Fastest recorded tennis serves

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Samuel Groth had the fastest serve at 263 km/h (163 mph) in May 2012

This article lists the top 10 fastest recorded tennis serves in the men's and women's game. This list may not be historically complete. A serve by Bill Tilden in 1931 was timed at 262.8 km/h (163.3 mph), but this is not listed because of questionable technological accuracy.[1]

Though the Association of Tennis Professionals does not formally recognise service speed records made in Challenger events due to the variance in radar guns; the serve of 263 km/h (163 mph) recorded by Australian Samuel Groth at an ATP Challenger event in Busan, South Korea in May 2012 was using approved equipment, and other data gathered appeared within a normal range. Technically however, Ivo Karlovic still holds the official record for the fastest serve.[2]

Criteria
  • Only one serve per player is recorded here. For example, Andy Roddick has many 225 km/h (140 mph) or faster serves on his record but only his personal best of 249 km/h (155 mph) is included.[3]
  • In cases where more than one serve has been recorded at the same speed, the oldest recorded serve is listed first.

Men[edit]

Rank Player Speed Event
1 Australia Samuel Groth 263.4 km/h (163.7 mph) 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis[4][5]
2 France Albano Olivetti 257.5 km/h (160 mph) 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip[6]
3 Croatia Ivo Karlović 251 km/h (156 mph) 2011 Davis Cup[7]
Poland Jerzy Janowicz[note 1] 2012 Pekao Szczecin Open[9]
5 Canada Milos Raonic 249.9 km/h (155.3 mph) 2012 Rogers Cup[10]
6 United States Andy Roddick 249 km/h (155 mph) 2004 Davis Cup[11][12]
7 United States Roscoe Tanner[note 2] 246 km/h (153 mph) 1978 Palm Springs final
8 Sweden Joachim Johansson 245 km/h (152 mph) 2004 Davis Cup[13]
United States Ryan Harrison[note 3] 2013 Western & Southern Open
Spain Feliciano López 2014 Queens
  1. ^ The ATP does not officially recognize Janowicz's serve due to variance in the radar guns used. His fastest verified serve clocked in at 149.3 mph (240 km/h) in the 2013 Davis Cup and he produced a 150.4 mph (242 km/h) serve during his run in the 2012 Paris Masters, but it was a let.[8]
  2. ^ The 246 km/h (153 mph) serve by Roscoe Tanner in 1978 is not considered by many[whom?] as an official record due to the inaccuracy of the equipment used at that time.
  3. ^ This service speed is questionable due to technical variance of the detecting device - the speed should be 222 km/h (138 mph) https://twitter.com/RobKoenigTennis/status/367434597522354176

Women[edit]

Rank Player Speed[14] Event[note 1]
1 Germany Sabine Lisicki 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph) 2014 Stanford Classic[15]
2 United States Venus Williams 207.9 km/h (129.2 mph) 2007 US Open
3 United States Serena Williams 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) 2013 Australian Open
4 Germany Julia Görges 203.0 km/h (126.1 mph) 2012 French Open
5 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 202.7 km/h (126.0 mph) 2007 Indian Wells Masters
6 Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok 202.0 km/h (125.5 mph) 2014 Australian Open
7 Germany Anna-Lena Groenefeld 201.1 km/h (125.0 mph) 2009 Indian Wells Masters
8 Serbia Ana Ivanovic 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph) 2007 French Open
9 France Kristina Mladenovic 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph) 2009 French Open
10 Germany Tatjana Maria 199.6 km/h (124.0 mph) 2012 US Open
  1. ^ "IDS[clarification needed] only collects serve speed data on show courts at certain events (11 in 2014) and started doing so in 1989 ... Players who have had multiple Top 10 fastest serves only have their top one listed, and if they hit that top speed multiple times, just the first time they did it is listed." http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/1978722/title/ids-serve-speed-leaders

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Bill Tilden—A Tragic Hero?". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aussie Groth Hits Speedy Serves". Association of Tennis Professionals Staff. 2012-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Andy Roddick's Serve". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Aussie smashes tennis serve speed record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Aussie Hits Fastest Record Serve". ATPWorldTour. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Groth and Olivetti Top Guns of Fast Serve". Orange Deuce. August 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ivo Karlovic sets world serve record". ESPN. March 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The final in figures". Fédération Française de Tennis. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "The record service speed of 251km/hour in the Challenger in Szczecin". Official Website of Jerzy Janowicz. August 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rogers Cup tennis: Milos Raonic delivers substance and style: Cox". Toronto Star. August 7, 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.sptimes.com/2004/09/25/Sports/Roddick_blasts_155_mp.shtml
  12. ^ "2011 ATP World Tour Media Guide". Association of Tennis Professionals. p. 205. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  13. ^ [1]. Pim Pim Homepage.
  14. ^ "IDS Serve Speed Leaders". WTA. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Lisicki hits fastest serve ever". WTA. July 29, 2014.