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This page contains a list of the greatest Swedish Tennis Players. The pantheon dataset contains 1,148 Tennis Players, 29 of which were born in Sweden. This makes Sweden the birth place of the 11th most number of Tennis Players behind Argentina and Italy.

Top 10

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

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1. Björn Borg (1956 - )

With an HPI of 67.77, Björn Borg is the most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 71 different languages on wikipedia.

Björn Rune Borg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbjœːɳ ˈbɔrj] (listen); born 6 June 1956) is a Swedish former world No. 1 tennis player. Between 1974 and 1981, he became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles with six at the French Open and five consecutively at Wimbledon. Borg won four consecutive French Open titles (1978–81) and is 6–0 in French Open finals. He was the first man since 1886 to contest six consecutive Wimbledon finals, a record surpassed by Roger Federer's seven consecutive finals (2003–09). He is the only man to achieve the Channel Slam three times. Borg contested the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open finals in the same year three times (1978, 1980–81). He won three major titles without dropping a set during those tournaments. However, he never won the US Open despite four runner-up finishes. Borg also won three year-end championships and 16 Grand Prix Super Series titles. Overall, he set numerous records that still stand. He was ATP Player of the Year from 1976 to 1980, and was the year-end world No. 1 in the ATP rankings in 1979 and 1980 and ITF World Champion from 1978 to 1980. Borg is the only Swede, male or female, to win over 10 majors. Borg unexpectedly retired from tennis in 1981, at the age of 25. He made a brief and unsuccessful comeback in 1991. Borg is widely considered one of the all-time greats of the sport. He was ranked by Tennis magazine as the sixth-greatest male player of the Open Era. His rivalry with John McEnroe is considered one of the best in the sport's history, and their meeting in the 1980 Wimbledon final is considered one of the greatest matches ever played. A teenage sensation at the start of his career, Borg experienced unprecedented stardom and consistent success that helped propel the rising popularity of tennis during the 1970s. As a result, the professional tour became more lucrative, and in 1979, Borg became the first player to earn more than US$1 million in prize money in a single season.

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2. Mats Wilander (1964 - )

With an HPI of 58.91, Mats Wilander is the 2nd most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.

Mats Arne Olof Wilander (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmats vɪˈlǎnːdɛr]; born 22 August 1964) is a Swedish former world No. 1 tennis player. From 1982 to 1988, he won seven major singles titles (three at the French Open, three at the Australian Open, and one at the US Open), and one major men's doubles title (at Wimbledon). His breakthrough came suddenly and unexpectedly when he won the 1982 French Open at the age of 17. In 1988, Wilander won three of the four singles majors and finished the year ranked as the world No. 1. Although he never won the singles title at Wimbledon, Wilander twice won the Australian Open when it was played on grass courts. This makes Wilander one of only six men (along with Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic) to have won major singles titles on grass courts, hard courts, and clay courts since it was first achievable in 1978 (when US Open was first played on hard courts). Wilander, Nadal, and Djokovic are the only men to have won at least two major singles titles on each of the three surfaces. Wilander won his fourth major singles title at the age of 20, the youngest man in history to have achieved the feat. He also won eight Grand Prix Super Series titles (1983–88), the precursors to the current ATP Tour Masters 1000. He won 33 singles titles and seven doubles titles during his career. He was also a driving force behind Sweden's run of seven consecutive Davis Cup finals in the 1980s. In 2002, Wilander was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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3. Stefan Edberg (1966 - )

With an HPI of 57.16, Stefan Edberg is the 3rd most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Stefan Bengt Edberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈstěːfan ˈêːdbærj]; born 19 January 1966) is a Swedish former professional tennis player. A major proponent of the serve-and-volley style of tennis, he won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men's doubles titles between 1985 and 1996. He is one of only two men in the Open Era to have been ranked world No. 1 in both singles and doubles (the other being John McEnroe). He also won the Masters Grand Prix and was a part of the Swedish Davis Cup-winning team four times. In addition, he won four Masters Series titles, four Championship Series titles and the unofficial 1984 Olympic tournament, was ranked in the singles top 10 for ten successive years, and ranked nine years in the top 5. After retirement, Edberg began coaching Roger Federer in January 2014, with this partnership ending in December 2015.

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4. Sven Davidson (1928 - 2008)

With an HPI of 48.57, Sven Davidson is the 4th most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Sven Viktor Davidson (13 July 1928 – 28 May 2008) was a Swedish tennis player who became the first Swede to win a Grand Slam title when he won the French Championships in 1957, beating Ashley Cooper and Herbert Flam.

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5. Anders Järryd (1961 - )

With an HPI of 46.90, Anders Järryd is the 5th most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Anders Per Järryd (pronounced [ˈânːdɛʂ ˈjæ̂rːyːd]; born 13 July 1961) is a former professional tennis player from Sweden. During his career he won eight Grand Slam doubles titles (three French Open, two Wimbledon, two US Open, one Australian Open), reached the world No. 1 doubles ranking, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 5. Järryd was born in Lidköping, Västra Götaland. While growing up he also played bandy in Lidköpings AIK.

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6. Gunnar Setterwall (1881 - 1928)

With an HPI of 45.09, Gunnar Setterwall is the 6th most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Carl Gunnar Emanuel Setterwall (18 August 1881 – 26 February 1928) was a Swedish tennis player who won four Olympic medals. In 1908 he won a bronze in the men's indoor doubles, alongside Wollmar Boström. Four years later he won three more medals. In the mixed doubles (with Sigrid Fick) and indoor doubles (with Carl Kempe) tournament he reached the final but lost both times. Sigrid Fick was also his partner in the mixed indoor event and together they won a bronze medal.Setterwall's father, also named Carl, was a multimillionaire controlling much of iron works during the railway's development in Scandinavia. His son followed in his steps, eventually taking over the family firm.

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7. Wollmar Boström (1878 - 1956)

With an HPI of 43.89, Wollmar Boström is the 7th most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Wollmar Filip Boström (15 June 1878 – 7 November 1956) was a Swedish diplomat and tennis player. He competed at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics in singles and men's doubles and won a bronze medal in the doubles in 1908, finishing fifth in three other events.He was son to Governor of Södermanland County Filip Boström and nephew to Prime Minister Erik Gustaf Boström. In 1903 he started working at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1909–13 he served as president of the Swedish Tennis Association, and in 1918–22 was a cabinet secretary. From 1925 till 1945 he was the Swedish minister in Washington.

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8. Robin Söderling (1984 - )

With an HPI of 43.55, Robin Söderling is the 8th most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

Robin Bo Carl Söderling (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈrɔ̌bːɪn ˈsø̌ːdɛɭɪŋ]; born 14 August 1984) is a Swedish former professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 4 singles ranking on 15 November 2010. His career highlights include reaching two consecutive finals at the French Open in 2009 and 2010, and an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the 2010 Paris Masters. He was the first player to defeat Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Söderling played his last professional match at only age 26 after contracting a lingering bout of mononucleosis.

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9. Joakim Nyström (1963 - )

With an HPI of 42.32, Joakim Nyström is the 9th most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Joakim "Jocke" Nyström (born 20 February 1963) is a former top ten ranked tennis player from Sweden who won 13 singles titles during his professional career. The right-hander reached his highest singles ranking on the ATP Tour on 31 March 1986, when he was ranked world No. 7. He was also ranked world No. 4 in doubles that same year.

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10. Jonas Björkman (1972 - )

With an HPI of 42.25, Jonas Björkman is the 10th most famous Swedish Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Jonas Lars Björkman (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjûːnas ˈbjœ̌rkman]; born 23 March 1972) is a Swedish former professional tennis player. He is a former world No. 1 in doubles, and also a former world No. 4 in singles. Björkman retired from professional tennis after competing at the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup doubles championships. As of 2019, he is ranked in the top 40 on the all-time ATP prize money list with over $14.5 million.Björkman has had long-term successful doubles partnerships with Jan Apell, Jacco Eltingh, Nicklas Kulti, Max Mirnyi, Pat Rafter, Kevin Ullyett, and Todd Woodbridge. He has won the career Grand Slam in men's doubles, holding a total of nine major championships. In March 2015, he joined Andy Murray's coaching team. He has also coached the Swedish men's padel team.

Pantheon has 29 people classified as tennis players born between 1878 and 1998. Of these 29, 25 (86.21%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living tennis players include Björn Borg, Mats Wilander, and Stefan Edberg. The most famous deceased tennis players include Sven Davidson, Gunnar Setterwall, and Wollmar Boström. As of April 2022, 6 new tennis players have been added to Pantheon including Gunnar Setterwall, Wollmar Boström, and Joakim Nyström.

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