Tennis is not an ordinary sport. It has the emotions of millions attached. Fans rejoice with every win of their favorite player and mourn at every game lost. Do you know who has won the most Wimbledon titles in the history of this sport?
The Open Era of Tennis was recognized in 1968, and since then, several professionals have been competing for various championships. One of the most esteemed tournaments in this sport is Wimbledon. It is known to be the oldest competing event in the history of Tennis.
This article will take you on the victorious journey of the eminent masters of the game. So, hop on!
Most Men’s Wimbledon Singles Titles
Roger Federer bags the title of winning the most men’s Wimbledon singles, by scooping eight titles. The champion is highly famous not only in the world of Tennis but also in sports. He is an all-court sportsman, excelling in speed, shot-making as well as flexible play.
The player’s winning spree started in 2003 with his first Wimbledon Singles title against Mark Philippoussis. Federer successfully defended the title for five consecutive years from 2003-2007. Though the next year he reached the finals, he could not bag the trophy.
Roger Federer became the winner at the Gentlemen’s Wimbledon Singles in 2009 by beating Andy Roddick. The match is recorded to be the longest men’s singles finals in history with 77 games. Federer continued his winning legacy in the 2012 and 2017 Wimbledon matches.
Standing at the second position of the most men’s Wimbledon singles wins is Pete Sampras, with seven titles. The 49 years old tennis champion started his professional career in 1988. Only after five years, the player proved his worth by bagging his first Wimbledon championship.
Sampras maintained his rank as the top tennis player over the following years of 1994 and 1995. Over eight years, the player only lost his No.1 position at Wimbledon in 1996 against Richard Krajicek. Nevertheless, he continued to win the men’s Wimbledon Singles title till 2000, before taking retirement in 2002.
Most Women’s Wimbledon Singles Titles
When it comes to Tennis, women are no less. Martina Navratilova proved that by winning nine times at the Wimbledon Championship of Women’s Singles. Known to be one of the most remarkable female tennis players, she was recognized by ‘Tennis’ magazine in 2005.
Former tennis player and coach Navratilova bagged her first Wimbledon in 1978. She successfully defended her title the next year as well by defeating Chris Evert-Lloyd. Throughout her career, Martina showed impressive athleticism tactics and was known for her attacking serve.
With her superb aggressiveness in the game, Navratilova bagged the No.1 position at Wimbledon for five consecutive years (1982-1987). The most versatile female tennis player won her last Wimbledon Championship in 1990.
Stefanie Maria Graf (Steffi Graf) holds the second position in winning the most women’s Wimbledon singles. The player became a tennis professional in 1982 and grabbed her first Wimbledon title in 1988.
From 1988 to 1996, Steffi won the championship title seven times, only losing in 1990 and 1974. However, she still reached the quarterfinals and round one during these two years, respectively. Graf was known for her strong inside-out forehand drive and accurate footwork.
Most Men’s Wimbledon Doubles Titles
Todd Andrew Woodbridge is well-renowned for winning nine Wimbledon titles in men’s doubles. The player showed excellent performance by bagging the title for five consecutive times from 1993 to 1997.
After reaching the finals and quarter finals for the next two years, Woodbridge again smashed the title in 2000. However, in 2001, he could only make it till round 3. The next year, Todd came back with a bang and won the doubles titles for three straight years.
Having excelled as a tennis professional for 17 years, the player took retirement after the 2005 Wimbledon Championship. Throughout his career, Woodbridge won multiple titles and awards and continued to stay in the field as a commentator, director, and coach.
In a successful partnership with Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde stands at the second position by winning six men’s Wimbledon doubles titles. Famous as the Woodies, this duo won multiple tennis matches.
Woodforde showed an exemplary performance by continuously winning the title from 1993 to 1997. However, his last victory in the Wimbledon men’s doubles was in 2000.
Most Women’s Wimbledon Doubles Titles
Justifying her title of the ‘Greatest female Tennis Player,’ Martina Navratilova stands at the number one position in women’s doubles. She bagged the title for a total of seven times, with Pam Shriver as her partner in most of these matches.
Martina’s first Wimbledon victory in the doubles career was with Chris Evert in 1976. Defeating Betty Stöve and Wendy Turnbull, Navratilova bagged her second doubles win in 1979 with Billie Jean King by her side.
Showing exceptional partner coordination, Martina and Pam won the Wimbledon doubles titles for four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984. Navratilova bagged this title for the last time in 1986.
Three remarkable players share the second position of the most women’s Wimbledon doubles titles. Serena Williams and Venus Williams partnered together and bagged this title a total of six times. Also, Billie Jean King won the doubles titles a total of six times with various partners.
Most Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Titles
Not failing in continuously impressing her fans, Martina Navratilova again grabs the first position. She has won a total of four times at Wimbledon mixed doubles. Achieving her first mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1985, she partnered with Paul McNamee.
Navratilova won the title in 1993 with the men’s doubles champion Todd Woodbridge by her side. In 1995, her trophy was shared by Jonathan Stark and in 2003 by Leander Paes.
The second position, however, is held by multiple tennis players. Billie Jean King, Betty Stöve, Leander Paes, Helena Suková, and Cyril Suk have won this title thrice each.
All the players listed here are winners of their times. However, one distinguished performer has made history by her flawlessly exceptional gaming.
Martina Navratilova has not just excelled in the female competitions but also mixed doubles. She has gained the No.1 position at Wimbledon for a total of twenty times. This is more than any other player (male or female) in Open Era history.