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This page contains a list of the greatest Tennis Players. The pantheon dataset contains 1,148 Tennis Players, 26 of which were born in Ukraine. This makes Ukraine 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 Tennis Players of all time. This list of famous 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 Tennis Players.

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1. Nikolay Davydenko (1981 - )

With an HPI of 45.88, Nikolay Davydenko is the most famous Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 42 different languages on wikipedia.

Nikolay Vladimirovich Davydenko (Russian: Никола́й Влади́мирович Давыде́нко listen ; born 2 June 1981) is a Ukrainian-born Russian former professional tennis player. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 in November 2006. Davydenko's best result in a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the semi-finals, which he accomplished on four occasions: twice each at the French Open and the U.S. Open, losing to Roger Federer in all but one of them. His biggest achievement was winning the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, and he also won three ATP Masters Series. In mid-October 2014 Davydenko retired from playing professionally .

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2. Elina Svitolina (1994 - )

With an HPI of 44.27, Elina Svitolina is the 2nd most famous Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

Elina Mykhailivna Svitolina (Ukrainian: Еліна Михайлівна Світоліна, pronounced [eˈl⁽ʲ⁾inɐ s⁽ʲ⁾wiˈtɔl⁽ʲ⁾inɐ]; born 12 September 1994) is a Ukrainian professional tennis player. She reached career-high rankings of world No. 3 in singles and 108 in doubles. Svitolina has won 16 WTA Tour singles titles and finished runner-up three times. Svitolina first broke into the world's top 50 in July 2013, reached the top 20 in June 2015, and then the top 10 in May 2017, making her the first Ukrainian woman to reach the top 10 in rankings after surpassing compatriot Alona Bondarenko. After winning her first WTA title in 2013, she won five additional titles until 2017, during which she won five titles that same year, propelling her into the top 10. Among her titles include the 2018 WTA Finals and three of five Premier 5-level tournaments: the Dubai Tennis Championships, the Italian Open, and the Canadian Open. She has also won two titles in doubles, both at the İstanbul Cup in 2014 and 2015. Svitolina produced her best performances at a major in 2019, having reached her two Grand Slam semifinals at the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open. In 2021, Svitolina won the Olympic bronze medal in the women's singles tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics and became the first Olympian to win a medal in tennis for Ukraine.

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3. Andriy Medvedev (1974 - )

With an HPI of 42.21, Andriy Medvedev is the 3rd most famous Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Andrei Medvedev (Ukrainian: Андрій Медведєв, romanized: Andriy Medvedyev; born 31 August 1974) is a Ukrainian former professional tennis player. Medvedev reached the final of the 1999 French Open, the French Open semifinals in 1993, and won four Masters titles during his career, achieving a career-high ranking of world No. 4 in May 1994.

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4. Larisa Neiland (1966 - )

With an HPI of 40.15, Larisa Neiland is the 4th most famous Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (Ukrainian: Лариса Савченко-Нейланд, Latvian: Larisa Savčenko-Neilande; née Savchenko; also Larisa Neiland; born 21 July 1966) is a retired tennis player who represented the Soviet Union, Ukraine and Latvia. A former world number-one-ranked doubles player, Neiland won two Grand Slam women's doubles and four mixed doubles titles. She also won two singles titles and 63 doubles titles on the WTA Tour. She is listed in fourth place for the most doubles match wins (766) in WTA history, after Lisa Raymond, Rennae Stubbs and Liezel Huber.

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5. Elena Vesnina (1986 - )

With an HPI of 38.91, Elena Vesnina is the 5th most famous Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 41 different languages.

Elena Sergeyevna Vesnina (born 1 August 1986) is a Russian professional tennis player who is a former world No. 1 in doubles. She is a four-time Grand Slam champion, having won the 2013 French Open, 2014 US Open, and 2017 Wimbledon Championships in women's doubles with compatriot Ekaterina Makarova, and the 2016 Australian Open in mixed doubles partnering Bruno Soares. Vesnina has also reached eight further major finals in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles. She became world No. 1 for the first time in June 2018, alongside Makarova, with the pair jointly holding the top ranking for the next five weeks. Vesnina has won 19 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including the 2016 WTA Finals and eight at WTA 1000 level. She has also achieved significant success in singles, reaching her career-high ranking of world No. 13 in March 2017. Vesnina has won three WTA singles titles, including the 2017 Indian Wells Masters, and achieved her best Grand Slam result at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, reaching the semifinals.She has represented Russia in the Billie Jean King Cup since 2006, winning the competition in 2007 and 2008, and has competed at the Olympic Games on four occasions. Makarova and Vesnina won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and Vesnina also won mixed doubles silver with Aslan Karatsev at Tokyo 2020.

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6. Alexandr Dolgopolov (1988 - )

With an HPI of 37.45, Alexandr Dolgopolov is the 6th most famous Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Alexandr Oleksandrovych Dolgopolov (born 7 November 1988), formerly known as Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr., is a Ukrainian retired professional tennis player. He changed his forename spelling to the current form in May 2010. Dolgopolov reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Australian Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 13 in January 2012.

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7. Alona Bondarenko (1984 - )

With an HPI of 36.79, Alona Bondarenko is the 7th most famous Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Alona Volodymyrivna Bondarenko Dyachok (Ukrainian: Альона Володимирівна Бондаренко; born 13 August 1984) is a Ukrainian former tennis player. Her younger sister Kateryna Bondarenko plays on the WTA Tour. Her career-high singles ranking is No. 19, achieved on 14 April 2008. Alona defeated former world No. 1, Jelena Janković, in the third round of the 2010 Australian Open, and won the 2008 Australian Open women's doubles title with her sister Kateryna, beating Victoria Azarenka and Shahar Pe'er in the finals. She also formerly paired with her older sister Valeria in doubles.

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8. Kateryna Bondarenko (1986 - )

With an HPI of 36.39, Kateryna Bondarenko is the 8th most famous Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Kateryna Volodymyrivna Volodko (née Bondarenko; Ukrainian: Катерина Володимирівна Бондаренко; born 8 August 1986) is a tennis player from Ukraine. She was the doubles champion in 2008 at the Australian Open, partnering her sister Alona Bondarenko. Kateryna is the younger sister of professional tennis players Valeria and Alona. She plays right-handed and turned pro in 2000. Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are world No. 29 and No. 9, respectively. Her best Grand Slam performance in singles was reaching the quarterfinals at the 2009 US Open. Over her career, Bondarenko has defeated top ten players Elena Dementieva, Sara Errani, Ana Ivanovic, Garbiñe Muguruza, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwańska, Roberta Vinci, and Venus Williams. In 2022, she changed her name to Kateryna Volodko after marrying Denis Volodko.

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9. Sergiy Stakhovsky (1986 - )

With an HPI of 34.28, Sergiy Stakhovsky is the 9th most famous Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Sergiy Eduardovych Stakhovsky (Ukrainian: Сергій Едуардович Стаховський, pronounced [serˈɦij stɐˈxɔu̯sʲkɪj]; born January 6, 1986) is a Ukrainian former professional tennis player. Stakhovsky turned professional in 2003 and played mostly at the Challenger level from 2005 to 2008. His career-high rankings were World No. 31 in singles (September 2010) and No. 33 in doubles (June 2011).Stakhovsky won his first career title in March 2008, as a lucky loser ranked no. 209, defeating top seed Ivan Ljubičić in the final, thus becoming the first lucky loser to win a title since Christian Miniussi in 1991. He is the elder brother of tennis player Leonard Stakhovsky. He was coached by Burghard Riehemann. He is well known for beating eight-time winner and defending champion Roger Federer in the second round of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, ending the latter's record run of 36 consecutive major quarterfinals. Stakhovsky retired from tennis in January 2022, and following the Russian invasion of Ukraine he joined the Ukrainian Army.

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10. Dayana Yastremska (2000 - )

With an HPI of 31.92, Dayana Yastremska is the 10th most famous Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Dayana Oleksandrivna Yastremska (Ukrainian: Даяна Олександрівна Ястремська; born 15 May 2000) is a Ukrainian professional tennis player. She has a career-high ranking of world No. 21 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Yastremska has won three WTA Tour titles in five final appearances. A junior Grand Slam runner-up in both singles and doubles, Yastremska had a quick breakthrough onto the WTA Tour. She made her debut in the top 100 and won two titles when she was 18 years old, including her first at the Hong Kong Open in 2018. She had a successful 2019 that helped her rise from No. 58 at the start of the year up to No. 22 by the end of the season. Yastremska was suspended provisionally from competition at the start of 2021 after testing positive for mesterolone. On 22 June 2021, the International Tennis Federation ruled that Yastremska was not responsible for the positive result, and that she is eligible to return to competition immediately. She made her return to the tour at the Hamburg Open. Yastremska is one of the most aggressive players on the WTA Tour and has led the tour in highest percentage of shots that end in a winner, an unforced error, or an opponent's forced error.

Pantheon has 27 people classified as tennis players born between 1966 and 2002. Of these 27, 26 (96.30%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living tennis players include Nikolay Davydenko, Elina Svitolina, and Andriy Medvedev. The most famous deceased tennis players include Elena Baltacha. As of April 2022, 1 new tennis players have been added to Pantheon including Marta Kostyuk.

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