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.

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 1 Roger Federer

Roger Federer.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

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.

 2 Serena Williams

Serena Williams.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

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.

 3 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manacor, Spain

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.

 4 Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

Widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic is currently third in the list of number of Grand Slam singles titles won by male players. He is known for his powerful two-handed backhand and his service returns. Djokovic is also the only player to complete the career Golden Masters and he has achieved this feat twice.

 5 Andy Murray

Andy Murray.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: May 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow

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.

 6 Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: October 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan
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 7 Venus Williams

Venus Williams.
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Famous As: American tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California

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.

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 8 Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nyagan
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.
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 9 Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King.
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Famous As: Former Women's Tennis Champion
Birthdate: November 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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.

 10 John McEnroe

John McEnroe.
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Famous As: Former US Tennis Star
Birthdate: February 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, West Germany

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.

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 11 Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova.
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Famous As: Tennis Star
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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.

 12 Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Vegas
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.
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 13 Simona Halep

Simona Halep.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constanța

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.

 14 Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia
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 15 Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
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.

 16 Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis
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Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kosice
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 17 Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

 18 Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria

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.

 19 Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Potomac

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.

 20 Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
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 21 Björn Borg

Björn Borg.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: June 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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.

 22 Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

 23 Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

 24 Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Podgorica, Montenegro

 25 Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bremen

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.

 26 Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova.
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Famous As: Former Tennis Champion
Birthdate: October 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia
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.
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 27 Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick.
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Birthdate: August 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Former world number 1 tennis player Andy Roddick is best known for his US Open win in 2003. He reached the finals of three Wimbledon championships and US Open 2006, only to be defeated by Roger Federer each time. Following his retirement, he focused on his non-profit, Andy Roddick Foundation

 28 Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haskovo, Bulgaria
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 29 Chris Evert

Chris Evert.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: December 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale
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.

 30 Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond
Died: February 6, 1993
Tennis player Arthur Ashe is best remembered for his three Grand Slam singles wins. He became the first Black player to be named to the U.S. Davis Cup team. He contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a bypass surgery and devoted his final years to AIDS awareness campaigns.
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 31 Boris Becker

Boris Becker.
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Famous As: Former World No. 1 Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leimen, West Germany

Boris Becker is a German former tennis player who has three Wimbledons, one US Open, and two Australian Open titles under his belt. He also won an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles in 1992. Becker, who had a successful start to his career, struggled to cope with his early fame and success; he retired at the age of 31.

 32 Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens
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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 33 Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

 34 Ryan Sweeting

Ryan Sweeting.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: July 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Ryan Sweeting is an American former tennis player who served as a practice partner during the 2006 World Group semifinal for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Sweeting won his only ATP World Tour singles title in 2011 when he defeated Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the final of the US Men's Clay Court Championship.
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 35 Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 36 Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
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 37 Monica Seles

Monica Seles.
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Famous As: Tennis Players
Birthdate: December 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Novi Sad
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.

 38 Juan Martín del Potro

Juan Martín del Potro
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina

 39 Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: June 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

 40 Marin Čilić

Marin Čilić
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Famous As: Croatian tennis player
Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 41 Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plantation

 42 Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza.
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Famous As: Indian Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

An impressive doubles tennis player, Sania Mirza has six Grand Slam titles under her belt. A former doubles world No. 1, Sania Mirza is one of the greatest Indian female  tennis players ever. In 2005, Sania Mirza was named in Time magazine's 50 Heroes of Asia list. In 2016, she was named in the magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 43 Bobby Riggs

Bobby Riggs
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: October 25, 1995

 44 Margaret Court

Margaret Court
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth

 45 John Isner

John Isner
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

 46 Ana Ivanović

Ana Ivanović
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belgrade

 47 Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois

 48 Petra Kvitová

Petra Kvitová
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bílovec, Czechia

 49 Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide

 50 Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
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