The greatest glasses-wearing Tennis stars

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There have not been many famous tennis players who wear glasses. But out of the few, some are the most significant players the sport has ever seen.

Denis Istomin

The Uzbek player of Russian descent, Denis Istomin, is probably most well-known for defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic in the second round at the 2017 Australian Open. But the prescription-glasses-wearing tennis player has also won two singles titles, at the Aegon Open Nottingham in 2015, and the Chengdu Open in 2017. Istomin achieved his career-high singles ranking in August 2012, when he reached number thirty-three.

Janko Tipsarević

Former tennis player Janko Tipsarević was well-known for playing on the court with his prescription glasses. The Serbian’s career-high ranking was when he reached number eight in the singles rankings in 2012. He also won four ATP World Tour titles, as well as fifteen Challenger titles, three Futures, and one ATP doubles title. Tipsarević has even beaten world number one Novak Djokovic on two occasions.  As for Grand Slams, he managed to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open in both 2011 and 2012.

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Hyeon Chung

In recent times, Hyeon Chung has become a big name in tennis. As an unseeded player, Chung became the first South Korean to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, at the Australian Open in 2018.

He was also the champion of the 2017 Next Gen Finals. Currently, Chung is the second-highest ranked player from South Korea. As a child, Chung grew up with bad eyesight. Bizarrely, his father suggested playing tennis could improve his vision because the court’s green surface could help his focus. Chung was later diagnosed with astigmatism, which is why he has to wear glasses all the time, on and off the court. His famous glasses have named Hyeon Chung the nickname of The Professor.

Billie-Jean King

Billie Jean King at Wimbledon
Billie Jean King at Wimbledon

Billie-Jean King is regarded by most as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. In 1987, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The World number one player won a staggering 39 Grand Slam titles over her career: 16 in women’s doubles, 12 in singles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King often represented the US in the Wightman Cup and the Federation Cup, and as a member of the US team, she won an incredible nine Wightman Cups and seven Federation Cups. And for three years, Billie-Jean King captained the US team in the Federation Cup. Obviously, the fact that King wore glasses during her matches had no negative impact on her amazing professional performances.

Martina Navratilova

Without a doubt, Martina Navratilova is the greatest lenses-wearing tennis star. Indeed, she is probably the greatest sportsperson of all time to wear glasses.

As every tennis fan knows, her list of accomplishments is simply outstanding. She was World number one for a staggering 332 weeks in singles, and 237 weeks in doubles. That makes Navratilova the only player in history to have held the top position in both singles and doubles for more than 200 weeks. Navratilova was also year-end singles number one seven times, including a record of five successive years, and year-end doubles number one five times, including three consecutive wins.

And those stats are only just getting started! The Czech-born American won 18 Grand Slam singles and a combined total of 59 major titles in her career, making Navratilova the Open Era record-holder for most Grand Slam titles won by either a woman or a man.