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The Best Tennis Players from South Africa  

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These are the best tennis players from South Africa, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. South Africa has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. You might also be interested in the best French tennis players and the best Russian tennis players. These are some of the most talented South African tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of South Africa 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 South Africa then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has everything from Amanda Coetzer to Kevin Anderson, which answers the questions, "Who are the greatest South African tennis players?" and "Who is the best South African tennis player of all time?"

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

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Kevin Curren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Kevin Melvyn Curren is a former professional tennis player. He played in two Grand Slam singles finals and won four Grand Slam doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 5. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: United States of America, South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 1979

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Cliff Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Eric Clifford 'Cliff' Drysdale is a former top-ranked professional tennis player of the 1960s and early 1970s who became a well-known tennis announcer. He was one of the Handsome Eight, a group of players signed by Lamar Hunt in 1968 for the newly formed professional World Championship Tennis group. He became President of the Association of Tennis Professionals when it was formed by Jack Kramer, Donald Dell, and himself in 1972. Drysdale was ranked World No. 4 in 1965 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph. Drysdale won the singles title at the Dutch Open in Hilversum in 1963 and 1964. In 1965 he won the singles title at the German Championships by defeating Boro Jovanović in the final. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Nelspruit, South Africa

Nationality: United States of America, South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 1968

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Frew McMillan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Frew McMillan

Frew Donald McMillan is a former professional male tennis player from South Africa. He won five major doubles championships including three Wimbledons with Bob Hewitt. Altogether, he won 63 doubles titles, surpassed only by Todd Woodbridge, John McEnroe and Tom Okker. He was also ranked No.1 in Doubles on the ATP Computer for a significant period from 1977 to 1979 when he was aged 37. McMillan had a less distinguished singles career which is not well recorded although he did have some good results over the years, many of which occurred in South Africa. He played in 38 Grand Slam singles events with a 28 to 38 win loss record. First playing in 1961 at Wimbledon and his last being at the first ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Springs, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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Sandra Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Sandra Reynolds Price is a former tennis player from South Africa who won four Grand Slam women's doubles championships and one Grand Slam mixed doubles championship. Her best Grand Slam singles result was reaching the 1960 Wimbledon final, losing to Maria Bueno 8–6, 6–0. Reynolds is the only South African female player ever to reach the Wimbledon singles final and is one of only three to reach a Grand Slam singles final. In 1961, she was seeded no.1 for the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Championship, making her the only South African player ever to be seeded first in a Grand Slam singles event. She was the runner-up at the 1959 US Women's Clay Court Championships, losing to Sally Moore in the ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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