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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.

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Japan
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Kei Nishikori


Kei Nishikori is a Japanese professional tennis player, ranked world No. 4 as of April 6, 2015. He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP Singles Ranking. He began playing tennis at the age of five and qualified for his first ATP main draw event at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles at the age of 17. Nishikori was named ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2008. He has won eight singles titles and was runner-up at the 2014 US Open, making him the first ever male player from 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 semi-finals in 2014. Nishikori ...more

Birthplace: Matsue, Japan

Nationality: Japan

Year Turned Pro: 2007

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#11 on The Best Men's Tennis Players in the World Right Now

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Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Japan
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Kimiko Date-Krumm


Kimiko Date-Krumm is a Japanese professional tennis player. She has won more than 200 tournament matches and won the Japan Open four times. In 1994, she was ranked in the top-ten women players in the world, and reached a career-high World No. 4. In 1992, the WTA awarded her the "Most Improved Player of the Year". 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. She won her eighth WTA Tour title at the 2009 Hansol Korea Open in Seoul, becoming the second-oldest player in the Open era, after Billie Jean King, to win a ...more

Birthplace: Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

Nationality: Japan

Year Turned Pro: 1989-03

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

#18 on The Shortest Women's Tennis Players of All Time, Ranked

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Ai Sugiyama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Japan
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Ai Sugiyama


Ai Sugiyama is a retired Japanese professional tennis player. She reached No. 1 in women's doubles on the WTA Tour. Her career-high singles ranking was No. 8, achieved on February 9, 2004. She turned professional in 1992. In her career, she won 6 singles titles and 37 doubles titles, including three Grand Slam women's doubles titles. Sugiyama has the all-time record, for both male and female players, for her 62 consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances. ...more

Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan

Nationality: Japan

Year Turned Pro: 1992-10

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Shingo Kunieda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Japan
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Shingo Kunieda


Shingo Kunieda is a Japanese wheelchair tennis player. Kunieda is a right-hander whose favorite surface is hard court and is coached by Hiromichi Maruyama. He is a former world number one and was the ITF World Champion from 2007 until 2010. He was also the Year End Number One in doubles in 2007. In 2009 and 2010 Kunieda achieved the Grand Slam in singles. From 2007 and 2008 Kunieda won three of the four Masters series events. Kunieda is the only player to retain the men's singles title at the Paralympic Games. In addition Kunieda won the Gold medal in the doubles of the Paralympics in 2004 and has been part of two World Team Cup wins. Kunieda had a three-year, 106-match consecutive win ...more

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Nationality: Japan

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