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The Best Tennis Players from Russia 

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Updated June 14, 2018 2.9k votes 750 voters 170.5k views 38 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.

 

Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə ʂɐˈrapəvə] (listen); born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. 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 is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having won silver in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to top ...more on Wikipedia

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 Mubinovich Safin (Russian: Мара́т Муби́нович Са́фин, IPA: [mɐˈrat mʊˈbʲinəvʲɪtɕ ˈsafʲɪn], Tatar: Марат Мөбин улы Сафин; born 27 January 1980) is a Russian politician and retired professional tennis player. He achieved the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 1 singles ranking on November 20, 2000. Nobody taller than Safin has ever reached the No. 1 ranking. Safin is the older brother of former world No. 1 WTA player, Dinara Safina. They are the only brother–sister tandem in tennis history who have both achieved No. 1 rankings. On court, Safin was famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper. Safin began his professional tennis career in 1997, and held ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Russia, Moscow

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1997

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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 Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, [jɪˈlʲɛnə dʲɪˈmʲenʲtʲjɪvə] (listen); born 15 October 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. She 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 semifinals. Dementieva was also part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Fed Cup. In doubles, she won the 2002 WTA Championships with Janette Husárová and was the runner-up in two US Open doubles finals – in 2002 with Husárová and in 2005 with Flavia ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 1998-08-25

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Svetlana Kuznetsova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Russia
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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 Light ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Year Turned Pro: 2000

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