tennis 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. You might also be interested in the best French tennis players and the best Russian tennis players. 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 Amanda Coetzer to Kevin Anderson.

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.

Amanda Coetzer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Amanda Coetzer


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 ...more

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Birthplace: Hoopstad, Free State, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 1988

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#41 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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Kevin Anderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Kevin Anderson


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 ...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 Ferreira


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

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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


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 ...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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#75 on The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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

#26 on The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s

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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 Curren


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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#13 on The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1980s

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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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Cliff Drysdale


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. ...more

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Birthplace: Nelspruit, South Africa

Nationality: United States of America, South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 1968

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#18 on The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1970s

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Frew McMillan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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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 ...more

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Birthplace: Springs, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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Liezel Huber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Liezel Huber


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, ...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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