Most intelligent tennis player ever? (tennis wise)

TripleATeam

G.O.A.T.
I mean it's rote, but probably Federer. Throughout his career he's been able to use all-court tennis against his opponents and knows when to do it. There's probably some lower ranked players that severely outperform their talent via tennis IQ, but Federer is the first player that pops into my head.

Djokovic is good at crafting points, but his relative lack of arsenal through most of his career (despite very solid groundstrokes as weapons) make the ability to craft points from the baseline more of a necessity than an advantage.

I've only been watching since the early 2000s, but from what I hear McEnroe is in contention for it when we start talking all-time.
 

ZanderGoga

Semi-Pro
I mean it's rote, but probably Federer. Throughout his career he's been able to use all-court tennis against his opponents and knows when to do it. There's probably some lower ranked players that severely outperform their talent via tennis IQ, but Federer is the first player that pops into my head.

Djokovic is good at crafting points, but his relative lack of arsenal through most of his career (despite very solid groundstrokes as weapons) make the ability to craft points from the baseline more of a necessity than an advantage.

I've only been watching since the early 2000s, but from what I hear McEnroe is in contention for it when we start talking all-time.
McEnroe got by on talent, not strategy.

The "rote" answer is probably Brad Gilbert. The correct answer is Wilander.
 
Seriously, Federer, Murray and Djokovic's tennis IQ is top notch. Think Djokovic is the greatest mind among 3, followed closely by Federer.

Stanislas was also pretty smart for some time. Always riling up the crowd against Djokovic.


Shoutout to Florian Mayer too, super slick tennis IQ:
 

Gizo

Hall of Fame
Amongst great players / legends, Wilander and Connors for the men and Evert and Hingis for the women.

For non-major winners, Gilbert and Mecir for the men and Kimiko Date for the women.
 

Jason Swerve

Professional
Evert and Wilander.

McEnroe got by on talent, not strategy.

The "rote" answer is probably Brad Gilbert. The correct answer is Wilander.
Perfect answer.

Amongst great players / legends, Wilander and Connors for the men and Evert and Hingis for the women.

For non-major winners, Gilbert and Mecir for the men and Kimiko Date for the women.
Hingis' court intelligence is overblown. What people really saw from her was a quicker attention to detail than the other players'.
 

Zoid

Professional
Off the top of my head;

Dan Evans
Stepanek
Nadal
Fed
Djok
Murray
Lopez
Gilbert
Santoro
Simon

*I think it's hard to separate talent and intelligent play *sometimes* - talented players make shots that would seem dumb if they missed them but seem obviously the right choice if you are able to make it.
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
Probably a guy like Brad Gilbert that took mediocre talent and scrapped out a very successful career.
Later Fed’s a brilliant tactical player and that edge has greatly prolonged his career.
Medvedev probably best tactician around today.
 
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Deleted member 781040

Guest
Chang. No real weapons but found a way to win 30+ titles. Ronald Agenor tried to use Chang's FO tactics against him in vain.
Chang's forehand and speed were great weapons. He didn't have a "big" forehand but could control points very effectively with it. Also had great court sense and could close the net in a way that would make today's buffoons sigh in longing.
 
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