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The Best Tennis Players from England 

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List of the best tennis players from England, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. England has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. Be sure to also check the best South African tennis players and the greatest men's tennis players of the 1930s. These are some of the most talented British tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of England 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 England then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

You can rank all of these players, from Andy Murray to Sue Barker.

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

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

Tim Henman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from England
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Tim Henman

Timothy Henry Henman OBE (born 6 September 1974) is a retired British professional tennis player. Henman played a serve-and-volley style of tennis. He was the first male player from the United Kingdom since Roger Taylor in the 1970s to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship. Henman never reached the finals of any Grand Slam but reached six Grand Slam semi-finals and won 15 career ATP titles (11 in singles and four in doubles), including the Paris Masters in 2003. Also, he scored 40 wins and 14 losses with the Great Britain Davis Cup team. Henman was ranked British number 1 in 1996 and again from 1999 to 2005, from which point he was succeeded by Andy Murray. He ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year Turned Pro: 1993

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Sue Barker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from England
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Susan Barker, (born 19 April 1956 in Paignton, Devon) is an English television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career, she won fifteen WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3. She is now one of the main sports presenters at the BBC, most notably fronting the corporation’s coverage of Wimbledon and A Question of Sport. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Paignton, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year Turned Pro: 1973

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Annabel Croft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from England
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Annabel Nicola Croft (born 12 July 1966 in Farnborough, Kent) is a former professional British No. 1 female tennis player and current radio and television presenter. As a tennis player she won the WTA Tour event Virginia Slims of San Diego and represented Great Britain in the Fed Cup and the Wightman Cup. After retiring from tennis, she turned to television presenting, with such shows as Treasure Hunt and Interceptor. In 2005, she appeared in the ITV programme Celebrity Wrestling and went on to win it. Most recently she has been a presenter for Eurosport, Sky Sports and the BBC. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Farnborough, London, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Fred Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from England
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Frederick John "Fred" Perry (18 May 1909 – 2 February 1995) was an English tennis and table tennis player from England and former World No. 1 who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams and two Pro Slams single titles, as well as six Major doubles titles. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years. Prior to Andy Murray in 2013, Perry was the last British player to win the men's Wimbledon championship, in 1936, and the last British player to win a men's singles Grand Slam title, until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open. Perry was the first player to win a "Career Grand Slam", winning all four ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Portwood, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year Turned Pro: 1937

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