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The Best Black Tennis Players Right Now

Updated June 29, 2020 878 votes 166 voters 9.7k views14 items

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The best Black tennis players in the world right now are carrying on a tradition started by legendary players like Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson, but they are crafting their own careers with a modern style and sensibility that perfectly suits the game today.

Of course, any list of the best Black tennis players will include the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, who have dominated the tennis scene for nearly 20 years. Serena Williams is one of the most famous professional tennis players in the world and is the first person many people name when asked who the greatest women's tennis player of all-time is. But there is also room in the game for young, up-and-coming Black stars like Madison Keyes, Sloane Stephens, and Frances Tiafoe.

As the Williams sisters and stars like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga age and younger players make their mark, this list could change a lot, so vote for who you think are the best Black tennis players today, and be sure to lob this list over to your friends so they can vote as well! 

  • Career achievements
    7x Australian Open winner (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
    3x French Open winner (2002, 2013, 2015)
    7x Wimbledon winner (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
    6x U.S. Open winner (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

    • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, USA
    A great player?

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  • Career achievements
    2008 French Open semifinalist
    2016 U.S. Open semifinalist
    2016 Australian Open quarterfinalist
    8 career titles

    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    A great player?
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    Naomi Osaka

    Career achievements
    2019 Australian Open winner
    2018 U.S. Open winner

    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
    A great player?
  • Career achievements
    5x Wimbledon winner (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008)
    2x U.S. Open winner (2000, 2001)

    • Birthplace: Lynwood, California, USA
    A great player?

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