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The Best Tennis Players from Australia

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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.
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    Roy Stanley Emerson (born 3 November 1936) is an Australian former World number one tennis player who won 12 Major singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournament men's doubles titles. He is the only male player to have completed a Career Grand Slam (winning titles at all four Grand Slam events) in both singles and doubles. His 28 major titles are an all-time record for a male amateur player. Emerson is the first male player to win each of the four major titles at least twice in his career. He is one of only eight men to win all four majors in his career.Emerson was the first male player to win 12 majors. He held the record of six Australian Open men's singles titles until 2019 when Novak...  more
    • Birthplace: Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia
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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
    • Year Turned Pro: 1991
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  • Lleyton Glynn Hewitt (born 24 February 1981) is an Australian professional tennis player and former world No. 1. He is the last Australian to win a men's singles Grand Slam title. In November 2001 Hewitt became the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles at the age of 20 years, 8 months and 26 days. He won 30 singles titles and 3 doubles titles, his highlights being the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men's singles titles, the 2000 US Open men's doubles title, back-to-back Tennis Masters Cup titles in 2001 and 2002, and the Davis Cup with Australia in 1999 and 2003. Hewitt reached the final of the 2004 US Open, where he was defeated by Roger Federer in straight sets....  more
    • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1998
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    Kerry Reid

    Kerry Melville Reid, , (née Melville; born 7 August 1947) is a former professional tennis player from Australia. During her 17-year career, Reid won one Grand Slam singles title and 26 other singles titles and was the runner-up in 40 singles tournaments. Reid was included in the year-end world top ten rankings for 12 consecutive years (1968–1979). She won at least one tournament annually from 1966 through 1979, except for 1975. Her career-high ranking was World No. 5 in 1971, behind Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, and Rosie Casals....  more
    • Birthplace: Mosman, Sydney, Australia
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