The Best Tennis Players from Australia

Serving up a list of the best tennis players from Australia, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. Australia has produced some exceptionally talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented Australian tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of Australia and are aspire to play tennis professionally, then these Aussies are your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular tennis player from Australia or just have an interest in Aussie tennis players, this is the place to be.

This list is made up of many different players, including Mervyn Rose and Nell Hall Hopman. This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Australian tennis players?" and "Who is the best Australian tennis player of all time?"

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

  • Rod Laver
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    Rodney George Laver (born 9 August 1938), better known as Rod Laver, is an Australian former tennis player. He was the No. 1 ranked professional from 1964 to 1970, spanning four years before and three years after the start of the Open Era in 1968. He also was the No. 1 ranked amateur in 1961–62.Laver's 200 singles titles are the most in tennis history. This included his all-time men's record of 10 or more titles per year for seven consecutive years (1964–70). He excelled on all of the court surfaces of his time: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet. Laver won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, though he was banned from playing those tournaments for the five years prior to the Open Era. ...more
    • Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1962
    646 votes
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    Margaret Court (née Smith; born 16 July 1942), also known as Margaret Smith Court, is a retired Australian tennis player and former world No. 1. She is currently a Christian minister in Perth, Western Australia. Court amassed more major titles than any other player in history. In 1970, she became the first woman during the Open era (and the second woman in history after Maureen Connolly) to win the singles Grand Slam (all four major tournaments in the same calendar year). She won 24 of those titles (11 in the Open era), a record that still stands. She also won 19 women's doubles and 21 mixed doubles titles, giving her a record 64 major titles overall. Her all surfaces (hard, clay, grass ...more
    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1968
    325 votes
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    Kenneth Robert Rosewall (born 2 November 1934) is a former world top-ranking amateur and professional tennis player from Australia. He won a record 23 tennis Majors, including 8 Grand Slam singles titles and, before the Open Era, a record 15 Pro Slam titles; overall, he reached a record 35 Major finals. He won the Pro Grand Slam in 1963. Rosewall won 9 slams in doubles with a career double grand slam. He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He had a renowned backhand and enjoyed a long career at the highest levels from the early 1950s to the early 1970s. Rosewall was one of the two best male players for about nine years and was the World No. 1 player for a ...more
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    310 votes
  • John Newcombe
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    John David Newcombe, AO, OBE (born 23 May 1944) is a former tennis player from Australia who is one of the few men to have attained a world No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles. At the majors he won seven singles titles and a former record 17 men's doubles titles. He also contributed to five Davis Cup titles for Australia during an age when Davis Cup was deemed as significant as the majors. Tennis magazine rated him the 10th best male player of the period 1965–2005.
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1967
    250 votes
  • Patrick Rafter
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    Patrick Michael Rafter (born 28 December 1972) is an Australian former professional tennis player. He reached the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 1 singles ranking on 26 July 1999. His career highlights include consecutive US Open titles in 1997 and 1998, consecutive runner-up appearances at Wimbledon in 2000 and 2001, winning the 1999 Australian Open men's doubles tournament alongside the Swede Jonas Björkman, and winning two singles and two doubles ATP Masters titles. He became the first man in the Open Era to win Canada Masters, Cincinnati Masters and the US Open in the same year, which he achieved in 1998; this achievement has been dubbed the American Summer Slam. ...more
    • Birthplace: Mount Isa, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1991
    330 votes
  • Lew Hoad
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    Lewis Alan Hoad (23 November 1934 – 3 July 1994) was an Australian world No. 1 tennis player whose career lasted from the early 1950s until the early 1970s. Hoad won four Grand Slam tournaments as an amateur (Australian, French and twice Wimbledon). He was a member of the Australian team that won the Davis Cup four times between 1952 and 1956. Hoad turned professional in July 1957 and won the Forest Hills Tournament of Champions event in 1959. He also won the Ampol Tournament of Champions at Kooyong in 1958, the richest tournament of the era. He won the Ampol World Tournament Championship Tour in 1959–1960. During his career his main competitors were his longtime tennis teammate Ken ...more
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Nationality: Australia
    175 votes