Rafael Nadal is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players ever and is called the king of clay. The Spanish national has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and holds the record of winning 13 French Open Championships. He also has one Australian Open, two Wimbledon and four US Open titles to his name.
David Ferrer is a Spanish retired tennis player best known for his efforts that earned Spain the prestigious Davis Cup in 2008, 2009, and 2011. A former world No. 3, Ferrer won several tournaments except a Grand Slam event. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most popular players not to have won a Grand Slam event.
Feliciano López made history by becoming the first male tennis player from Spain to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 1972. With a career-high ranking of 12 in singles, he also became the 10th active player to cross the 500-win mark in singles. He is also known for his trademark serve-volley tennis.
Former world no. 1 Spanish tennis legend Arantxa Sánchez Vicario has 14 Grand Slam titles in her kitty, apart from 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the Olympics. The International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, however, has been accused of fraudulently moving her assets to avoid paying debt.
Carlos Moyá is a Spanish retired tennis player best known for his efforts that earned Spain the Davis Cup in 2004. A former world No. 1, Moyá won the 1998 French Open where he beat Àlex Corretja in the final. Since his retirement, Moyá has focused on his coaching career. Since 2016, he has been working as Rafael Nadal’s coach.
Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut has 9 ATP singles titles in his kitty and has also reached as high as world number 9 in singles. The son of a football player, Agut began playing tennis at age 5. He was initially equally skilled in football but chose to focus on tennis later.
Fernando Verdasco is a Spanish tennis player best known for his participation in the 2009 Australian Open semifinal, which is often counted among the greatest Grand Slam semifinals in the history of the open era. Fernando Verdasco is also renowned for his efforts that earned Spain the prestigious Davis Cup in 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Pablo Carreño Busta, with a career-high ranking of 10 in singles, made headlines when he beat world number 1 Novak Djokovic, to win the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He refused to shake hands with the umpire after his loss at the 2019 Australian Open but apologized later.
Carla Suárez Navarro is a Spanish retired tennis player who won three doubles and two singles titles on the WTA tour during her playing career. Suárez was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2020. She was declared cancer-free in 2021 and made a comeback. Suárez Navarro retired in 2021 after Spain was knocked out of the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
Known as much for his tennis skills as for his signature blonde-brown hair, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, or Foki, was born to Russian parents in Spain and had begun playing tennis at age 3. In the wake of pet abandonment during COVID-19, he launched his pet-adoption program, Adoptas, on social media.
Conchita Martínez is a Spanish retired tennis player. In 1994, Martínez became the first Spaniard to win the Ladies' Singles title at The Championships, Wimbledon, where she defeated Martina Navratilova in the final. During her illustrious playing career, which spanned 18 years, Conchita Martínez won three Olympic medals, 13 doubles, and 33 singles titles.
Juan Carlos Ferrero is a Spanish tennis player who won the men's singles title at the 2003 French Open. A former world No. 1, he held the top ranking for eight weeks. Known for his speed and slender physical build, he was the runner-up at the 2002 French Open. He retired from professional tennis in 2012.
14 Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa is a Spanish professional tennis player who won the 2015 French Open girls' singles and the 2021 Indian Wells Open. She started playing tennis as a child and idolized Maria Sharapova while growing up. She had a successful career as a junior and made her professional debut in 2012. She has struggled with depression in the past.
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.
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.
Tommy Robredo is a Spanish tennis player best known for helping his national team win the prestigious Davis Cup thrice. He is also known for winning the Hopman Cup in 2002 and 2010. A former world No. 5, Robredo is the only player in the history of the Open Era to win a five-set match after being two sets down.
Nicolás Almagro is a Spanish former professional tennis player. He won the gold medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games and his maiden ATP tournament title, the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana, the following year. He reached the quarterfinals of the French Open on three occasions and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open once. He became a coach after retiring.
Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo shocked tennis fans by beating world singles number 1 Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Born to a footballer father, in a remote village, Tormo had started playing tennis at age 3. She and teammate Paula Badosa have been friends since 14.
Àlex Corretja is a Spanish former professional tennis player who emerged as a Grand Slam runner-up twice in his career. In 2000, he played a pivotal role in helping Spain win its first-ever Davis Cup title. He became a coach after retirement and coached Britain's Andy Murray from 2008 to 2011. He later coached the Spanish Davis Cup team.
21 Marc López
Marc López is a Spanish professional tennis player who won a Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open in men's doubles with Feliciano López as his partner. The same year, at the Rio Olympics, he won the gold medal in men's doubles for Spain partnering Rafael Nadal. Marc and Feliciano also played at the 2017 US Open.
Manuel Santana was a Spanish tennis player who was ranked as amateur world No. 1 in 1965 by Ned Potter. He won the US Open in 1965 and Wimbledon the following year. He was known for favoring artificial surfaces over grass. In 2020, he was awarded the ITF Philippe Chatrier Award in recognition of his contribution to tennis.
Pablo Andújar is a Spanish professional tennis player who has won four ATP Tour singles titles. He reached the fourth round of the 2019 US Open and the 2021 French Open doubles semifinals. He underwent training at the Tennis Club El Collao and had a successful junior career. He made his Grand slam debut at the 2008 French Open.
Marcel Granollers is a Spanish professional tennis player who has four ATP singles titles and 23 doubles titles to his name. He also reached the men's doubles finals at French Open and US Open in 2014. He is known for his good net skills. His brother Gerard is also a tennis player; they have won five Challenger doubles titles together.
25 Jaume Munar
Trained at Rafael Nadal’s tennis academy in Mallorca, Jaume Munar is touted as an upcoming Spanish tennis superstar. He has previously trained in Barcelona for 6 years and has also been a runner-up at the Junior French Open. Also known as Jimbo, he defeated David Ferrer at the 2018 French Open.
Spanish tennis sensation Pedro Martínez first came into prominence after winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2013. With a career-high ranking of 58 in singles and 87 in doubles, he has already prepared ground for a bright future in the sport, in his early 20s.
27 Albert Costa
Spaniard Albert Costa, who began playing tennis at age 5, first gained attention by winning the Orange Bowl. He is best known for his 4-set victory against fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero at the 2002 French Open final. He has also earned an Olympic bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Roberto Carballés Baena is a Spanish tennis player who has won one ATP title and 17 ITF titles in singles on clay, his preferred surface. He recorded his first ATP World Tour win at the 2014 Casablanca Open and won his first ATP tournament at the 2018 Ecuador Open. He represented Spain at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Former Spanish tennis player Francisco Roig is best known for coaching tennis legend Rafael Nadal since 2005, much before Nadal had won his first Grand Slam. In his professional tennis-playing career, he had mostly been a doubles player and had won tournaments in places such as Morocco, Brazil, and Greece.
Former tennis player Anabel Medina Garrigues reached a career-high world ranking of 16 in singles and has won many doubles titles, too, including 2 French Open titles. The sports star retired from singles tennis in 2014, she has turned into a coach and also continues to play doubles.
Born to a Spanish mother and a Slovak father in Switzerland, Rebeka Masarova was first inspired to take up tennis after watching Roger Federer in the 2003 Wimbledon final. She first gained attention after winning the 2016 French Open junior championship. While she initially played for Switzerland, she later switched to representing Spain.
Manuel Orantes is a Spanish retired tennis player. Active in the 1970s and 1980s, he won the US Open men's singles title in 1975. He emerged runner-up to Björn Borg in the final of the French Open the following year. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Spanish tennis coach and former player Fernando Vicente had a career-high ranking of world number 29 in singles. He is now best known for coaching Russian tennis sensation Andrey Rublev, whom he trained to the US Open quarter-finals and Roland Garros, and who has reached a career-high ranking of 5.
Virginia Ruano Pascual is a Spanish former professional tennis player who won 43 career doubles titles, including 11 at Grand Slam tournaments. Her most frequent partner was Paola Suárez though she has partnered with others as well. As a singles player, she won three career titles. She helped Spain capture the Fed Cup title in 1993.
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.
Born to Spanish parents, in Costa Rica, tennis player Juan Antonio Marín represented Spain in the sport initially. Since 1998, however, he has been playing for Costa Rica, his country of birth. Though he hasn’t yet won a Grand Slam, he came close to beating Pete Sampras once.