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The Best Tennis Players from Japan

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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. 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.

  • Aiko Nakamura (中村藍子, Nakamura Aiko) (born 28 December 1983 in Tennōji-ku, Osaka), is a Japanese former professional tennis player. She was once the second highest WTA-ranked Japanese singles tennis player, at 107 (21 July 2008), after Ai Sugiyama. Like her role-model Monica Seles, she had a double-handed forehand and backhand, but served right-handed. She won two ITF singles and two ITF doubles titles. In 2006, she reached the final at the Japan Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Marion Bartoli of France 6–2, 2–6, 2–6. Nakamura also played for Japan's Fed Cup team. She retired from tennis in 2012.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
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    Go Soeda

    Go Soeda (添田 豪, Soeda Gō, born September 5, 1984) is a male Japanese tennis player. He started playing tennis at the age of 4 and turned professional in April 2003. He has won 18 ATP Challenger Tour singles titles, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no. 47 on 23 July 2012. He is currently coached by Davide Sanguinetti.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Fujisawa, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Year Turned Pro: 2003
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    Yurika Sema

    Yurika Sema (瀬間 友里加, born December 25, 1986, in Nerima) is a former Japanese female tennis player. She is the older sister of professional tennis player Erika Sema. Yurika Sema whose father is French, and her mother is Japanese, achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 142 on 30 November 2009, and career-high doubles ranking of No. 150 on 19 April 2010.She announced that she played her last tournament at 90th All-Japan Championships in November 2015 before retirement.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
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  • 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
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Year Turned Pro: 1989-03
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