RANKED: Top 25 Men’s Tennis Players of All-Time

23. Don Budge


Budge was a transcendent player for his time. The Californian really became the first big-name professional tennis player. Plying his trade from the late ’30s into the mid-’50s, Budge racked up plenty of accolades. He became the first player in tennis history to win all four of the major Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year. Budge performed with immense versatility — as he could beat you on any playing surface. However, his claim to fame (without question) was his prowess on the backhand. Budge won 10 major Grand Slam events throughout his career. Sadly, he passed away in 2000 at the age of 84.

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