Famous American Tennis Players

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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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Serena Williams
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All-Time)
Serena Williams
39
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
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Venus Williams
35
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 
Naomi Osaka
(Japanese Professional Tennis Player and First Asian Player to Hold the Top Ranking in Singles)
Naomi Osaka
46
Birthdate: October 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka made history by being the first player of Asian origin to hold the world number one rank in singles. Osaka made headlines when in 2021, she withdrew from the French Open after refusing to be part of a press conference to protect her mental health.

 4 
Andre Agassi
(Former American World No.1 Tennis Player and Olympic Gold Medalist Who Won All Four Grand Slam Titles)
Andre Agassi
17
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.
 5 
Billie Jean King
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Billie Jean King
23
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 
John McEnroe
(Former American Professional Tennis Player Known for His Shot-making and Volleying Skills)
John McEnroe
17
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.

 7 
Pete Sampras
(American Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Pete Sampras
19
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.

 8 
Martina Navratilova
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Martina Navratilova
21
Birthdate: October 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Martina Navratilova is the world’s only tennis player to be no. 1 for more than 200 weeks in both singles and doubles. She is one of three women with a "Grand Slam Boxed Set.” She is openly lesbian and had earlier fled her country, Czechoslovakia, due to political issues.
 9 
Andy Roddick
(American Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Andy Roddick
13
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
 10 
Arthur Ashe
(The Only Black Man to Win the Singles Title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open)
Arthur Ashe
5
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.
 11 
Chris Evert
(American Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Chris Evert
20
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.
 12 
Monica Seles
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Monica Seles
15
Birthdate: December 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Former world number 1 tennis player Monica Seles has nine Grand Slam singles titles to her credit, eight of them for Yugoslavia and one for the U.S. At 16, she was the youngest French Open champion. Her career was affected after being stabbed on court by a Steffi Graf fan.
 13 
Jimmy Connors
(Tennis Player)
Jimmy Connors
7
Birthdate: September 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belleville, Illinois, United States
 14 
Bobby Riggs
(Tennis player)
Bobby Riggs
4
Birthdate: February 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 25, 1995
 15 
Ivan Lendl
(Czech-American Former World No.1 Tennis player)
Ivan Lendl
10
Birthdate: March 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czechia

Born to professional tennis players, Czech-American tennis legend Ivan Lendl has eight Grand Slam titles under his belt. Known for his topspin groundstrokes, he later turned coach and was responsible for three Grand Slams of Andy Murray. Lendl also has a few Celebrity Tour golf wins in his kitty.

 16 
Richard Williams
(Tennis coach)
Richard Williams
9
Birthdate: February 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
 17 
Michael Chang
(American Former Tennis Player and the Youngest Ever Male Player to Win a Grand Slam)
Michael Chang
9
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.

 18 
Anna Kournikova
(Russian Former Tennis Player and One of the Best-Known Tennis Stars Worldwide)
Anna Kournikova
20
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.
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Coco Gauff
(American Tennis Player Who Rose to Fame After Her Win Against Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019)
Coco Gauff
12
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.

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Madison Keys
(Tennis player)
Madison Keys
6
Birthdate: February 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois, United States
 21 
John Isner
(Tennis player)
John Isner
7
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
 22 
Ryan Sweeting
(American Former Professional Tennis Player)
Ryan Sweeting
5
Birthdate: July 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nassau, The 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.
 23 
Jim Courier
(Tennis player)
Jim Courier
7
Birthdate: August 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, United States
 24 
Taylor Fritz
(Tennis player)
Taylor Fritz
4
Birthdate: October 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
 25 
Jack Sock
(Tennis Player)
Jack Sock
5
Birthdate: September 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
 26 
Danielle Collins
(Tennis player)
Danielle Collins
4
Birthdate: December 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
 27 
Lindsay Davenport
(Tennis player)
Lindsay Davenport
7
Birthdate: June 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, United States
 28 
Amanda Anisimova
(Tennis player)
Amanda Anisimova
7
Birthdate: August 31, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freehold Township, New Jersey, United States
 29 
Jennifer Capriati
(Tennis player)
Jennifer Capriati
12
Birthdate: March 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 30 
Vincent Van Patten
10
Birthdate: October 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bellerose, New York, USA
 31 
Althea Gibson
(Tennis player)
Althea Gibson
8
Birthdate: August 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States
Died: September 28, 2003
 32 
Pam Shriver
(Tennis player)
Pam Shriver
12
Birthdate: July 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
 33 
CoCo Vandeweghe
(Tennis Player)
CoCo Vandeweghe
6
Birthdate: December 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 34 
Vitas Gerulaitis
(Tennis player)
Vitas Gerulaitis
5
Birthdate: July 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1994
 35 
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
(Tennis player)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
8
Birthdate: March 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States
 36 
Sloane Stephens
(American Professional Tennis Player)
Sloane Stephens
13
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.

 37 
Stan Smith
(Former tennis player, best known to non–tennis players as the namesake of a popular brand of tennis shoes)
Stan Smith
7
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
 38 
James Blake
(Tennis player)
James Blake
9
Birthdate: December 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States
 39 
Peter Palandjian
(Tennis player, CEO)
Peter Palandjian
6
Birthdate: February 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 40 
Sebastian Korda
(Tennis player)
Sebastian Korda
4
Birthdate: July 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradenton, Florida, United States
 41 
Tracy Austin
(Tennis player)
Tracy Austin
10
Birthdate: December 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, United States
 42 
Frances Tiafoe
(Tennis player)
Frances Tiafoe
6
Birthdate: January 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyattsville, Maryland, United States
 43 
Pancho Gonzales
(Tennis Player)
Pancho Gonzales
6
Birthdate: May 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: July 3, 1995
 44 
Ilana Kloss
(Tennis player)
Ilana Kloss
11
Birthdate: March 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Former professional tennis player, Ilana Kloss is also a tennis coach, and commissioner of World TeamTennis, since 2001. She was the World's No. 1 ranked doubles player in 1976 and World No. 19 in singles in the year 1979. Born in Johannesburg, the Jewish player won the US Open doubles and mixed doubles championship on the 35-and-over tour, in 1999. 

 45 
Sam Querrey
(Tennis player)
Sam Querrey
7
Birthdate: October 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 46 
Reilly Opelka
(Tennis player)
Reilly Opelka
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Michigan, United States
 47 
Mardy Fish
(Tennis player)
Mardy Fish
5
Birthdate: December 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edina, Minnesota, United States
 48 
Cathy Lee Crosby
(Tennis player, Actress)
Cathy Lee Crosby
4
Birthdate: December 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 49 
Bill Tilden
(Tennis Player)
Bill Tilden
4
Birthdate: February 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 5, 1953
 50 
Maeve Quinlan
(Actress, Tennis Player)
Maeve Quinlan
4
Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States