The Most Famous

TENNIS PLAYERS from Argentina

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This page contains a list of the greatest Argentinean Tennis Players. The pantheon dataset contains 1,148 Tennis Players, 35 of which were born in Argentina. This makes Argentina the birth place of the 9th most number of Tennis Players behind Czechia and United Kingdom.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Argentinean Tennis Players of all time. This list of famous Argentinean Tennis Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Argentinean Tennis Players.

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1. Guillermo Vilas (1952 - )

With an HPI of 66.75, Guillermo Vilas is the most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages on wikipedia.

Guillermo Vilas ([ɡiˈʃeɾmo ˈβilas]; born 17 August 1952), also known as Willy Vilas, is an Argentine former professional tennis player, No. 1 of the Grand Prix seasons in 1974, 1975 and 1977, who won four Grand Slam tournaments, one year-end Masters, nine Grand Prix Super Series titles and 62 total ATP titles. World Tennis, Agence France-Presse and Livre d'or du tennis 1977 (Christian Collin-Bernard Ficot), among other rankings and publications, rated him as world No. 1 in 1977 (while others ranked Björn Borg or Jimmy Connors No. 1). In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in April 1975, a position that he held for a total of 83 weeks. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991, two years after his first retirement.Known for his prolific match play, especially on clay, he became the second man to win more than 900 matches in the Open Era, and his number of match-wins on clay (659) is by far the most of the era. His peak was the 1977 season during which he won two major titles (both on clay), had two long match win streaks of 46 all-surface and 53 on clay, and finished with an Open Era record of match wins. In 2016, The Daily Telegraph ranked him as the 3rd best male clay-court player of all time, behind Rafael Nadal and Björn Borg. In 2018, Steve Tignor for Tennis Magazine ranked him as the 16th greatest tennis player of the Open Era. Historical and statistical studies presented in 2015 by Argentinian journalist Eduardo Puppo and Romanian mathematician Marian Ciulpan concluded that Vilas should have been No. 1 in the old ATP ranking system for seven weeks between 1975 and 1976. The ATP Tour and its chief executive at that time, Chris Kermode, although not refuting the data, decided not to officially recognize Vilas. The controversy is still in the legal stage. In October 2020, Netflix released a documentary film about the Vilas case titled "Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score".

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2. Gabriela Sabatini (1970 - )

With an HPI of 65.94, Gabriela Sabatini is the 2nd most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

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 from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, amassing 41 titles and achieving a career-high ranking of 3 in both singles and doubles. In singles, Sabatini won the 1990 US Open, the WTA Finals in 1988 and 1994, and was runner-up at Wimbledon 1991, the 1988 US Open and the silver medalist at the 1988 Olympics. In doubles, she won Wimbledon in 1988 with Steffi Graf, and reached three French Open finals. Among Open era players who did not reach world No. 1 themselves, Sabatini retains the record for accumulating the most wins over reigning world No. 1 ranked players. In 2006, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and in 2018 Tennis Magazine ranked her as the 20th-greatest player of the preceding 50 years.

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3. David Nalbandian (1982 - )

With an HPI of 58.87, David Nalbandian is the 3rd most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

David Pablo Nalbandian (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ˈpaβlo nalβanˈdjan]; born 1 January 1982) is an Argentine retired professional tennis player who played on the ATP Tour from 2000 until his retirement in 2013. He reached the highest ranking in singles of world No. 3 in March 2006. Nalbandian was runner-up in the singles event at the 2002 Wimbledon Championships. During his career, he won 11 singles titles, including the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005 and two Masters 1000 tournaments. Nalbandian is the only Argentine player in history who ever reached the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments and reached the men's singles final at Wimbledon.He was a member of the Argentinian Davis Cup team who reached the finals of the World Group in 2006, 2008 and 2011. Nalbandian played right-handed with a two-handed backhand, which was known for being a devastating shot.Since his retirement, Nalbandian has taken up the sport of rally racing and has competed in Rally Argentina.

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4. Juan Martín del Potro (1988 - )

With an HPI of 58.28, Juan Martín del Potro is the 4th most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Juan Martín del Potro (Spanish pronunciation: [xwan maɾˈtin del ˈpotɾo]) (born 23 September 1988) is an Argentine professional tennis player. He is currently ranked world No. 745 in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).Del Potro's biggest achievement is a Grand Slam title the 2009 US Open, defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and five-time defending champion Roger Federer in the final. He was the first to defeat both Federer and Nadal during the same Grand Slam, and the only man outside the Big Four to win a major between the 2005 Australian Open and the 2014 Australian Open, a span of 35 tournaments. He is also the second Argentine and the fifth-youngest man to win the US Open in the Open Era. Other career highlights include reaching the 2018 US Open final, winning the bronze medal in men's singles at the 2012 London Olympics, winning the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming Indian Wells Masters in 2018, and being part of his country's successful Davis Cup team; but his career has also been hampered by a succession of wrist and knee injuries. Del Potro achieved a top-10 ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for the first time on 6 October 2008. In January 2010, he reached a ranking of world No. 4, after which del Potro had to withdraw from most of the tournaments in 2010 due to a right wrist injury. He then led Argentina to their first ever Davis Cup victory by defeating Croatia's Marin Čilić in the 2016 final in Zagreb from two sets down. He reached his first major semi-final since 2013 by defeating Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the 2017 US Open. In 2018, he won his first Masters 1000 title at the Indian Wells Masters, defeating defending champion and world No. 1 Federer in the final. After reaching the semifinals of the 2018 French Open, he again matched his career high of No. 4. Finally, in August, he achieved the world No. 3 ranking for the first time. At the 2018 US Open, he reached his second Grand Slam final.

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5. Guillermo Coria (1982 - )

With an HPI of 56.94, Guillermo Coria is the 5th most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Guillermo Sebastián Coria (born 13 January 1982), nicknamed El Mago (The Magician in Spanish), is an Argentine retired professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP world No. 3 singles ranking in May 2004. Coria achieved his best results on clay, where he won eight of his nine ATP singles titles, and during his prime years in 2003 and 2004 was considered "the world's best clay-court player." He reached the final of the 2004 French Open, where he was defeated by Gastón Gaudio despite serving for the match twice and being up two sets to love. In later years, injuries and a lack of confidence affected his game, and he retired in 2009 at the age of 27. Between 2001 and 2002, he served a seven-month suspension for taking the banned substance nandrolone.

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6. Gastón Gaudio (1978 - )

With an HPI of 56.75, Gastón Gaudio is the 6th most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Gastón Norberto Gaudio (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡasˈtoŋ ˈɡawðjo]; born 9 December 1978) is an Argentine retired tennis player. He won eight singles titles and achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 5 in April 2005. Gaudio's most significant title win came at the 2004 French Open, where he defeated fellow Argentine Guillermo Coria in five sets in the final.

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7. Mariano Puerta (1978 - )

With an HPI of 54.69, Mariano Puerta is the 7th most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Mariano Rubén Puerta (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈɾjano ruˈβem ˈpweɾta]; born 19 September 1978) is an Argentine former professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP world No. 9 singles ranking in August 2005. His career highlight of reaching the final of the French Open in 2005 was marred by testing positive for the banned substance etilefrine in a drugs test directly after the French Open final, for which he received an eight-year doping ban.

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8. Guillermo Cañas (1977 - )

With an HPI of 51.87, Guillermo Cañas is the 8th most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Guillermo Ignacio Cañas ([ɡiˈʃeɾmo ˈkaɲas]; born November 25, 1977), often referred to as Willy Cañas, is a retired tennis player from Argentina. He was born in Buenos Aires and named after Argentine tennis star Guillermo Vilas. Cañas won the Canada Masters in 2002, and reached the quarterfinal stage of the French Open in 2002, 2005 and 2007. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 8, achieved in June 2005. After being suspended in August 2005, Cañas returned to the circuit in September 2006 at ATP Challenger level.

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9. Gisela Dulko (1985 - )

With an HPI of 51.28, Gisela Dulko is the 9th most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Gisela Dulko (Spanish pronunciation: [xiˈsela ˈðulko]; born 30 January 1985) is a retired Argentine tennis player. Although she enjoyed modest success in singles, reaching a career-high ranking of world No. 26 and winning four WTA titles, her speciality was doubles, where she achieved the world No. 1 ranking and won 17 WTA titles. Partnering with Flavia Pennetta, Dulko won the 2010 WTA Tour Championships and the 2011 Australian Open. She also reached the mixed-doubles final at the 2011 US Open, with Edward Schwank. During her career, Dulko upset a number of top players on the tour, including Maria Sharapova in the second round of Wimbledon in 2009, Samantha Stosur in the third round of Roland Garros in 2011, and Martina Navratilova in the second round of Wimbledon in 2004 and in Navratilova's final Grand Slam singles match. Dulko retired from professional tennis on 18 November 2012, aged 27.

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10. Pablo Cuevas (1986 - )

With an HPI of 51.08, Pablo Cuevas is the 10th most famous Argentinean Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Pablo Gabriel Cuevas Urroz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo ˈkweβas]; born January 1, 1986) is an Uruguayan professional tennis player. Cuevas won the 2008 French Open men's doubles title with Luis Horna. He has won six singles titles and has a career-high singles ranking of World No. 19. Cuevas' career-high doubles ranking is World no. 14, which he achieved in April 2009. In September 2019, Cuevas led the Uruguayan Davis Cup team to a victory over the Dominican Republic, winning entry into the highest Davis Cup tier, the World Group.

Pantheon has 35 people classified as tennis players born between 1952 and 1992. Of these 35, 35 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living tennis players include Guillermo Vilas, Gabriela Sabatini, and David Nalbandian. As of October 2020, 2 new tennis players have been added to Pantheon including Inés Gorrochategui and Facundo Bagnis.

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