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This is a list of the best tennis players from United States, ranked by popularity, with photos of the players when available. The United States has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both American female tennis players and American male tennis players. These are some of the most talented American tennis players to ever live, so if you're an American who aspires to play tennis professionally, these top US tennis players may be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular tennis player from United States then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has a variety of top American tennis players, like Pete Sampras and Serena Williams. Featuring female tennis players, male tennis players, former champions, retired greats, and more, this list has it all. 

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

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

Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from the United States
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Pete Sampras


Pete Sampras is a retired American tennis player and former World No. 1. During his 14-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, becoming the first player to break Roy Emerson's record of 12 Slams. Sampras also won 7 major indoor titles. He is recognized as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Sampras debuted on the professional tour in 1988 and played his last top-level tournament in 2002 when he won the US Open, defeating rival Andre Agassi in the final. He was the year-end World No. 1 for six consecutive years, a record for the Open Era. His seven Wimbledon singles championships is an Open Era record shared with Roger Federer, while Sampras' five US Open singles ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1988

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#9 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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

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

#1 on The Best Men's Tennis Serves of All Time

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from the United States
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John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States often rated among the greatest tennis players of all time, especially for his touch on the volley. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He also won a record eight year-end championships, 19 Grand Prix Super Series titles, and finished his career with 77 ATP-listed singles titles and 71 in doubles. McEnroe is known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills; for his rivalries with Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl; and for his confrontational on-court behavior which frequently landed him in trouble ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

Nationality: United States of America

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#8 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#26 on The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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

#25 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from the United States
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William Tatem Tilden II, nicknamed "Big Bill," was an American male tennis player. He is often considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Tilden was the World No. 1 player for six years from 1920 through 1925. He won 14 Major singles titles including 10 Grand Slams, 1 World Hard Court Championships and 3 Pro Slams. He also won a record seven US Championships titles. He dominated the world of international tennis in the first half of the 1920s, and during his 18-year amateur period of 1912–30, won 138 of 192 tournaments. He owns a number of all-time tennis achievements including a career match winning record and a career winning percentage at the US National Championships. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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

#43 on The Best Men's Tennis Serves of All Time

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from the United States
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Serena Williams


Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA's history. Williams is also regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history. She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money, and is the reigning Australian Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1995

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#22 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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

#26 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#22 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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