The Best Tennis Players from the United States Tennis Players

The Best Tennis Players from the United States

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

This list has a variety of players, like {X} and Serena Williams, in it.

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

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


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    Pete Sampras is a retired American tennis player and former World No. 1. During his 14-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, becoming the first player to break Roy Emerson's record of 12 Slams. Sampras also won 7 major indoor titles. He is recognized as one of the greatest tennis ...more

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    • Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1988
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    Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ...more

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    • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1995
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    Andre Kirk Agassi is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No. 1, who was one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Agassi had been ...more

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    • Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1986
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    Jimmy Connors
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    James Scott "Jimmy" Connors is a former World No. 1 tennis player from the United States. Connors won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles, and was a runner-up in seven Grand Slam singles finals, one Grand Slam doubles final and one Grand Slam mixed doubles final. He held ...more

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    • Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1994-10-31
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    Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick is a former American professional tennis player and former World No. 1. He is known for his fast service and powerful forehand. He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. He is currently the ...more

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    • Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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    Bill Tilden
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    William Tatem Tilden II, nicknamed "Big Bill," was an American male tennis player. He is often considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Tilden was the World No. 1 player for six years from 1920 through 1925. He won 14 Major singles titles including 10 Grand Slams, 1 World Hard Court ...more

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    • Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    James Spencer "Jim" Courier, Jr. is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. During his career, he won four Grand Slam singles titles, two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open. He holds the record for being the youngest man to have reached the finals of all ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1988
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    Michael Chang
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    Michael Te-Pei Chang is an American tennis player. He became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17 years and 4 months. Known for his on-court speed and fighting spirit, Chang is considered by many observers to have been one of the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Henderson, Nevada, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1988
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    Lindsay Ann Davenport is a former World No. 1 American professional tennis player. She has won three Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles. She was ranked World No. 1 on eight different occasions. Since 1975, she is one of five women who have been the year-end World No. 1 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Palos Verdes, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1993-02-22
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    Helen Wills Moody
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    Helen Newington Wills, also known as Helen Wills Moody and Helen Wills Roark, was an American tennis player. She has been described as "the first American born woman to achieve international celebrity as an athlete." She won 31 Grand Slam tournament titles during her career, including 19 singles titles.more

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    • Birthplace: Fremont, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Tracy Ann Austin Holt is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States and holds three Grand Slam titles, winning the women's singles title at the US Open in 1979 and 1981, and the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1980. Additionally, she won the WTA Tour ...more

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    • Birthplace: Palos Verdes, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America, Australia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1978-10-23
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    Mary Joe Fernández Godsick is an American former professional tennis player. She was the runner-up in three Grand Slam singles tournaments and won two Grand Slam women's doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals.more

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    • Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1986
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    Patrick John McEnroe is a former professional tennis player and the former captain of the United States Davis Cup team. Born in Manhasset, New York, he is the younger brother of John McEnroe. He won one singles title and 16 doubles titles, including the 1989 French Open Men's Doubles. His career-high ...more

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    • Birthplace: Manhasset, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1988
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    Todd Martin is a former professional tennis player from the United States. He reached the Men's Singles final at the 1994 Australian Open and the 1999 US Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 4.more

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    • Birthplace: Hinsdale, Illinois, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1990
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    Jennifer Maria Capriati is an American former professional tennis player. A former World No. 1, she won three women's singles championships in Grand Slam tournaments. Capriati made her professional debut in 1990 at the age of 13 years 11 months when she reached the finals of the hard court tournament in ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1990-03-05
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    Mary Pierce is a French-American retired tennis professional who played on the Women's Tennis Association tour. Although born in Canada, she is a citizen of France, Canada, and the United States and played for France in team competitions and the Olympics. Pierce won four Grand Slam titles, two in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada, France, United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1989-03
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    Pam Shriver
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    Pamela Howard Shriver is an American former professional tennis player known primarily as a doubles specialist with success also as a singles player. She currently is a tennis broadcaster for ESPN. During the 1980s and 1990s, she won 133 top-level titles, including 21 women's doubles titles and one ...more

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    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1979
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    Zina Lynna Garrison is a former professional tennis player from the United States. During her career, she was a women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles gold medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games. She is currently coaching Taylor ...more

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    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1982
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    Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis was a Lithuanian American professional tennis player. In 1975, Gerulaitis won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering with Sandy Mayer. He won the men's singles title at one of the two Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1971
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