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Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player who represents Japan. Osaka has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association, and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.

She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels.

Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, and is the first player to achieve this feat since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.

  • Full name: Naomi Osaka
  • Profession: Japanese tennis player
  • Born: 16 October 1997 (age 22 years), Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Height: 1.8 m
  • Current ranking: No. 10 (March 16, 2020)
  • Country (sports): Japan
  • Coach: Wim Fissette (2020–)
  • Parents: Leonard Francois, Tamaki Osaka
  • Siblings: Mari osaka
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Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras is an American former professional tennis player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, his professional career began in 1988 and ended at the 2002 US Open, which he won, defeating rival Andre Agassi in the final.

Sampras won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career, which was an Open Era record at the time of his retirement: seven Wimbledon, two Australian Open and a joint Open Era record five US Open titles. He won 64 singles titles in total.

He first reached world No. 1 in 1993, and held that position for a total of 286 weeks (second of all time), including an Open Era record of six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998.

A right-handed player with a single-handed backhand, his precise and powerful serve earned him the nickname “Pistol Pete”. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

  • Full name: Petros “Pete” Sampras
  • Profession: American tennis player
  • Born: 12 August 1971 (age 48 years), Potomac, Maryland, United States
  • Grand Slam Cup: W (1990, 1997)
  • Int. Tennis HoF: 2007 (member page)
  • Retired: September 8, 2002 (last match); August 25, 2003 (official)
  • Spouse: Bridgette Wilson (m. 2000)
  • Tour Finals: W (1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)
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Gaël Monfils

Gaël Sébastien Monfils is a French professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP world No. 6 singles ranking on 7 November 2016.

His career highlights include reaching two Grand Slam singles semifinals at the 2008 French Open and 2016 US Open and three ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles finals – two at the Paris Masters (2009, 2010) and the other at the Monte Carlo Masters (2016).

Monfils was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2005. Monfils has won ten ATP World Tour singles titles and been runner-up twenty-one times in ATP Tour tournaments.

He has reached at least one ATP World Tour singles final and scored at least one singles win against a Top 10 player every year since 2005.

  • Full name: Gaël Sébastien Monfils
  • Profession: French tennis player
  • Born: 1 September 1986 (age 33 years), Paris, France
  • Height: 1.93 m
  • Current ranking: No. 9 (2 March 2020)
  • Tour Finals: RR (2016)
  • Prize money: US$ 19,076,271: 26th all-time leader in earnings
  • Wimbledon: 4R (2018)
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Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka is a Swiss professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals world No. 3 singles ranking for the first time on 27 January 2014.

His career highlights include three Grand Slam titles at the 2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open and 2016 US Open, where he defeated the No. 1 player in the final on all three occasions, reaching the final of the 2017 French Open, winning an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Monte-Carlo

Masters in 2014, and reaching three other finals at 2008 Rome, 2013 Madrid and 2017 Indian Wells. As a competitor for Switzerland, Wawrinka won gold in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with teammate Roger Federer, and was also pivotal in the Swiss team’s victory at the 2014 Davis Cup.

Wawrinka considers clay his best and favorite surface and his serve and backhand his best shots. John McEnroe once said that Wawrinka has one of the most powerful backhands ever, and in 2009 described him as having “the best one-handed backhand in the game.”

He has been described by The Economist as “Tennis’s great latecomer”, owing to finding success late in his career.

Prior to the 2014 French Open, he requested and the ATP granted a formal change in his name from “Stanislas Wawrinka” to “Stan Wawrinka”, stating that he plans to use the abbreviated name in tournament draws and press conferences.

  • Full name: Stanislas Wawrinka
  • Profession: Tennis player
  • Born: 28 March 1985 (age 35 years), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Grand slams won (singles): 3
  • Height: 1.83 m
  • Tour Finals: SF (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Spouse: Ilham Vuilloud (m. 2009–2015)
  • Olympic Games: 2R (2008)
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Andy Murray

Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, and former world No. 1.

Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final, becoming the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Murray is also the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1936, winning the tournament in 2013 and 2016.

Murray is the men’s singles 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, making him the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic singles titles.

He featured in Great Britain’s Davis Cup-winning team in 2015, going 11–0 in his matches (8 singles and 3 doubles) as they secured their first Davis Cup title since 1936.

  • Full name: Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE
  • Profession: British tennis player
  • Born: 15 May 1987 (age 32 years), Glasgow
  • Grand slams won (singles): 3
  • Height: 1.9 m
  • Spouse: Kim Sears (m. 2015)
  • Coach: Jamie Delgado (2016–)
  • Children: Edie Murray, Sophia Olivia Murray
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Karolína Plíšková

Karolína Plíšková is a Czech professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

Karolína has won sixteen singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as 10 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 31 October 2016, she peaked at world No. 11 in the doubles rankings.

She reached her first and, as of today, only Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open, where she was runner-up to Angelique Kerber in three sets.

As a junior, Plíšková won the girls’ singles event at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Laura Robson in the final. She has also played for the Czech Republic in Fed Cup competition.

  • Full name: Karolína Plíšková
  • Profession: Czech tennis player
  • Born: 21 March 1992 (age 28 years), Louny, Czechia
  • Height: 1.86 m
  • Spouse: Michal Hrdlička (m. 2018)
  • Country (sports): Czech Republic
  • Tour Finals: SF (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Coaches: Conchita Martínez (2018–2019), Rennae Stubbs (2018–2019), Daniel Vallverdú (2020–), Olga Savchuk (2020–)
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Anna Kalinskaya

Anna Kalinskaya is a Russian professional tennis player. Kalinskaya has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour as well as seven singles titles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit.

She reached a career-high singles ranking of No.96 on 21 October 2019. On 30 September 2019, she peaked at No. 72 in the double’s rankings.

In 2016, Kalinskaya won the girls’ doubles event at Australian Open, partnering Tereza Mihalíková.

Scoring her first win in a major, Kalinskaya advanced to the second round of the 2019 US Open, defeating Sloane Stephens in the first round in straight sets for her first Top 10 win.

  • Full name: Anna Nikolayevna Kalinskaya
  • Profession: Russian tennis player
  • Born: 2 December 1998 (age 21 years), Moscow, Russia
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Australian Open: 1R (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Wimbledon: 1R (2019)
  • Parents: Nikolay Kalinskiy
  • Prize money: 676,871 USD
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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

He has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the third-most in history for a male player, five ATP Finals titles, 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for over 280 weeks.

In majors, he has won a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title.

By winning the 2016 French Open, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the third man to hold all four major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969 and the first ever to do so on three different surfaces.

He is the only male player to have won all nine of the Masters 1000 tournaments. Djokovic was also a member of Serbia’s winning Davis Cup team in 2010 and in the 2020 ATP Cup.

  • Full name: Novak Djokovic
  • Born: 22 May 1987 (age 32 years), Belgrade, Serbia
  • Grand slams won (singles): 17
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Spouse: Jelena Đoković (m. 2014)
  • Tour Finals: W (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Children: Stefan Đoković, Tara Đoković