Tennis is a globally recognized sport, with a huge fanbase, and players come from every corner of the world. However, few countries are above the rest because of producing some exceptional talents in the world.
In this topic, we will witness such ten countries which produce the best tennis talent and it is hard to decide which country is best, so we will arrange them in order of the Grand Slam success.
#10. Russia (12 Grand Slam)
Russia is known for producing powerful players and it has given many such talented players to the world of tennis.
Those great Russian players have won 12 Grand Slams in total, which includes players like Marat Safin, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and more. In the rich history of Russian tennis, women seem to do much better than men.
Maria Sharapova, who is known for her outstanding talent and beauty, hails from this country. This Russian legend herself has won five out of the country’s 12 Grand Slam titles.
#9. Serbia (21 Grand Slam)
Serbia has not given that many players to the world, but the few numbers which came from this country went on becoming legends of this sport. The saying “quality over quantity” goes really with this country.
Great veterans like Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic are two names who dominated the court. However, Djokovic is the most successful player from the country, and contributed 20 Grand Slam titles to his country. Therefore, Nole is considered one of the best players in the world at the moment and he motivates many more young talents.
#8. Switzerland (28 Grand Slam)
Switzerland gave some skillful player to the world and one of them is none other than Roger Federer, who might be the greatest player in the history of this sport.
King Federer is one of the best players, who won 20 Grand Slams in his country and won many more titles for Switzerland. It can be said Roger is also not less than any national treasure.
Aside from Federer, there is also Stan Wawrinka, who also made it to the top 50 and tried to catch up to the records of his fellow countryman. Switzerland not only gave skilled players to men’s tennis but also women’s tennis. Because Martina Hingis was one of the best female player from this land and she set many new records and could have much more success, but had to quit after a hip-injury.
#7. Sweden (26 Grand Slam)
During the 70s-80s and early 2000s, many skillful players hailed from Sweden and made a name for the country in the history of tennis.
Bjorn Borg became the face of tennis during the 70s, he became the cover boy for tennis during that time. The player got glory in a brief period and won 11 major titles. However, the success took a heavy toll on the Swedish, as the legend took retirement at age 26 because of burnout.
After Borg’s retirement, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg continued his legacy. The last Sweden to achieve success was in 2002, when Thomas Johanson won the Australian Open and since no Swedish won anymore success at major tournaments.
#6. France (37 Grand Slams)
France has a history with this sport, as it is believed tennis was born here around the 12th century. Thus, French are said to be one of the best countries that produce the best tennis talent in both men’s and women’s category.
Suzanne Lenglen is one of the greatest player of the Amateur era and it won’t be wrong to say she was the pioneer for tennis in France, winning eight Grand Slams throughout her career. France also gave rise to many prominent names like Henri Cochet, Mary Pierce, Marion Bartoli and many more.
#5. Spain (38 Grand Slams)
Spain had a glorious history with tennis, it is also the country where one of the greatest player in the world Rafael Nadal was born.
Manuel Sanata was the first Spaniard to win a Grand Slam and that too during an era when few players came from this country. But they became the foundation for young talents to get interested in the sport.
After many talented players from Spain, the world finally witnessed the best from the Spanish soil who not only won 20 major titles but also earned the nickname of “King of Clay” because of his dominance at clay. These legends still inspire more Spanish talents to get into tennis every day.
#4. Germany (40 Grand Slams)
German country has given many skilled players to the world, who even became great coaches, like Boris Becker. However, this place is known as one of the best countries that produce the best tennis talent for women’s category.
Many great female stars came from this country. We can’t forget about Steffi Graf, who became the symbol for tennis in the 1980s, and won 22 major singles titles. In present times, there is Angelique Kerber, who bagged three Grand Slam titles and ranks in top 50.
The German men are no more behind the women, as many male players also made their way into the Top 100. In the future, Germany will have more players in top ranks and someone might even repeat the legendary achievements of Steffi Graf and Boris Becker.
#3. United Kingdom (35 Grand Slam)
Many great legends like William Renshaw, Dorothea Douglass and more came from the English lands. William Renshaw is considered the pioneer of tennis in the United Kingdom, winning seven Grand Slam titles, which was an all-time record during amateur era. Further, he became the first president of British Lawn Tennis Association.
After Renshaw, many more players came to carry on his torch, like in present day it was Andy Murray, who even rose to World No. 1 and did so during the era of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. But because of a hip injury, he lost his dominance in the sport. But many more young players like Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund are showing great potential and soon another English player might take the top spot again.
#2. Australia (35 Grand Slam)
Australia was the birthplace for many legendary players like Rod Laver, John Crawford, Margaret Smith, and many more. Rod Laver might be the best to come from this country and he not only dominated the Amateur era but also the Open era.
Australia was once feared as the strongest nation for tennis because of the talents coming from this country and they haven’t disappointed till this date. Even today, Ashleigh Barty is an exceptional talent came from Australia, who is dominating the WTA and is the current Number One.
There are also promising players like Alex De Minaur and Nick Kyrgios, who are already in the Top 50 and many believes him to move up in ranking soon.
#1. USA (85 Grand Slam)
So many talents have come from USA that it is near impossible to name all those superstar players. Therefore, United States is one of the best countries that produce the best tennis talent.
Legends like Don Budge, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi came from this developed country. These players were once the poster boys for tennis. After these legends retiring, America again gave many phenomenal talents like John Isner and Andy Roddick.
However, America is more popular because of the talent it gave to the women’s tennis. Helen Wills is considered the best female player in the history and she was succeeded by countless talents like Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and then Serena Williams, who became the most popular player in the world.
America continues to provide many more young talents to the world. Already players like Sofia Kenin, Coco Gauff and Reilly Opelka are in the Top 50 and might even take the top spot in the future soon.
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