97% of people can't name these famous tennis players! Can you?

By: Jody Mabry

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Hey Ace! Tennis is believed to have originated in the 12th century, but instead of a racquet, players would use their hands to hit a ball. Nearly everything has changed since then as players are considered some of the fittest athletes on the planet, applying speed, quick steps, endurance, and strength to their game in a nearly 11-month professional season. Serve up this quiz to see how many of these famous tennis players you can name.

Serena Williams has dominated tennis in the 2000's, holding the#1 ranking for 316 weeks as of 2017. Her 23 grand slam singles titles is 2nd all-time behind Margaret Court. With her wins, titles, and overall success, many consider her the greatest female tennis player, even compared to the likes of Billie Jean King.

Rafael Nadal is considered the greatest clay court player of all-time. But it is his work as an all-court player -- and on all surfaces -- that began his being dubbed the greatest tennis player ever. Prior to the 2017 grand slam season, Nadal had 14 grand slams to his name. He has, along with Andre Agassi, two career golden slams.

Considered the greatest female player of all-time, Billie Jean King won an amazing 39 grand slam titles. However, her greatest achievement was both on and off the court as an advocate for gender equality, winning the "Battle of the Sexes" match against Bobby Riggs in 1973, paving the way for women's athletic equality.

Federer is arguably the greatest tennis player of all-time, holding the number one spot for 302 weeks. He has won 18 grand slams in 28 finals appearances, including appearing in 10 grand slam finals in a row. As Jimmy Conners once said, "In an era of specialists, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist... or you're Roger Federer."

"Pistol Pete" was so named due to the preciseness of his powerful serve. He retired with 14 Grand Slam titles, the first to break Roy Emerson's pre-Open era record of 12. He won 64 top-level tennis tournaments and was #1 for 286 weeks - second only to Roger Federer.

Monica Seles was the world's youngest French Open champion at 16-years-old. She won eight more grand slams by the age of 20. However, her career took a sudden turn when she was attacked on-court by a fan who stabbed her. She would miss the next two years. Despite finding success upon her return, she was never the same, leaving tennis fans wondering how great she could have been.

Bjorn Borg's career single's record of 609-127 is impressive enough. But Borg is also considered a savior of tennis. His star quality made an almost immediate presence in the 1970's. By 1979, he was the first tennis player to earn more than $1,000,000 in prizes, not including endorsements. He still holds records for winning 41% of the grand slam tournaments he entered and 90% of the matches in those tournaments.

Novak Djokovic is a force on the court, many times during his career considered unstoppable. As of early 2017, he holds the highest winning percentage in the open-era (82.8%). He has 12 grand slam titles as of early 2017, but perhaps his greatest year came in 2011 when he went 70-6 while winning three majors and five masters titles.

Venus Williams, along with her sister Serena, changed female tennis with a focus on power and athleticism. She holds 26 grand slam titles with singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

Steffi Graf holds the record of world's #1 for 377 weeks. She is also the only player to have won each grand slams four times, and the only player to have won a golden slam (all four grand slams in a year and the Olympic gold medal in the same year).

A heavy baseline top-spinner, Lendl dominated tennis in the 1980s. He has nine grand slam titles and reached the final of at least one grand slam every year for 11 consecutive seasons. He has 94 career ATP wins and first hit #1 in 1983.

John McEnroe holds seven singles and nine doubles grand slams titles. McEnroe is considered one of the greatest volleyers and shot-making playmakers of all-time. However, it was his court antics and blow-ups that are probably remembered more than his skills.

Jimmy Conners is the first male player to hold the #1 spot for more than 260 weeks. His 268 weeks were split up nine different times, the longest being 160 weeks. Conners had one of the longest careers in tennis, which led to open-era records still in place: 109 career singles titles, 1,535 matches played, and 1,256 match wins.

At age 17, Boris Becker was the youngest player to win Wimbledon. He also shares a record 19-match wins against a #1 player. He first reached #1 status in 1991 with an Australian Open win, and held the ranking for the next twelve weeks.

Martina Navratilova was both a singles and doubles expert. She held the #1 spot in singles for 332 weeks and 237 weeks in doubles. With singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, she owns 59 grand slam titles. She also has over 1,400 match victories, which give her the most singles (167) and doubles (177) titles in the open era.

Chris Evert holds the record for reaching 34 grand slam singles finals, reaching at least the semi-finals in 52 of 56 grand slams played. But her greatest accomplishment may be her clay court dominance, having won 94.55% of matches on clay.

Margaret Court won a lot. Putting aside her pre-open era success and overall winning percentage of 91.68% on all surfaces, her success in the open era is unrivaled. She has an open era winning percentage of 91.37% and an 11-1 record in grand slam finals. She is also 210-23 in grand slams overall.

Where many players excel in either singles or doubles, Emerson was dominant in both. He won 12 grand slam singles titles, and 16 grand slam doubles titles. He is the only player to have ever completed a career grand slam in both singles and doubles.

Andre Agassi is much more than just a tennis player. He is considered one of the greatest worldwide athletic celebrities of the 1990s and 2000s, reviving tennis among a young generation. Despite his fall in the late 1990s, Agassi made one of the biggest comebacks in the history of tennis. He has eight grand slams and is one of only two players to have won four Australian Open titles. He also has a career golden slam.

Rod Laver held the #1 ranking from 1964 to 1970. He is an all-court player who dominated tennis, and still holds several records, such as total career titles (200), singles titles in a year (22 in 1962) and number of consecutive years with 10+ single's titles (7). However, most impressive might be his two calendar-year grand slams.

Who knows how far Little Mo could have gone in tennis. She was injured in a horseback riding accident, which ended her career at an early age. However, she won nine grand slam singles titles and was the first woman to win all four grand slams in a single season. She finished her career with 50 straight match wins and from 1951 to 1953, was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. She did all of this by the age of 19, when her career ended.

Jack Kramer was among the first of tennis' big serve and volleyers. He is known for having some of the greatest shots the game has ever seen. He was a former #1 with 13 major titles, he was instrumental in beginning the open-era.

Helen Wills was the first international female athletic celebrity. She was a world's #1 for nine years, winning 31 grand slam tournaments. She was a beautiful trendsetting flapper who set the stage for women's tennis. While Billie Jean King's "Battle of the Sexes" popularized women's ability to compete against men, Willis often practiced against men to hone her skills and in 1933, beat the 8th ranked man in the world.

Justine Henin was the world's #1 female player for 117 weeks, winning seven grand slam singles titles. She is best known for her mental toughness, athleticism, and overall court skills, especially with her anomalous one-handed backhand.

Jim Courier has 29 career titles in single and doubles, with four grand slam titles. He is the youngest to have reached the finals of each grand slam, which he did at 22.

Pancho Gonzales held the #1 spot for a record eight years. While many professional players were coached from a young age, Gonzales was self-taught. He won 14 major titles in his career.

Don Budge was a former number one player who held the spot for five years as an amateur and a professional. Among his 10 major titles, he is the first player in the world to have won all four grand slams in a single year.

Arthur Ashe was one of the first successful black male players in tennis, winning three of the four grand slams in his career, only missing out on the French Open. Ashe contracted HIV, likely from a blood transfusion, and died at the age of 49. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.

Lacoste is one of the Four Musketeers, French players who dominated tennis during the 1920s and 1930s. He has 12 major tournament titles. He is also known as a famous businessman and founder of the Lacoste clothing line, which displays his crocodile logo, a symbol of his tennis years.

Stefan Edberg is a former #1. His serve and volley play dominated tennis in the 1980s and 1990s. He won six singles grand slam titles and three doubles grand slam titles. He was also ranked in the top ten for 10 of his 13 professional years.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley won 14 grand slam titles between singles, doubles and mixed doubles. She was ranked as high as #1 and had a career record of 704-165. However, her number one ranking was not discovered until 2007 due to incomplete data used to calculate rankings in 1976, when she had the ranking.

John Newcombe held the ranking of #1 in both singles and doubles. He's won 26 grand slam titles, including a record 17 in doubles.

Althea Gibson became the first black athlete to cross the color barrier in two sports, tennis and golf. She won 11 grand slam titles, including six in doubles.

Martina Hingis jumped onto the pro tour at the age of 14 and won a series of "youngest-ever" records. She has 23 grand slam titles among singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Despite having an injury-plagued career, Hingis won 107 titles in an on-again off-again 19-year career.

Maria Bueno won 19 major titles in her 11-year career. She was also the first female player to win all four grand slam doubles titles in a calendar year. She held the number one ranking in 1959 and finished her career with 71 titles.

In his 16-year career, Wilander won eight grand slam titles, seven in singles and one in doubles. Four of those titles came by the age of 20. He was instrumental in Swedish dominance of the Davis Cup in the 1980s.

Bill Tilden dominated tennis in the 1920s, holding the #1 ranking for six straight years (1920-1925). He still holds the career winning percentage record of 93.6%., among others.

As a member of the Four Musketeers, Cochet held the #1 spot for four straight years -- from 1928 to 1931. He won 15 grand slam titles between singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Despite an inadequate serve, Rosewall used his backhand, speed and strength to dominate tennis well beyond the years at which modern players - even great ones - compete. He was ranked in the top 20 in the world for 25 years from 1952 to 1970. He still holds -- or is tied for -- 30 professional tennis records.

Fred Perry is one of the most well-known names among British athletes. Until Andy Murray, Perry was the last British male tennis player to win either Wimbledon and a grand slam. The former number one won eight grand slams and two pro slams. Despite his success on court, he was plagued by a high-society Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain since he was a working class person.

If Villas is known for anything, it is his prolific involvement in matches. He won 929 singles matches during his career, with four grand slam singles titles and 62 singles ATP titles overall. In doubles he has 16 career titles.

Kim Clijsters is a strong baseliner, with one of the best backhands in women's tennis. As a former #1, she has four singles grand slams and two doubles grand slams. Perhaps her most memorable is the 2009 US Open where she won as a wildcard and unseeded player, having recently given birth. This also made her the first mother since 1980 to win a grand slam.

Borortra was one of the Four Musketeers. He won four singles grand slam titles but was relentless in doubles, taking home 14 grand slams. Arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 he was sent to a German concentration camp and lttr Castle in North Tyrol. He was freed after vaulting from the castle and running to a nearby town to seek reinforcements at the Battle for Castle lttr.

Lindsey Davenport held the #1 spot eight different times for a total of 98 weeks. She retired with six grand slam titles and an Olympic gold.

From 1948 to 1952, Frank Sedgman won 22 grand slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. He was a quick and strong volleyer.

Vicario is known as a tenacious tennis player who wasn't willing to give up on even a single point. She has 14 grand slam titles and four Olympic medals.

Tracy Austin won three grand slams. She still holds records as the youngest female to win the US Open, and the youngest to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Suzanne Lenglen's achievements are hard to comprehend in today's tennis. She was the first female tennis star and celebrity. But it is her 181-match win streak and her career 341-7 match records that are mesmerizing. She died at the age of 39 from Leukemia, one of the few greats unable to fully enjoy retirement.

Injuries plagued Kuerten throughout his career, however, they hit him worst from 2002 to 2005. Nonetheless, he was able to win three French Open titles in singles and attain the #1 spot in 2000.

Lew Hoad is a former #1Australian great. He has 13 grand slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. He may have had considerably more success if he hadn't been plagued by back problems throughout his career.

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