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List of the best tennis players from Russia, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. Russia has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented Russian tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of Russia 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 Russia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Examples include Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova.

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

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

Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Maria Sharapova


Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five ...more

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Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 2001-04-19

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Marat Safin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Marat Safin


Marat Mubinovich Safin is a Russian politician and retired tennis player. Safin won two Grand Slam tournaments and reached the world no. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin is the older brother of former world No. 1 ...more

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Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1997

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#27 on The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva is a retired Russian tennis player. Dementieva won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open ...more

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Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1998-08-25

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#25 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Svetlana Kuznetsova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova is a Russian professional tennis player and as of 6 April 2015 ranked No. 25 in the WTA singles and No. 112 in the doubles ranking. Kuznetsova has appeared in four Grand Slam singles finals, winning two, and has also appeared in seven doubles finals, winning twice. ...more

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Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 2000

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#44 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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