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, such as the far corners of the service box.[2] According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, this term was coined by the sports journalist Allison Danzig.[3]

Professional singles records[edit]

Aces have been officially recorded by the top-level professional tennis circuits since 1991,[4] so these records start at that time.

Only main draw singles matches are included here.

ATP Tour[edit]

John Isner holds the record for most aces in a professional tennis match and entire tournament.

John Isner has the most aces in a tournament with 214 during the 2018 Wimbledon,[5] and he has the most in a single match with 113 during his 11 hour encounter with Nicolas Mahut. He is also third on the career list.[6]

Ivo Karlović has the most career aces with 12,862.[6] He also has the most in a best-of-three-set match with 45 at Halle in 2015.[7] Two weeks later, during Wimbledon, he became the only player to hit at least 40 aces in three consecutive matches.[8]

Goran Ivanišević has the most in a single season with 1,477 in 1996.[9] He also has the second most in a tournament with 213 when he won the 2001 Wimbledon title.[5]

Roger Federer hit 50 aces in the 2009 Wimbledon final, the record for a Grand Slam final.[10] He is also second on the career list.[6]

Most aces in a match
# Player W/L Opponent Round Event Sets
113 United States John Isner W France Nicolas Mahut 1R 2010 Wimbledon 5
103 France Nicolas Mahut L United States John Isner
78 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek SF 2009 Davis Cup 5
75 Croatia Ivo Karlović W Argentina Horacio Zeballos 1R 2017 Australian Open 5
64 United States John Isner W Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 2R 2018 Wimbledon 5
61 Croatia Ivo Karlović W Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-Hsun 1R 2016 US Open 5
Croatia Ivo Karlović L Germany Jan-Lennard Struff 2R 2018 Wimbledon 5
56 France Albano Olivetti L Australia Matthew Barton 1R 2016 Wimbledon 5
55 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1R 2009 French Open 5
53 Croatia Ivo Karlović W Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov 2R 2015 Wimbledon 5
Croatia Ivo Karlović W Japan Yūichi Sugita 2R 2018 Australian Open 5
United States John Isner L South Africa Kevin Anderson SF 2018 Wimbledon 5
Seasons with 1000+ aces
# Player Years
5 United States John Isner 2010, 12, 15–17
4 Croatia Goran Ivanišević 1994, 96–98
Croatia Ivo Karlović 2007, 14–16
2 Canada Milos Raonic 2012, 14
1 United States Pete Sampras 1993
United States Andy Roddick 2004
South Africa Kevin Anderson 2015

WTA Tour[edit]

Serena Williams holds the record for most aces in a tournament with 102 en route to winning the 2012 Wimbledon title.[14]

Karolína Plíšková has the most aces in a single season with 530 in 2016,[15] which broke her own record of 517 in 2015.[16]

Most aces in a match
# Player W/L Opponent Round Year Event Sets Result
31 Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková L Puerto Rico Monica Puig 2R 2016 Australian Open 3 6–4, 6–7(6–8), 7–9
27 Germany Sabine Lisicki W Switzerland Belinda Bencic 2R 2015 Birmingham 2 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
24 Estonia Kaia Kanepi W Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 1R 2008 Tokyo 3 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
United States Serena Williams W Belarus Victoria Azarenka SF 2012 Wimbledon 2 6–3, 7–6(8-6)
23 United States Serena Williams W China Zheng Jie 3R 2012 Wimbledon 3 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–7
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková L France Océane Dodin 1R 2016 Linz 3 7–6(7-2), 5–7, 3–6
22 Netherlands Brenda Schultz W Croatia Iva Majoli QF 1994 Birmingham 3 6–4, 5–7, 6–0
United States Meghann Shaughnessy W Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová F 2005 Memphis 2 7–6, 7–6
Australia Alicia Molik L United States Venus Williams QF 2007 Tokyo 2 6–7(4–7), 3–6
21 Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek L Italy Camila Giorgi 2R 2015 's-Hertogenbosch 3 7–6(7–2), 2–6, 4–6
United Kingdom Naomi Broady W Latvia Jelena Ostapenko 2R 2016 Auckland 3 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–5
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková W SlovakiaDominika Cibulková SF 2017 Qatar 3 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
United Kingdom Naomi Broady W Canada Carol Zhao 1R 2018 Monterrey 3 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–2

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