The Best Tennis Players from France

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Who are the best tennis players from France? Here they are listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. France has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. While you're at it, you may want to check out the best French footballers and the greatest men's tennis players during the 1920s. These are some of the most talented French tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of France 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 France then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Everyone from Richard Gasquet to Gilles Simon are included on this list, answering the questions, "Who are the greatest French tennis players?" and "Who is the best French tennis player of all time?"

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


  • Gaël Monfils
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    255 VOTES
    Gaël Sébastien Monfils (born 1 September 1986) is a French professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 6 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which he achieved in November 2016. He is currently the highest ranked French player. His career highlights include reaching two major semifinals at the 2008 French Open and 2016 US Open, and three ATP Masters 1000 finals – two at the Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010, and the other at the 2016 Monte-Carlo Masters. Monfils was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2005. He has won eleven ATP Tour singles titles and been runner-up twenty-two times, and has reached at least one ATP Tour singles final every ...more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2004
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    Yannick Noah (French pronunciation: ​[janik noa]; born 18 May 1960) is a former professional tennis player and singer from France. He won the French Open in 1983, and is currently the captain of both France's Davis Cup and Fed Cup team. During his career, which spanned almost two decades, Noah captured a total of 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 (in July 1986) and attaining the World No. 1 doubles ranking the following month. Since his retirement from the game, Noah has remained in the public eye as a popular music performer and as the co-founder, with his mother, of a charity organization for underprivileged children. Noah is ...more
    • Birthplace: Sedan, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 1977
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (French pronunciation: ​[ʒo wilfʁid tsɔŋɡa]; born 17 April 1985) is a French professional tennis player. A member of the Tennis Club de Paris (TCP), Tsonga's career-high ATP singles ranking is world No. 5, which he achieved in February 2012. After being awarded the ATP Newcomer of the Year for 2007, Tsonga rose to fame by virtue of his performance in the 2008 Australian Open when, as an unseeded player, he reached the final, having defeated four seeded players along the way, including a straight-sets win over No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Tsonga eventually lost to the No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the final in four sets, after winning the first set; it was the only set ...more
    • Birthplace: Le Mans, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2004
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    Richard Gabriel Cyr Gasquet (French: [ʁiʃaʁ ɡaskɛ]; born 18 June 1986) is a French professional tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking is world No. 7, attained on 9 July 2007. He has won a total of 15 singles titles on the ATP Tour. His best performance in Grand Slam singles tournaments was reaching the semifinals of the 2007 and 2015 Wimbledon Championships and the semifinals of the 2013 US Open. His best performance in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles tournaments was being the runner-up in Hamburg in 2005 and Toronto in 2006 and 2012. He won the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at the 2004 French Open, partnering Tatiana Golovin. He won the men's doubles Olympic bronze medal ...more
    • Birthplace: France, Béziers
    • Nationality: France
    • Year Turned Pro: 2002