Swedish former tennis player Stefan Edberg was once the world No. 1 professional tennis player (in both singles and doubles). He won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men's doubles titles, besides the Masters Grand Prix. Following his retirement from professional tennis, he began playing competitive squash and became an elite player in Sweden.
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.”
Winning her first Grand Slam at 28, Angelique Kerber is an example of a talented later bloomer in tennis. The former World No. 1 German player is known for her defensive tactics, speed, and footwork. She blamed a 2-week COVID-related quarantine for her loss at the 2021 Australian Open.
Apart from being the first Norwegian tennis player to score an ATP title win, Casper Ruud also became the highest ranked player from his country ever. The son of legendary Norwegian tennis player Christian Ruud, Casper has begun his training in the game at age 4.
Kei Nishikori scripted history when he became the first male Japanese tennis player to make it to the top 40 of the ATP rankings, the second to be in the singles top 5, and the first to make it to a Grand Slam final. He has also won an Olympic bronze.
Sergi Bruguera is a Spanish former professional tennis player who won consecutive men's singles titles at the French Open in 1993 and 1994. He is the only man to have a winning record against both Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. He is also the winner of a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in men's singles.
Today an ace professional tennis player, Kyle Edmund was introduced to the game at the age of ten. He made his breakthrough on the junior circuit at sixteen and debuting at Davis Cup at twenty. A top ranked male British player in 2018-2019, having a career-high singles world ranking of 14, he is currently ranked at 104 because of chronic knee injury.
Chinese tennis star Wang Qiang had begun playing tennis at the tender age of 9. She was initially trained in Japan and grew up idolizing Steffi Graf. Best known for her serve and her speed, she became the second-highest-ranked player from her country, after Li Na, when she ranked 12th in singles.
Retired Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian is a former world number 3 in singles. He scripted history as the only Argentine man to make it to the semifinals at all four Grand Slams as well as reach the Wimbledon men's singles final. He has a Pan American Games bronze under his belt, too.
Milos Raonic is a professional tennis player who became world No. 3, his career-high singles ranking, in 2016. One of the most accomplished Canadian singles male players in the history of tennis, Milos Raonic is the first Canadian man to reach the Wimbledon final, the French Open quarterfinals as well as the Australian Open semifinals in the Open Era.
an important player at the Grand Slam events, reaching the fourth round of the competition on several occasions.
Liam Broady is a British tennis player who represented Great Britain at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo where he reached the third round. The current British No. 5, Liam Broady is yet to win a title in his senior career. However, he had a memorable junior career with a couple of Grand Slam doubles titles under his belt.
British tennis player Jack Draper, the son of former LTA and Sport England chief executive Roger Draper, first showed his brilliance when he became the runner-up at the 2018 Wimbledon boys’ singles. Initially trained by his mother, he was later coached by Justin Sherring and Ryan Jones.
Tamara Zidansek is a Slovenian tennis player who has won numerous singles titles on the ITF Women's World Tennis Tour. Her best Grand Slam result, so far, came at the 2021 Roland-Garros where she qualified for the semifinals, eventually losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Tamara Zidansek has also won two WTA 125 singles titles and one WTA Tour singles title.
Argentine tennis player Guillermo Coria, also known as the King of Clay, was just 27 when he retired from the game. The former world number 3 in singles was a counter puncher and was known for his speed. He was also suspended once for consuming a banned substance.
With a career-high world singles ranking of 17, Spanish tennis player Albert Ramos Viñolas has recorded wins in championships such as the Swedish Open, the Swiss Open, and the Portuguese Estoril Open. He is known for being a counterpuncher with a signature heavy topspin forehand.
Ivan Dodig is a Croatian tennis player best known for winning a silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Dodig, who specializes in doubles, has won two Grand Slam men's doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles so far. Ivan Dodig also helped his team win the prestigious Davis Cup in 2018.
David Lloyd is an English former professional tennis player who won the 1976 Dewar Cup in men's doubles along with his brother John Lloyd. Lloyd is credited with coaching Tim Henman and playing a major role in making him a world top 10 player. A well-known entrepreneur, David Lloyd is also credited with founding the David Lloyd Leisure Clubs.
Ana Konjuh is a Croatian tennis player who achieved popularity as a junior player, when she won both the doubles and singles junior events at the 2013 Australian Open. She then went on to win the singles event at the US Open in the same year. Ana Konjuh won her first WTA Tour singles title at the 2015 Nottingham Open.
Horia Tecău is a Romanian retired tennis player who specialized in doubles. He is best known for winning three Grand Slam titles, including the 2012 Australian Open mixed doubles. Horia Tecău also competed in the 2016 Olympic Games where he earned the silver medal for his country in the men's doubles event.
Mikhail Kukushkin is a Soviet-born Kazakhstani professional tennis player who previously played for Russia. He turned pro in 2006. He reached the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, becoming the first player with a Kazakh passport to do so. He reached the third round in the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. His career has been badly hampered due to injuries.
Argentine tennis player Juan Manuel Cerúndolo has had a career-high singles ranking of 79. He and his brother, Francisco Cerúndolo became the first brother duo, after Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev, to reach consecutive finals on the ATP Tour. He also achieved a career-high doubles ranking of 376.
Belgian tennis player Kirsten Flipkens has had a career-high ranking of 13 in singles. An Olympian, she also became the most experienced Belgian player at the Fed Cup. While she began playing tennis at age 4, she later dropped out of school to continue her tennis career. She is also known for her trademark spectacles.
Nikola Mektić is a Croatian tennis player best known for winning the gold medal in the Men's Doubles event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Mektić, who specializes in doubles, won the 2020 Australian Open mixed doubles and the 2021 Wimbledon doubles. Prior to winning these titles, Nikola Mektić had won the 2018 Davis Cup for his national team.
Bernabé Zapata Miralles is a Spanish tennis player who made his ATP main draw debut at the 2018 Geneva Open. He had his first ATP main draw win in the 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships when he beat John Millman in the first round. He emerged as the champion in the Challengers in Heilbronn and Poznan in 2021.
Dominik Hrbatý is a Slovak former professional tennis player best known for his unique record of beating the Big Three in his first match against them, joining an elite list comprising only Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt, and himself. Dominik Hrbatý is also known for winning the prestigious Hopman Cup in 2005 and 2009.
Ruben Bemelmans is a Belgian tennis player who plays for his country in important tournaments like the Davis Cup and Hopman Cup. He also competes in Grand Slam events and has a career-high ATP ranking of 84 in singles. Bemelmans helped his team reach the finals of the Hopman Cup in 2011 and the Davis Cup in 2015 and 2017.