reached six Grand Slam semifinals. Tim Henman reached the ranking of World No. 4 and is considered one of the most successful open era male players in Britain.
- Jeremy Bates
Michael Jeremy Bates is a former UK tennis player born on 19 June 1962 in Solihull, England. Bates won 1 singles title, 2 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles and 3 doubles titles during his career. He won one top-level singles title in 1994 at Seoul when he was 31, making him the oldest champion on the tour that season. Jeremy Bates played in 20 Davis Cup ties for Britain and was the British national champion 6 times. In 1995 he ranked World No. 54 in singles and in 1991 World No. 25 in doubles.
- Mark Cox
Mark Cox played professional and amateur tennis in the 60s, 70s and 80s. During his career he was ranked as high as World No. 13 ATP. Mark Cox won 3 doubles titles, 8 singles titles and the final at the 1977 Cincinnati event. He is the first amateur player in tennis history to beat a professional, making him one of the best British tennis players of all time.