Thursday, 9 December 2010

Advent calendar day 9 #17 Boris Becker and John McEnroe

Day 9 of the countdown to the greatest tennis player of all time

17th Best Players of all time
Boris Becker

Grand Slams won - 6
Grand Slam Finals lost - 4
Overall amount of singles titles won - 49
Overall Match Winning percentage - 76.91% (713-214)
Top rank - 1

A very famous player, known world wide. He was most famous for his first Wimbledon title, where he became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam as well as the first unseeded player to win, since then there has been a younger champion at a Grand Slam, Michael Chang. He bagged 6 of 10 Grand Slam Finals and as many other players in this count down he was only missing the French Open from his collection, making the French Open Semi-Finals three times. He also won 5 ATP Masters 1000 titles and a commanding 3 ATP World Tour Finals wins as well as having been in 8 finals there, second on the all time list. He helped Germany(then west Germany) to its first Davis Cup in 1988 and then helped them to win it again the next year. In 1990 he won two Grand Slams, lost in one final and was beaten at the Semi-Finals at another, so was named player of the year. However world number 1 somehow was out of his reach. The next year he had two short stretches as number 1 and would be at the top for 12 weeks. Between 1984 to 1992 he was in the top 10 for 8 consecutive years and was in the top 10 for 11 of 12 years between 1984 and 1996. His tennis was based on a serve and volley tactic, utilising his lightning quick serve, fast reflexes and some spectacular diving volleys. He has now retired.
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John McEnroe

Grand Slams won - 7
Grand Slam Finals lost - 4
Overall amount of singles titles won - 77
Overall Match Winning percentage - 81.55% (878-198)
Top rank - 1

John McEnroe is one of the most famous retired players in the world. He won 7 Grand Slams in 11 Grand Slam Finals, however, only won at the US Open and Wimbledon. He has won an incredible 81.55% of his matches as well as a high hitting 77 singles titles. In doubles and singles he has won a record-breaking 148 titles. He won 3 ATP World Tour Finals in 1978, 1983 and 1984. In 1980 he was world number one for 6 weeks in 3 different periods but by the end of his career he has been number one for 170 weeks, this included four consecutive years as year end number 1. In 1984 he had a great year winning 13 titles and a record of 82-3, the best of open Era. "You can not be serious!" are the words which immortilised McEnroe and is the most famous of all his tantrums on court. He was angry with a call and was docked another point, after complaining to the umpire. He was well known for his incredibly high quality volleying. He also re sparked America's interest in the Davis Cup, helping them to many Davis Cups.

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