I totally agree, all of those in that list are the greatest of the great and all have strengths that are unique to them for example navratilova's amazing title records and all around accomplishment in singles and doubles, Evert's astonishing win ratio and winning streaks, Grafs no. of weeks no.1 and her GS titles, etc... I do not think you can rank without being subjective, so I'd rather not rank them at all but you can always have your personal favourite and I think Evert is the best!!These polls usually mean nothing to me as they are generally voted by the youngsters who don't take into consideration the true legends of the past. And people love to vote for their personal favourites, regardless of the historical facts.
A list of the true greats, which cannot be easily ranked in terms of who was the greatest player ever, would have to include (in chronological order):
All of them have a claim to being the greatest ever. I like to suggest they were the greatest of the greats and all of them deserve an equal billing on the very top rung of tennis achievement.
King also deserves a special mention because of her remarkable WImbledon and doubles record, and I always give Seles an honorary mention as prior to the stabbing she was headed for this elite group.
What did you miss? I already have Navratilova listed as an all time great if you re-read my post. I gave King a special mention because although I don't list her in my very elite group, I still wanted to give her a special mention because of her incredible Wimbledon record and doubles record.If you give a special mention to King for her Wimbledon record,you must do the same for Navratilova, who won 9 singles titles and 11 doubles titles!
It was such a tragedy in the history of tennis, for I am sure Seles would have finished far higher on the Grand Slam rung had it not been for that cruel twist of fate. Certainly she was right up there with Graf until that shocking incident.That's why he stabbed her. Seles was a dominate #1, and he wanted Graf #1.