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This page contains a list of the greatest Spanish Tennis Players. The pantheon dataset contains 1,148 Tennis Players, 57 of which were born in Spain. This makes Spain the birth place of the 5th most number of Tennis Players behind Russia and France.

Top 10

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

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1. Rafael Nadal (1986 - )

With an HPI of 68.60, Rafael Nadal is the most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 104 different languages on wikipedia.

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is ranked world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), has been ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings for 209 weeks, and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times. Nadal has won 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles, an all-time record shared with Roger Federer. His 13 French Open titles in particular are a record at any tournament. Nadal's dominance on clay is also highlighted by 61 of his 87 ATP singles titles coming on the surface, including 25 of his 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, and his 81 consecutive wins on clay is the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era. From childhood through most of his professional career, Nadal was coached by his uncle Toni. He was one of the most successful teenagers in ATP Tour history, reaching No. 2 in the world at age 19 and winning 16 titles, including his first French Open and six Masters events. Nadal became No. 1 for the first time in 2008 after his first major victory off clay against the longtime top-ranked Federer, his only main rival through 2010, in a historic Wimbledon final. He also won an Olympic gold medal in singles that year in Beijing, and then completed the career Grand Slam at the 2010 US Open in the only year where he won three majors. With his Olympic gold medal, he is also one of only two male players to complete the career Golden Slam. In the next decade, Novak Djokovic emerged as Nadal's primary rival. The two have faced each other 56 times, the most in men's tennis history and including nine major finals. Since Djokovic defeated Nadal in three consecutive major finals between the 2011 and 2012 French Open tournaments, Nadal has struggled at Wimbledon and has not won another Australian Open. He has continued his dominance at the French Open by winning at least four consecutive titles a second and a third time, while also winning three more US Open titles. He tied Federer's record for the most Grand Slam men's singles titles at the 2020 French Open. Nadal is the only left-handed member of the Big Three. One of his main strengths is his forehand, which he routinely hits with extremely heavy topspin at difficult angles to return. He is one of the best at breaking serve, regularly appearing among the tour leaders in percentage of return games, return points, and break points won. Nadal has won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award four times, and was the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2011 and 2021. Representing Spain, he has an Olympic gold medal in both singles and doubles. He has also led the Spain Davis Cup team to five titles while playing alongside fellow top 10 players including David Ferrer and his future coach Carlos Moyá. Outside of competing, Nadal opened a tennis academy in his hometown of Mallorca, and is also an active philanthropist.

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2. Andrés Gimeno (1937 - 2019)

With an HPI of 64.38, Andrés Gimeno is the 2nd most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Andrés Gimeno Tolaguera (3 August 1937 – 9 October 2019) was a Spanish tennis player. His greatest achievement came in 1972, when he won the French Open and he remains the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion of the Open era at 34 years of age.

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3. Manuel Orantes (1949 - )

With an HPI of 63.81, Manuel Orantes is the 3rd most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Manuel Orantes Corral (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈnwel oˈɾantes koˈral]; born 6 February 1949) is a former tennis player from Spain who was active in the 1970s and 1980s. He won the US Open men's singles title in 1975, beating defending champion Jimmy Connors in the final. Orantes reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2.

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4. Manuel Santana (1938 - )

With an HPI of 63.54, Manuel Santana is the 4th most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Manuel Martínez Santana, also known as Manolo Santana (born 10 May 1938), is a former tennis player from Spain. He was ranked as amateur world No. 1 in 1966 by Lance Tingay.Before winning the US Open and Wimbledon he was quoted as saying "grass is just for cows"; he thought that tennis should be played on artificial surfaces as opposed to lawn tennis courts, like the ones at Wimbledon. This statement has been echoed throughout the years by numerous players including Ivan Lendl, Marat Safin, Marcelo Ríos, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, and, despite his 1973 victory at Wimbledon, Jan Kodeš.

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5. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1971 - )

With an HPI of 62.72, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is the 5th most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 52 different languages.

Aránzazu Isabel María "Arantxa" Sánchez Vicario (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈɾanθaθu isaˈβel maˈɾi.a aˈɾantʃa ˈsantʃeθ βiˈkaɾjo]; born 18 December 1971) is a Spanish former world No. 1 retired tennis player. She won 14 Grand Slam titles: four in singles, six in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles. She also won four Olympic medals and five Fed Cup titles representing Spain. In 1994, she was crowned the ITF World Champion for the year.

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6. Carlos Moyá (1976 - )

With an HPI of 60.41, Carlos Moyá is the 6th most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Carlos Moyá Llompart (Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos moˈʝa ʎomˈpaɾt]; born 27 August 1976) is a Spanish retired world no. 1 tennis player. He was the French Open singles champion in 1998 and was the singles runner-up at the 1997 Australian Open. In 2004, he was part of his country's successful Davis Cup team. He has been Rafael Nadal's primary coach since 2016. He currently resides in Madrid, Spain.

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7. Juan Carlos Ferrero (1980 - )

With an HPI of 59.33, Juan Carlos Ferrero is the 7th most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 50 different languages.

Juan Carlos Ferrero Donat (Spanish pronunciation: [xwaŋ ˈkaɾlos feˈreɾo ðoˈnat]; born 12 February 1980) is a Spanish retired world No. 1 tennis player. He won the men's singles title at the 2003 French Open, and in September of that year became the 21st player to hold the top ranking. He was runner-up at the 2002 French Open and 2003 US Open. He was nicknamed "Mosquito" for his speed and slender physical build. Ferrero retired from professional tennis following the 2012 Valencia Open, returning for a brief doubles stint in 2017.

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8. David Ferrer (1982 - )

With an HPI of 59.19, David Ferrer is the 8th most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 48 different languages.

David Ferrer Ern (Valencian pronunciation: [daˈvit feˈreɾ ˈɛɾn]; Spanish: [daˈβið feˈreɾ ˈɛɾn]; born 2 April 1982) is a retired Spanish professional tennis player. A three-time Davis Cup champion with Spain, Ferrer has won tournaments at all levels (ATP 250, ATP 500, Masters 1000) except at a Grand Slam, and currently has the seventh highest career prize money earnings of all time among male tennis players (when not adjusting for inflation). Ferrer also holds the distinction of winning the most matches on the ATP tour without having won a Grand Slam tournament, passing Brian Gottfried who held this record for 32 years. David Ferrer turned professional in 2000 and in the first years of his career, was known as a clay-court specialist, having won half of his titles on the surface. However, he has had significant success on all surfaces, having reached the final of the French Open in 2013 (without losing a set), the semifinals of the Australian and US Opens twice each, and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon twice. He was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He won the Paris Masters in 2012, and he was runner-up at six Masters tournaments as well as the Tennis Masters Cup in 2007. He is widely considered one of the best players not to have won a Grand Slam tournament. He first achieved a top-10 ranking in 2006 and reached a career-high ranking of world No. 3 in July 2013. He retired in his home tournament of Madrid after losing to Alexander Zverev in the round of 32. [1]

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9. Manuel Alonso Areizaga (1895 - 1984)

With an HPI of 59.13, Manuel Alonso Areizaga is the 9th most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Manuel Alonso de Areizaga (12 November 1895 – 11 October 1984) was a Spanish tennis player. He was the first Spanish tennis player of international stature.

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10. Sergi Bruguera (1971 - )

With an HPI of 59.04, Sergi Bruguera is the 10th most famous Spanish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Sergi Bruguera i Torner (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒi βɾuˈɣeɾə i tuɾˈne]; born 16 January 1971) is a former professional tennis player from Spain. He won consecutive men's singles titles at the French Open in 1993 and 1994, a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in men's singles and reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 in August 1994. Bruguera is the only player to have a winning record against both Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. He won three of their five matches against Sampras: Bruguera leads 1–0 on hard court, 2–1 on clay, and Sampras leads 1–0 on carpet. At the 2000 Barcelona Open, Bruguera defeated Federer 6–1, 6–1. By number of games won, the match remains Federer's worst ever loss in his entire career. Bruguera was selected to captain the Spain Davis Cup team in 2018.

Pantheon has 57 people classified as tennis players born between 1895 and 1996. Of these 57, 55 (96.49%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living tennis players include Rafael Nadal, Manuel Orantes, and Manuel Santana. The most famous deceased tennis players include Andrés Gimeno and Manuel Alonso Areizaga. As of October 2020, 2 new tennis players have been added to Pantheon including Magüi Serna and Sara Sorribes Tormo.

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