Famous Australian Tennis Players

Find out more about the greatest Australian Tennis Players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Pat Rafter, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall.
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Rod Laver
(Australian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Rod Laver
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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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Evonne Goolagong Cawley
(Australian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
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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.

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Nick Kyrgios
(Australian Tennis Player)
Nick Kyrgios
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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.

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Margaret Court
(Tennis player)
Margaret Court
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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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Pat Rafter
(Australian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Pat Rafter
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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.”

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Pat Cash
(Australian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Pat Cash
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Birthdate: May 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Pat Cash is an Australian retired tennis player renowned for popularizing the act of climbing into the stands to celebrate. The celebration, which has been carried on as a tradition, was first showcased by Cash in 1987 when he won the men's singles championship title at Wimbledon. Cash was also part of the Davis Cup-winning team in 1983 and 1986.

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Ken Rosewall
(Australian Former World Top-Ranking Amateur and Professional Tennis Player)
Ken Rosewall
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Birthdate: November 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, 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.

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Roy Emerson
(Australian Former Tennis Player Who Won a Record 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles)
Roy Emerson
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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.

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Dylan Alcott
(Australian Former Wheelchair Tennis Player and Wheelchair Basketball Player)
Dylan Alcott
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Birthdate: December 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

One of Australia’s greatest wheelchair sportspersons, Dylan Alcott has mastered both wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball. He is also one of the rare few to have won Paralympic gold medals in two sports, both basketball and tennis. In 2021, he declared his wish to retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

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Ashleigh Barty
(Second Australian Tennis Player to Be Ranked No. 1 in Singles)
Ashleigh Barty
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Birthdate: April 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Ashleigh Barty is an Australian tennis player and the current world No. 1 as per the Women's Tennis Association. Barty has won two Grand Slam singles titles:  2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon, and one Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open She also won on a bronze medal in mixed doubles at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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Samantha Stosur
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Samantha Stosur
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Birthdate: March 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur, once world number 1 in doubles, has also had a career-high ranking of 4 in singles. She holds a national WTA record of being the top player for 442 consecutive weeks. Openly lesbian, she had a daughter with her partner, Liz Astling, in 2020.

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John Newcombe
(Australian Former Professional Tennis Player)
John Newcombe
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Birthdate: May 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Mark Philippoussis
(Australian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Mark Philippoussis
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Birthdate: November 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian former tennis player Mark Philippoussis is nicknamed The Scud for his missile-like deliveries. The former world number 8 singles player has two Davis Cups in his kitty and is now a famous reality TV star. He once went bankrupt but has since recovered and now owns a clothing brand.

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Bernard Tomic
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Bernard Tomic
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Birthdate: October 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Once world number 17 in singles, tennis sensation Bernard Tomic has also been controversy’s favorite child. Known for his on-and-off relationship with reality TV star Vanessa Sierra, and for appearing on an adult site, he now claims to have stopped partying and alcohol and has apparently taken to veganism.

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Alexei Popyrin
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Alexei Popyrin
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Birthdate: August 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Alexei Popyrin is an Australian tennis player who made his Davis Cup debut in February 2019. Popyrin won his first ATP title in February 2021 when he defeated Marin Čilić and Alexander Bublik in the semifinal and final respectively to win the Singapore Open.             

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Lleyton Hewitt
(Australian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Lleyton Hewitt
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Birthdate: February 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Lleyton Hewitt is an Australian professional tennis player and a former world No. 1. He has won one Wimbledon, one U.S. Open and one U.S. Open doubles title. The son of a sportsman, he developed an early interest in different kinds of sports and decided to pursue tennis professionally. He has been involved in several controversies. 

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Darren Cahill
(Australian Tennis Coach and Former Professional Tennis Player)
Darren Cahill
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Birthdate: October 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian tennis coach and former player Darren Cahill is best known for mentoring renowned players such as Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, and Simona Halep. He was also the Australian Davis Cup coach. Known by his nickname Killer in the tennis circuit, he also works as a tennis analyst for ESPN.

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Ajla Tomljanović
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Ajla Tomljanović
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Birthdate: May 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Ajla Tomljanovic is a Croatian-Australian tennis player best known for her performance as a junior player. Tomljanović, who played for Croatia from 2009 to 2018, has been representing Australia at all events on the WTA Tour since 2018. Ajla Tomljanovic reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in 2021 when her fourth round opponent Emma Raducanu retired in the second set.

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Sam Groth
(Australian Politician and a Former Professional Tennis Player)
Sam Groth
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Birthdate: October 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia

Sam Groth is an Australian retired tennis player who competed in both singles and doubles events at Grand Slams and other major tournaments. In 2015 and 2017, Groth was part of the Australian Davis Cup team. After retiring as a player in 2018, Sam Groth has been working as a TV host.

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John Millman
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
John Millman
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Birthdate: June 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Australian tennis player John Millman debuted at the ITF Junior tournament at age 15 and now boasts of a career-high ranking of 33 in singles. Apart from tennis, he is also a big fan of soccer. His popularity has made a Brisbane Times journalist coin the term Millmania.

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Jelena Dokic
(Former Professional Tennis Player Who Represented Yugoslavia and Later Australia)
Jelena Dokic
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Birthdate: April 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

Yugoslavian-born tennis star Jelena Dokic had once been world number 4 in singles. While she represented Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia, and Australia in international events, post-retirement, she has mostly been associated with Australian tennis as a coach, author, and sports commentator. She accused her father of abuse in her memoir.

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Hana Mandlíková
(Former Professional Tennis Player from Czechoslovakia Who Won Four Grand Slam Singles Titles)
Hana Mandlíková
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Birthdate: February 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

Hana Mandlíková is a retired tennis player best known for winning four Grand Slam singles titles. She also won the doubles title at the 1989 US Open. Mandlíková won the Fed Cup for Czechoslovakia on four occasions. Counted among the greatest players of all time, Hana Mandlíková was made an inductee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Rennae Stubbs
(Australian Tennis Coach and Former Professional Player)
Rennae Stubbs
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Birthdate: March 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Thanasi Kokkinakis
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Thanasi Kokkinakis
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Birthdate: April 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia, 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.

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Casey Dellacqua
(Australian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Casey Dellacqua
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Birthdate: February 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
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Lew Hoad
(Australian Tennis Player)
Lew Hoad
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Birthdate: November 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glebe, Australia
Died: July 3, 1994
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Alex de Minaur
(Australian Tennis Player)
Alex de Minaur
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Birthdate: February 17, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Born to an Uruguayan father and a Spanish mother, in Sydney, Alex de Minaur began training in tennis at age 3. Now, with a career-high world singles ranking of 15, he is one of the most promising tennis stars of Australia. He tested COVID-positive and thus missed the Tokyo Olympics.

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Astra Sharma
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Astra Sharma
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Birthdate: September 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore
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Todd Woodbridge
(Australian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Todd Woodbridge
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Birthdate: April 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Frank Sedgman
(Australian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Frank Sedgman
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Birthdate: October 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mont Albert, Victoria, Australia
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Fred Stolle
(Australian Former Amateur World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Fred Stolle
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Birthdate: October 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
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Jordan Thompson
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Jordan Thompson
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Birthdate: April 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Daria Saville
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Daria Saville
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Birthdate: March 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Daria Gavrilova is a Russian-born Australian tennis player. She represented Russia from 2009 to 2015 post which she began representing Australia. An accomplished junior player, Gavrilova won the gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. After turning professional, Gavrilova has achieved victories over former Grand Slam champions like Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitová, and Angelique Kerber.

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Tony Roche
(Australian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Tony Roche
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Birthdate: May 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wagga Wagga, Australia

Tony Roche had started playing tennis at age 9 and joined the Wagga Wagga Tennis Club at 13. He was part of the Handsome Eight of tennis, joining the league with players such as Cliff Drysdale and Roger Taylor. Post-retirement, he coached Australia’s Davis Cup team.

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Luke Saville
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Luke Saville
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Birthdate: February 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berri, Australia
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James Duckworth
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
James Duckworth
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Birthdate: January 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Matthew Ebden
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Matthew Ebden
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Birthdate: November 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
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Mark Woodforde
(Former Professional Tennis Player)
Mark Woodforde
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Birthdate: September 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
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Alex Bolt
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Alex Bolt
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Birthdate: January 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murray Bridge, Australia
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Peter Carter
(Australian Tennis Player and Coach)
Peter Carter
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Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Died: August 1, 2002

Remembered as the coach of tennis legend Roger Federer, Peter Carter had started off as a player but moved to coaching after his playing career was cut short due to injuries. He tragically died in a car accident at the Kruger National Park, where he was supposed to be holidaying with his wife.

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Alicia Molik
(Australian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Alicia Molik
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Birthdate: January 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
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Destanee Aiava
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Destanee Aiava
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Birthdate: May 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Olivia Gadecki
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Olivia Gadecki
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Birthdate: April 24, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia
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Maddison Inglis
(Australian Tennis Player)
Maddison Inglis
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Birthdate: January 14, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
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Christopher O'Connell
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Christopher O'Connell
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Birthdate: June 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Storm Sanders
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Storm Sanders
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Birthdate: August 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia
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Daphne Akhurst
(Australian Tennis Player)
Daphne Akhurst
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Birthdate: April 22, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ashfield, NSW, Australia
Died: January 9, 1933
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Wendy Turnbull
(Retired Tennis Player from Australia)
Wendy Turnbull
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Birthdate: November 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
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Paul McNamee
(Australian Former Doubles World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Paul McNamee
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Birthdate: November 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Arina Rodionova
(Australian Tennis Player)
Arina Rodionova
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Birthdate: December 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia

Russian-born Australian tennis player Arina Rodionova learned to play tennis at the age of three under her father's guidance, eventually debuting as a professional in 2004 at an ITF event,. Partnering with her sister Anastasia Rodionova, she has often contested in double tournaments and reached the final at the Malaysian Open in 2010.