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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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12 Casper Ruud
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.
14 Wang Qiang
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.
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17 Jack Draper
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.
18 Mary Pierce
19 Marcelo Ríos
20 Petra Martić
22 Pablo Cuevas
23 Liam Broady
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.