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The Shortest Men's Tennis Players Of All Time, Ranked

Updated January 24, 2020 3.8k votes 1.2k voters 51.6k views12 items

List RulesVote up the best men's tennis players under 5'10" tall.

While you may think all athletes have a taller stature, a tennis player's height is not necessarily an asset when it comes to scoring big on the court. There are actually many short male tennis players, including some of the top tennis players in the field right now. From David Ferrer to Flavio Cipolla, a surprising amount of tennis players are barely over five feet. 

Which tennis players are the shortest? Michael Russell is only 5'8", Diego Schwartzman is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and Olivier Rochus is even shorter, measuring only 5'6". If you're a tennis fan, which of the smallest players are your favorites? How do the shortest players in the tennis world stack up against one another?

Vote for your favorite short tennis players below, and add anyone you feel is missing. 

  • David Ferrer
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    Australian Open: Quarterfinalist 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016
    French Open: Finalist 2013; Quarterfinalist 2005, 2008, 2014, 2015
    Wimbledon: Quarterfinalist 2012, 2013
    US Open: Quarterfinalist 2013

    • Nationality: Spain
    • Birthplace: Xàbia, Spain
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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    #293 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#47 of 216 The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time#31 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

  • Diego Sebastián Schwartzman
    Photo: Steven Pisano / Flickr

    Diego Sebastián Schwartzman


    • Nationality: Argentina
    • Birthplace: Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Year Turned Pro: 2009
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  • 5-foot-9

    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Henderson, Nevada
    • Year Turned Pro: 1988
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    #112 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#9 of 51 The Best Men's Tennis Players of the 1990s#26 of 67 The Best Tennis Players from the United States

  • Marcelo Ríos
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    • Nationality: Chile
    • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
    • Year Turned Pro: 1994
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