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List of Famous Tennis Players

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List of famous tennis players, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top tennis players in the world? This includes the most prominent tennis players, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable tennis players is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic tennis players were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned tennis players.

This list is made up of many different people, including Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer.

From reputable, prominent, and well known tennis players to the lesser known tennis players of today, these are some of the best professionals in the tennis player field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous tennis players ever?" and "What are the names of famous tennis players?" then you're in the right place.

Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Russia

Age: 31

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

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 ...more

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Russia

Age: 37

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова, IPA: [ˈannə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə ˈkurnʲɪkəvə] (listen); born 7 June 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her ...more

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Ana Ivanovic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Serbia

Age: 31

Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

Ana Ivanovic Schweinsteiger (Serbian: Ана Швајнштајгер / Ana Švajnštajger; born 6 November 1987), professionally known by her maiden name Ana Ivanovic (Ана Ивановић / Ana Ivanović, pronounced ...more

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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Denmark, United States of America

Age: 55

Birthplace: Gentofte Municipality, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Ulrich (; Danish: [laːs ˈulˀʁæk]; born 26 December 1963) is a Danish musician, songwriter, record producer and podcaster. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the ...more

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Maeve Quinlan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Ireland, United States of America

Age: 54

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Maeve Quinlan (born November 16, 1964 in Chicago) is an American actress and former professional tennis player. She is best known for starring as Megan Conley for 11 years in The Bold and the ...more
Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Denmark

Age: 28

Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Caroline Wozniacki (R) (Danish: [kʰaːoliːnə vɒsniˈaki]; Polish: [vɔʑˈɲatskʲi]; born 11 July 1990) is a Danish professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 in singles, the 20th in the ...more

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Ashley Harkleroad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 33

Birthplace: Rossville, Illinois

Ashley Harkleroad Adams is an American former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high ranking in singles of No. 39 on June 9, 2003.
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United ...more

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Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 48

Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, United States of America

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 ...more

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Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 42

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Jennifer Maria Capriati (born March 29, 1976) is an American former professional tennis player. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, she won three singles championships in Grand ...more

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Daniela Hantuchová... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Slovakia

Age: 35

Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia

Daniela Hantuchová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdaɲɪ̯ɛla ˈɦantuxɔʋaː]; born 23 April 1983) is a retired Slovakian tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year ...more

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 60

Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. (born February 16, 1959) is an American retired tennis player. He was known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, and for confrontational on-court behavior ...more

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Maria Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Russia

Age: 32

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko-Stepanova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Кириле́нко, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə kʲɪrʲɪˈlʲɛnkə]; born 25 January 1987) is a former professional tennis player from Russia. She ...more

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Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Argentina

Age: 48

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini (Spanish pronunciation: [gaˈβɾjela saβaˈtini]; born 16 May 1970) is an Argentine former professional tennis player. She was one of the leading players on the women's ...more

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Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America, Armenia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

Andre Kirk Agassi ( AG-ə-see; born April 29, 1970) is an American retired professional tennis player and former world No. 1 whose career spanned from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s. In singles, ...more

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Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Russia

Age: 37

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, [jɪˈlʲɛnə dʲɪˈmʲenʲtʲjɪvə] (listen); born 15 October 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. She won the ...more

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Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 36

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Andrew Stephen Roddick (born August 30, 1982) is an American former world No. 1 professional tennis player. Roddick became world No. 1 shortly after he won the title at the 2003 US Open, ...more

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Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 75

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

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, ...more

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Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 42

Birthplace: Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

Lindsay Ann Davenport Leach (born June 8, 1976) is an American former professional tennis player. She was ranked World No. 1 on eight different occasions, for a total of 98 weeks. Davenport is ...more

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Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America, Czechoslovakia

Age: 62

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Martina Navratilova (Czech: Martina Navrátilová pronounced [mar'cɪna navˈraːcɪlovaː]; born Martina Šubertová pronounced [ˈmarcɪna ˈʃubɛrtovaː]; October 18, 1956) is a ...more

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Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: 64

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

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 ...more

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Annabel Croft is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
England

Age: 52

Birthplace: Farnborough, London, London, United Kingdom

Annabel Nicola Croft (born 12 July 1966 in Farnborough, Kent) is a former professional British No. 1 female tennis player and current radio and television presenter. As a tennis player she won ...more
Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
Slovakia, Switzerland

Age: 38

Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

Martina Hingis (German pronunciation: [marˈtiːna ˈhɪŋɡɪs]; born 30 September 1980) is a Swiss former professional tennis player. She spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No. 1 and 90 ...more

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Joachim Johansson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players

Age: 36

Birthplace: Lund, Sweden

Joachim Johansson (born 1 July 1982) is a former professional male tennis player from Sweden. He reached the semifinals of the 2004 US Open, won 3 singles titles and achieved a career-high ...more
Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Tennis Players
United States of America

Age: Dec. at 60 (1893-1953)

Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

William Tatem Tilden II (February 10, 1893 – June 5, 1953), nicknamed "Big Bill," was an American male tennis player. He is often considered one of the greatest tennis players of all ...more

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