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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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#13 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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

#32 on The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

#12 on The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 2000s

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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 Dementieva


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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#21 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 Kuznetsova


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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#56 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

#11 on The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 2000s

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Anastasia Myskina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Anastasia Myskina


Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina is a retired professional tennis player from Russia. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam main draw singles title. Subsequent to this victory she rose to number 3 on the WTA ranking, becoming the ...more

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Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1998

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

#10 on The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 2000s

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Yevgeny Kafelnikov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Yevgeny Kafelnikov


Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov is a former world no. 1 tennis player from Russia. He won two Grand Slam singles titles, which were the 1996 French Open and the 1999 Australian Open. He also won four Grand Slam doubles titles, and the Men's Singles Gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. ...more

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Birthplace: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1992

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

#36 on The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 2000s

#31 on The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1990s

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Vera Zvonareva is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Vera Zvonareva


Vera Igorevna Zvonareva is a Russian professional tennis player. She was introduced to tennis at the age of six and turned professional in 2000. Her career high is World No. 2 by the WTA. Zvonareva has won twelve WTA Tour singles titles and reached the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships, 2010 ...more

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Birthplace: Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 2000-09

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#74 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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Maria Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Maria Kirilenko


Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko is a Russian tennis player and model. Kirilenko won the 2002 U.S. Open Girls' Singles and won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. She has reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 Australian Open the 2012 ...more

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Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 2001

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