Serena Williams is one of the most renowned and established names in the world tennis circle. Immensely talented and skilled player, she throws away a power packed performance every time she is in the tennis court and leaves her opponents spell bounded. In her career spanning two and a half decades, she first gained the world no 1 ranking in 2002 and later regained the same on five more occasions. In her career so far, she has won 39 Grand Slam titles: 23 in singles, 14 in women's doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. In 2002-03 and 2014”15, she achieved the rare feat of holding all the four Grand Slam titles simultaneously. What gives her the edge over other players of her generation is her fastest power-packed serve, followed by forceful groundstrokes from both her forehand and backhand swings and aggressive high playing style. She is also known for her mental toughness and her ability to strike back when the chips are down. The Williams sisters have changed the face of women's tennis with their power play and athleticism. By the dint of her sheer achievements, Serena Williams is considered among the all-time great women tennis players.
Deemed by tennis pundits as the greatest player of all time, Federer is known for his prompt speed, fluid play and exceptional shot making. His power packed smashes, excellent footwork and efficient techniques not only made him win matches but create history. He holds a record of being the only player to hold the no. 1 position for 302 weeks overall, out of which 237-weeks were for a stretch from 2004 until 2008. He remained in the Top 2 for eight years on the run, from 2003 to 2010 and at Top 3 from 2003 until 2012. He has the distinction of being one amongst the seven tennis players in the world to have a career Grand Slam. Furthermore, he has bagged a total of 17 Grand Slam titles till date. This apart, he is the proud recipient of an Olympic gold medal and silver medal for doubles and singles respectively.
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is the current World No. 1 men's singles tennis player by ˜Association of Tennis Professionals' (˜ATP'). He is considered one of the greatest professional tennis players ever. He has held the top position for 195 weeks at a stretch. Djokovic has an enviable achievement of winning 11 ˜Grand Slam' singles titles that include an all-time record of 6 ˜Australian Open' titles (a record shared with Roy Emerson), 3 ˜Wimbledon' titles and 2 ˜US Open' titles. An exceptionally talented player, he has given numerous record making and breaking performances. He is the only player to hold an ˜open era' record of winning three ˜Australian Open' singles titles in a row from 2011 to 2013. He is the 6th player to win three ˜Grand Slam' titles in one calendar year, the ˜Australian Open', ˜Wimbledon' and ˜US Open' in 2011, a feat repeated by him again in 2015. In 2015 he won a total of 6 titles breaking the single-season record. Another ˜open era' record created by this master was consecutively winning four ˜ATP World Tour Finals' out of his five. He shares an all-time record of winning 28 ˜ATP World Tour Masters 1000' series titles with another ace player Rafael Nadal. He has received numerous awards and been conferred the ˜Order of the Republika Srpska', ˜Order of KaraÄ‘orÄ‘e's Star' and ˜Order of St. Sava'.
'Rafa', as he is popularly known among his enormous fan following, Rafael Nadal is a tennis player from Spain, who began playing when he was just three years old. With an innate talent in both football and tennis, he chose the latter as his career. He began playing in junior tennis championships, and moved on to professional tennis, with the 'ATP' tournaments. Known mainly for his prowess on the clay court, he was on the number one spot for quite some time, before suffering from serious knee injuries that affected his game. He shares the record of bagging two Grand Slam titles on different kinds of courts, with former Swedish player Mats Wilander. He is also the first tennis player to have won Grand Slam tournaments for ten years at a stretch. The earlier record was held by Roger Federer, BjÃ¶rn Borg, and Pete Sampras, for having won the titles for eight years at a go. Nadal is most famous for his on-field rivalry with Swiss player Roger Federer, Serbian Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray from Scotland. This professional player from Spain lays has 14 wins at the ˜Grand Slam' singles, 4 ˜Davis Cup' titles, an ˜Olympic' gold medal, and numerous ˜ATP' trophies to his credit
Sir Andrew Barron Murray (OBE) is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. He is one of the premier tennis players with three ˜Grand Slam' titles, two ˜Men's Singles Olympic Gold Medals' and an ˜ATP World Tour Finals' victory. He is a gifted player with a talent that combines speed, power and a light touch. Born and raised in Scotland, he spent his teen years in Spain to train in clay-court tennis. At the age of 17, he became ˜World's No. 1 Junior' and the youngest player to represent Great Britain in ˜Davis Cup.' He was the first British man, in more than 35 years, to win the ˜Grand Slam singles' tournament and first British (since Fred Perry) to win more than one ˜Wimbledon Singles titles.' He holds the record of being the only male tennis player to win two ˜Olympic Singles Gold Medals.' He is founding member of ˜Malaria No More UK' and is global ambassador for ˜World Wildlife Fund.' He is married to Kim Sears and the couple has a daughter.
An iconic player in the field of women tennis, Venus Williams is a name to reckon with. Her excellence at the game is prominent from the fact that she not only bagged herself numerous victories and titles, but went on to become the first African American to rank herself at the World No 1 position. Seven Grand Slam titles, four Olympic Gold medals, thirteen women's doubles and two mixed doubles title old Venus Williams was blessed with exceptional talent for the game since young. Starting early, Williams turned professional at the age of fourteen and rest as they is history. Game after game, she polished her skills and her prowess in the game to bring out the excellence in her. It is her agility around the net, explosive hitting capability and exceptional serve that has made Williams a top notch player so much so that she holds the record for the fastest serve struck by a woman in a main draw event. For her outstanding contribution in the game of tennis, she has been ranked amongst the ˜30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future' by Times. She has also managed herself a position in the Forbes Top 100 Celebrity list. Interestingly, other than being an ace tennis pro, Williams is an exceptional entrepreneur as well.
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a world renowned professional tennis player who hails from Russia. She started her professional tennis career at the age of 14 and despite suffering from multiple injuries during the course of her career, Maria Sharapova is one of the few woman tennis players to earn many accolades and retain her position in the sport. Other than sports, she has endorsed multiple brands owing to her popularity and good looks. Maria Sharapova has also supported the United Nations Development Programme. Though a Russian national, she has been residing in Florida, United States of America since 1994. Her performance and accompanied grunts during the game has earned her nicknames like Screaming Cinderella and Siberian Siren from media and press. Maria Sharapova however admits that screaming aids her in concentrating on the game. Her interests other than sports are towards music, reading and fashion. Maria Sharapova is also known to have avid interest in collecting stamps. She has her own website and has immense fan following on social media platforms such as twitter, facebook etc.
Former professional tennis player who was ranked #1 in the world in 2008. She won the 2008 French Open and also reached the Australian Open Finals that year.
Tennis player who ranked 21st in the world in singles and 324th in the world in doubles in April 2018. She has over 50,000 followers on her naomiosakatennis Instagram account.
Breaking into the ATP top 50 at just the age of 18, he is a professional tennis player who won the 2014 Jr. Australian Open.
Known for her aggressive baseline style, she won her first six WTA titles in the same year and was named WTA's Most Improved Player in 2013. She won the 2018 French Open.
Known for her mobility and her aggressive but unpredictable style of play, she reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open.
Tennis phenom who earned her first world number 1 ranking in October 2010. She earned her first grand slam victory after winning the Australian Open in 2018. She reached the finals of the US Open in 2009 and 2014.
Australian tennis player most famous for upsetting <a title='Rafael Nadal' href='/famous/rafael-nadal.htm'>Rafael Nadal</a> on his way to the quarterfinals at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. He was also the singles champion at the 2013 Australian Open.
A former World Number 1 professional tennis player, Anna Kournikova along with her doubles partner Martina Hingis won two Grand Slam titles (Australian Open). She made her debut in professional tennis at the young age of 14, becoming the youngest ever player to participate and win the Fed Cup for Russia. This achiever made it to the U.S Open when she was only 15 year old and at 16 managed to reach up to the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Unfortunately, she had to retire from professional tennis at the age of 21 due to due to severe back problems. She, however, continues to play for charity matches and exhibition matches. After she retired from tennis, she pursued a brief stint in modelling; appeared in advertisements and even played a minor role in a film. She was also seen in the music video ˜Escape' of Spanish singer and songwriter, Enrique Iglesias. She soon became one of the most highly searched celebrities on the internet. She was featured on ˜People' magazine's list of '50 Most Beautiful People'.
Youngest ever finalist for the girls' singles event at the US Open who accomplished the feat at the age of 13. She was also the youngest player overall to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, and the youngest female to qualify for a tournament main draw in any Grand Slam event.
Bulgaria's most successful men's tennis player, he's the first Bulgarian to earn a top 10 ranking and the first to earn more than $1 million in his career. He first broke into the top 10 in 2014.
Sania Mirza is an Indian tennis star and one of the top doubles tennis players in the world. She is the most successful Indian female tennis player. Mirza burst into the scene as a prodigiously talented teenage tennis star and won several of tournaments in the Indian local circuit before breaking into the big time when she won the Girls' Doubles title at Wimbledon. Mirza won a number of singles championships in the local circuit and also fared credibly in the Grand Slam singles circuit but she could not make the sort of progress that she would have liked. A wrist injury was also one of the reasons why her career went through a rough phase but post that injury she started concentrating on doubles and mixed doubles tournaments more than the singles events which led to her success in the Grand Slam tournaments. She had a very fruitful partnership with fellow Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi in the mixed doubles and with Swiss great Martina Hingis at a later date. She is regarded as one of the finest doubles players in the world and without doubts one of the finest tennis players to have ever represented India.
Andre Kirk Agassi is an American professional tennis player, who is well-known for his eight Grand Slam titles and has always been the center of attraction for his fashion sense and good looks. He first picked his tennis racket at the tender age of 2 and got into professional tennis as a teenager. In the early days of his career, he refused to participate in Wimbledon because of the white dress code and its grassy court, but later, changed his mind and went on to win several Grand Slam titles. This legendary tennis player, whose career spanned nearly two decades, has been honored with various titles and accolades and continues to be an inspiration for tennis players all around the world. He is the only tennis player to win the ˜Career Golden Slam' and the ˜ATP Tour World Championships'. This tennis player, who is often been nicknamed as ˜The Punisher', had to retire from tennis due to spinal problems. He was always known for his aggressive playing style with brilliant hand-eye coordination, which usually put his opponents on the defensive. Also a philanthropist, he also established a foundation to help the children in different parts of the world. Scroll further for more.
Canadian who turned pro in 2008. With a top ten ranking in 2013, he became Canada's highest ATP-ranked male singles player since computer tracking began in 1973. He reached the finals of the 2016 Wimbledon tournament.
The winner of the 2014 Australian Open and the 2015 French Open, he is known for his powerful one-handed backhand, dominant service game and volley shot. He also won a gold medal in men's doubles alongside the great <a title='Roger Federer' href='/famous/roger-federer.htm'>Roger Federer</a> at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Arthur Ashe, Jr. was one of the most prominent tennis players of his time, ranked among the best players to have ever graced the game. An African American, he was the first black to be ranked No.1 in the world. He started playing tennis from the age of six and received coaching from the legendary Robert Walter Johnson who founded the American Tennis Association Junior Development Program for African American youths. After graduating from high school, he earned a tennis scholarship to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was the first African American to be selected to play for United States Davis Cup Team. He also became the first black to win the United States Amateur Championship. He went on to win many more titles over the next few years and created several new world records. Unfortunately, health issues forced him to take an early retirement but still he was not disheartened. He used his celebrity status to campaign for various social causes, notably the fight against apartheid. He contracted HIV from a blood transfusion and started educating people about HIV and AIDS in spite of his own struggles with the condition. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS shortly before his death.
Widely known for his career in the singles division of the ATP. He earned a then-career high ranking of #67 in the ATP world singles rankings in August 2017 after jumping to #2 in the junior rankings in August 2016.
Versatile player well known for her upset of <a title='Serena Williams' href='/famous/serena-williams.htm'>Serena Williams</a> to reach the semifinals of the 2013 Australian Open. She won her first Grand Slam title at the 2017 US Open.