Famous Tennis Player Dog Names

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Introduction

There is one thing that has almost universally linked dogs and athletes since the invention of tennis: tennis balls. Whether they are being thrown or vollied, they have tied together active owners and dogs for the last few decades, if not longer, which leaves little wonder why anyone would want to give their dog a famous tennis player’s name. So whether you are a player yourself or your dog just loves to chase, fetch, and return them, on the court or off, giving them this kind of themed name will surely tie together two things that seem almost entirely made for each other and help to add another layer of individuality to your furry friend. 

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Famous Tennis Player Dog Name Considerations

There are a lot of aspects to consider when giving your dog a famous tennis player’s name, such as who your favorite players are, what breed type your dog is, what they look like, as well as their personality, as these can all be factors to help you pick something appropriate. 

While the first category, your favorite players, may be the easiest, it doesn’t always provide the most depth, but it also shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if they seem to share some of the other characteristics found below.

Breed type and origin can be a great place to start, as a wide selection of the sport’s greatest players came from all over the world. For instance, naming your Russkiy Toy or Siberian Husky, Sharapova, Kournikova, or Marat, all highly-esteemed players from Russia, would make perfect sense given their origin. For the same reason, Lendl and Martina would be great names for a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog or Cesky Fousek. 

Looks can work just as well, as many players had distinct looks to go along with their personalities. For instance, naming your Standard Poodle, Tsonga, after Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, your Puli, Venus or Serena (at least the 90s-era versions), after the Williams sisters, or your Afghan Hound, Martina, after Martina Navratilova’s fabulous late 80s do, would all be perfectly suitable given their looks. 

Finally, personality can be a great avenue to explore as well. If your dog happens to have a fiery side, maybe McEnroe, after the hotheaded John McEnroe would be appropriate. If they tend to grunt every time they undertake any type of physical activity, maybe Nadal would be a better fit. Whatever you choose, make sure it suits both you and your pet equally. After all, you never want to whiff on something that could be returning your serves.

Male Famous Tennis Player Dog Names

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Roger
After Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player; one the sport's greatest
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Federer
After Roger Federer, who has 13 career Grand Slams, 57 career titles
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Rafael
After Rafael Nadal, top notch Spanish player
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Novak
After Novak Djokovic, Serbian player, who has 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 68 career titles, career Grand Slam
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Bjorn
After Bjorn Borg, Swedish tennis player who set numerous all-time tennis records
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Borg
After Bjorn Borg, Swedish player, first man in Open Era to reach 11 Grand Slam singles titles
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Connors
After Jimmy Conners, US player who holds the record for 109 singles titles, also won 8 career Grand Slams
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Andre
After Andre Agassi, US tennis player, only player to win a career Golden Slam, 4 GS events plus Olympic gold
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Agassi
After Andre Agassi, US player who has 60 career titles, 8 Grand Slams
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Wilander
After Mats Wilander, Swedish player who has 33 career titles, 7 Grand Slams
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Boris
After Boris Becker, German player who won 6 career Grand Slams
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Becker
After Boris Becker, German who won 49 titles and won an Olympic gold in Barcelona
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Edberg
After Stefan Edberg, Swedish, 42 career titles and 6 Grand Slams, won every GS event twice besides the French Open
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Guillermo
After Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian, first S. American man to win a GS event
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Newcombe
After John Newcombe, Australian who has 32 career titles, 5 Grand Slams; holds record for 12 GS doubles titles
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Gustavo
After Gustavo Kuerten, Brazilian player who was a clay court specialist
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Roddick
After Andy Roddick, American player with 26 career titles, 1 Grand Slam, oh, and the world's fastest serve -- 155 mph
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Hewitt
After Lleyton Hewitt, Australian player who has 26 titles and 2 Grand Slams
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Rafter
After Patrick Rafter, Australian player with 11 career titles, 2 Grand Slams; doubles specialist
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Graf
After Steffi Graf, German player who holds the record for 377 weeks as No. 1 in the world, men's or women's
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Evert
After Chris Evert, American with an incredible 157 career titles, 18 Grand Slams, one of the best ever
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King
After Billie Jean King, American player who has 12 Grand Slam singles
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Murray
After Andy Murray, British tennis player who has 45 career titles; reached No. 1 in the world
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Emerson
After Roy Emerson, Australian player who is one of only 8 men to win all four majors, 110 career titles
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Pancho
After Ricardo "Pancho" Gonzales, American who holds the men's record for No. 1 in the world for 8 years
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Gonzo
After Ricardo "Pancho" Gonzales, American who amassed 111 career titles
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Budge
After Jon "Don" Budge, American player who was No. 1 in the world for 5 years; first and youngest American male to win all four Grand Slam events in a year
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Goran
After Goran Ivanišević, the only person to win men's singles at Wimbledon as a wild card; reached No. 2 worldwide
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Kramer
After Jack Kramer, American advocate for open tennis; helped found the Association of Tennis Players, 35 career titles
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Connolly
After Maureen Connolly, American player nicknamed Little Mo who was first woman to win all four Grand Slam events in a calendar year, has 9 Grand Slam singles, and reached No. 1 in the world

Female Famous Tennis Player Dog Names

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Nadal
After Rafael Nadal, who has 6 career Grand Slams and 32 career titles since starting his career in 2004
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Laver
After Rod Laver, Australian player considered the greatest of all time; only man in Open Era history to win a calendar year Grand Slam, plus 200 career singles titles
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Sampras
After Pete Sampras, US player, aka Pistol Pete, first man to win 14 Grand Slam singles titles (64 singles titles total)
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Lendl
After Ivan Lendl, Czech player who has 94 singles titles, 8 Grand Slams; holds record for competing in 19 Grand Slam finals, made it to one in each year for 11 years
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Sharapova
After Maria Sharapova, Russian player, one of ten women to have a career Grand Slam, also won Olympic silver
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Kournikova
After Anna Kournikova, Russian player, never won a singles title but reached No. 8 worldwide, No. 1 in doubles and won several Grand Slams
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Rosewall
After Ken Rosewall, Australian, one of the most accomplished tennis players before the Open Era
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Mats
After Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis player who is one of three to win a Grand Slam on all three surfaces
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Vilas
After Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian player who holds record for impressive 46-match win streak on all surfaces, plus record for most titles in a season (16)
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Courier
After Jim Courier, American player who has 23 career titles, 4 Grand Slams; No. 1 worldwide for 58 weeks
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Ilie
After Ilie Nastase, Romanian player who won Grand Slams in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles
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Nastase
After Ilie Nastase, the Romanian Swiss army knife
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Kuerten
After Gustavo Kuerten, Brazilian player who has 3 career Grand Slams and 20 titles
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Muster
After Thomas Muster, Austrian, a clay specialist who won 40 of his 44 titles on clay
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Lleyton
After Lleyton Hewitt, Australian player who was the youngest to reach No. 1 in the world
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Serena
After Serena Williams, the best female tennis player in the world with an amazing 72 career titles
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Steffi
After Steffi Graf, German player who is also considered best in the world, whopping 107 career titles
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Martina
After Martina Navratilova, Czech player who has an amazing 167 career titles, 18 Grand Slams
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Court
After Margaret Court, debatably the best of all-time with 192 career titles, 24 singles Grand Slams plus 38 doubles
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Seles
After Monica Seles, Yugoslavian player with 53 career titles and 9 singles Grand Slams
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Billie Jean
After Billie Jean King, American player with a massive 129 career titles
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Venus
After Venus Williams, who has 49 career titles, 7 Grand Slam singles
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Henin
After Justine Henin, Belgian player, one of the best vollyers in the game; has 50 career titles, 7 Grand Slam singles
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Evonne
After Evonne Goolagong, Australian player with 68 career titles, 7 Grand Slam singles
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Ana
After Ana Ivanovic, Serbian player with 20 career titles; reached No. 1 in the world
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Tilden
After Bill Tilden, American player who was one of the greatest of all time; held No. 1 in the world for 6 years
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Marat
After Marat Safin, Russian player with 15 career titles; reached No. 1 in the world;, first Russian inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
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Tsonga
After Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French player who reached No. 5 in the world and has 16 career titles
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Chang
After Michael Chang, American player who won the French Open at 17; has 34 career titles and reached No. 2 in the world
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Ashe
After Arthur Ashe, the only black man to ever win Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open; reached No. 1 in the world and has 66 career titles

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