Ace (tennis)

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In tennis, an ace is a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver, winning the point.[1]

In professional tennis, aces are generally seen on a player's first serve, where the server can strike the ball with maximum force and take more chances with ball placement (usually in the far corners of the service box).[2]

The most common placement of an ace is a hard flat serve to either the middle or the corner of the service box, or a spin serve out wide such as a slice serve to the deuce court for right-handed servers, or a kick serve, also known as a topspin serve, to the ad court for right-handed servers.



John Isner holds the record for most aces in a professional tennis match

On June 23, 2010, in the 2010 Wimbledon first round, John Isner hit 112 aces in a match against Nicolas Mahut, who himself hit 103 aces, by virtue of it being the longest match of tennis ever played in terms of both time taken (11 hours 5 minutes) and number of games (183).[3][4]

Ivo Karlović holds the third position, as he hit 78 aces[5] in a Davis Cup match on 18 September 2009.

The record for the most aces in a tournament is held by Goran Ivanišević who hit 213 aces en route to winning Wimbledon in 2001. Goran Ivanišević holds the record for most aces served in a year with 1477 in the 1996 season. He also holds the record for most career aces with 10,183.[citation needed]

The record for the fastest ace is held by Samuel Groth in 2012 in an ATP Challenger in Busan, he hit the fastest serve on record at 163.4 mph (263 kph). At the 2007 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Sam Querrey hit 10 consecutive aces when he defeated James Blake in a quarterfinal. This is believed[by whom?] to be an Open Era record.

In the 2009 Wimbledon final, Roger Federer hit 50 aces in a 5–7, 7–6 (6), 7–6 (5), 3–6, 16–14 win over Andy Roddick, the record for aces hit in a Major final.[6]

Most aces in a singles match:

# Aces Player W/L Opponent Rnd Event Sets
1 112 United States John Isner W France Nicolas Mahut 1R 2010 Wimbledon 5
2 103 France Nicolas Mahut L United States John Isner 1R 2010 Wimbledon 5
3 78 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek SF 2009 Davis Cup 5
4 55 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1R 2009 Roland Garros 5
5 54 South Africa Gary Muller W Sweden Peter Lundgren q 1993 Wimbledon 3
6 52 United States John Isner L Spain Feliciano Lopez 3R 2014 Wimbledon 4
7T 51 Sweden Joachim Johansson L United States Andre Agassi 4R 2005 Australian Open 4
7T 51 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Italy Daniele Bracciali 1R 2005 Wimbledon 5
9T 50 France Grégory Carraz W Czech Republic Tomáš Zíb R32 2004 Andrézieux challenger 3
9T 50 Australia Chris Guccione W France Olivier Patience q1 2005 Wimbledon 3
9T 50 Switzerland Roger Federer W United States Andy Roddick F 2009 Wimbledon 5
12 49 Netherlands Richard Krajicek L Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov QF 1999 US Open 5
13T 48 Switzerland Marc Rosset L France Arnaud Clément QF 2001 Davis Cup 5
13T 48 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Croatia Ivan Dodig 1R 2011 Australian Open 5
13T 48 Spain Nicolás Almagro W Belgium Olivier Rochus 1R 2012 Wimbledon 5


Serena Williams holds the record for most aces in a main-draw singles match (24), as well as most aces in a tournament (102), both occurring at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.

Alexandra Stevenson holds the record for most aces in a qualifying singles match (25), set in Quebec City in 2013.

In women's tennis, Sabine Lisicki holds the record for the fastest ace at 131 mph in the 2014 Bank of the West Classic tournament in Stanford.

Most aces in a singles match:

# Aces Player W/L Opponent Rnd Year Event Sets Result
1 25 United States Alexandra Stevenson L United States Alexandra Mueller q1 2013 Quebec City 3 7–6(9–7), 6–7(3–7), 6–7(9–11)
2T 24 Estonia Kaia Kanepi W Czech Republic Lucie Safarova 1R 2008 Tokyo 3 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2T 24 United States Serena Williams W Belarus Victoria Azarenka SF 2012 Wimbledon 2 6–3, 7–6(8-6)
4 23 United States Serena Williams (2) W China Zheng Jie 3R 2012 Wimbledon 3 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–7
5T 22 Netherlands Brenda Schultz W Croatia Iva Majoli QF 1994 Birmingham 3 6–4, 5–7, 6–0
5T 22 United States Meghann Shaughnessy W Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová F 2005 Memphis 2 7–6, 7–6
5T 22 Australia Alicia Molik L United States Venus Williams QF 2007 Tokyo 2 6–7(4–7), 3–6
8 21 Russia Ekaterina Bychkova W United States Lindsay Lee-Waters q1 2011 French Open 3 3–6, 7–6(7–1), 10–8
9T 20 United States Venus Williams L United States Lindsay Davenport F 1998 Stanford 3 4–6, 7–5, 4–6
9T 20 Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová W Serbia Jelena Janković QF 2006 Linz 3 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–4
9T 20 United States Serena Williams (3) W Russia Elena Dementieva SF 2009 Wimbledon 3 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 8–6
9T 20 United Kingdom Naomi Broady W France Caroline Garcia 1R 2011 Birmingham 3 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
9T 20 France Kristina Mladenovic W Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek q1 2012 Brisbane 3 7–5, 6–7(8–10), 6–2
9T 20 United States Serena Williams (4) W Australia Samantha Stosur 4R 2012 Miami 2 7–5, 6–3
9T 20 Germany Julia Görges W Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 1R 2012 London (2012 Olympics) 3 7–5, 6–7(5–7), 6–4

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