There was a (ahem) discussion in another thread here in which there was a discussion on GOAT candidates. I figured I've look up some opinions by tennis experts on how they rank the greats. Bear in mind that some of the rankings are from many years ago. Edit-December 16, 2016 In 1969 an international panel of tennis writers picked the player of the year for the Martini and Rossi Gold Racquet ranked the player of the World for all time. There were 1. Tilden 2. Budge 3. Laver 4. Gonzalez 5. Kramer 6. Perry 7. Cochet 8. Lacoste 9. Hoad 10. Vines 11. Rosewall 12 R L Doherty 13. Brookes 14. Sedgman and Johnston (tied) 15. Renshaw 16. Jack Crawford 17. Baron Gottfried von Cramm, Pancho Segura, Tony Wilding and Roy Emerson (tied) Allison Danzig-1. Tilden 2. Cochet 3.Budge 4. Lacoste 5. Kramer 6. Perry 7. Johnston 8. Laver 9. Vines 10. Gonzalez and Emerson Harry Hopman-1. Tilden 2. Budge 3. Perry 4. Laver 5. Cochet 6. Lacoste 7. Johnston 8. HL Doherty 9. Vines 10. Gonzalez and Emerson Lance Tingay 1. Tilden 2. Budge 3. Laver 4. Gonzalez 5. Hoad 6. Perry 7. Cochet 8. Wilding 9. HL Doherty 10. W. Renshaw. Bud Collins picked (from my memory) Laver, Sampras, Borg, Gonzalez and Tilden I believe a few years ago. Tony Trabert picked Laver and Kramer as number one. Vic Braden picks Jack Kramer as the best he had ever seen. Arthur Ashe in the early 1980's picked Borg as best he had seen but also wrote Gonzalez and Laver were there with Borg. Jack Kramer picked Budge, Vines as the two best with Budge as the day in and day out best but also in tier 1 was Tilden, Perry, Riggs and Gonzalez. In the second echelon was Laver, Hoad, Rosewall, von Cramm, Schroeder, Crawford, Segura, Sedgman, Trabert, Newcombe, Ashe and Smith. He also wrote Nuskse but I think he means Nastase. He ends with Borg and Connors who since they were active were able to move to the first group. Ellsworth Vines in his book picked the best after WW II and that was 1. Budge 2. Kramer 3. Gonzalez 4. Laver 5. Segura 6. Riggs 7. Rosewall 8. Hoad 9. Sedgman 10. Trabert. He didn't pick Borg and Connors yet since they were still active I believe. Overall I think he picked Tilden number one. Vines picked Tilden, Borg, Laver, Budge and Kramer in an interview a few years later in the mid 1980's. I was surprised he forgot about Gonzalez who he picked over Laver in his book but perhaps it was just a slip. Don Budge picked Kramer, Gonzalez and Laver with Kramer number one. Gene Mako picked Tilden, Vines, Perry, Budge, Kramer, Hoad, Borg and McEnroe Bob Falkenburg picked Tilden, Budge, Vines, Kramer and Laver Nastase picked Borg Perry picked Tilden before WWII and Laver after WWII. I think he picked Tilden overall. Paul Metzler picked Kramer Gene Scott picked Laver Laver picked Hoad or Rosewall as his toughest opponent depending on the interview but I believe he picked Hoad number one overall. John Newcombe picked Laver Mark Cox picked McEnroe, Borg, Connors, Laver and Rosewall Agassi used to pick Sampras as the best he played but recently he picked Federer Nadal picked Federer Peter Bodo picked Laver Vilas picked Borg Bromwich picked Kramer Riggs picked Kramer Frank Sedgman picked Kramer John Alexander picked Roger Federer Patrick McEnroe picked Roger Federer All choices by knowledgeable tennis people. Of all the choices Kramer is the only one who picks Ted Schroeder as one of the all time greats. That struck me as unusual. Also interesting was the choice of Bill Johnston by a number of experts. It just shows how respected he was.