Rafael Osuna is the country's best player in history, but there's been plenty more stars. (Photos courtesy of Rafael Belmar Osuna)

With Cinco de Mayo celebrations taking place on Sunday, it's as good a time as any to celebrate the best Mexican players in tennis history. Here's a look at five of them: 


Raul Ramirez

Ramirez reached as high as No. 4 in 1976 and is a former world No. 1 in doubles. He won 18 singles titles and 60 doubles titles, including three Grand Slams. His best singles results at the majors was three semifinal runs. Playing in two leagues (before the ATP started) he was the first to finish No. 1 in both singles and doubles Grand Prix point standings. 


Santiago Gonzalez

Still on tour, Gonzalez is ranked No. 44 on the doubles tour.  The 36-year-old reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 155 in 2006. Two years ago, he reached the French Open doubles final with American Donald Young. Gonzalez has won 13 career doubles titles, most recently earlier this year in Houston. 


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Antonio Palafox

With Osuna alongside him, Palafox won the 1962 doubles title at the US Open. He was also part of the 1962 Davis Cup finalist team.  


Rafael Osuna

With a high of No. 1, Osuna is by far the greatest player in Mexican history. He helped the University of Southern California rule college tennis, won the 1963 US Open in singles and three more doubles Grand Slam crowns. He also led his country to its only Davis Cup final in 1962. Osuna was tragically killed in a plane accident in 1969. 


Yola Ramirez

Not related to Raul Ramirez, Yola Ramirez competed in two French Open finals, in 1960 and 1961. In 1958, she won both the doubles (with fellow Mexican Rosie Reyes) and mixed doubles titles at the French Open. She has a win over Billie Jean King, at Wimbledon in 1961. Her career-high singles ranking was No. 6.