The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Serbian Tennis Players of all time. This list of famous Serbian 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 Serbian Tennis Players.
With an HPI of 73.39, Novak Djokovic is the most famous Serbian Tennis Player. His biography has been translated into 128 different languages on wikipedia.
Novak Djokovic (Serbian Cyrillic: Новак Ђоковић, romanized: Novak Đoković, pronounced [nôʋaːk dʑôːkoʋitɕ] (listen); born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked as world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Djokovic has been No. 1 for 309 weeks, and has finished as year-end No. 1 on six occasions, an Open Era record shared with Pete Sampras. Djokovic has won 18 Grand Slam men's singles titles and 82 ATP singles titles overall, including a record nine Australian Open titles and a record 36 Masters events. He is the only player to win all of the elite tournaments on the modern ATP Tour – that is, all four Grand Slam tournaments, all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, and the ATP Finals. In particular, he is also the only player to complete the career Golden Masters, which he has done twice. Djokovic began his professional career around the time Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal established themselves as the two dominant players in men's tennis. At age 20, he interrupted their streak of 11 consecutive majors to win his first Grand Slam singles title at the 2008 Australian Open. By 2010, Djokovic also separated himself from the rest of men's tennis to join Federer and Nadal in the Big Three, the group of players who have dominated men's tennis through the end of the next decade. In 2011, Djokovic was ranked No. 1 for the first time, winning three out of four majors and his first five Masters events of the year. He remained the best player in men's tennis for the rest of the decade, leading the tour in major and Masters titles, and winning four out of his five titles at the ATP Finals consecutively from 2012 through 2015. After four consecutive year-end finishes at No. 3 through 2010, Djokovic finished No. 1 six times and No. 2 three times in the next ten years. Djokovic had another career year in 2015, reaching fifteen consecutive finals, including all four major finals and eight Masters finals, winning three majors and six Masters events as well as the ATP Finals. The following year, he won the 2016 French Open to complete the career Grand Slam. He also became the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at once and the only male player in history to do so on three different surfaces. After long trailing both Federer and Nadal in their head-to-head records, Djokovic has since taken the lead against them. Representing Serbia, Djokovic has led the Serbia Davis Cup team to their first title in 2010, and also led Serbia to a title at the inaugural ATP Cup in 2020. He won a bronze medal in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Djokovic's playing style is noted for his powerful and consistent two-handed backhand and his ability to turn defense into offense. He excels at returning serve in particular, and regularly ranks among the tour leaders in return points, return games, and break points won. He has also led the ATP Tour in their career Under Pressure Rating statistic since 1991, in part because of his prowess at winning deciding sets. Djokovic has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award four times. He is also a recipient of the Order of St. Sava, the Order of Karađorđe's Star, and the Order of the Republika Srpska.
With an HPI of 67.24, Monica Seles is the 2nd most famous Serbian Tennis Player. Her biography has been translated into 60 different languages.
Monica Seles (; Hungarian: Szeles Mónika, pronounced [ˈsɛlɛʃ ˈmoːnikɒ]; Serbian: Моника Селеш / Monika Seleš; born December 2, 1973) is a retired professional tennis player, who represented Yugoslavia and the United States. She was born and raised in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) to an ethnic Hungarian family. She became a naturalized American citizen in 1994 and also received Hungarian citizenship in June 2007. A former world no. 1, she won nine Grand Slam singles titles, eight of them as a teenager while representing Yugoslavia, and the final one while representing the United States. In 1990, Seles became the youngest ever French Open champion at the age of 16. She went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday and was the year-end world no. 1 in 1991 and 1992. However, on April 30, 1993, she was the victim of an on-court attack, when a man stabbed her in the back with a 9-inch (23 cm) long knife. Seles did not return to tennis for over two years. Though she enjoyed some success after rejoining the tour in 1995, including a fourth Australian Open title in 1996, she was unable to consistently reproduce her best form. She played her last professional match at the 2003 French Open, but did not officially retire until February 2008. Regarded by many in the sport as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Seles was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time. Several players and historians have stated that Seles had the potential to become the most accomplished female player of all time had she not been stabbed. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.
With an HPI of 60.55, Momčilo Tapavica is the 3rd most famous Serbian Tennis Player. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Momčilo Tapavica (Serbian Cyrillic: Момчило Тапавица; Hungarian: Tapavicza Momcsilló [ˈtɒpɒvit͡sɒ ˈmomt͡ʃilloː]; 14 October 1872 – 10 January 1949) was an all-around sportsperson, competing in tennis, weightlifting, wrestling. Tapavica achieved his best result in tennis by winning the singles bronze medal at the 1896 Summer Olympics, making him the first ethnic Serb, Slav and Hungarian citizen to win an Olympic medal. After his sporting career Tapavica became a well-known architect.
With an HPI of 58.91, Ana Ivanovic is the 4th most famous Serbian Tennis Player. Her biography has been translated into 63 different languages.
Ana Schweinsteiger (Serbian: Ана Швајнштајгер / Ana Švajnštajger; born 6 November 1987), professionally known by her birth name Ana Ivanovic (Ана Ивановић / Ana Ivanović, pronounced [âna ǐʋanoʋitɕ, ǎː-] (listen)), is a Serbian retired professional tennis player. She was ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008 after she defeated Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open and held the top ranking for a total of 12 weeks. She was also the runner-up at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open, losing to Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova respectively. She qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2014 and won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011.Competing as a professional from 2003 until 2016, Ivanovic won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, and one Grand Slam singles title, the French Open in 2008. Additionally during this time, she earned over $15.5 million in prize money, which is the 25th highest in the all-time rankings. In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time and was also included on the list of "Top 100 Greatest Players Ever" (male and female combined) by reporter Matthew Cronin.Her first breakthrough came at the 2004 Zurich Open, where she qualified and was narrowly beaten by Venus Williams in the second round in two tiebreak sets. By the age of 18, Ivanovic had already defeated established players such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva and Amélie Mauresmo. She also defeated many other past and present top 5 players throughout her career including Sharapova, Safina, Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Jelena Janković, Elena Dementieva, Daniela Hantuchová, Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Francesca Schiavone, Petra Kvitová, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka, Sara Errani, Eugenie Bouchard, Belinda Bencic, Elina Svitolina, and Sloane Stephens. Ivanovic was known for her aggressive style of play and impressive forehand, described by Petrova as "the best out there."Ivanovic's struggles after winning the 2008 French Open were well documented. After that victory, she was overwhelmed by attention and endured an ongoing period of reduced success, failing to make a Grand Slam quarterfinal in her subsequent 17 Grand Slam tournaments, and dropping as low as No. 65 in the rankings during July 2010. In 2014, Ivanovic enjoyed a resurgence, beginning with her victory in the Auckland Open, her first singles title in over two years, before going on to win the Monterrey Open, Aegon Classic and the Pan Pacific Open. She qualified for competition in the WTA Tour Championships and secured a year-end ranking of No. 5, signifying her return to the world's elite. In 2015, Ivanovic made it to the semifinals of a major for the first time in seven years at the French Open. In late December 2016, she announced her retirement, citing being no longer able to perform to a high standard as a major factor.
With an HPI of 56.64, Jelena Janković is the 5th most famous Serbian Tennis Player. Her biography has been translated into 54 different languages.
Jelena Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Јелена Јанковић, pronounced [jělena jǎːŋkoʋitɕ], born 28 February 1985) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Janković is a former world No. 1 in singles, a ranking achieved preceding her finals appearance at the 2008 US Open. Janković has won 15 WTA singles titles and two doubles titles, her career highlights include winning the 2007 Wimbledon mixed-doubles title with Jamie Murray, the 2010 Indian Wells Masters, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008, and the aforementioned appearance in the finals of the 2008 US Open. She has not competed in any tournament since 2017.
With an HPI of 53.63, Janko Tipsarević is the 6th most famous Serbian Tennis Player. His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.
Janko Tipsarević (Serbian Cyrillic: Јанко Типсаревић, pronounced [jâːŋko tipsǎːreʋitɕ]; born 22 June 1984) is a Serbian retired tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is world No. 8, achieved on 2 April 2012. In his career, he won 4 ATP World Tour titles, one ATP doubles title, three Futures, and 15 Challenger titles. Tipsarević also won the 2001 Australian Open junior title. He has achieved two victories over a world No. 1 player, having defeated compatriot Novak Djokovic twice. He also has 13 victories against other players in the top 10: four wins against Tomáš Berdych, and one each against Fernando González, Mikhail Youzhny, David Ferrer, James Blake, Gaël Monfils, Andy Murray and Juan Mónaco. He holds victories over former world No. 1 players Carlos Moyá, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick. His best results at a Grand Slam tournament have been reaching the quarterfinals at the US Open in 2011 and 2012.
With an HPI of 52.85, Daniel Nestor is the 7th most famous Serbian Tennis Player. His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.
Daniel Mark Nestor ( NES-tər born September 4, 1972) is a Canadian retired professional tennis player. He is one of the foremost doubles players in tennis history due to his longevity and continued success at the top of the men's game. As of March 2018, he is 10th for most men's ATP titles in Open Era history. In January 2016, Nestor became the first doubles player in ATP history to win 1000 matches. He was continuously ranked in the top 100 in doubles from April 1994 to April 2018, a total of 1134 consecutive weeks.He won 91 men's doubles titles (with 11 different partners), including a Gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, four ATP World Tour Finals, and eight Grand Slam men's doubles titles attained with three different partners. In addition, Nestor won four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles: the 2007 Australian Open with Elena Likhovtseva, the 2011 Australian Open with Katarina Srebotnik, and the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 Australian Open with Kristina Mladenovic. His 91 men's doubles titles make him the third-most decorated champion among doubles players. He was the first player in doubles tennis history to win every Grand Slam and Masters Series event, the Year End Championships and Olympic gold medal at least once in his career, an achievement that has since been matched by the Bryan brothers. He was named ATP Doubles Team of the Year in 2002 and 2004 (with Mark Knowles) and 2008 (with Nenad Zimonjić). He became the world No. 1 ranked doubles player in the world in August 2002. Nestor's career-high singles ranking was world No. 58, which he reached in August 1999.
With an HPI of 47.78, Filip Krajinović is the 8th most famous Serbian Tennis Player. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Filip Krajinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Филип Крајиновић, pronounced [fǐlip krajǐːnoʋitɕ]; born 27 February 1992) is a Serbian professional tennis player who achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 26 on 23 April 2018. He made his ATP World Tour debut at the 2009 Serbia Open, losing in the first round. His best individual result has been a Masters 1000 final. He played a Davis Cup semifinal with the Serbian national team. He holds ATP main-draw victories over former or current top-10 players such as Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Daniil Medvedev, Tomáš Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Fernando Verdasco, David Goffin (twice), Marcos Baghdatis, John Isner, Fabio Fognini (twice) and Pablo Carreño Busta and has a victory in a Masters qualifying round over former top-5 player Gastón Gaudio.
With an HPI of 47.53, Dušan Lajović is the 9th most famous Serbian Tennis Player. His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Dušan Lajović (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Лајовић; born 30 June 1990) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Lajović has won one singles and two doubles titles on the ATP Tour in his career. On 29 April 2019, Lajović reached his best singles ranking of world No. 23. On 8 June 2015, he peaked at No. 104 in the doubles rankings. He is best known for his clay court craft and strong flowing groundstrokes, especially his one-handed backhand. In recent years, he has proven to be a reliable and consistent player for the Serbian Davis Cup team contributing to their achieving one final, one semifinal, and three quarterfinals. He won his first tournament at the 2019 Croatia Open.
With an HPI of 44.65, Bojana Jovanovski Petrović is the 10th most famous Serbian Tennis Player. Her biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Bojana Jovanovski Petrović (née Jovanovski; Serbian Cyrillic: Бојана Јовановски Петровић, pronounced [bǒjana joʋanǒʋskiː pětroʋitɕ]; born 31 December 1991) is a Serbian tennis player. In her career, Jovanovski won two singles titles on the WTA Tour and one WTA 125K series singles title. On 4 August 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 32. On 3 November 2014, she peaked at No. 203 in the WTA doubles rankings. Playing for Serbia at the Fed Cup, she has a win-loss record of 6–11.
Pantheon has 15 people classified as tennis players born between 1872 and 2001. Of these 15, 14 (93.33%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living tennis players include Novak Djokovic, Monica Seles, and Ana Ivanovic. The most famous deceased tennis players include Momčilo Tapavica. As of October 2020, 1 new tennis players have been added to Pantheon including Nikola Mektić.
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