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75+ American Tennis Players & Stats | Male & Female

75+ Famous American Tennis Players & Stats

Male & Female

By Jon Crim
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Before and after the Open Era, American tennis played a pivotal role in developing the sport.

From the influence of the United States Tennis Association and the US Open to some of the greatest players ever, the US has a rich history as one of the most successful countries in tennis.

This guide celebrates the most famous American tennis players for you to explore and get to know, including former world No.1s, Grand Slam champs, and the active players who work diligently to leave their mark.

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Active Players

American men and women are prevalent on the ATP and WTA tours. At the time of writing, 23 men and 40 women ranked in the top 200. I’ve included these players below for reference.

Male

The 90s was the last prominent era for American men’s tennis in singles.

These days, players from the US struggle to break through, but there are plenty giving their best effort. Here’s a list of the most successful active men’s tennis players from the United States.

Player Birthday Highest Rank Titles
John Isner April 26, 1985 8 16
Jack Sock September 24, 1992 8 4
Sam Querrey October 7, 1987 11 10
Taylor Fritz October 28, 1997 13 2
Reilly Opelka August 28, 1997 17 4
Steve Johnson December 24, 1989 21 4
Frances Tiafoe January 2, 1998 25 1
Sebastian Korda July 5, 2000 30 1
Tommy Paul May 17, 1997 33 1
Jenson Brooksby October 26, 2000 35 0
Tennys Sandgren July 22, 1991 41 1
Mackenzie McDonald April 16, 1995 49 0
Marcos Giron July 24, 1993 52 0
Denis Kudla August 17, 1992 53 0
Maxime Cressy May 8, 1997 59 0
Brandon Nakashima August 3, 2001 62 0
Ernesto Escobedo July 4, 1996 67 0
Michael Mmoh January 10, 1998 96 0
Bjorn Fratangelo July 19, 1993 99 0
Stefan Kozlov February 1, 1998 115 0
J.J. Wolf December 21, 1998 120 0
Mitchell Krueger January 1, 1994 146 0
Christopher Eubanks May 5, 1996 147 0

John Isner is by far the most successful active American man in tennis with a career-high ranking of world No. 8 and 16 titles. Perhaps not surprisingly, he’s also the oldest out of all the players listed above.

Female

On the women’s side of the sport, Americans have remained a dominant force, especially with the presence of the Williams sisters.

However, beyond Venus and Serena, plenty of other ladies are making their mark. The following is a list of the most successful American women who are active on the WTA tour.

Player Birthday Highest Rank Titles
Serena Williams September 26, 1981 1 73
Venus Williams June 17, 1980 1 49
Sloane Stephens March 20, 1993 3 7
Sofia Kenin November 14, 1998 4 5
Madison Keys February 17, 1995 7 6
Danielle Collins December 3, 1993 8 2
Coco Vandeweghe December 6, 1991 9 2
Jessica Pegula February 24, 1994 11 1
Jennifer Brady April 12, 1995 13 1
Coco Gauff March 13, 2004 15 2
Alison Riske July 3, 1990 18 3
Varvara Lepchenko May 21, 1986 19 1
Amanda Anisimova August 31, 2001 21 2
Christina Mchale May 11, 1992 24 1
Lauren Davis October 9, 1993 26 1
Bernarda Pera December 3, 1994 35 1
Madison Brengle April 3, 1990 35 0
Shelby Rogers October 13, 1992 36 0
Ann Li June 26, 2000 44 1
Louisa Chirico May 16, 1996 58 0
Sachia Vickery May 11, 1995 73 0
Catherine Harrison April 9, 1994 82 1
Claire Liu May 25, 2000 83 0
Grace Min May 6, 1994 97 0
Catherine Mcnally November 20, 2001 105 0
Katie Volynets December 31, 2001 112 0
Francesca Di Lorenzo July 22, 1997 118 0
Hailey Baptiste November 3, 2001 119 0
Allie Kiick June 30, 1995 126 0
Jamie Loeb March 8, 1995 132 0
Alycia Parks December 31, 2000 150 0
Robin Anderson April 12, 1993 159 0
Asia Muhammad April 4, 1991 167 0
Caroline Dolehide September 5, 1998 172 0
Emina Bektas March 30, 1993 188 0
Emma Navarro May 18, 2001 194 0
Hanna Chang February 25, 1998 214 0
Sophie Chang May 28, 1997 274 0
Usue Maitane Arconada October 28, 1988 285 0
Elvina Kalieva July 27, 2003 294 0

As a whole, there’s more depth within active female American tennis players. Even if you remove the tremendous accomplishments of the Williams sisters, more women have earned titles and found their way into the top ten and twenty in the world.

American Male Tennis Players

From John McEnroe to Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, and Arthur Ashe, American men are some of the most recognizable names in tennis.

However, well before any of these players were alive, Bill Tilden and Don Budge were among a strong contingent of American tennis players making a name for themselves.

Keep reading to explore the most influential retired male tennis players from the United States, including their most noteworthy accomplishments.

Jimmy Connors

Male American Tennis Player - Jimmy Connors

Photo Credit: @JimmyConnors

American, Jimmy Connors, is one of the best ever to play the game, highlighted by his success at Grand Slams. He claimed eight victories in singles, a number he could have extended further if he wasn’t banned from the French Open from 1974 to 1978 due to his participation in World Team Tennis, which had scheduling conflicts with the ATP.

He also only played the Australian Open twice, which was pretty typical until the mid-1980s for American tennis players because of the distance.

Jimmy had a stellar career record of 1274-283 for an 81.8% winning record. He also was successful in doubles, having claimed titles at Wimbledon and the US Open. In July of 1974, he ascended to world No. 1, which he held for 268 weeks in his career, 84 consecutive.

Jimmy Connors has coached Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, and Eugenie Bouchard, which helped maintain his post-retirement exposure in the tennis world.

Birthday September 2, 1952
Retired 1996
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hall of Fame 1998
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 109 singles / 16 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 8 singles / 2 doubles
Olympic Medals

John McEnroe

Male American Tennis Player - John McEnroe

Photo Credit: @usopen

As famous for saying, “you cannot be serious” at Wimbledon in 1981 as he is for his success on the court, John McEnroe is one of the game’s best.

McEnroe claimed seven singles and nine doubles titles at Grand Slam events during his career, with all of those titles coming at the US Open and Wimbledon. He also helped lead the American Davis Cup team to five victories from 1978 to 1992.

In 1983, John reached the world’s No. 1 ranking in singles, which he held for 170 total weeks, 58 of which were consecutive.

Looking back on John McEnroe’s career, he stands out from many other top players with nearly equal success in doubles as singles. He also achieved a world No. 1 ranking in doubles in 1983.

John McEnroe has remained an influential and well-known figure in tennis through his regular broadcasting of tennis matches, movie cameos, and participation on the ATP Champions Tour.

Birthday February 16, 1959
Retired 1994 singles / 2006 doubles
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Hall of Fame 1999
Highest Rank 2
Career Titles 77 singles / 78 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 7 singles / 9 doubles
Olympic Medals

Jim Courier

Male American Tennis Player - Jim Courier

Photo Credit: @ITFTennis

In the 1990s, Jim Courier, a prominent American tennis player, enjoyed an excellent career with four Grand Slam titles, two apiece at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

He reached the world No. 1 ranking in early 1992 on the heels of his first Grand Slam victory at the French Open and a finals appearance at the US Open the year before.

He managed a 506-237 record throughout his career, equating to a 68.1% winning percentage. He was also a regular on the doubles court, logging six titles and a career-high ranking of 20.

Jim Courier retained his prominence in tennis after retiring as an analyst and commentator for various major TV networks.

Birthday August 17, 1970
Retired 2000
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame 2005
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 23 singles / 6 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 4 singles
Olympic Medals +

Pete Sampras

Male American Tennis Player - Pete Sampras

Photo Credit: @Wimbledon

Easily one of the best American men in the sport’s history, Pete Sampras delivered a dominant performance throughout the 1990s.

He wrapped up his career with 14 Grand Slam singles titles, the most of any player at his retirement in 2002. Despite his success, he could not complete a career Grand Slam because he never won the French Open. His best result at Roland Garros was the semi-finals in 1996.

His most successful surface was grass, where he won seven titles at Wimbledon. Since then, Roger Federer has been the only player to surpass his record at the tournament.

Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi had one of the greatest rivalries during the 1990s, meeting 34 times, 20 of which he won.

In April 1993, Sampras reached the world No. 1 ranking, which he held for 286 total weeks, 102 consecutive. He is third on the all-time leaderboard behind Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Birthday August 12, 1971
Retired 2002
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame 2007
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 64 singles / 2 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 14 singles
Olympic Medals

Andre Agassi

Male American Tennis Player - Andre Agassi

Photo Credit: @AndreAgassi

In 1986, Andre Agassi turned pro, and throughout his 20-year career, he amassed eight Grand Slam titles, including a career Super Slam that saw him win all four Grand Slams at least once, gold a the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, and the year-end championships.

He won 60 singles titles with an 870-274 record throughout his career, which equals a 76% win rate. In 1995, shortly after his second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, Andre ascended to world No. 1, a position he held during his career for 101 total weeks, 52 consecutive.

Apart from his success on the court, Agassi is well-known for his marriage to former world No. 1 Steffi Graf of the WTA tour and the Andre Agassi Charitable Association, founded in 1994. Furthermore, his biography, Open, is one of the best-selling tennis books.

Andre Agassi coached Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov for relatively brief periods post-retirement.

Birthday April 29, 1970
Retired 2006
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Hall of Fame 2011
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 60 singles / 1 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 8 singles
Olympic Medals Gold singles

Andy Roddick

Male American Tennis Player - Andy Roddick

Photo Credit: @usopen

American tennis player, Andy Roddick, is well-known for his monster serve and big forehand, which he used effectively to earn his one and only Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2003.

Shortly after his success in New York, he rose to world No. 1 in November 2003. In 2004, 2005, and 2009, he also came close to winning Wimbledon, but Roger Federer defeated him all three times in the finals.

Andy Roddick claimed 32 singles titles and ended his career with a 612-213 record, winning 74.2% of the time. In 2007, Andy played a crucial role in helping the United States win the Davis Cup.

Off the court, Roddick also hosted a radio show on Fox, was a co-host on Fox Sports Live, and has commentated for tournaments, including Wimbledon in 2015.

Birthday August 30, 1982
Retired 2012 singles / 2015 doubles
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Hall of Fame 2017
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 32 singles / 4 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 1 singles
Olympic Medals

Mike Bryan

Male American Tennis Player - Mike Bryan

Photo Credit: @mikecbryan

Along with his brother Bob, Mike Bryan goes down as one of the most successful doubles pairs in history. He turned pro in 1998 and retired 22 years later in 2020.

During his career, he claimed 18 major doubles titles, 124 men’s doubles titles, and spent 506 weeks at No. 1, all of which are the most of any male player. His record in doubles is 1,150-373, winning 75.5% of his matches.

Mike and Bob also found success at the Olympics, winning bronze in 2008 and gold in 2012. Together, they also helped lead the United States to a Davis Cup victory in 2007.

Birthday April 29, 1978
Retired 2020
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Hall of Fame
Highest Rank 246 singles / 1 doubles
Career Titles 124 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 18 doubles
Olympic Medals Gold doubles / Bronze doubles

Bob Bryan

Male American Tennis Player - Bob Bryan

Photo Credit: @bryanbros

Bob Bryan partnered up with his brother Mike throughout his career as the most successful men’s pair in history.

However, Bob also found more success in singles than his brother, Mike. In 2000, he logged his highest-ever ranking at No. 116. During that year, he competed at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Due to injury, Bob’s titles fall slightly short of his brothers. In 2018, he underwent hip surgery, which took a few months to recover. During that time, Mike continued to compete, thus eclipsing Bob.

Birthday April 29, 1978
Retired 2020
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Hall of Fame
Highest Rank 116 singles / 1 doubles
Career Titles 119 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 16 doubles
Olympic Medals Gold doubles / Bronze doubles

Stan Smith

Male American Tennis Player - Stan Smith

Photo Credit: @Wimbledon

American Stan Smith turned pro in 1969 after a brief stint as an amateur starting in 1964. Stan won two Grand Slam titles throughout his career, one at the US Open and another at Wimbledon.

In total, he claimed 64 titles, 48 of which fell in the Open Era, and ended his career with a 950-383 record or 71.3% win rate. Stan reached the world No. 1 ranking fairly early in his career in 1971.

Stan was also highly accomplished in doubles, having earned a world No. 1 ranking in 1981 and owning 54 titles, including five at Grand Slam events.

Off the court, Stan Smith remains well-known for the Adidas Stan Smith, an iconic tennis shoe named after him in 1978. To this day, the shoes remain popular, although no longer for competitive play.

Stan Smith serves as the President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame alongside CEO Todd Martin, another former professional tennis player.

Birthday December 14, 1946
Retired 1985
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Hall of Fame 1987
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 64 singles / 54 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 2 singles / 5 doubles
Olympic Medals

Arthur Ashe

Male American Tennis Player - Arthur Ashe

Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Beyond his accomplishments, Arthur Ashe is a prominent figure in tennis history for his many accomplishments as a black tennis player.

Notably, he was the first black man selected to play for the Davis Cup, which helped America win in 1963, 1968, 1969, and 1970. He’s also the only black man to have won three Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.

In 1975, he attained the world’s No. 1 ranking, and he closed out his career with 76 titles and a 1,188-371 record.

Arthur Ashe’s legacy lives on with center court at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY, named after him. Furthermore, the ATP hands out the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian and ESPN the Arthur Ashe for Courage Award every year to recognize his contributions.

Birthday July 10, 1943
Retired 1980
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame 1985
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 76 singles / 18 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 3 singles / 2 doubles
Olympic Medals

Bill Tilden

Male American Tennis Player - Bill Tilden

Photo Credit: @usopen

Bill Tilden was a successful American tennis player from the 1920s and 1930s who won ten Grand Slam singles titles, including seven at the US Open. He also found success in doubles, winning six Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles and five in mixed doubles.

Starting in 1912, Bill was an amateur and remained that way until 1946, when he turned professional as he needed the money.

Overall, he claimed 138 titles and a world No. 1 ranking in 1920, and he goes down in history as one of the greatest before the Open Era.

Unfortunately, Bill’s image was tarnished in the 1940s when he was arrested and jailed for sexual misconduct with younger boys. Despite that, the International Tennis Hall of Fame eventually inducted him in 1959, seven years after his death.

Birthday February 10, 1893
Retired 1946
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Hall of Fame 1959
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 138 singles
Grand Slam Titles 10 singles / 6 doubles
Olympic Medals

Don Budge

Male American Tennis Player - Don Budge

Photo Credit: @TennisHalloFame

American Don Budge started as an amateur in 1932, but he eventually turned pro in 1938. Notably, he won six Grand Slam titles, including all four of them in 1938, the first player ever to accomplish the feat.

In 1937 and 1938, he managed to win singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles at Wimbledon and the US Open, dubbed the triple crown. He remains the only man to have accomplished the feat on three occasions.

In 1937, Don Budge earned a career-high No. 1 ranking, and he closed out his career with 43 titles and a 649-297 record, winning 68.6% of his matches. In 1964, the Tennis Hall of Fame inducted him as a member.

Birthday June 13, 1915
Retired 1961
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame 1964
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 43 singles
Grand Slam Titles 6 singles / 4 doubles
Olympic Medals

American Female Tennis Players

American women are some of the sport’s most successful and influential athletes in history, including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Chris Evert, and Billie Jean King, to name a few.

The following American women have retired from tennis, but their legacy and influence live on are worth exploring.

Chris Evert

Female American Tennis Player - Chris Evert

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One of the game’s most successful players, Chris Evert, turned pro in 1972 and dominated the game for much of the seventies and eighties.

In total, she claimed 18 Grand Slam singles titles, winning every Grand Slam at least twice. She also won three Grand Slams in doubles.

Her career record is thoroughly impressive at 1,309-146, winning 89.7% of her matches. In 1975, she ascended to world No. 1, which she held for 260 total weeks. Her success led to 157 singles and 32 doubles titles.

Unique to Chris, she reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, the most of any player in history, and won at least one major every year for thirteen consecutive years, starting in 1974 and ending in 1986.

At the time, Evert deployed a unique style of baseline tennis that helped revolutionize the game along with her two-handed backhand. Previously, players mainly played serve and volley tennis.

Since retiring in 1989, Chris Evert has remained a high-profile personality in tennis as an ESPN commentator at Grand Slam events and Tennis Magazine contributor.

Birthday December 21, 1954
Retired 1989
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hall of Fame 1995
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 157 singles / 32 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 18 singles / 3 doubles
Olympic Medals

Martina Navratilova

Female American Tennis Player - Martina Navratilova

Photo Credit: @TennisHalloFame

Although Martina Navratilova started as a professional from Czechoslovakia in 1974, she eventually became a US citizen in 1981, so much of her success came as an American tennis player.

Like Chris Evert, she holds 18 Grand Slam singles titles and at least two at every Grand Slam tournament. Her most successful event by far is Wimbledon, which she won a record nine times.

In 1978, she became world No. 1, a position she held for 332 weeks in her career, the second-most of any player behind Steffi Graf. She held the same ranking in doubles for 237 weeks and is the only player to have reached 200 weeks in both disciplines.

Although her singles results are awe-inspiring, her doubles performance far eclipses her accomplishments in singles at Grand Slam events. She won an astounding 31 doubles Grand Slam titles, with at least seven at every tournament. In total, that’s 59 Grand Slam titles, the most of any player ever.

Post-retirement, she has served as a tennis commentator, written several books, and appeared in a few TV shows, which has helped her remain visible in the sport and beyond.

Birthday October 18, 1956
Retired 2006
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hall of Fame 2000
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 167 singles / 177 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 18 singles / 31 doubles
Olympic Medals

Billie Jean King

Female American Tennis Player - Billie Jean King

Photo Credit: @TennisHalloFame

American, Billie Jean King, is one of the best-known female tennis players in history who had a successful career and helped shape women’s tennis as we know it today.

In 1959, King turned pro, and during her career, she won 12 singles and 16 doubles Grand Slam titles. In 1966 she was ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, a feat she matched in doubles a year later. She ended her career with a 695-155 singles record, winning 81.8% of her matches and earning 129 titles.

Billie Jean King is well-known for campaigning throughout and after her career for gender equality and equal prize money. In 1971, shortly after the Open Era began, she was part of the Original 9, a group of women who committed to the first women’s professional tour.

In 1973, King famously played in the Battle of the Sexes, an exhibition match against Bobby Riggs, which she won and was a huge milestone in developing and garnering respect for women’s tennis.

She was also instrumental in forming the WTA and became the organization’s first president in 1973. King remains involved with the sport and has continued to fight for women’s equality.

In 2006, the USTA renamed the USTA National Tennis Center the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to recognize her contributions.

Birthday November 22, 1943
Retired 1990
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.64 m)
Hall of Fame 1987
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 129 singles / 11 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 12 singles / 16 doubles
Olympic Medals

Tracy Austin

Female American Tennis Player - Tracy Austin

Photo Credit: @tracyaustin_

Although her results aren’t entirely on par with the players previously mentioned, Tracy Austin goes down as one of the best American female tennis players.

Most notably, Tracy won the US Open twice in singles. Her first came in 1979 at the age of 16 as the youngest champion ever at the tournament, while her second came two years later in 1981. Shortly after her first victory in New York, she became ranked No. 1 in 1980.

Tracy Austin won 78.8% of her singles matches and claimed 30 titles throughout her career, along with a handful of doubles wins.

Since retiring, she’s gained some additional exposure working for the TennisChannel as a commentator.

Birthday December 23, 1962
Retired 1994
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Hall of Fame 1992
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 30 singles / 5 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 2 singles
Olympic Medals

Monica Seles

Female American Tennis Player - Monica Seles

Photo Credit: @TennisHalloFame

Monica Seles started her career representing Yugoslavia in 1989 but eventually became a US Citizen in 1994, playing under the American flag.

With an emphasis on singles, Monica won nine Grand Slam tournaments and claimed 53 titles overall. In 1991 she became the No. 1 ranked player, which she held for 178 weeks, 64 consecutive. Her career record of 595-122 netted her an impressive 82.3% winning percentage.

Unfortunately, in 1993, Monic Seles was the victim of an attack in Hamburg, Germany, when a man stabbed her in the back during her quarterfinal match. She wouldn’t return to the tour until 1995.

Although she managed to win another Grand Slam at the Australian Open after returning, she never quite found her prior form. An eventual foot injury in 2003 sidelined her, and she never played on tour again.

If the stabbing hadn’t occurred, many believe she was on track to become one of if not the most successful female tennis player of all time.

Birthday December 2, 1973
Retired 2008
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hall of Fame 2009
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 53 singles / 6 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 9 singles
Olympic Medals Bronze singles

Lindsay Davenport

Female American Tennis Player - Lindsay Davenport

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Born in California, Lindsay Davenport is another highly successful American tennis player who claimed three singles and women’s doubles Grand Slam victories during her career.

Her highest ranking as world No. 1 came in 1998, a position she kept for 98 weeks, 44 consecutive. Lindsay accomplished the same feat in doubles, which she achieved in 1997 and held for 32 weeks.

In 1996, Lindsay captured gold at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, and she ended her career with a 753-194 record, winning 79.5% of her singles matches.

Since retiring, Davenport has remained consistently involved with tennis. She has served as a tennis commentator for Tennis Channel and coached American tennis player Madison Keys.

Birthday June 8, 1976
Retired 2010
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.89 m)
Hall of Fame 2014
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 55 singles / 38 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 3 singles / 3 doubles
Olympic Medals Gold singles

Jennifer Capriati

Female American Tennis Player - Jennifer Capriati

Photo Credit: @Tennis

From early in her career, Jennifer Capriati was a success. After turning pro in 1990, she quickly climbed the ranks, reaching the top 10 at 14 years old.

Her first Grand Slam title came in 2001, which she followed up with another at the French Open. Although she’d make deep runs several times at Wimbledon and the US Open, her third and final Grand Slam victory came at the 2002 Australian Open.

Despite her success in the majors, she only won 14 titles during her career and ended with a 430-176 record, winning 71% of matches. In 2001 after a string of victories, she reached the No. 1 ranking in October.

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Jennifer Capriati captured gold defeating Steffi Graf, coming from a set down.

Birthday March 29, 1976
Retired 2004
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Hall of Fame 2012
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 14 singles / 1 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 3 singles
Olympic Medals Gold singles

Doris Hart

Female American Tennis Player - Doris Hart

Photo Credit: @Wimbledon

American, Doris Hart, was a successful tennis player in the 1950s who became the fourth player to win a Career Grand Slam in singles, doing so from 1949 to 1954 and accumulating 6 Grand Slam singles titles overall.

However, her success went far beyond singles, accumulating 14 women’s doubles titles and 15 mixed doubles. Notably, she achieved a Career Box Set, winning every Grand Slam at least once in every discipline.

In 1951, Doris garnered her highest ranking as world No. 1, and the Tennis Hall of Fame inducted her in 1951. Post-retirement in 1955, Doris taught tennis and published an autobiography.

Birthday June 20, 1925
Retired 1955
Height
Hall of Fame 1969
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles 6 singles / 14 doubles
Olympic Medals

Althea Gibson

Female American Tennis Player - Althea Gibson

Photo Credit: @usopen

Althena Gibson is a black American tennis player whose road to success was challenging in the 1950s. Notably, she was the first black tennis player to win a Grand Slam at the French Open in 1956.

Althena narrowly missed claiming a Career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open in 1957, where she reached the finals. That same year, Althena attained the world’s No. 1 ranking. She’d win four more at Wimbledon and the US Open throughout her career.

Much of her success came as an amateur, but because it didn’t pay, she turned professional in 1958. Unfortunately for her, she was ahead of her time. Opportunities were limited, and racial discrimination was rampant.

Despite the challenges, she carried on. In 1964, she became the first black woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Although her racial challenges continued, she reached a career-high ranking in golf of 27, extending her accomplishments as an athlete.

Although Althea Gibson passed in 2003, her legacy lives on, and her impact and influence are undeniable.

Birthday August 29, 1927
Retired 1958
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hall of Fame 1971
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles 5 singles / 5 doubles
Olympic Medals

Helen Wills Moody

Female American Tennis Player - Helen Wills Moody

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Easily one of the greatest tennis players of her time, American Helen Wills Moody’s success was unmatched in the 1920s, and her success continued well into the 1930s.

In total, Helen won 31 Grand Slam titles, 19 in singles. The only Grand Slam she didn’t win was the Australian Open, which didn’t start until 1922 and few American players traveled due to the distance.

In 1926, Helen traveled to France to participate in the Match of the Century against Suzanne Lenglen, a French tennis player. The two were widely considered the best at the time. Although competitive, Helen lost the match 3-6, 6-8.

In the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Helen won gold in singles and doubles. That same year, she reached the No. 1 ranking in doubles after winning Wimbledon and the US Open. A few years later, in 1927, she achieved the world’s No. 1 ranking in singles.

Birthday October 6, 1905
Retired 1938
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)
Hall of Fame 1959
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles 19 singles / 9 doubles
Olympic Medals Gold singles / Gold doubles

Maureen Connolly

Female American Tennis Player - Maureen Connolly

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Success started early for Maureen Connolly, winning the US Championships in 1951 at 16. Soon after, in 1953, she became the first woman to win a Grand Slam as the champion of all four Grand Slam tournaments that year, only losing one set in all four of the tournaments.

In total, Maureen won 12 Grand Slam events from 1951 to 1954. Nine in singles, two in women’s doubles, and one in mixed doubles.

Unfortunately, a horseriding accident cut her career short in 1954 when she injured her fibula shortly after winning Wimbledon. A year later, she announced her retirement from the sport.

Birthday September 17, 1934
Retired 1955
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Hall of Fame 1968
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles 9 singles / 2 doubles
Olympic Medals

Black American Tennis Players

Despite widespread racism and prejudice, Althea Gibson in the 1950s and Arthur Ashe in the 1960s and 70s persevered and never backed down to help pave the way for black tennis players in America and more broadly.

Years later, starting in the 1990s, Venus and Serena Williams forever changed the game as a dominant duo who will go down in history as two of the greatest players ever.

Although the Williams sisters aren’t too far off from retirement, their impact is immeasurable for black athletes, inspiring millions on and off the court. Today, many other black tennis players in America continue to follow in their footsteps.

Below, I’ve listed some of America’s most prominent male and female black tennis players.

Male

The following is a list of prominent black American male tennis players.

  • Arthur Ashe
  • James Blake
  • Steve Campbell
  • Christopher Eubanks
  • Bruce Foxworth
  • Rodney Harmon
  • Chip Hooper
  • Scoville Jenkins
  • Jarmere Jenkins
  • Lesley Joseph
  • Jimmie McDaniel
  • Michael Mmoh
  • Nicholas Monroe
  • Todd Nelson
  • Bryan Shelton
  • Frances Tifaoe
  • MaliVai Washington
  • Donald Young

Female

The following is a list of prominent black American female tennis players.

  • Katrina Adams
  • Leslie Allen
  • Robin Anderson
  • Raquel Atawo
  • Hailey Baptiste
  • Camille Benjamin
  • Renee Blount
  • Kyle Copeland
  • Jennifer Elie
  • Zina Garrison
  • Coco Gauff
  • Althea Gibson
  • Angela Haynes
  • Jamea Jackson
  • Cheryl Jones
  • Madison Keys
  • Stacey Martin
  • Lori McNeil
  • Robin Montgomery
  • Diane Morrison
  • Asia Muhammad
  • Asia Muhammad
  • Whitney Osuigwe
  • Alycia Parks
  • Shenay Perry
  • Asha Rolle
  • Chanda Rubin
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Alexandra Stevenson
  • Taylor Townsend
  • Sachia Vickery
  • Ora Washington
  • Mashona Washington
  • Serena Williams
  • Venus Williams

New players are coming up the ranks all the time, so I’ll do my best to keep the above lists updated. If you think I missed someone or want to encourage me to add a player, feel free to post a comment.

Greatest of All Time

There are several exceptional male and female American tennis players, a handful of whom will go down as the greatest ever. However, I’ve selected my picks for the best American tennis players below.

Serena Williams – Female

Best Female American Tennis Player - Serena Williams

Photo Credit: @serenawilliams

For many, Serena Williams will go down as the greatest female tennis player ever, regardless of nationality. Therefore, she’s undeniably the best when it comes to Americans and will be hard to eclipse.

Serena turned pro in 1995, shortly after turning 14, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she started to make waves. In 1999 she won her first Grand Slam singles win at the US Open. Since then, Serena has amassed a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

In July of 2002, Serena reached the world’s No. 1 ranking, and she has held that position for 319 weeks throughout her career, tied with Steffi Graf for most consecutive weeks at 186.

Along with her sister Venus, she’s won 14 Grand Slams in doubles and has another two in mixed doubles. She also has a singles gold and three doubles gold at the Olympics.

Throughout her ongoing career, she’s won 73 singles and 23 doubles titles and currently has a near-identical 84% winning percentage in both disciplines. Although Serena is not yet retired, she’s already cemented herself as one of the best ever to live.

Birthday September 26, 1981
Retired
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hall of Fame
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 73 singles / 23 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 23 singles / 14 doubles
Olympic Medals Singles gold / 3x doubles gold

Pete Sampras – Male

Best Male American Tennis Player - Pete Sampras

Photo Credit: @Wimbledon

With 14 Grand Slam tournament wins, Pete Sampras outshines other American men in singles by at least six titles, with Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors at eight.

He also held the number one ranking for more weeks than any other American player by 18 weeks. Although Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe have more titles than Pete Sampras, with 109 and 77, respectively, his success at the biggest tournaments outweighs their accomplishments.

Birthday August 12, 1971
Retired 2002
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame 2007
Highest Rank 1
Career Titles 64 singles / 2 doubles
Grand Slam Titles 14 singles
Olympic Medals

Grand Slam Singles Champions

The Grand Slam tournaments are the most prestigious and include the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.

When players win a Grand Slam event, they usually receive worldwide recognition from the media for their accomplishment. As a result, American players who have won Grand Slams are among the most famous, with some of the best name recognition of any players.

The following is a list of the American men and women who have won Grand Slam events throughout history.

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1877
1878
1879
1880
1881 Richard Sears
1882 Richard Sears
1883 Richard Sears
1884 Richard Sears
1885 Richard Sears
1886 Richard Sears
1887 Ellen Hansell
Richard Sears
1888 Bertha Townsend
Henry Slocum
1889 Bertha Townsend
Henry Slocum
1890 Ellen Roosevelt
Oliver Campbell
1891 Mabel Cahill
Oliver Campbell
1892 Mabel Cahill
Oliver Campbell
1893 Aline Terry
Robert Wrenn
1894 Helen Hellwig
Robert Wrenn
1895 Juliette Atkinson
Fred Hovey
1896 Elisabeth Moore
Robert Wrenn
1897 Juliette Atkinson
Robert Wrenn
1898 Juliette Atkinson
Malcolm Whitman
1899 Marion Jones
Malcolm Whitman
1900 Myrtle McAteer
Malcolm Whitman
1901 Elisabeth Moore
William Larned
1902 Marion Jones
William Larned
1903 Elisabeth Moore
1904 May Sutton Bundy
Holcombe Ward
1905 Elisabeth Moore
Beals Wright
1906 Helen Homans
William Clothier
1907 Evelyn Sears
William Larned
1908 Fred Alexander Maud Barger-Wallach
William Larned
1909 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
William Larned
1910 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
William Larned
1911 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
William Larned
1912 Mary Browne
Maurice McLoughlin
1913 Mary Browne
Maurice McLoughlin
1914 Mary Browne
Richard Williams
1915 William Johnston
1916 Richard Williams
1917 Robert Lindley Murray
1918 Robert Lindley Murray
1919 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
William Johnston
1920 Bill Tilden Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
Bill Tilden
1921 Bill Tilden Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
Bill Tilden
1922 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
Bill Tilden
1923 William Johnston Helen Wills Moody
Bill Tilden
1924 Helen Wills Moody
Bill Tilden
1925 Helen Wills Moody
Bill Tilden
1926 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
1927 Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody
1928 Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody
1929 Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody
Bill Tilden
1930 Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody
Bill Tilden
John Doeg
1931 Sidney Wood Helen Wills Moody
Ellsworth Vines
1932 Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody
Ellsworth Vines
Helen Jacobs
Ellsworth Vines
1933 Helen Wills Moody Helen Jacobs
1934 Helen Jacobs
1935 Helen Wills Moody Helen Jacobs
Wilmer Allison
1936 Helen Jacobs Alice Marble
1937 Don Budge Don Budge
1938 Dorothy Bundy Cheney
Don Budge
Don Budge Helen Wills Moody
Don Budge
Alice Marble
Don Budge
1939 Don McNeill Alice Marble
Bobby Riggs
Alice Marble
Bobby Riggs
1940 Alice Marble
Don McNeill
1941 Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Bobby Riggs
1942 Pauline Betz
Ted Schroeder
1943 Pauline Betz
Joseph Hunt
1944 Pauline Betz
Frank Parker
1945 Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Frank Parker
1946 Margaret Osborne duPont Pauline Betz Pauline Betz
Jack Kramer
1947 Patricia Canning Todd Margaret Osborne duPont
Jack Kramer
Louise Brough
Jack Kramer
1948 Frank Parker Louise Brough
Bob Falkenburg
Margaret Osborne duPont
Pancho Gonzales
1949 Doris Hart Margaret Osborne duPont
Frank Parker
Louise Brough
Ted Schroeder
Margaret Osborne duPont
Pancho Gonzales
1950 Louise Brough Doris Hart
Budge Patty
Louise Brough
Budge Patty
Margaret Osborne duPont
Arthur Larsen
1951 Richard Savitt Shirley Fry Doris Hart
Richard Savitt
Maureen Connolly
1952 Doris Hart Maureen Connolly Maureen Connolly
1953 Maureen Connolly Maureen Connolly Maureen Connolly
Vic Seixas
Maureen Connolly
Tony Trabert
1954 Maureen Connolly
Tony Trabert
Maureen Connolly Doris Hart
Vic Seixas
1955 Tony Trabert Louise Brough
Tony Trabert
Doris Hart
Tony Trabert
1956 Althea Gibson Shirley Fry Shirley Fry
1957 Shirley Fry Althea Gibson Althea Gibson
1958 Althea Gibson Althea Gibson
1959 Alex Olmedo Alex Olmedo
1960 Darlene Hard Darlene Hard
1961 Darlene Hard
1962 Karen Hantze Susman
1963 Chuck McKinley
1964
1965
1966 Billie Jean Moffitt King
1967 Nancy Richey Billie Jean Moffitt King Billie Jean Moffitt King
1968 Billie Jean Moffitt King Nancy Richey Billie Jean Moffitt King Arthur Ashe
1969 Ann Haydon Jones
1970 Arthur Ashe
1971 Billie Jean Moffitt King
Stan Smith
1972 Billie Jean Moffitt King Billie Jean Moffitt King
Stan Smith
Billie Jean Moffitt King
1973 Billie Jean Moffitt King
1974 Jimmy Connors Chris Evert Chris Evert
Jimmy Connors
Billie Jean Moffitt King
Jimmy Connors
1975 Chris Evert Billie Jean Moffitt King
Arthur Ashe
Chris Evert
1976 Chris Evert Chris Evert
Jimmy Connors
1977 Roscoe Tanner – Jan
Vitas Gerulaitis – Dec
Chris Evert
1978 Martina Navratilova Chris Evert
Jimmy Connors
1979 Barbara Jordan Chris Evert Martina Navratilova Tracy Austin
John McEnroe
1980 Brian TeacherDec Chris Evert Chris Evert
John McEnroe
1981 Martina Navratilova Chris Evert
John McEnroe
Tracy Austin
John McEnroe
1982 Chris Evert
Johan KriekDec
Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova
Jimmy Connors
Chris Evert
Jimmy Connors
1983 Martina Navratilova Chris Evert Martina Navratilova
John McEnroe
Martina Navratilova
Jimmy Connors
1984 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova
John McEnroe
Martina Navratilova
John McEnroe
1985 Martina Navratilova Chris Evert Martina Navratilova
1986 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova
1987 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova
1988
1989 Michael Chang
1990 Martina Navratilova Pete Sampras
1991 Jim Courier
1992 Jim Courier Jim Courier Andre Agassi
1993 Jim Courier Pete Sampras Pete Sampras
1994 Pete Sampras Pete Sampras Andre Agassi
1995 Andre Agassi Pete Sampras Pete Sampras
1996 Monica Seles Pete Sampras
1997 Pete Sampras Pete Sampras
1998 Pete Sampras Lindsay Davenport
1999 Andre Agassi Lindsay Davenport
Pete Sampras
Serena Williams
Andre Agassi
2000 Lindsay Davenport
Andre Agassi
Venus Williams
Pete Sampras
Venus Williams
2001 Jennifer Capriati
Andre Agassi
Jennifer Capriati Venus Williams Venus Williams
2002 Jennifer Capriati Serena Williams Serena Williams Serena Williams
Pete Sampras
2003 Serena Williams
Andre Agassi
Serena Williams Andy Roddick
2004
2005 Serena Williams Venus Williams
2006
2007 Serena Williams Venus Williams
2008 Venus Williams Serena Williams
2009 Serena Williams Serena Williams
2010 Serena Williams Serena Williams
2011
2012 Serena Williams Serena Williams
2013 Serena Williams Serena Williams
2014 Serena Williams
2015 Serena Williams Serena Williams Serena Williams
2016 Serena Williams
2017 Serena Williams Sloane Stephens
2018
2019
2020 Sofia Kenin
2021
2022

I’ll do my best to keep this list updated as it changes.

World No. 1s

Achieving a No. 1 ranking in tennis takes time and consistent performance, which few players have accomplished.

Since the ATP and WTA began tracking rankings, only 27 men and 28 women have held the top spot, underscoring how difficult it is to achieve the feat. As a result of their success, these players usually attract global attention and sponsorships and are some of the most recognizable names.

The following are lists of American men and women who have managed to rank No. 1 in tennis during the Open Era.

Men

The United States has more former world No. 1s than any other country. Here are the men that make up the list.

  • Pete Sampras
  • Jimmy Connors
  • John McEnroe
  • Andre Agassi
  • Jim Courier
  • Andy Roddick

Women

Eight American women have held the No. 1 spot in tennis, the most of any country in history. Here are the women who have claimed the top spot during the Open Era.

  • Martina Navratilova
  • Serena Williams
  • Chris Evert
  • Monica Seles
  • Lindsay Davenport
  • Tracy Austin
  • Jennifer Capriati
  • Venus Williams

This list will undoubtedly change in the future, so I’ll do my best to keep it updated.

Wrapping Up

American tennis players are some of the most influential in tennis history, and their legacy will likely only grow as more players come through the ranks and establish themselves on the ATP and WTA tours.

Hopefully, this article has helped you in your exploration of men and women players from the United States. If you think there’s anyone I’ve skipped or have any thoughts to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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