Tennis

A listing of athletes and coaches who were born or raised in Minnesota and have left their mark in the international tennis world.

  • Jeanne Arth (St. Paul, MN)
    Teamed with Darlene Hard to win the 1959 Wimbledon doubles championship. U.S. Doubles champion, 1958 and 1959.
  • Eric Butorac (Rochestor, MN)
    Doubles Player; Ranked #29 in ATP in 2010. Played collegiately at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
  • Michael Chang (born Hoboken NJ raised in St. Paul, MN until age 7)
    Singles Player; French Open Champion in 1989 at the age of 17 – the youngest male player to win a major tournament at that time. Finalist in the Australian Open and U.S. Open. Learned how to play tennis in Minnesota.
  • Mardy Fish (Edina, MN)
    Singles Player; Turned pro in 2000, Fish reached his highest ATP world ranking (#16) in 2010. Olympic Silver Medalist in 2004. Reached quarter finals in Wimbledon (2007) and U.S. Open (2008).
  • Ginger Helgeson-Nielsen (Edina, MN)
    Played professionally for several years, including appearances at all four Grand Slams. Was ranked as high as #5 in the United States and #29 in the world in 1994. Made it to the quarterfinals in the French Open and Wimbledon in Doubles, and the US Open in Mixed Doubles.
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands (Rochester, MN)
    In March 2011, Mattek-Sands was ranked #43 in the WTA Singles rankings and #12 in Doubles. Highest ranking in WTA Singles was #37 on March 23 2009.
  • Robert Arthur Seguso (Minneapolis, MN)
    Doubles Player; Won 4 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles (2 Wimbledon, 1 French Open and 1 US Open). Gold Medal in Men’s Doubles at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, partnering Ken Flach. Reached #1 ranking in the world for his doubles play in 1985.
  • Dave Wheaton (Minneapolis, MN)
    Professional tennis player from 1988-2001. Wheaton reached #12 in the world rankings in 1991. He made it to the quarterfinals in the U.S. and Australian Opens in 1990. In 1991 he made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon. He also represented the United States in Davis Cup competition in 1993. Throughout his career, he scored victories over such notable players as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier, and Michael Chang.
  • Steve Wilkinson (birthplace unknown)
    Tennis Coach/Player. Men’s tennis coach at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) for 39 years, and the winningest coach in men’s tennis collegiate history with 923 victories and two NCAA national team titles. He has been named the NAIA National Coach of the Year twice (1974 and 1984) and the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year three times (1983, 2001, 2003).

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