Roger Federer has dominated the tennis world since he became a professional tennis player in 1998 at seventeen years old. Federer was born on August 8th, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. Federer has dual citizenship in South Africa and Switzerland because his mother is South African. Federer is right-handed and has a one-handed backhand when he plays tennis. As seen in the facts above, Federer has had a dominant career and set many records. Federer is currently ranked third in the world in the ATP. On top of his 103 singles titles, Federer has also won 8 doubles titles, his last one being in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics with Stan Wawrinka on an Outdoor Hard Court. Federer has pretty much accomplished everything in the tennis world except a singles gold medal in the Olympics. Federer's first surgery of his career came on February third, 2016 for his left knee. Federer's career winning percentage is .821. His record in Grand Slam tournaments is 357-58 with a winning percentage of .860. Federer is still playing professional tennis today.
Rafael Nadal started his professional career in 2001 at age 15. He was born on June 3rd, 1986. He is currently 33 years old and is a left-handed tennis player with a two-handed backhand. Nadal was born in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain. Nadal has the most outdoor titles in the Open Era with 82. He also has a record 59 titles on clay. Another record that Nadal has is having 81 consecutive wins on clay. Nadal is currently ranked number one in the world. The last Grand Slam title that he won the U.S. Open in 2019. His career winning percentage is .831. He has a Grand Slam tournament record of 271-38 with a winning percentage of .877. Nadal is still playing professional tennis today.
Rod Laver was born on August 9th, 1938. He is the oldest player on this list and played in earlier ages of tennis. He won some of his titles before the Open Era started in 1968 and professional players were allowed to compete. Laver was born in Rockhampton, Qld, Australia. He was a left-handed tennis player. Laver became a professional tennis player in 1963. To this day, he is the only professional tennis player to win each of the four Grand Slam Tournaments in the same year, twice. Laver's career winning percentage was .800. His record in Grand Slam tournaments was 60-10 with a winning percentage of .857, since the Open Era began. Laver retired from professional tennis in 1979.
Novak Djokovic started his professional tennis career in 2003 at the age of 16. He was born on May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a right-handed tennis player with a two-handed backhand. Djokovic is currently ranked number two in the world. He has one doubles title in his career. In 2019, Djokovic won two Grand Slam titles, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. His career winning percentage is .828. Djokovic's record in Grand Slam tournaments is 280-43 with a winning percentage of .867. Djokovic is currently 32 years old and is still playing professional tennis.
Pete Sampras became a professional tennis player in 1998 at the age of 17. Sampras was born on August 12, 1971 in Washington D.C., USA. Sampras is a right-handed tennis player with a one-handed backhand. Sampras has won two doubles titles in his career. The last title he won was a Grand Slam title, the US Open, in 2002. It was an outdoor hard court surface. Sampras has a career winning percentage of .774. His career record in Grand Slam tournaments is 203-38 with a winning percentage of .842. Sampras retired in 2002 after he won the US open and beat his rival, Andre Agassi. Sampras is one of the best American born tennis players in the history of the sport.