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The Top 10 Wimbledon Winners

Wimbledon. The longest-running and most exalted tennis tournament in the world, however, no British bloke has won Wimbledon since Fred Perry way back in 1936. So, we thought we’d make our own random list of who we think are the top 10 Wimbledon champs. For sure, you may question the order of our selection, but there’s lots of room for debate over a bottle of Pimms whilst watching the matches over the next few weeks. Maybe 2015 is our lucky year? We’re well overdue, don’t you think?

1.) Martina Navratilova

Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles. Navratilova won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 1978, where she defeated Evert in three sets in the final and captured the World No. 1 ranking for the first time, although Evert maintained the number one ranking at the end of 1978.

2.) Billie Jean King

This former American tennis star is thought to be one of the greatest women tennis players of all time. This 12 time Grand Slam winner also got success in the doubles and mixed doubles tournaments. She won 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles tournaments and 11 mixed doubles tournaments in her career.  

3.) Pete Sampras

This US tennis legend is considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He’s currently the highest Grand Slam winner for men’s tennis. In his career he won 14 Grand Slam tournaments and is best known for his amazing performance in Wimbledon. A professional since the age of 17, the US tennis great took two years to win his first Grand Slam title in US Open in 1990 defeating Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe, two legendary figures in the tennis world.  

4.) William Renshaw

Renshaw holds the record of winning the highest number of Wimbledon trophies jointly with Pete Sampras. He became champion in the traditional Grand Slam tournament seven times. He won the Wimbledon tournament from 1881 to 1886, six consecutive times – the highest consecutive championship victory! The tennis legend was even included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1893.

5.) Lawrence Doherty

Considered one of the most successful players of the Grand Slam tournament, Lawrence Doherty gained five Wimbledon titles and also won seven doubles titles in the Grand Slam tournament. The great British player was also a gold medallist of both men’s singles and men’s doubles in the 1900 Olympic Games.  

6.) Venus Williams

Venus Williams has won the top prize five times, in: 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008. The 33-year-old American has had a turbulent career history, but has always managed to claw herself back to victory. She's best known for her powerful baseline game and former world number one, Tracy Austin, considers her one of the greatest grass court players of her generation.  

7. Bjorn Borg

This Swedish great men’s tennis player is best known for his performance in both French Open and Wimbledon. His six titles in French Open are still records while his five titles in Wimbledon are also some of the best in its history. With his 11 Grand Slam titles, Bjorn became the second highest Grand Slam winner in the men’s tennis.  

8. Steffi Graf

Boasting a haul of seven Wimbledon titles between 1988 and 1996, Steffi dominated women’s tennis for a decade and was dubbed 'Fraulein Forehand' thanks to her incredible sliced backhand and powerful forehand. Her most astonishing Wimbledon final win arrived in her 1993 showdown with Czech, Jana Novotna, when Graf came back from 5-1 down in the third set to claim victory, leaving her opponent in tears.

 9.) Roger Federer

Regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Federer is ranked World No. 3 by the ATP. This Swiss tennis great started playing tennis when he was just eight years old and won all of the Grand Slam tournaments except French Open.  

10.) John McEnroe

Born on 16 February 1959, John McEnroe, from the U.S. of A, is counted to be one amongst the legends of Wimbledon, for his outstanding performance throughout his career. The former World No.1 tennis player grabbed seven Grand Slam titles (three at Wimbledon and four at US Open). After a 12-year break from the professional tours, he made a comeback to the top level doubles competition in 2006.