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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 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
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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 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 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
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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 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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    Liezel Huber
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    Liezel Huber is a professional tennis player from the United States, having been a naturalized American citizen since July 2007. Huber has won four Grand Slam titles in women's doubles with partner Cara Black, one with Lisa Raymond, and two mixed doubles titles with Bob Bryan. On 12 November 2007, she ...more

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    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Nationality: United States of America, South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1993-04
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    Joannette Kruger is a former professional tennis player from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her career high ranking is No. 21 in the world, a ranking she achieved on 4 May 1998. Kruger turned professional in 1989, but it was not until 1992 that she finally broke into the world's top 100. In 1995, she had ...more

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    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
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    Mark Mathabane is a South African author, lecturer, and a former collegiate tennis player and college professor.more

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    • Birthplace: Alexandra, Gauteng, South Africa
    • Nationality: United States of America, South Africa
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    Christo van Rensburg is a former professional tennis player from South Africa. Van Rensburg turned professional in 1983. He won his first tour doubles title later that year at Cleveland. Van Rensburg won 20 top-level doubles titles during his career, including one Grand Slam men's doubles title at the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1983
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    Rik de Voest is a former professional South African tennis player. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 110, which he achieved in August 2006. Rik currently resides in Vancouver, Canada where he pursues an active career in real estate specializing in North Vancouver and West Vancouver ...more

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    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
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    Gary Muller is a former professional South African tennis player. Muller turned pro in 1985. His 12-year career included wins over Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Stefan Edberg. Muller's best singles result at a Grand Slam was reaching the third round in the 1987 Australian Open in which he ...more

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    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
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    Wesley Moodie

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    Wesley Moodie
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    Wesley Moodie is a former professional tennis player from South Africa.more

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    • Birthplace: Scottburgh, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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    Marcos Ondruska

    Marcos Ondruska is a former tennis player from South Africa, who turned professional in 1989. He represented his native country at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, where he defeated Goran Ivanišević in the first round before falling to Norway's Christian Ruud. The right-hander won four ...more

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    • Birthplace: South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
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    Bob Maud

    Robert Maud, was a South African tennis player. Maud made his Davis Cup debut at the age of 18, and was a member of the squad that gained South Africa's only Davis Cup triumph in 1975. He was ranked in the Top 10 in South Africa for 10 successive years, and partnered Betty Stöve to the 1971 US Open ...more

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    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
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    Natalie Grandin

    Natalie Grandin is a retired professional tennis player from South Africa. She has achieved a career-high singles ranking of no. 144 as of 12 September 2005. Career-high doubles ranking of no. 22 as of 14 May 2012. She has won one WTA doubles title, three ITF Women's Circuit singles titles and twenty ...more

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    • Birthplace: East London, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
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    Chanelle Scheepers

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    Chanelle Scheepers
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    Chanelle Scheepers is a South African professional tennis player. Scheepers has won one singles and one doubles title on the WTA tour, as well as twelve singles and twenty doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 10 October 2011, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 37. On 10 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Harrismith, Free State, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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