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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.

 

Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Maria Sharapova


Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005 at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012 to July 8, 2012. She is the reigning champion in singles at the French Open. Sharapova’s 34 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles — two at the French Open and one at the Australian Open, ...more

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 2001-04-19

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Marat Safin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Marat Safin


Marat Mubinovich Safin is a Russian politician and retired tennis player. Safin won two Grand Slam tournaments and reached the world no. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin is the older brother of former world No. 1 WTA player, Dinara Safina. They are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history who both achieved no. 1 rankings. Safin began his professional career in 1997, and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 US Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Australian ...more

Birthplace: Russia, Moscow

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1997

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#29 on The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

#24 on The Tallest Men's Tennis Players of All Time, Ranked

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Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Elena Dementieva


Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva is a retired Russian tennis player. Dementieva won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open and reached seven other Grand Slam semi finals. Dementieva was also part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Fed Cup, won the 2002 WTA Championship doubles with Janette Husárová and was the runner-up in two US Open doubles finals – in 2002 with Husárová and in 2005 with Flavia Pennetta. Dementieva achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 3, which was accomplished on 6 April 2009. She ...more

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1998-08-25

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#20 on The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

#35 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

#11 on The Tallest Women's Tennis Players of All Time, Ranked

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Yevgeny Kafelnikov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Yevgeny Kafelnikov


Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov is a former world no. 1 tennis player from Russia. He won two Grand Slam singles titles, which were the 1996 French Open and the 1999 Australian Open. He also won four Grand Slam doubles titles, and the Men's Singles Gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. He also helped Russia win the Davis Cup in 2002. He is the last man to have won both the Men's Singles and Doubles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, which he did at the 1996 French Open. ...more

Birthplace: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1992

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#69 on The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

#48 on The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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