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The Best Tennis Players from New Zealand

Updated February 7, 2020 961 votes 415 voters 35.3k views13 items

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List of the best tennis players from New Zealand, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. New Zealand has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented Kiwi tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of New Zealand 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 New Zealand then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

These rankings feature players like Daniel King-Turner and Emily Fanning, singles and doubles champions, as well as Grand Slam winners at Wimbledon and elsewhere.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Kiwi tennis players?" and "Who is the best Kiwi tennis player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented Kiwi tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.

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  • Chris Lewis
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    Chris Lewis (born 9 March 1957) is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand who reached the 1983 Wimbledon final as an unseeded player. He won three singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 19 in April 1984. He also won 8 doubles titles during his 12 years on the tour. During his career Lewis was coached by Harry Hopman and Tony Roche. Lewis became the third player from New Zealand to reach the finals of a Grand Slam singles title after the second player from New Zealand, Onny Parun, had reached the finals of a Grand Slam singles title 10 years before at the Australian Open. Lewis is the last player from New Zealand to reach the finals of a Grand...  more
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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  • Tony Wilding
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    Anthony Frederick Wilding (often called Tony Wilding) (31 October 1883 – 9 May 1915) was a New Zealand world No. 1 tennis player and soldier who was killed in action during World War I. Considered the world's first tennis superstar, Wilding was the son of wealthy English immigrants to Christchurch, New Zealand and enjoyed the use of private tennis courts at their home. He obtained a legal education at Trinity College, Cambridge and briefly joined his father's law firm. Wilding was a first-class cricketer and a keen motorcycle enthusiast. His tennis career started with him winning the Canterbury Championships aged 17. He developed into a leading tennis player in the world during 1909–1914...  more
    • Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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  • Onny Parun
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    Onny Parun (born 15 April 1947) is a former tennis player of Croatian descent from New Zealand, who was among the world's top 20 for five years and who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1971 and 1972. He made the final of the Australian Open in 1973, losing to John Newcombe in four sets, and was a US Open quarterfinalist in 1973 and also a quarterfinalist at the French Open in 1975. Parun and Australian Dick Crealy won the French Open doubles title in 1974. He also made the Masters in 1974, qualifying by finishing in the top eight on the grand prix table. Parun played Davis Cup from 1966 to 1982 and won a string of national titles, including the Benson and Hedges Open three times...  more
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Sacha Jones

    Sacha Hughes (née Jones; born 8 November 1990) is the current New Zealand Fed Cup captain appointed May 2019 . She is a former professional New Zealand and Australian tennis player who competed as Sacha Jones. Her highest WTA singles ranking was 150, which she reached on 8 October 2012. Her highest ITF Junior ranking was 11 in the world. She attained the Number 1 ranking in New Zealand in 2009 and competed in the ASB Classic, New Zealand's only WTA event on seven occasions....  more
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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