List of the best tennis players from Japan, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. Japan has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented Japanese tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of Japan 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 Japan then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.
Examples of Japanese male and female players on this list include Shingo Kunieda and Seiichiro Kashio. There is also current top 5 ATP star and former world number 1 Naomi Osaka, who has won several WTA titles and majors, as well as two grand slams, the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open.
This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Japanese tennis players?" and "Who is the best Japanese tennis player of all time?"
You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented Japanese tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.
Kei Nishikori (錦織 圭, Nishikori Kei, [ɲiɕikoꜜɾi kei]; born 29 December 1989) is a Japanese professional tennis player. He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 5 in singles, and first reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in March 2015. He is currently ranked world No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).He has won 12 singles titles and was runner-up at the 2014 US Open, making him the first male player representing an Asian country to reach a Grand Slam singles final. He also became the first man from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and reached the semifinals in 2014 and 2016. In addition, Nishikori defeated ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Matsue, Japan
Year Turned Pro: 2007
Kimiko Date (伊達 公子, Date Kimiko, born 28 September 1970) is a Japanese former professional tennis player. For the duration of her marriage, she competed under the name Kimiko Date-Krumm. She reached the semifinals of the 1994 Australian Open, the 1995 French Open and the 1996 Wimbledon Championships, and has won the Japan Open four times. She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 4 in 1995. In 1992, Date received the WTA Most Improved Player of the Year award. After playing in her second Olympic Games, she announced her retirement on 24 September 1996. She returned to tennis nearly 12 years later, announcing an unexpected comeback in April 2008. She has since won several ITF titles. ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan
Year Turned Pro: 1989-03
Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player. She is the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, defeating Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open. Osaka has reached a career-high world ranking of No. 7. She is of mixed Haitian and Japanese heritage, and holds dual citizenship in Japan and the United States. As Ōsaka has dual Japanese and American citizenship, her father made the decision to register her with the Japan Tennis Association when she began her career. She turned pro in September 2013. She made her main-draw WTA tour debut at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, after defeating Alla Kudryavtseva and Petra Martić in ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Year Turned Pro: 2013
Ai Sugiyama (杉山愛, Sugiyama Ai, born July 5, 1975) is a Japanese former professional tennis player. She reached No. 1 in women's doubles on the WTA Tour. Her career-high singles ranking is No. 8, achieved on February 9, 2004. In her career, she won six singles and 37 doubles titles, including three Grand Slam titles (one with Frenchwoman Julie Halard-Decugis and two partnering Belgian Kim Clijsters) and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title (partnering Indian Mahesh Bhupathi). Sugiyama held the all-time record, for both male and female players, for her 62 consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances, until she was surpassed by Roger Federer at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
Year Turned Pro: 1992-10