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.
With a career-high singles ranking of 28, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová is quite a sensation. She also won a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was the first player born in the 1990s to score a Grand Slam tournament win. In 2015, she was named the sixth-highest-paid female athlete by Forbes.
Retired Serbian tennis player Jelena Janković is a former world number 1 in singles. Apart from Serbian, she has also represented FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. A 4-time Olympian, she was also a runner-up at the 2008 US Open. She also won the 2007 Wimbledon mixed-doubles with Jamie Murray.
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.
Known for her tactics and positions on field, Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic first made waves when she made it to the US Open quarterfinal at age 17. Her aggressive style of play has already helped her win 5 singles titles, including an Olympic gold medal.
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.
Li Na is a Chinese former tennis player. A former world No. 2, Li Na won two Grand Slam singles titles over the course of her career. She achieved international recognition in 2011 after becoming the first Asian Grand Slam singles champion. In 2019, she became the first Asian-born player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
Croatian tennis legend Ivo Karlović is known as much for his tennis skills as for his height of 6’ 11”. With 13,728 aces, he once held the all-time world record for aces. His height has helped him deliver one of the best serves of the tennis world.
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.
Thomas Enqvist is a Swedish retired professional tennis player who won 19 singles titles during his career. Former world No. 4, Enqvist won three Masters titles and achieved his best Grand Slam result at the 1999 Australian Open, where he was defeated by Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the final.
Helena Suková is a Czech retired tennis player who won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles during her illustrious playing career. She also helped her national team win the prestigious Fed Cup on four occasions and the Hopman Cup in 1989. Helena Suková is also an Olympic medalist, winning silver medals at the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games.
Czech former tennis player Jan Kodeš won three Grand Slam singles events during the early 1970s, including the French Open in 1970 and 1971, and the Wimbledon in 1973. .His accomplishments include winning 9 top-level singles titles and 17 doubles titles, receiving Czech Fair Play Award from the Czech Olympic Committee, and getting inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Former world number 26 in singles, Serbia tennis player Filip Krajinović was 5 years old when he began playing tennis. The Sombor-born sportsperson was named Agassi of Sombor for his playing style that is similar to that of Andre Agassi. He was part of the Serbian squad in the 2017 Davis Cup.
Lloyd Harris made headlines when he beat world no. 3 Rafael Nadal in an ATP 500 event in Washington. As a child, the tennis star excelled in a variety of sports, including rugby and swimming. He earned the nickname King at 19, when he beat players a lot older than him.
Ivan Ljubičić is a Croatian retired professional tennis player best known for winning the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The following year, he helped his team win the prestigious Davis Cup. Ivan Ljubičić's best Grand Slam result came at the 2006 French Open, where he reached the semifinal.
Barbara Schett is an Austrian retired tennis player best known for representing Austria in 48 matches at the prestigious Billie Jean King Cup, where she helped the Austria Fed Cup team win 30 matches between 1993 and 2004. Since her retirement, Barbara Schett has been working as a presenter and commentator and is currently associated with Eurosport.
A pioneering figure in women’s tennis, Norwegian tennis legend Molla Mallory was the first female from her country to participate in the Olympics. She was also an 8-time singles champion at the U.S. National Championships, the only woman with that feat, and won an Olympic bronze, too.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is a Croatian professional tennis player who has been inactive since 2018. In 2021, she announced her plan of making a comeback to bring her career to a close on her own terms. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni first achieved popularity in 1998, when she won the women's doubles event alongside Martina Hingis at the Australian Open.
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.
Laura Siegemund is a German tennis player who has won six doubles and two singles titles on the WTA Tour so far. She has also won 20 doubles and 12 singles titles on the ITF Circuit. Laura Siegemund has won two Grand Slams; the 2016 US Open mixed doubles title and the 2020 US Open doubles.
Belarusian tennis player Ilya Ivashka has had a career-high singles ranking of 40 and is currently the number 1 singles player in his country. He was part of the group of Belarusian and Russian players who were banned by Wimbledon in 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Serbian tennis player Aleksandra Krunic has been a world number 35 in doubles and 39 in singles and is now the top Serbian female tennis player. The Moscow-born sportsperson has wins over major players such as Petra Kvitová, Caroline Garcia, and Ekaterina Makarova.
Rohan Bopanna is an Indian tennis player who has played a major role in India's Davis Cup campaigns since 2002. In 2017, he became the fourth Indian to achieve a Grand Slam championship victory when he won the French Open mixed-doubles title. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Rohan Bopanna works with many non-profit organizations like GoSports Foundation.
Retired tennis player Anna Chakvetadze, who was once world no. 5, has 8 WTA Tour singles titles in her kitty, including a Kremlin Cup. Now a Eurosport commentator, she quit her tennis career after being robbed and attacked by six invaders, an incident from which she never recovered.
Former world number 15, Iranian-origin French tennis star Aravane Rezai was initially a ball girl. She made headlines when her difficult relationship with her father led to him being banned from following her in all WTA tournaments. She has won 2 Women's Islamic Games, representing Iran, though she later represented France.