Famous Australian Sportspersons

Whether you are a true Wimbledon fan or a cricket junkie, it is impossible you don't already have an Australian sportsman in your list of favorites. That's right! The land of kangaroos and koalas has produced some incredibly gifted, cracker of sportsmen who have stamped victory in the world map. Be it hockey, snowboarding, golf, pole vaulting or cricket, Australians have proved that they are second to none when it comes to sports. There is something profoundly inspiring and competitive about the sporting folks of this country. From cricket to Grand Prix and from surfing to competitive cycling, this sports frenzy nation has bought sporting glory to the country in every which way. Needless to say, the sports mad folk of this fine country have notched up some impressive sporting feats over the years. And it is no exaggeration to hail Australia as one of the most successful nation in the history of sport. Read the biographies and check out the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of some of the most famous Australian sportspersons.

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 1 Steve Smith

Steve Smith
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia

Australian cricketer Steve Smith captained the Australian Test team and also tied with Garry Sobers when he made a record 6,000 Test runs in 111 innings, the second-best after Donald Bradman. The Allan Border Medal-winning batsman was banned from Australian cricket for a year for overseeing ball tampering.

 2 Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo
35
Famous As: Currently Competing in Formula One
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Daniel Ricciardo is an Italian-Australian racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One for McLaren. Over the years, Ricciardo has had eight Grand Prix victories, including a win at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, in Formula One. He has also received several awards like BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy. In 2014, he was named GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year.

 3 Shane Warne

Shane Warne
12
Famous As: Australian cricketer. Widely considered one of the greatest leg spin bowlers in cricket history.
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: March 4, 2022

Shane Warne was a former Australian cricket player, best known for his leg-break bowling. Widely regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, Warne was the second-highest wicket-taker in test cricket. He was also one of the most controversial cricketers. In 2013, Shane Warne was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

 4 Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cootamundra, Australia
Died: February 25, 2001

Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He started playing cricket as a young man and scored numerous records within a few years. In a career spanning around two decades, he retired with a career test batting average of 99.94. He retained a pre-eminent position in the game for decades following his retirement. 

 5 Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons
35
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Ben Simmons, son of Australian basketball player Dave Simmons, initially played for LSU and was then drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben was named the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year and the NBA All-Star in 2019 and 2020. He has also played for the Australian national team.

 6 Rod Laver

Rod Laver
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia

Australian former tennis player Rod Laver is widely regarded to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was ranked world No. 1 in nine different years. He holds 200 singles titles--the most in tennis history. He excelled on a variety of court surfaces: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet. The Laver Cup Tournament is named after him.

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 7 Nia Jax

Nia Jax
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nia Jax is a professional wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). A former WWE Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax has been an important member of WWE's women's division since 2018. Nicknamed The Irresistible Force because of her speed and size, Jax has often been criticized for causing unintentional injuries to her colleagues while performing risky moves on the ring.

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 8 Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Ricky Ponting is an Australian retired cricket player best known for his abilities as a batsman, fielder, and captain. Widely regarded as one of the modern-time greats, Ponting is the leading run-scorer for Australia in Test and ODI cricket. Ponting captained the Australian Test team between 2004 and 2011 and is considered one of the most successful cricket captains of all time.

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 9 Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia

Mitchell Starc is an Australian international cricketer. He plays for the Australian national team in international cricket and New South Wales in domestic cricket. Primarily a left-arm fast bowler, he is also a capable lower-order left-handed batsman. He was part of the Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He is married to fellow cricketer Alyssa Healy. 

 10 Rhea Ripley

Rhea Ripley
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Rhea Ripley is an Australian wrestler best known for her association with the popular wrestling promotion, WWE. She is the current WWE Women's Tag Team Champion along with Nikki A.S.H. In 2019, she was named Breakthrough Wrestler of the Year by CBS Sports. In April 2021, Ripley became the first female Australian to win the WWE Raw Women's Championship title.

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 11 Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian)

Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
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Famous As: Body Builder, Internet Personality
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 5, 2011

Aziz Shavershian was a Russian-born Australian personal trainer, bodybuilder, and model. He started posting videos on YouTube in 2007, establishing a cult following. Aziz was the poster boy of aesthetics, a subculture of amateur bodybuilding. Before his death, due to a heart attack, Aziz Shavershian had established a clothing line and his own protein label called Protein of the Gods.

 12 David Warner

David Warner
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, England

David Warner is an Australian professional cricket player. An opening batsman, Warner is one of the most important members of the Australia men's national cricket team in all three formats of the game. Warner was caught up in an ugly controversy in 2018 after being involved in a ball-tampering scandal in the midst of a Test series against South Africa.

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 13 Mark Webber

Mark Webber
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia

Mark Webber is an Australian former racing driver. From 2002 to 2013, Webber competed in Formula One, winning the 2010 British Grand Prix. From 2014 to 2016, he competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning the 2015 season for Porsche alongside Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. In 2019, Mark Webber was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame.

 14 Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Slade Point, Australia

Cathy Freeman is a former sprinter known for her achievements in the 400 meters events. Her personal best of 48.63, set at the 1996 Olympics, makes her the eighth-fastest woman of all time. She gave Australia an Olympic gold at the 2000 Olympics. Also a humanitarian, Freeman is credited with founding the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

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 15 Timothy F. Cahill

Timothy F. Cahill
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian former professional footballer Timothy F. Cahill was known for "his aggressive and powerful approach and his ability to head the ball in the penalty area" during his playing years. Having scored 50 goals in 108 caps, he is the all-time leading goalscorer for the Australia national team. Currently, he works as a pundit for BBC Sport and Sky Sports. 

 16 Margaret Court

Margaret Court
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth

Margaret Court is an Australian retired tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 with 24 Grand Slam women's singles titles to her name. She also holds 19 Grand Slam doubles titles and 21 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Following her retirement, she became a Christian minister. 

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 17 Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: April 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool

 18 Patty Mills

Patty Mills
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Famous As: Baseball player, Basketball player
Birthdate: August 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canberra
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 19 Kostya Tszyu

Kostya Tszyu
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Serov, Russia

Kostya Tszyu is a former boxer who held multiple light-welterweight championships. Renowned for his punching power, Tszyu is considered one of the hardest-punching boxers in the history of light-welterweight boxing. He represented the Soviet Union at the 1991 World Championships, where he won a gold medal. In 2010, Tszyu was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 20 Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: December 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ōtāhuhu, Auckland, New Zealand

Robert Whittaker is a mixed martial artist. He competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is the former UFC middleweight champion. He is currently ranked first in the UFC middleweight rankings and 12th in the UFC men's pound-for-pound list. He has received five Fight of the Night awards. In 2018, he was named Sportsman of the year by GQ Australia.

 21 Alexander Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shellharbour City Council, Australia

Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Volkanovski is the current featherweight champion in UFC and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC men's pound-for-pound list. Alexander Volkanovski has had one successful title defense and one Fight of the Night honor in his UFC career so far.

 22 Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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 23 Peyton Royce

Peyton Royce
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 24 Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macksville, Australia
Died: November 27, 2014
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 25 Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia

 26 Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

Glenn McGrath is an Australian former international cricketer. A fast-medium pace bowler, he is considered one of the greatest Australian international bowlers of all time. He played international cricket for 14 years and was a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the director of MRF Pace Foundation. 

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 27 Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Goolagong Cawley
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Legendary Australian tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cawley was once world number 1 and the world’s first mother to earn a Wimbledon win in 66 years. A Wiradjuri Aborigine, she is now part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and also became the Australian of the Year in 1971.

 28 Billie Kay

Billie Kay
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Billie Kay is an Australian professional wrestler best known for her time in WWE. She was part of the tag team The IIconics alongside Peyton Royce. She was interested in wrestling from a young age and was trained by Madison Eagles. She was once associated with the Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance promotion. She now competes on the independent circuit. 

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 29 Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahroonga, Australia
Ellyse Perry has represented Australia in both cricket and soccer. She became the youngest Australian sportsperson to play international cricket and the first to appear in both the FIFA and ICC World Cups. She later drifted to cricket and set records for the highest Test score by an Australian female.

 30 Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell
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Famous As: Football coach and former Football player -Winger
Birthdate: September 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Smithfield, Australia
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 31 Matthew Dellavedova

Matthew Dellavedova
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Famous As: Basketball player - Point guard / Shooting guard
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maryborough, Australia

 32 Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islamabad, Pakistan

Usman Khawaja is an Australian professional cricket player who has represented the Australian men's cricket team in Test, One Day International, and Twenty20 cricket. In 2011, he became the first Pakistani-born player and the first Muslim to play for the Australian Test team. He went on to represent Australia at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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 33 Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia

 34 Ebanie Bridges

Ebanie Bridges
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

Known as the Blonde Bomber to her fans, Australian boxer and female super-bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges had begun training in karate at age 5 and had then moved on to kickboxing, Muay Thai, and eventually competitive bodybuilding. She is a qualified math teacher and speaks 5 languages, too.

 35 Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew, Victoria

Glenn Maxwell is an Australian professional cricket player who represents the national cricket team in one day internationals and twenty20 internationals. Often referred to as the Big Show, Maxwell is renowned for his improvisation and dramatic, high-risk shot making. Over the years, he has also had a major impact on twenty20 franchise cricket, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL).

 36 Buddy Murphy

Buddy Murphy
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: September 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 37 Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, who has had a career-best singles ranking of 13, has also been part of a few controversies. During a 2019 Wimbledon match, he apparently deliberately hit Rafael Nadal with a ball, straight in the chest, and later defended his actions, saying it was completely fair.

 38 Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellingen

 39 George Kambosos Jr.

George Kambosos Jr.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

George Kambosos Jr. is an Australian boxer and the current WBO, IBF, WBA (Super), and The Ring lightweight champion. As an amateur boxer, Kambosos has won a couple of silver medals at the Australian National Championships. Over the course of his career, George Kambosos Jr. has won important fights against the likes of Teófimo López, Lee Selby, and Mickey Bey.

 40 Peter Norman

Peter Norman
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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Sprinter
Birthdate: June 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 3, 2006

Peter Norman was an Australian athlete who won a silver medal in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He is remembered for supporting fellow athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos by wearing the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge during their medal ceremony; he is the third athlete seen in the popular Olympics Black Power salute photograph.

 41 Ken Rosewall

Ken Rosewall
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Throughout his 25-year illustrious career, Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall has won 18 Grand Slams, including 8 singles titles. Known for his 5’7” lean frame, he was nicknamed Muscles by his teammates, apparently, for the lack of them. The son of a grocer, he had begun playing tennis at age 3.

 42 Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Isa, Australia

Pat Rafter became the first Australian male in the Open Era to win consecutive US Open titles. The former ATP singles number 1 is also the only person with an undefeated record against tennis legend Roger Federer and is remembered for his politeness and his habit of saying “Sorry, mate.”

 43 Dennis Lillee

Dennis Lillee
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth

 44 Jack Brabham

Jack Brabham
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Directeur sportif
Birthdate: April 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hurstville
Died: May 19, 2014

Jack Brabham was an Australian professional racing driver best remembered for winning the Formula One World Championship thrice during his illustrious career that lasted 15 years. He is credited with founding the eponymous Formula One racing team and racing car manufacturer. Early in his career, Brabham contributed immensely to the design of racing cars introduced by the Cooper Car Company.

 45 Jeff Horn

Jeff Horn
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Jeff Horn is an Australian professional boxer. He held the WBO welterweight title from 2017 to 2018. He represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics as an amateur and reached the quarterfinals of the light-welterweight bracket. He made his professional debut the following year. He moved up to middleweight in 2018. He has worked as a physical education teacher as well. 

 46 Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer
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Famous As: Association Football player
Birthdate: October 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 47 Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Born to Greek immigrant parents in Adelaide, Thanasi Kokkinakis was inspired by Russian tennis star Marat Safin in childhood. He now has a career-high ranking of 69 in singles. In 2021, he revealed how he had battled depression and had contemplated quitting tennis after a series of injuries threatened his career.

 48 Jason Day

Jason Day
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia

 49 Roy Emerson

Roy Emerson
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Blackbutt, Australia

Roy Emerson is a former tennis player from Australia. A former world No. 1, Emerson won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and 12 Grand Slam singles titles, which includes a career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles. Emerson went on to achieve another career Grand Slam, becoming the first man to complete a double career Grand Slam in singles.

 50 Tia-Clair Toomey

Tia-Clair Toomey
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland, Australia

Tia-Clair Toomey is an Australian CrossFit Games athlete and weightlifter. As a weightlifter, she won a gold medal for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Toomey has also won five CrossFit Games Championship titles so far; she won these titles in five successive CrossFit Games starting from 2017.