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Most Australian Open Tennis Singles Titles (Men): A Fan’s Look
These are the men's tennis players who have won the most Australian Open singles titles since the Open Era began in 1968. The Open Era means when professional players were allowed to play the Grand Slam events. Prior to 1968, only amateur players could compete at the Grand Slam tennis tournaments.
I've been a tennis fan for over four decades and watched most of these players over the years. I learned to play tennis as a kid with a Ken Rosewall tennis racket, but I was pretty little back then and really didn't know who Rosewall was. Ken Rosewall is on this list.
A number of other players won enough Australian Open titles to make this list but before the Open Era began. Roy Emerson won six Australian Opens, the last in 1967 just before the Open Era began. Jack Crawford won four times back in the 1930s, and James Anderson and Adrian Quist won three times each.
Most Australian Open Tennis Singles Titles Men
T-1. Roger Federer - 4
Roger Federer has won a record four Australian Opens in the Open Era so far in his great career. Federer won down under in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010. In 2011, Roger Federer lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the semifinals. Can Federer win the Australian Open in 2012? Roger Federer has won a record 16 Grand Slam singles titles so far in his career.
T-1. Andre Agassi - 4
Andre Agassi is tied with Roger Federer for the most all-time men's singles wins in the Open Era with four wins at the Australian Open. Agassi won his titles in 1995, 2000, 2001, and 2003. In his career, Andre Agassi won eight Grand Slams, and he has won at least once at each tournament.
3. Mats Wilander - 3
Mats Wilander from Sweden won three times at the Australian Open in 1983, 1984, and 1988. Wilander won seven Grand Slam titles in his career but never won at Wimbledon. Wilander spends time these days traveling around the United States in a Winnebago to his gigs teaching tennis lessons at private clubs and homes.
T-4. Novak Djokovic - 2
The 2011 Australian Open winner and defending champion, Novak Djokovic, also won the tournament in 2008. The 2008 win was the first Grand Slam title in Djokovic's career. He is in his prime and has won four Grand Slam tournaments, including winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open in 2011.
T-4. Pete Sampras - 2
Pete Sampras won the Australian Open twice in his career, in 1994 and 1997. Pete won 14 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, including seven Wimbledon titles and five U.S. Open titles, but he never won at the French Open on clay.
T-4. Boris Becker - 2
German born Boris Becker won the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996. Becker won Wimbledon three times, and the U.S Open once. But like Pete Sampras, he never won a French Open title.
T-4. Jim Courier - 2
Jim Courier won back-to-back Australian Open titles in 1992 and 1993. Courier won two French Opens in 1991 and 1992, but he never won at the U.S. Open or Wimbledon. Courier was a great player, but I always felt he acted like he had won a lot more than he actually did.
T-4. Stefan Edberg - 2
Stefan Edberg won the Australian Open in 1985 and 1987. Edberg also won twice at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, but today he's better known for hitting a shot that killed linesman Dick Wertheim at the 1983 U.S. Open Boys Tournament.
T-4. Ivan Lendl - 2
Ivan Lendl won back-to-back Australian Opens in 1989 and 1990. He won eight Grand Slam singles titles in his career but never won at Wimbledon. My sister used to work for the AP, and she interviewed Ivan Lendl many times when he was part owner of the Hartford Whalers hockey team. She said he was always very nice and personable, unlike his robotic reputation as a tennis player.
T-4. Johan Kriek - 2
Johan Kriek won the only two Grand Slam titles of his career back-to-back at the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982.
T-4. Guillermo Vilas - 2
Guillermo Vilas won the Australian Open in back-to-back years in 1978 and 1979. Vilas won the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 1977, for his four career Grand Slam titles.
T-4. John Newcombe - 2
Aussie John Newcombe won two Australian Open singles titles, in 1973 and 1975.
T-4. Ken Rosewall - 2
Australian born Ken Rosewall won the Australian Open four times, in 1953, 1955, 1971, and 1972, but only the last two wins were during the Open Era.
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