With the current ATP world #1 rankings again in play, it’s time to revisit a poll that first made its appearance on this very site two years ago: best male tennis player ever.
We’ve updated it for late 2012 by adding just one name: Novak Djokovic. I’m not sure he’ll garner as many votes as, say, Sampras, Borg, McEnroe or even Federer, but the way Djoko dominated over much of 2011 and 2012 (until Federer recently stampeded back to the world #1 spot again) makes it surprising that we excluded Djokovic from this poll when it was originally posted.
So – is Roger the best ever, with his new record 300 total weeks at #1? It’s difficult to name anyone who’s played a full career with his consistency and total mastery of the game. And it’s the Swiss Maestro who inspired the best piece of tennis writing I’ve ever seen – the sublime “Federer as Religious Experience,” by the most brilliant writer of the last 20 years, David Foster Wallace.
There are almost 700 votes already in for this poll. I’m interested to see who’s leading when we hit 1,000. Have your say – vote for whoever you think is the Best Player ever.