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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?" Anderson of course was a finalist at the 2018 Wimbledon tournament and made the finals before that in the 2017 US Open.

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.

Kevin Anderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Kevin Anderson (born 18 May 1986) is a South African professional tennis player who is ranked world No. 17 in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as of 19 August 2019.He became the top-ranked male South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of world No. 5 on 16 July 2018. He was the first South African to be ranked in the top 5 since Kevin Curren was No. 5 on 23 September 1985. On 6 February 2011, he defeated Somdev Devvarman in his hometown of Johannesburg to capture the South African Open title for his first ATP-level event title. His second ATP title came at the ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 2007

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Amanda Coetzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Amanda Coetzer

Amanda Coetzer (born 22 October 1971) is a South African former professional tennis player. Coetzer turned professional in 1988 and retired in 2004. She won her first top-level singles title in 1993 in Melbourne, and her second later that year in Tokyo. Coetzer entered the top twenty on the women's world rankings in 1992 and remained there for most of the next ten years. She earned a reputation for regularly beating players who were ranked higher than her, and reached the peak of her career in 1997. By virtue of scoring so many upset wins in spite of her five-foot-two stature, she gained her nickname: "The Little Assassin." ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Hoopstad, Free State, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 1988

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Wayne Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Wayne Richard Ferreira (born 15 September 1971) is a South African former professional tennis player. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 1989

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Johan Kriek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from South Africa
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Johan Kriek

Johan Kriek (born April 5, 1958) is a South African-American professional male tennis player and founder of the Global Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water to the world's neediest communities. Kriek won two Australian Opens and reached the semifinals at the French Open and US Open, as well as the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. He won 14 professional singles and 8 doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 7. Kriek's most memorable wins include victories over Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang, Vitas Gerulaitis and Björn Borg. He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nationality: United States of America, South Africa

Year Turned Pro: 1978

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