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]

Professional singles records[edit]

These include main draw matches only.

ATP Tour[edit]

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

Goran Ivanišević holds the record for most aces in a tournament with 213 en route to winning the 2001 Wimbledon. He also holds the records for most career aces with 10,183[3] and most in a single season with 1,449 in 1996.

Roger Federer hit 50 aces in the 2009 Wimbledon final, the record for a Grand Slam final.[4]

Ivo Karlović holds the record for aces in a best-of-three-set match with 45.[5]

Most aces in a match

Aces Player W/L Opponent Rnd 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
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
52 United States John Isner L Spain Feliciano Lopez 3R 2014 Wimbledon 4
51 Sweden Joachim Johansson L United States Andre Agassi 4R 2005 Australian Open 4
Croatia Ivo Karlović L Italy Daniele Bracciali 1R 2005 Wimbledon 5
50 Switzerland Roger Federer W United States Andy Roddick F 2009 Wimbledon 5
49 Netherlands Richard Krajicek L Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov QF 1999 US Open 5

WTA Tour[edit]

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

Most aces in a match

Aces Player W/L Opponent Rnd Year Event Sets Result
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 Safarova 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
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
20 United States Venus Williams L United States Lindsay Davenport F 1998 Stanford 3 4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová W Serbia Jelena Janković QF 2006 Linz 3 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–4
United States Serena Williams W Russia Elena Dementieva SF 2009 Wimbledon 3 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 8–6
United Kingdom Naomi Broady W France Caroline Garcia 1R 2011 Birmingham 3 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
United States Serena Williams W Australia Samantha Stosur 4R 2012 Miami 2 7–5, 6–3
Germany Julia Görges W Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 1R 2012 Olympics 3 7–5, 6–7(5–7), 6–4

See also[edit]