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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.

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  • 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
    • Birthplace: Matsue, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Year Turned Pro: 2007
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  • Naomi Osaka
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    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
    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
    • Year Turned Pro: 2013
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  • Ayumi Morita (森田 あゆみ, Morita Ayumi, born March 11, 1990) is a Japanese tennis player. She reached her career-high ranking of 40th in the world on October 3, 2011 and is currently the fifth highest ranked Japanese player in the world at world No. 153. At Junior level, she reached a career high ranking of No. 3. Morita is known for strong and consistent two-handed groundstrokes which she hits very flat. She is also regarded as very tough mentally for a young player, often showing great resolve to win close matches despite a lackluster serve. Morita is a small and quick player with excellent footwork and movement around the court. Morita is one of the most successful Fed Cup players of recent...  more
    • Birthplace: Ota, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Year Turned Pro: 2005
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  • 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
    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
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