The Most Famous

TENNIS PLAYERS from Slovakia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Slovak Tennis Players. The pantheon dataset contains 1,148 Tennis Players, 23 of which were born in Slovakia. This makes Slovakia the birth place of the 15th most number of Tennis Players behind Sweden and Netherlands.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Slovak Tennis Players of all time. This list of famous Slovak 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 Slovak Tennis Players.

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1. Martina Hingis (1980 - )

With an HPI of 64.26, Martina Hingis is the most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 77 different languages on wikipedia.

Martina Hingis (German pronunciation: [marˈtiːna ˈhɪŋɡɪs]; born Martina Hingisová; 30 September 1980) is a Swiss former professional tennis player. She is the first Swiss player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam and attain a No. 1 ranking. She spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No. 1 and 90 weeks as doubles world No. 1, holding both No. 1 rankings simultaneously for 29 weeks. She won 5 Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, winning a calendar-year women's doubles Grand Slam in 1998, and 7 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, for a combined total of 25 major titles. In addition, she won the season-ending WTA Finals two times in singles and three times in doubles, an Olympic silver medal, and a record 17 Tier I singles titles. Hingis set a series of "youngest-ever" records during the 1990s, including youngest-ever Grand Slam champion and youngest-ever world No. 1. Before ligament injuries in both ankles forced her to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in early 2003, at the age of 22, she had won 40 singles titles and 36 doubles titles and, according to Forbes, was the highest-paid female athlete in the world for five consecutive years, 1997 to 2001. After several surgeries and long recoveries, Hingis returned to the WTA Tour in 2006, climbing to world No. 6, winning two Tier I tournaments, and also receiving the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year. She retired in November 2007 after being hampered by a hip injury for several months. In July 2013, Hingis came out of retirement to play the doubles events of the North American hardcourt season. During her doubles comeback, she won four Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments, six Grand Slam mixed doubles tournaments (completing the Career Grand Slam), 27 WTA titles, and the silver medal in women's doubles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Hingis retired after the 2017 WTA Finals while ranked world No. 1.Widely considered an all-time tennis great, Hingis was ranked by Tennis magazine in 2005 as the 8th-greatest female player of the preceding 40 years. She was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by TIME in June 2011. In 2013, Hingis was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and was appointed two years later the organization's first ever Global Ambassador.

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2. Miloslav Mečíř (1964 - )

With an HPI of 60.53, Miloslav Mečíř is the 2nd most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Miloslav Mečíř (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmilɔslaw ˈmetʂiːr]; born 19 May 1964) is a Slovakian former professional tennis player. He won the men's singles gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games, where he represented Czechoslovakia, and played in two Grand Slam singles finals. In 1987 he won the WCT Finals, the season-ending championship for the World Championship Tennis tour.His son Miloslav Jr. is a former professional tennis player.

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3. Mirka Federer (1978 - )

With an HPI of 57.60, Mirka Federer is the 3rd most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Miroslava "Mirka" Federer (née Vavrincová, later Vavrinec; born 1 April 1978) is a Swiss former professional tennis player. She is married to tennis player Roger Federer, having first met him at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She retired from professional tennis in 2002 due to a persistent foot injury. By the time she closed her career, she was a top-100 ranked player.

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4. Daniela Hantuchová (1983 - )

With an HPI of 56.52, Daniela Hantuchová is the 4th most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 43 different languages.

Daniela Hantuchová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdaɲɪela ˈɦantuxɔʋaː]; born 23 April 1983) is a Slovak tennis commentator and retired player. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first WTA Tour title at the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Martina Hingis in the final and becoming the lowest-ranked player to ever win the tournament. She also reached the quarterfinals of that year's Wimbledon Championships and US Open, ending the year in the top ten. She was part of the Slovak team that won the 2002 Fed Cup and the 2005 Hopman Cup. Hantuchová reached her highest ranking of world No. 5 in January 2003, after playing the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She has won seven WTA tournaments, including the Indian Wells Masters for a second time in 2007, with the 2015 Thailand Open being her last victory. She reached the semifinals of the 2008 Australian Open, her best result in a Grand Slam tournament. Her biggest career wins include victories over defending champion Serena Williams in the third round of the 2006 Australian Open and world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, in the third round of the 2011 French Open. Hantuchová became the 37th woman in the Open Era to reach 500 career wins when she beat Laura Robson in the second round of the 2013 Aegon Classic on her way to the title.She is also an accomplished doubles player, achieving a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 5. In 2005, she completed the Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, becoming only the fifth female tennis player to do so. She won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2001 with Leoš Friedl, at the Australian Open in 2002 with Kevin Ullyett, at the French Open in 2005 with Fabrice Santoro and at the US Open in 2005 with Mahesh Bhupathi. She has also reached the finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2002 with Ullyett and the finals of the women's doubles at the Australian Open in 2002 with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, at the French Open in 2006 with Ai Sugiyama and at the Australian Open in 2009 with Sugiyama. Hantuchová announced her retirement from professional tennis on 6 July 2017. Since then, she has been a tennis commentator and pundit, covering big tournament events as the US Open and Wimbledon for Amazon Prime, as well as serving as a commentator for Fox Sports. Hantuchová has also produced a web series for Tennis Channel and is hosting a podcast about sports and entertainment.

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5. Dominika Cibulková (1989 - )

With an HPI of 55.35, Dominika Cibulková is the 5th most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Dominika Cibulková (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdɔminika ˈtsibulkɔʋaː]; born 6 May 1989) is a Slovak former professional tennis player who retired in 2019. She won eight WTA Tour singles titles and two on the ITF Circuit. Cibulková reached the quarterfinals or better of all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once. One of her most notable achievements was a final appearance at the 2014 Australian Open. Although she did not win (losing to Li Na), she was the first female Slovak to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament. She also won the WTA Finals in 2016, becoming the fourth player (after Serena Williams in 2001, Maria Sharapova in 2004 and Petra Kvitová in 2011) to win the tournament on debut.

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6. Marián Vajda (1965 - )

With an HPI of 54.23, Marián Vajda is the 6th most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Marián Vajda (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmarijaːɱ ˈʋajda]; born 24 March 1965) is a Slovak professional tennis coach and former player. He is the current head coach of Novak Djokovic and has been his coach during almost his entire professional career, winning 84 titles together (out of the 85 won by Djokovic). Vajda is the most successful coach in the history of tennis in terms of Grand Slam titles winning 20 Grand Slam trophies with Novak Djokovic.

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7. Dominik Hrbatý (1978 - )

With an HPI of 53.59, Dominik Hrbatý is the 7th most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Dominik Hrbatý (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdɔminiɡ ˈɦr̩batiː]; born 4 January 1978) is a retired professional tennis player from Slovakia. He reached the semi-finals of the 1999 French Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 12 in October 2005. He is one of only three players, alongside Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios, to beat all of the members of tennis' Big Three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) in his first match against them.

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8. Janette Husárová (1974 - )

With an HPI of 51.31, Janette Husárová is the 8th most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Janette Husárová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈɦusaːrɔʋaː]; born 4 June 1974) is a retired Slovak tennis player. On 13 January 2003, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 31. On 21 April 2003, she peaked at No. 3 in the doubles rankings. She won the WTA Tour Championships women's doubles title in 2002, partnering with Elena Dementieva. With Dementieva, she reached the final of US Open doubles competition in the same year, losing to Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez. Playing for Slovakia in the Fed Cup, Husárová has a win–loss record of 17–12. Together with Daniela Hantuchová, she was a member of the Slovak team winning the Fed Cup in 2002. In her career, Husárová won 25 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including the season-ending WTA Championships and three Tier I tournaments (Berlin, Moscow (2002) and Tokyo (2005)), as well as four singles and 16 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. In February 2016, Husárová announced her retirement from professional tennis.

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9. Karol Kučera (1974 - )

With an HPI of 50.66, Karol Kučera is the 9th most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Karol Kučera (born 4 March 1974) is a retired ATP professional male tennis player from Slovakia. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 in September 1998, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open the same year.

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10. Martin Kližan (1989 - )

With an HPI of 48.64, Martin Kližan is the 10th most famous Slovak Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Martin Kližan (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmartiŋ ˈkliʐan]; born 11 July 1989) is a Slovak professional tennis player. The winner of the 2006 French Open boys' singles title, Kližan turned pro in 2007 and had a career-high singles ranking of world No. 24, achieved on 27 April 2015, and world No. 73 in doubles, achieved on 4 May 2015.

Pantheon has 23 people classified as tennis players born between 1964 and 1994. Of these 23, 23 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living tennis players include Martina Hingis, Miloslav Mečíř, and Mirka Federer.

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