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The Best Tennis Players from France

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List of the best tennis players from France, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. France has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented French tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of France and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular tennis player from France then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Everything from Pierre Albarran to Sarah Pitkowski-Malcor is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest French tennis players?" and "Who is the best French tennis player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of France in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented French tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.



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    Richard Gasquet
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    Richard Gasquet is a French tennis player. He won the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at the 2004 French Open, partnering Tatiana Golovin. His career-high singles ranking is world no. 7, achieved in July 2007. In singles, his best achievements in Grand Slams are reaching the semifinals of the 2007 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Béziers, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2002
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    Yannick Noah is a former professional tennis player from France. He is best remembered for winning the French Open in 1983 and as a highly successful captain of France's Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams. During his career, which spanned almost two decades, Noah captured a total of 23 singles titles and 16 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sedan, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 1977
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    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
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    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a French professional tennis player currently ranked World No. 13. He was born in Le Mans, to a French mother, Évelyne, and a Congolese father, Didier Tsonga, who moved to France in the 1970s to play handball. Tsonga is a member of the Tennis Club de Paris. His career-high singles ...more

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    • Birthplace: Le Mans, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2004
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    Gilles Simon is a French professional tennis player and a former world no. 6. He turned professional in 2002 and has won 12 tournaments on the ATP World Tour.more

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    • Birthplace: Nice, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2002
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    Guy Forget is a French former professional tennis player. During his career, he helped France win the Davis Cup in both 1991 and 1996. Since retiring as a player, he has served as France's Davis Cup team captain.more

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    • Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 1982
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    Sébastien René Grosjean is a retired tennis player from France. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 4, achieved in October 2002. Grosjean retired from tennis on May 27, 2010.more

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    • Birthplace: Marseille, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 1996
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    Gaël Sébastien Monfils is a French professional tennis player. Monfils is a former French No. 1, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 7 and winning 5 singles titles. He was the runner-up at the Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010 and a semifinalist at the 2008 French Open.more

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    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2004
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    Fabrice Santoro
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    Fabrice Vetea Santoro is a retired French professional male tennis player from Tahiti. Though not counted among the top-ranked players, he had an unusually long professional career, with many of his accomplishments coming toward the end of his career, and he is popular among spectators and other players ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tahiti, French Polynesia
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 1989
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    Paul-Henri Mathieu
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    Paul-Henri Mathieu is a French tennis player. He has won four singles titles; reached the semifinals of the 2005 Montreal Masters; and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 12 in April 2008.more

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    • Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
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    Aravane Rezaï is a professional Iranian–French tennis player. She has defeated many top players on the WTA circuit, such as Justine Henin, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Flavia Pennetta, Jelena Janković and Ai ...more

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    • Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France
    • Nationality: France, Iran
    • Year Turned Pro: 2005-01-01
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    Suzanne Lenglen
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    Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen was a French tennis player who won 31 Championship titles between 1914 and 1926. A flamboyant, trendsetting athlete, she was the first female tennis celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine by the French press. Lenglen's 241 titles, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Compiègne, France
    • Nationality: France
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    Sandrine Testud is a former professional female tennis player from France.more

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    • Birthplace: Lyon, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 1989
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    Nicolas Pierre Armand Mahut is a French tennis player. He is well known for having a penchant for grass court tennis, especially serve and volleying. Mahut had excellent junior results, winning the Orange Bowl in 1999 and the Wimbledon Boys' Singles in 2000, turning professional the same year. His ...more

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    • Birthplace: Angers, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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    Tatiana Golovin is a former Russian-born French professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open mixed doubles event with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinal at the 2006 US Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Her highest singles ranking to date is 12. In 2008 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2002
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    Yvon Petra

    Yvon Petra was a French male tennis player. He was born in Cholon, French Indochina. He is best remembered as the last Frenchman to win the Wimbledon championships men's singles title, beating Geoff Brown in five sets in the final. In doubles he won the French championships twice, in 1938 with Bernard ...more

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    • Birthplace: Vietnam
    • Nationality: France
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    Laurent Recouderc

    Laurent Recouderc born July 10, 1984 in Toulouse, France, is a French professional tennis player.more

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    • Birthplace: Toulouse, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2003
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    Tarik Benhabiles

    Tarik Benhabiles is a former Algerian-French tennis player. He achieved his highest ATP-ranking on June 8, 1987, when the right-hander was listed as the number 22 player in the world. Benhabiles's professional career began in 1981, the year he won the junior championship at Roland-Garros, and it ended ...more

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    • Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria
    • Nationality: France
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    Sophie Amiach

    Sophie Amiach is a former professional tennis player. She is born in France on November 10, 1963 in Paris and played on the WTA tour from 1980 to 1995.more

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    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Nationality: France
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    François Jauffret

    François Jauffret is a retired professional tennis player from France. He holds the record for most ties played for the France Davis Cup team with 35, between 1964 and 1978. Jauffret twice reached the semi-finals at the Roland Garros, in 1966 and 1974. He won 2 Open era singles titles and 7 doubles ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
    • Nationality: France
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    Pascale Paradis

    Pascale Paradis-Mangon is a former professional tennis player from France. Paradis was the World Junior Champion in women's singles in 1983. Although she failed to reach the heights predicted for her at that time, she did reach the quarter finals at Wimbledon in 1988 before falling to Steffi Graf. She ...more

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    • Birthplace: France
    • Nationality: France
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