The Best Tennis Players from South Africa

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

This list has everything from Elna Reinach to Bob Maud.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of South Africa in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented South African tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.
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    Amanda Coetzer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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    Amanda Coetzer is a former professional tennis player from South Africa. Coetzer turned professional in 1988 and retired in 2004. She won her first top-level singles title in 1993 in Melbourne, and her second later that year in Tokyo. Coetzer entered the top-20 on the women's world rankings in 1992 and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Hoopstad, Free State, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1988
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    Kevin Anderson is a male South African tennis player. He became the top-ranked South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He first achieved his career-high ranking of world no. 15 on 19 January 2015. On 6 February 2011, he defeated Somdev ...more

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    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 2007
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    Wayne Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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    Wayne Richard Ferreira is a former professional tennis player from South Africa.more

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    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1989
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    Johan Kriek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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    Johan Kriek is a South African-American professional male tennis player and founder of the Global Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water to the world's neediest communities. Kriek won two Australian Opens and reached the semifinals at the French Open and US Open, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    • Nationality: United States of America, South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1978
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    Kevin Curren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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    Kevin Melvyn Curren is a former professional tennis player. He played in two Grand Slam singles finals and won four Grand Slam doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 5.more

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    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Nationality: United States of America, South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1979
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    Cliff Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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    Eric Clifford 'Cliff' Drysdale is a former top-ranked professional tennis player of the 1960s and early 1970s who became a well-known tennis announcer. He was one of the Handsome Eight, a group of players signed by Lamar Hunt in 1968 for the newly formed professional World Championship Tennis group. He ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nelspruit, South Africa
    • Nationality: United States of America, South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1968
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    Frew McMillan

    Frew McMillan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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    Frew Donald McMillan is a former professional male tennis player from South Africa. He won five major doubles championships including three Wimbledons with Bob Hewitt. Altogether, he won 63 doubles titles, surpassed only by Todd Woodbridge, John McEnroe and Tom Okker. He was also ranked No.1 in Doubles ...more

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    • Birthplace: Springs, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
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    Izak van der Merwe

    Izak van der Merwe is a male South African tennis player.more

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    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 2005
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