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The Best Tennis Players from Russia

Updated June 14, 2018 2.8k votes 860 voters 180.7k views38 items

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This is a list of the best Russian tennis players, voted by popularity, with photos of the players when available. Russia has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented tennis players from Russia to ever live, so if you're a native and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these athletes may be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular tennis player from Russia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Examples of Russian female tennis players include Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova. Among the men, there's Marat Safin and Nikolay Davydenko. 

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

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


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    Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova (Russian: Светла́на Алекса́ндровна Кузнецо́ва, IPA: [svʲɪtˈlanə ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvnə kʊznʲɪˈtsovə] (listen); born 27 June 1985) is a Russian professional tennis player. She has appeared in four Grand Slam singles finals, winning two, and has also appeared in seven doubles finals, winning twice. As a doubles player, Kuznetsova has reached the finals of each Grand Slam event at least once, winning the Australian Open twice. Born to an athletic family, Kuznetsova moved at the age of seven to Spain to attend the Sanchez-Casal Academy. In 2001, she first took part on a WTA tournament, the Madrid Open, and a year later won her first WTA title at the Nordea Nordic  ...more
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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  • Vera Igorevna Zvonareva (Russian: Ве́ра И́горевна Звонарёва, IPA: [ˈvʲɛrə ˈiɡərʲɪvnə zvənɐˈrʲɵvə] (listen); born 7 September 1984) is a Russian professional tennis player. She was introduced to tennis at the age of six and turned professional in 2000. Her career-high ranking is world No. 2 by the WTA. Zvonareva has won twelve WTA Tour singles titles including 2009 Indian Wells Masters and reached the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships, 2010 Wimbledon Championships, and 2010 US Open. She also was a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In doubles, she has won four Grand Slam titles. Two of the titles came in women's doubles, the first one at the 2006 US Open, partnering  ...more
    • Birthplace: Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000-09
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  • Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko-Stepanova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Кириле́нко, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə kʲɪrʲɪˈlʲɛnkə]; born 25 January 1987) is a former professional tennis player from Russia. She won the 2002 US Open Girls' Singles, and won her first title on the WTA Tour in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. She reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 Australian Open, the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2013 French Open. In women's doubles, she reached two Grand Slam finals, at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, won the 2012 WTA Tour Championships and was a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics. In June 2013, Kirilenko  ...more
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2001
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  • Elena Sergeyevna Vesnina (Russian: Еле́на Серге́евна Веснина́ IPA: [jɪˈlʲɛnə vʲɪsnʲɪˈna]; born 1 August 1986) is a Russian professional tennis player. She is a four-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition, having won the 2013 French Open, 2014 US Open, and 2017 Wimbledon tournaments with Ekaterina Makarova, and the 2016 Australian Open mixed-doubles title with Bruno Soares. In June 2018, Vesnina was the No. 1 in women's doubles. Her career-high singles ranking is No. 13, achieved in March 2017. Vesnina debuted in the main draw of a WTA tournament in Québec. One of her best seasons was in 2009, reaching her first WTA final and attaining a ranking of 24 in the year end. She repeated  ...more
    • Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2002
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