The Best Tennis Players from Chile

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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different players, including Hans Gildemeister and Felipe Rios.

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

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  • Fernando Francisco González Ciuffardi (American Spanish: [feɾˈnando ɣonˈsales]; born 29 July 1980) is a retired professional tennis player from Chile. During his career he made it to the quarterfinal round of all four Grand Slam tournaments. He played his only major final at the 2007 Australian Open, losing to top-seeded Roger Federer. He is the fourth male tennis player in history to have won each Olympic medal (gold in doubles and bronze in singles at Athens 2004, and silver in singles at Beijing 2008). The gold medal González won together with Nicolás Massú in the 2004 Olympic doubles competition was the first ever gold medal won by Chile at the Olympics. Throughout his career, González ...more
    • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
    70 votes
  • Marcelo Ríos
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    100 VOTES
    Marcelo Andrés Ríos Mayorga (American Spanish: [maɾˈselo ˈri.os]; born December 26, 1975) is a former world No. 1 tennis player from Chile. Nicknamed El Chino ("The Chinese") and El zurdo de Vitacura ("The Lefty from Vitacura"), he became the first Latin American player to reach the top position on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles rankings in 1998. He held the world No. 1 ranking for six weeks. He also held the top ranking in both juniors and seniors. He was the first player to win all three clay-court Masters Series tournaments (Monte Carlo, Rome, and Hamburg) since the format began in 1990. He was also the third male in the history (after Michael Chang and Pete ...more
    • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile
    • Year Turned Pro: 1994
    100 votes
  • Anita Lizana
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    20 VOTES
    Anita Lizana de Ellis (19 November 1915 – 21 August 1994) was a world No. 1 tennis player from Chile. She was the first Latin American, and first Hispanic person, to be ranked World Number 1 tennis player. Also, Lizana was the first Latin American to win a Grand Slam singles championship. She won the U.S. Championships singles title in 1937, defeating Jadwiga Jędrzejowska in the final in straight sets.
    • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile
    20 votes
  • Nicolás Massú
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    Nicolás Alejandro Massú Fried (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlaz maˈsu]; born October 10, 1979), nicknamed El Vampiro (Spanish: "the vampire"), is a Chilean former tennis player, a former World No. 9 in singles, and a winner of two Olympic gold medals. He is the only male player to have won both the singles and doubles gold medals during the same games in modern Olympic tennis (since 1988), the only two gold medals Chile has won at the Olympics. Massú also reached the final of the 2003 Madrid Masters and won six singles titles.
    • Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile
    • Year Turned Pro: 1997
    42 votes
  • Luis Ayala
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    25 VOTES

    Luis Ayala

    Luis Alberto Ayala Salinas (born 18 September 1932) is a Chilean former tennis player who competed in the 1950s and 1960s. He was twice a singles runner-up at the French Championships. In 1958 he was seeded fifth and reached the final after a victory against first-seeded and world No. 1 Ashley Cooper in the semifinal. In the final, however, he was defeated in straight sets by Mervyn Rose while in 1960 he lost the final in fives sets to Nicola Pietrangeli. Together with Thelma Coyne Long he won the mixed doubles title at the 1956 French Championships. He won the prestigious singles title at the Italian Open in 1959, defeating Neale Fraser in the final in four sets. The following year,1960, ...more
    • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile
    25 votes
  • Hans Gildemeister
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    22 VOTES

    Hans Gildemeister

    Hans Gildemeister Bohner (born Juan Pedro Gildemeister Bohner on 9 February 1956), is a former Chilean tennis player of German ancestry, who won four singles and 23 doubles titles during his professional career. He is the brother of Heinz and Fritz Gildemeister, who are also tennis players. The right-hander reached his highest singles ATP ranking on February 22, 1980, when he became World No. 12. He is a former captain of the Chilean Davis Cup team. In 1977, as a sport figure, Gildemeister was part of Pinochet's inner circle and participated at the Chacarillas Rally in support of Pinochet.
    • Birthplace: Lima, Peru
    • Nationality: Chile
    22 votes