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The Best Tennis Players from Portugal

Updated June 14, 2019 412 votes 111 voters 16k views17 items

List RulesList contains top Portuguese tennis players.

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

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

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of Portugal in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented Portuguese tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.
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    João Pedro Coelho Marinho de Sousa (born 30 March 1989), known as João Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w̃ ˈso(w)zɐ]), is a Portuguese professional tennis player, who is ranked 69th in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), as of 1 July 2019. A top-100 player since July 2013 and with three ATP World Tour singles titles, Sousa is regarded as the best Portuguese tennis player of all time. He is nicknamed Conquistador (Portuguese for "Conqueror") for sharing his birthplace with Afonso I of Portugal, the country's first king. Sousa is coached by former player Frederico Marques and practices at the BTT Tennis Academy in Barcelona. Sousa began playing tennis at the age...  more
    • Birthplace: Guimarães, Portugal
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    Rui Machado

    Rui Machado (born April 10, 1984 in Faro) is a Portuguese retired professional tennis player who is regarded as one of the best Portuguese players of all time. In October 2011, he achieved a career-high singles world ranking at 59, at the time the highest ranking a Portuguese player had ever held (since surpassed by João Sousa and Gastão Elias)....  more
    • Birthplace: Faro, Portugal
    • Year Turned Pro: 2002
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    Emanuel Couto (born 6 August 1973), is a former professional tennis player from Portugal. He achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 91 in 1997. The highest moment of his career was his only ATP level victory in his home country at the Oporto Open in 1996 with fellow Portuguese player and regular doubles partner Bernardo Mota. Couto participated in 20 Davis Cup ties for Portugal from 1994 to 2003, posting a 13–5 record in doubles and an 11–10 record in singles. Couto also represented Portugal in the Olympics in Barcelona 92 and Atlanta 96 in the doubles category. ...  more
    • Birthplace: Guarda, Portugal
    • Year Turned Pro: 1990
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    Maria João Koehler (born 8 October 1992) is a retired Portuguese tennis player. Koehler has won three singles and four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 25 February 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 102. On 18 June 2012, she peaked at world number 151 in the doubles rankings. Playing for Portugal at the Fed Cup, Koehler has a win–loss record of 11–16....  more
    • Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
    • Year Turned Pro: 2006
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