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The Best Tennis Players from the United States

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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 USA 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.

  • Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 52 in the WTA singles rankings. She is generally credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour.Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks. She first reached the No. 1 ranking on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era, and the second all time since Althea Gibson. Williams' seven Grand Slam singles titles are tied for 12th on the all-time list, and 8th on the Open Era list, more than any other active female...  more
    • Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1994-10-31
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  • Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. She won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. She often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, she was the United States' captain in the Federation Cup. King is an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she won the "Battle of the Sexes"...  more
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
    • Year Turned Pro: 1968
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  • James “Jim” Spencer Courier (born August 17, 1970) is an American former world No. 1 professional tennis player. For 15 years, he has been the main commentator on the Australian Open for the host broadcaster the Seven Network and now the Nine Network. He is also an analyst for Tennis Channel. During his career, he won four Grand Slam singles titles, two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open. He holds the record for being the youngest man to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments, at the age of 22 years and 11 months. He also won five Masters 1000 series titles. Until Novak Djokovic in 2016, Courier was the last man to win both the Australian and...  more
    • Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1988
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    Christine Marie Evert (born December 21, 1954), known as Chris Evert Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is a retired American World No. 1 tennis player. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981. Overall, Evert won 157 singles championships and 32 doubles titles. Evert reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, more than any other player in the history of professional tennis. She holds the record of most consecutive years (13) to win at least one Grand Slam title. In singles, Evert reached the semifinals or better 52 of the 56 Grand Slams she played, including the semifinals or...  more
    • Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
    • Year Turned Pro: 1972
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