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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.

PlayerBirthdayHighest RankTitles
John IsnerApril 26, 1985816
Jack SockSeptember 24, 199284
Sam QuerreyOctober 7, 19871110
Taylor FritzOctober 28, 1997132
Reilly OpelkaAugust 28, 1997174
Steve JohnsonDecember 24, 1989214
Frances TiafoeJanuary 2, 1998251
Sebastian KordaJuly 5, 2000301
Tommy PaulMay 17, 1997331
Jenson BrooksbyOctober 26, 2000350
Tennys SandgrenJuly 22, 1991411
Mackenzie McDonaldApril 16, 1995490
Marcos GironJuly 24, 1993520
Denis KudlaAugust 17, 1992530
Maxime CressyMay 8, 1997590
Brandon NakashimaAugust 3, 2001620
Ernesto EscobedoJuly 4, 1996670
Michael MmohJanuary 10, 1998960
Bjorn FratangeloJuly 19, 1993990
Stefan KozlovFebruary 1, 19981150
J.J. WolfDecember 21, 19981200
Mitchell KruegerJanuary 1, 19941460
Christopher EubanksMay 5, 19961470

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.

PlayerBirthdayHighest RankTitles
Serena WilliamsSeptember 26, 1981173
Venus WilliamsJune 17, 1980149
Sloane StephensMarch 20, 199337
Sofia KeninNovember 14, 199845
Madison KeysFebruary 17, 199576
Danielle CollinsDecember 3, 199382
Coco VandewegheDecember 6, 199192
Jessica PegulaFebruary 24, 1994111
Jennifer BradyApril 12, 1995131
Coco GauffMarch 13, 2004152
Alison RiskeJuly 3, 1990183
Varvara LepchenkoMay 21, 1986191
Amanda AnisimovaAugust 31, 2001212
Christina MchaleMay 11, 1992241
Lauren DavisOctober 9, 1993261
Bernarda PeraDecember 3, 1994351
Madison BrengleApril 3, 1990350
Shelby RogersOctober 13, 1992360
Ann LiJune 26, 2000441
Louisa ChiricoMay 16, 1996580
Sachia VickeryMay 11, 1995730
Catherine HarrisonApril 9, 1994821
Claire LiuMay 25, 2000830
Grace MinMay 6, 1994970
Catherine McnallyNovember 20, 20011050
Katie VolynetsDecember 31, 20011120
Francesca Di LorenzoJuly 22, 19971180
Hailey BaptisteNovember 3, 20011190
Allie KiickJune 30, 19951260
Jamie LoebMarch 8, 19951320
Alycia ParksDecember 31, 20001500
Robin AndersonApril 12, 19931590
Asia MuhammadApril 4, 19911670
Caroline DolehideSeptember 5, 19981720
Emina BektasMarch 30, 19931880
Emma NavarroMay 18, 20011940
Hanna ChangFebruary 25, 19982140
Sophie ChangMay 28, 19972740
Usue Maitane ArconadaOctober 28, 19882850
Elvina KalievaJuly 27, 20032940

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.

BirthdaySeptember 2, 1952
Retired1996
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hall of Fame1998
Highest Rank1
Career Titles109 singles / 16 doubles
Grand Slam Titles8 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.

BirthdayFebruary 16, 1959
Retired1994 singles / 2006 doubles
Height5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Hall of Fame1999
Highest Rank2
Career Titles77 singles / 78 doubles
Grand Slam Titles7 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.

BirthdayAugust 17, 1970
Retired2000
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame2005
Highest Rank1
Career Titles23 singles / 6 doubles
Grand Slam Titles4 singles
Olympic Medals+

Pete Sampras

Male American Tennis Player - Pete Sampras

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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.

BirthdayAugust 12, 1971
Retired2002
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame2007
Highest Rank1
Career Titles64 singles / 2 doubles
Grand Slam Titles14 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.

BirthdayApril 29, 1970
Retired2006
Height5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Hall of Fame2011
Highest Rank1
Career Titles60 singles / 1 doubles
Grand Slam Titles8 singles
Olympic MedalsGold 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.

BirthdayAugust 30, 1982
Retired2012 singles / 2015 doubles
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Hall of Fame2017
Highest Rank1
Career Titles32 singles / 4 doubles
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Olympic Medals

Mike Bryan

Male American Tennis Player - Mike Bryan

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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.

BirthdayApril 29, 1978
Retired2020
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Hall of Fame
Highest Rank246 singles / 1 doubles
Career Titles124 doubles
Grand Slam Titles18 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold 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.

BirthdayApril 29, 1978
Retired2020
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Hall of Fame
Highest Rank116 singles / 1 doubles
Career Titles119 doubles
Grand Slam Titles16 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold 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.

BirthdayDecember 14, 1946
Retired1985
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Hall of Fame1987
Highest Rank1
Career Titles64 singles / 54 doubles
Grand Slam Titles2 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.

BirthdayJuly 10, 1943
Retired1980
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame1985
Highest Rank1
Career Titles76 singles / 18 doubles
Grand Slam Titles3 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.

BirthdayFebruary 10, 1893
Retired1946
Height6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Hall of Fame1959
Highest Rank1
Career Titles138 singles
Grand Slam Titles10 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.

BirthdayJune 13, 1915
Retired1961
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame1964
Highest Rank1
Career Titles43 singles
Grand Slam Titles6 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.

BirthdayDecember 21, 1954
Retired1989
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hall of Fame1995
Highest Rank1
Career Titles157 singles / 32 doubles
Grand Slam Titles18 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.

BirthdayOctober 18, 1956
Retired2006
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hall of Fame2000
Highest Rank1
Career Titles167 singles / 177 doubles
Grand Slam Titles18 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.

BirthdayNovember 22, 1943
Retired1990
Height5 ft 4 in (1.64 m)
Hall of Fame1987
Highest Rank1
Career Titles129 singles / 11 doubles
Grand Slam Titles12 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.

BirthdayDecember 23, 1962
Retired1994
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Hall of Fame1992
Highest Rank1
Career Titles30 singles / 5 doubles
Grand Slam Titles2 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.

BirthdayDecember 2, 1973
Retired2008
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hall of Fame2009
Highest Rank1
Career Titles53 singles / 6 doubles
Grand Slam Titles9 singles
Olympic MedalsBronze 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.

BirthdayJune 8, 1976
Retired2010
Height6 ft 2 in (1.89 m)
Hall of Fame2014
Highest Rank1
Career Titles55 singles / 38 doubles
Grand Slam Titles3 singles / 3 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold singles

Jennifer Capriati

Female American Tennis Player - Jennifer Capriati

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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.

BirthdayMarch 29, 1976
Retired2004
Height5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Hall of Fame2012
Highest Rank1
Career Titles14 singles / 1 doubles
Grand Slam Titles3 singles
Olympic MedalsGold 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.

BirthdayJune 20, 1925
Retired1955
Height
Hall of Fame1969
Highest Rank1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles6 singles / 14 doubles
Olympic Medals

Althea Gibson

Female American Tennis Player - Althea Gibson

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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.

BirthdayAugust 29, 1927
Retired1958
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hall of Fame1971
Highest Rank1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles5 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.

BirthdayOctober 6, 1905
Retired1938
Height5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)
Hall of Fame1959
Highest Rank1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles19 singles / 9 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold 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.

BirthdaySeptember 17, 1934
Retired1955
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Hall of Fame1968
Highest Rank1
Career Titles
Grand Slam Titles9 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.

BirthdaySeptember 26, 1981
Retired
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hall of Fame
Highest Rank1
Career Titles73 singles / 23 doubles
Grand Slam Titles23 singles / 14 doubles
Olympic MedalsSingles 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.

BirthdayAugust 12, 1971
Retired2002
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Hall of Fame2007
Highest Rank1
Career Titles64 singles / 2 doubles
Grand Slam Titles14 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.

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