There are quite a few. I think that the players of yesteryear generally led much more fascinating lives than the players of today - because today's players live the lives of conditioned, financially secure sportspeople from a young age. Some names I've read about who had very interesting lives: Gottfried von Cramm Pancho Gonzales Budge Patty Art Larsen Ilie Nastase Von Cramm's story probably interested and impressed me the most from the human perspective. Here was a guy who the Nazis tried to use as a poster boy for the Aryan ideal, but instead he showed great dignity and humanity in respecting all his opponents (despite being born into the nobility). I believe he was eventually banned from competing by the Nazis and was imprisoned during WWII. If I recall correctly, he may also have been bisexual, which was another reason for his persecution. His life after the war was of course better, but he still died tragically in a car crash when not that old.