Tennis Players

Tennis players are the sports persons who play tennis professionally and participate in regional, national and international tournaments. Tennis is a highly competitive sport and one needs to be trained for a career as a professional tennis player from a young age. Tennis is played either between two individuals competing against each other, or between two teams consisting of two players each. Tennis has its origins in 12th century France when people played by striking a ball with the palm of their hands. The game evolved with time and racquets came into use by the16th century, and modern tennis as we known the game today developed in the mid-19th century. Tennis is a very popular game and is played by millions of people of all age groups all over the world. A well loved spectator sport, several tennis tournaments are held worldwide. It is also an Olympic sport and also a part of the Summer Paralympic programme. Being a professional tennis player is physically as well as mentally demanding. To play tennis at the professional level one needs to be passionate about the game, exhibit a competitive spirit, train rigorously and maintain a high level of fitness. Browse this section to learn about the life and works of various famous tennis players from all over the world.

 1 Rafael Nadal

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Spanish

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.

 2 Roger Federer

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Swiss

Widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer has won the most number of men's Grand Slam singles titles. He is the only person to be honored with the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award on four occasions. Despite enduring several injuries, Federer continues to dominate the tennis court.

 3 Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Serbian

Widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic is currently third in the list of the most number of Grand Slam singles titles won by male players. Also a well-known philanthropist, he founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007. The foundation aims at helping disadvantaged children.

 4 Serena Williams

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

 5 Maria Sharapova

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian
One of Time’s 30 Legends of Women's Tennis, Maria Sharapova, the first Russian woman tennis player to top the singles rankings, earned three doubles and five Grand Slam titles. A failed drug test led to her temporary suspension. She bounced back with modeling and launched her confectionary brand Sugarpova.

 6 Dominic Thiem

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian

The second-highest ranked Austrian tennis player of all time, Dominic Thiem became the first Austrian to win the singles title at a US Open when he came back from two sets down to beat Alexander Zverev in the 2020 US Open final. At the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, he defeated Roger Federer to win his first Masters 1000 title.

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 7 Anna Kournikova

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Famous As: Tennis Star
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
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 8 Andy Murray

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: May 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

One of the best British professional tennis players of all time, Andy Murray is popularly known as the Great Scot since he was born in Scotland. He is the only tennis player to have won two Olympic gold medals in singles competition. Also known for his charitable work, Andy Murray has played key roles in raising money for many charity organizations.

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 9 Andre Agassi

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Nicknamed “The Punisher,” former world number 1 tennis player Andre Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam-winner and an Olympic gold medalist. He is the only male with a "Career Super Slam.” He is married to Steffi Graf. He now donates generously for children’s causes, through the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.

 10 Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Greek
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek to win any ATP World Tour title, with his 2018 Stockholm Open win. He is the youngest player to be featured on ATP’s top 10 list and has recorded a career-high global ranking of No. 5, thus becoming the highest-ranked Greek tennis player ever.
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 11 Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: October 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese, American

 12 Pete Sampras

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Former professional tennis player, Pete Sampras, became the winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career. He was ranked world No. 1 in 1993 and held the record for 286 weeks. Nicknamed “Pistol Pete,” the player was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.

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 13 John McEnroe

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Famous As: Former US Tennis Star
Birthdate: February 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as one of the greatest American tennis players of all time, John McEnroe helped the US team win five Davis Cup titles. McEnroe is also known for his confrontational on-court behavior. His infamous bad temper on court was parodied in satirical TV programs, such as Spitting Image and Not the Nine O'Clock News.

 14 Steffi Graf

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Known for her footwork and forehand drive, former world number one tennis star Steffi Graf has won 22 Grand Slam titles, the third all-time record. She became the first player to win four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold in a year. She is married to fellow player Andre Agassi.
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 15 Stefanie Graf

Stefanie Graf
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 16 Ryan Sweeting

Ryan Sweeting
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 17 Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 18 Venus Williams

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Famous As: American tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to women's tennis along with her sister Serena. She is also credited with changing the long-standing practice of paying male tennis players more than their female counterparts as she won the fight for equal prize money.

 19 Monica Seles

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Famous As: Tennis Players
Birthdate: December 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Former world number 1 tennis player Monica Seles has nine Grand Slam singles titles to her credit, eight of them for Yugoslavia and one for the U.S. At 16, she was the youngest French Open champion. Her career was affected after being stabbed on court by a Steffi Graf fan.

 20 Dean Paul Martin

Dean Paul Martin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 21, 1987

 21 Billie Jean King

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Famous As: Former Women's Tennis Champion
Birthdate: November 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Tennis legend Billie Jean King has won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles titles and 16 doubles titles. The former world no. 1 beat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. She also founded the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation.

 22 Sania Mirza

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Famous As: Indian Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 23 Björn Borg

Björn Borg
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: June 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swedish

Regarded as one of the best tennis players from Sweden, Björn Borg won 11 Grand Slam singles titles during his playing career. He started off as a teenage sensation and helped popularize tennis during the 1970s. The 2017 film Borg vs McEnroe was inspired by his rivalry against John McEnroe.

 24 Petra Kvitová

Petra Kvitová
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Famous As: Czech tennis player
Birthdate: March 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Czech
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 25 Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova
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Famous As: Former Tennis Champion
Birthdate: October 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Martina Navratilova is the world’s only tennis player to be no. 1 for more than 200 weeks in both singles and doubles. She is one of three women with a "Grand Slam Boxed Set.” She is openly lesbian and had earlier fled her country, Czechoslovakia, due to political issues.

 26 Leander Paes

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
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 27 Andy Roddick

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Birthdate: August 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 28 Chris Evert

Chris Evert
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: December 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Former number 1 tennis player Chris Evert secured 18 Grand Slam singles wins. She won 157 singles and 32 doubles titles, and served as the WTA president for 11 years. The Philippe Chatrier awardee has also served as a coach and an ESPN analyst, and owns an activewear line.

 29 Stan Wawrinka

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Swiss, German

 30 Simona Halep

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Romanian

Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis player. With 22 WTA singles titles and two Grand Slam singles titles under her belt, Simona Halep is one of the most successful Romanian female tennis players of all time. She is also widely considered one of the WTA Tour's best returners of the current generation.

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 31 Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Bulgarian

 32 Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 33 Boris Becker

Boris Becker
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Famous As: Former World No. 1 Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 34 Martina Hingis

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Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swiss

 35 Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 36 Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 37 Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 6, 1993

 38 Mansour Bahrami

Mansour Bahrami
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French

 39 Gabriela Sabatini

Gabriela Sabatini
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Argentinian

 40 Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Danish

 41 Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Danish

 42 Ana Ivanović

Ana Ivanović
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Serbian

 43 Frederick Winslow Taylor

Frederick Winslow Taylor
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Famous As: Tennis player, Engineer, Economist, Golfer, Management consultant, Mechanical engineer, Lecturer, Writer
Birthdate: March 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 21, 1915

 44 Petr Korda

Petr Korda
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Famous As: Tennis player, Tennis coach
Birthdate: January 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Czech

 45 Fred Perry

Fred Perry
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Birthdate: May 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: February 2, 1995

 46 Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 47 Margaret Court

Margaret Court
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 48 Guillermo Vilas

Guillermo Vilas
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Argentinian

 49 Vincent Van Patten

Vincent Van Patten
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 50 Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lend
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Famous As: Former No 1 tennis Player
Birthdate: March 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Czech, American
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