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The Best Tennis Players from Italy

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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.
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    Adriano Panatta (born 9 July 1950) is a former professional tennis player from Italy. He won the French Open in 1976, and was the only player ever to defeat Björn Borg at Roland Garros, doing so on two occasions....  more
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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  • Francesca Schiavone (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃɛska skjaˈvoːne]; born 23 June 1980, in Milan) is a retired Italian tennis player. She turned professional in 1998 and 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.She won eight WTA singles titles in total, including Roland Garros. In doubles, her career-high ranking is world No. 8, peaking with an appearance in the final of the 2008 French Open....  more
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Year Turned Pro: 1998
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  • Flavia Pennetta (Italian pronunciation: [ˈflaːvja penˈnetta]; born 25 February 1982) is a retired Italian professional tennis player and Grand Slam champion in both singles and doubles. She became Italy's first top-ten female singles player on 17 August 2009 and the first Italian to be ranked world No. 1 in doubles on 28 February 2011. She became a Grand Slam singles champion, winning the US Open in 2015 by defeating her childhood friend Roberta Vinci in the first all-Italian Grand Slam final.Pennetta won ten other WTA singles titles, including the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, in which she defeated the top two seeds, both of whom were ranked in the top 3. She also was a mainstay in the Fed...  more
    • Birthplace: Brindisi, Italy
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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    Fabio Fognini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfaːbjo foɲˈɲiːni]; born 24 May 1987) is an Italian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked as the world number 11 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Fognini's most successful surface is red clay, upon which he has won nine ATP singles titles, most notably at the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters, as well as having reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 French Open. Together with Simone Bolelli, Fognini won the 2015 Australian Open doubles championship, becoming the first all-Italian men's pair to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era....  more
    • Birthplace: Sanremo, Italy
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