Top 10 shortest players in tennis

Billie Jean King (R) is glad to lend a hand to 55-year-old-Bobby Riggs before their “Battle of the Sexes” match

2) Felicisimo Ampon

Height: 1.5m (4 feet 11 inches)

4′ 11″ Felicisimo Ampon (R) with tennis legend 6′ 3″ Pancho Gonzales

If you thought the article was going to be dominated by the women players till the end, think again. At No. 2 is the greatest tennis player produced by the Philippines, Felicisimo Ampon.

Since he lived and played in the 30s, 40s and 50s, accurate descriptions of his exact height are difficult to obtain. But whatever evidence there is, points to a man who was not even 5 feet tall, but was rated as the best player in the world inch for inch.

Ampon represented Philippines for nearly 30 years in Davis Cup competitions and at 47 years and 196 days old, holds the distinction of being the oldest player in Davis Cup history. Legend has it that Ampon used to play barefoot and that he had a knack of beating 6-foot plus tall players.

Tennis experts from that era believed that had Ampon been 5′ 5 or 5′ 6, he would have easily been the best player of his generation.

1) C.G Hoahing

Height: 1.45m (4 feet 9 inches)

Gem Hoahing (left) and ‘Gussie Moran’ (Gorgeous Gussie) walking on to Centre Court at Wimbledon

At 4 feet 9 inches, C.G Hoahing is comfortably the shortest player in tennis history. She was a British player from the 1930s and appeared at the 1949 Wimbledon Championships where she beat Gertrude Morgan of USA to proceed.

Multiple sources were used for the compilation of this list including wikipedia, and tennis forums. If there is a player shorter than the ones on this list, we would love to hear from you. Drop us a line in the comments and we will update the article.

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