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

List of Italian men and female players include Andreas Seppi, Gianni Clerici and many additional players as well.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of Italy in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented Italian tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.
Flavia Pennetta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Italy
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Flavia Pennetta


Flavia Pennetta is an Italian professional tennis player. She became Italy's first top-10 female singles player on 17 August 2009 and also the first Italian tennis player to be ranked no. 1 in doubles on 28 February 2011. Pennetta has won ten career WTA singles titles, including the 2014 Indian Wells Premier Mandatory, during which she defeated the top two seeds, both of whom were ranked in the top 3. She has also been a mainstay in the Fed Cup team competition, helping to win all four of Italy's titles. Pennetta has defeated multiple Grand Slam singles champions, such as Justine Henin, Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis, Amélie Mauresmo, Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka, ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Brindisi, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Year Turned Pro: 2000

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#76 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

#29 on The Best Women's Tennis Serves of All Time

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Francesca Schiavone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Italy
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Francesca Schiavone


Francesca Schiavone is an Italian tennis player who turned professional in 1998. She won the 2010 French Open singles title, becoming the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam event in singles. She was also runner-up at the 2011 French Open. Her career high ranking is World No. 4, achieved on 31 January 2011. To date, Schiavone is the last one handed-backhand player to win a Grand Slam title on the women's tour. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Year Turned Pro: 1998

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#39 on The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

#58 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

#9 on The Shortest Women's Tennis Players Of All Time, Ranked

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Sara Errani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Italy
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Sara Errani


Sara Errani is a professional tennis player from Italy. She is the Italian no. 1. As of 23 February 2015, she is ranked world no. 12 in singles and world no. 1 in doubles. She has won eight career singles titles, and 25 career doubles titles, including five Grand Slam championships and five Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 titles. Errani's breakthrough season occurred in 2012. At the Australian Open, she reached the quarterfinals in singles and was a finalist in doubles. Known as a clay-court specialist, Errani won three titles on clay going into the 2012 French Open, where she reached the finals in both the singles and doubles tournaments, winning the doubles title with her partner Roberta ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Year Turned Pro: 2002

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#6 on The Shortest Women's Tennis Players Of All Time, Ranked

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Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Italy
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Adriano Panatta


Adriano Panatta is a former professional tennis player from Italy. He is best remembered for winning the French Open in 1976, and for being the only player to ever defeat Björn Borg at Roland Garros, which he did on two occasions. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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#29 on The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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