Famous American Tennis Players

For a tennis playing nation that has sustained excellence across decades and cultural shifts, America has produced some outstanding players like Serena Williams and Venus Williams, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, to name a few. Once a force in tennis, before the Aussies and Swedes took over, America has won twice as many Grand slams than any other nation. While the current tennis scene of America is facing a grand slam drought, especially men’s tennis, it has managed to rake up a few laud-worthy success with its women tennis force (think the Williams sisters!). America has been pining to breed more homegrown champions since. But that doesn’t undermine the greatness of this great sporting nation in tennis. The past players' records and longevity have set high standards for others to admire and strive for. Never mind whether you are a baseball, basketball, football or a hockey fan, it pays to acquaint yourself with tennis greats of America. Read the biographies to know the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of famous American tennis players.

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 1 Serena Williams

Serena Williams
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

 2 Venus Williams

Venus Williams
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States

Regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to women's tennis along with her sister Serena. She is also credited with changing the long-standing practice of paying male tennis players more than their female counterparts as she won the fight for equal prize money.

 3 Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Nicknamed “The Punisher,” former world number 1 tennis player Andre Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam-winner and an Olympic gold medalist. He is the only male with a "Career Super Slam.” He is married to Steffi Graf. He now donates generously for children’s causes, through the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.

 4 Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States

Former professional tennis player, Pete Sampras, became the winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career. He was ranked world No. 1 in 1993 and held the record for 286 weeks. Nicknamed “Pistol Pete,” the player was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.

 5 Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Tennis legend Billie Jean King has won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles titles and 16 doubles titles. The former world no. 1 beat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. She also founded the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation.

 6 Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Former world number 1 tennis player Andy Roddick is best known for his US Open win in 2003. He reached the finals of three Wimbledon championships and US Open 2006, only to be defeated by Roger Federer each time. Following his retirement, he focused on his non-profit, Andy Roddick Foundation

 7 Chris Evert

Chris Evert
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Former number 1 tennis player Chris Evert secured 18 Grand Slam singles wins. She won 157 singles and 32 doubles titles, and served as the WTA president for 11 years. The Philippe Chatrier awardee has also served as a coach and an ESPN analyst, and owns an activewear line.
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 8 Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: February 6, 1993
Tennis player Arthur Ashe is best remembered for his three Grand Slam singles wins. He became the first Black player to be named to the U.S. Davis Cup team. He contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a bypass surgery and devoted his final years to AIDS awareness campaigns.

 9 John McEnroe

John McEnroe
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

Widely regarded as one of the greatest American tennis players of all time, John McEnroe helped the US team win five Davis Cup titles. McEnroe is also known for his confrontational on-court behavior. His infamous bad temper on court was parodied in satirical TV programs, such as Spitting Image and Not the Nine O'Clock News.

 10 Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.

 11 Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belleville, Illinois, United States

 12 Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plantation, Florida, United States

The daughter of swimmer Sybil Smith and football player John Stephens, Sloane Stephens was first introduced to tennis by her mother at age 9. The 2017 US Open champion has 6 singles titles in her kitty. Through the Sloane Stephens Foundation, she supports the needs of disadvantaged tennis players.

 13 Richard Williams

Richard Williams
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Famous As: Tennis coach
Birthdate: February 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

 14 Michael Chang

Michael Chang
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Michael Chang is an American retired professional tennis player. Chang became the youngest male player in Grand Slam history to win a major title when he won the 1989 French Open at the age of 17. In 2008, he was made an inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Since 2014, Chang has been coaching Japanese player Kei Nishikori.

 15 Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 13, 2004
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Coco Gauff is an American tennis player who became the youngest singles WTA Tour title-holder since 2004 when she won her first WTA title at the 2019 Upper Austria Ladies Linz at the age of 15. Coco Gauff, who has achieved a career-high ranking of 23 in singles, is the youngest player ranked by the WTA in the top 100.

 16 Jim Courier

Jim Courier
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, United States

 17 Ryan Sweeting

Ryan Sweeting
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Ryan Sweeting is an American former tennis player who served as a practice partner during the 2006 World Group semifinal for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Sweeting won his only ATP World Tour singles title in 2011 when he defeated Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the final of the US Men's Clay Court Championship.

 18 John Isner

John Isner
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

 19 Madison Keys

Madison Keys
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois, United States

 20 Lindsay Davenport

Lindsay Davenport
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palos Verdes

 21 Jack Sock

Jack Sock
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

 22 Frances Tiafoe

Frances Tiafoe
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyattsville, Maryland, United States

 23 Vincent Van Patten

Vincent Van Patten
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bellerose, New York, USA

 24 Amanda Anisimova

Amanda Anisimova
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 31, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freehold Township, New Jersey, United States

 25 Stan Smith

Stan Smith
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Famous As: Tennis player, Tennis coach
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pasadena

 26 Peter Palandjian

Peter Palandjian
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Famous As: Tennis player, CEO
Birthdate: February 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 27 Pam Shriver

Pam Shriver
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 28 Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States
Died: September 28, 2003

 29 Bobby Riggs

Bobby Riggs
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: October 25, 1995

 30 Vitas Gerulaitis

Vitas Gerulaitis
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1994

 31 Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Bethanie Mattek-Sands
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States

 32 Taylor Fritz

Taylor Fritz
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 33 CoCo Vandeweghe

CoCo Vandeweghe
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: December 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 34 James Blake

James Blake
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States

 35 Tracy Austin

Tracy Austin
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, United States

 36 Sebastian Korda

Sebastian Korda
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradenton, Florida, United States

 37 Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 38 Tennys Sandgren

Tennys Sandgren
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gallatin, Tennessee, United States

 39 Bill Tilden

Bill Tilden
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: February 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 5, 1953

 40 Pancho Gonzales

Pancho Gonzales
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: May 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: July 3, 1995

 41 Reilly Opelka

Reilly Opelka
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Michigan, United States

 42 Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

 43 Maeve Quinlan

Maeve Quinlan
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Famous As: Actress, Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 44 Cathy Lee Crosby

Cathy Lee Crosby
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Famous As: Tennis player, Actress
Birthdate: December 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 45 Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 46 Lisa Bonder

Lisa Bonder
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

 47 Caty McNally

Caty McNally
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 20, 2001
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 48 Mary Carillo

Mary Carillo
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Famous As: Sportscaster
Birthdate: March 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

 49 Tam O'Shaughnessy

Tam O'Shaughnessy
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Famous As: Tennis player, Writer
Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Andreas, California, United States

 50 Murphy Jensen

Murphy Jensen
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Famous As: Tennis player, Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ludington