Top Irish Tennis Players

This article will look at the top Irish tennis players who are playing on the ATP and WTA Tours in May 2023, as well as looking at some of the Irish born grand slam winners from the past.

Osgar O’Hoisin is currently the number 1 male Irish tennis player playing singles on the ATP tour with an ATP ranking of 731 (22/5/23) in the world.

Osgar O’Hoisin is one of three Irish players who are ranked in the top 1500 of the ATP ranking, with the others being Simon Carr (787) and Michael Agwi (T1234).

In the Men’s Doubles Ranking, Ireland has a total of four players ranked by the ATP with Osgar O’Hoisin being the number 1 ranked men’s doubles player from Ireland.

On the WTA Tour, Celine Simunyu is the number 1 Irish player playing on the WTA Tour with a world ranking of 970.

As at the 22nd of May 2023, Celine Simunyu was the only Irish player ranked in the WTA World Singles Ranking.

Top Irish Tennis Players

Top Irish Tennis Players (Men’s Singles)

IE RankATP Rank*ATP PlayerATP Points
1732Osgar O’Hoisin32
2787Simon Carr26
3T1234Michael Agwi5

Top Irish Male Players (Doubles)

IE RankATP Rank*ATP PlayerATP Points
1640Osgar O’Hoisin73
2788Simon Carr51
3T1292Cian Maguire16
4T1712Ammar Elamin6

Top Irish Female Tennis Players (Singles)

IE RankWTA Rank*WTA PlayerWTA Points
1970Celine Simunyu17

Top Irish Female Tennis Players (Doubles)

IE RankWTA Rank*WTA PlayerWTA Points
1723Celine Simunyu56
21494Beatrice Pertac4

*ATP and WTA Rankings Date: 22/05/23

The main Tennis Ireland Rankings as well as the ranking for Irish Juniors and Seniors are available to view on the Tennis Ireland Tournament Software website.

Irish Grand Slam Winners Tennis (Men’s Singles)

To date, Willoughby Hamilton (1890 Wimbledon), James Cecil Parke (1912 Australian Open), and Joshua Pim (1893 and 1894 Wimbledon) are the only Irish-born tennis players who have claimed a grand slam title in men’s singles.

YearPlayerGrand SlamOpponent in FinalScore in Final
1890Willoughby HamiltonWimbledonWilliam Renshaw (GBR)6–8, 6–2, 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
1893Joshua PimWimbledonWilfred Baddeley3–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
1894Joshua PimWimbledonWilfred Baddeley10–8, 6–2, 8–6
1912James Cecil ParkeAustralian OpenAlfred Beamish (GBR)3–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–1, 7–5

Irish Grand Slam Winners Tennis (Women’s Singles)

Lena Rice was the first Irish-born woman to win a grand slam title when she claimed the title at the 1890 Wimbledon.

A year later Mabel Cahill would win the first of her two US Open singles titles.

Mabel Cahill would later be included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame and to this day is the only player in the Hall of Fame who was born in Ireland.

YearPlayerGrand SlamOpponent in FinalScore in Final
1890Lena RiceWimbledonBlanche Bingley Hillyard (GBR)Walkover
1891Mabel CahillUS OpenEllen Roosevelt6–4, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
1892Mabel CahillUS OpenElisabeth Moore5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2

Irish Players at Wimbledon

Irish born players had great success in the early days of Wimbledon, with Willoughby Hamilton (1890), Joshua Pim (1893 and 1894), and Lena Rice (1890) all winning the Wimbledon singles titles.

In the open era, there has been less success, with Conor Niland (2011) being the last player from Ireland to make it to the main draw of the singles, where he lost in five sets to Adrian Mannarino in the first round (6-4, 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 4-6).

If Niland had defeated Mannarino, he would have faced Roger Federer in the second round but unfortunately, it was not to be.