Fastest recorded tennis serves

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This article lists the fastest recorded tennis serves in the men's and women's games. This list may not be historically complete. For instance, there are reports that Bill Tilden had a serve that was clocked at 163.3 mph but there is nothing to verify that.[1]

Although 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 263.4 km/h (163.7 mph) recorded by Australian Sam Groth at an ATP Challenger event in Busan, South Korea in May 2012 was measured using approved equipment, and other data gathered appeared within a normal range. However, John Isner holds the official record for the fastest serve at 253 km/h (157.2 mph).[2]

Ivo Karlović with a 232 km/h (144 mph) second serve in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, holds the record for the fastest second serve ever recorded.[3]

Criteria
  • Men's serves must be recorded at or over 232 km/h (144 mph) minimum standard speed.
  • Women's serves must be recorded at or over 200 km/h (124 mph) minimum standard speed.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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 Sam Groth[note 1] 263 km/h (163.4 mph) 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis[7]
2 France Albano Olivetti 257.5 km/h (160 mph) 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip[8]
3 United States John Isner 253 km/h (157.2 mph) 2016 Davis Cup
4 Croatia Ivo Karlović 251 km/h (156 mph) 2011 Davis Cup[9]
Poland Jerzy Janowicz[note 2] 2012 Pekao Szczecin Open[11]
6 Canada Milos Raonic 250 km/h (155.3 mph) 2012 Rogers Cup[12]
7 United States Andy Roddick 249 km/h (155 mph) 2004 Davis Cup[13][14]
8 United States Roscoe Tanner 246 km/h (153 mph) [note 3] 1978 American Airlines Tennis Games
9 Sweden Joachim Johansson 245 km/h (152 mph) 2004 Davis Cup[15]
Spain Feliciano López 2014 Aegon Championships
11 Romania Marius Copil 244 km/h (152 mph) 2016 European Open
12 Poland Hubert Hurkacz 243 km/h (151 mph) 2016 Davis Cup
13 United States Taylor Dent 241.1 km/h (149.8 mph) 2006 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament[14]
14 Latvia Ernests Gulbis 240.3 km/h (149.3 mph) 2007 St. Petersburg Open
15 United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 240 km/h (149 mph) 1998 Newsweek Champions Cup[16]
16 Australia Peter Łuczak 238 km/h (148 mph) 2010 Wimbledon[17]
Australia Colin Dibley 1974 at Forest Hills[1]
18 Russia Dmitry Tursunov 237 km/h (147 mph) 2006 Davis Cup
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 2009 Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2014 Rogers Cup
21 France Gaël Monfils 235 km/h (146 mph) 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic [14]
Serbia Dušan Vemić 2008 Countrywide Classic[14]
Croatia Marin Čilić 2016 Davis Cup
24 Lithuania Ričardas Berankis 234 km/h (145.5 mph) 2011 Open d'Orléans[18]
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka 2014 Davis Cup
26 Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 233 km/h (145 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 2013 Aegon Championships
United States Reilly Opelka 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships
Serbia Viktor Troicki 2017 Davis Cup
30 United States Mardy Fish 232 km/h (144 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open[14]
Spain Fernando Verdasco 2009 French Open[14]
Poland Marcin Matkowski 2009 ATP World Tour Finals
Austria Dominic Thiem 2017 Gerry Weber Open

Women[edit]

Rank Player Speed[19] Event[note 4]
1 Germany Sabine Lisicki 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph) 2014 Stanford Classic[20]
2 United States Venus Williams 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph) 2007 US Open
3 Serbia Ivana Jorović 207 km/h (129 mph) 2017 Fed Cup
4 United States Serena Williams 206.4 km/h (128.3 mph) 2013 Australian Open
5 Germany Julia Görges 203.0 km/h (126.1 mph) 2012 French Open
France Caroline Garcia 2016 Fed Cup
7 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 202.7 km/h (126.0 mph) 2007 Indian Wells Masters
8 Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok 202.0 km/h (125.5 mph) 2014 Australian Open
9 Japan Naomi Osaka 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph) 2016 US Open
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 2015 Wimbledon
11 Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 201.1 km/h (125.0 mph) 2009 Indian Wells Masters
12 Serbia Ana Ivanovic 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph) 2007 French Open
Czech Republic Denisa Allertová 2015 Australian Open[21]
14 France Kristina Mladenovic 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph) 2009 French Open
  1. ^ In the match, Groth also hit serves recorded at 255.7 km/h (158.9 mph) and 253.5 km/h (157.5 mph)[6]
  2. ^ The ATP does not officially recognize Janowicz's serve due to 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.[10]
  3. ^ The serve by Roscoe Tanner in 1978 is not considered by many[Like whom?] as an official record due to the inaccuracy of the equipment used at that time.
  4. ^ "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]

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  2. ^ "Aussie Groth Hits Speedy Serves". Association of Tennis Professionals Staff. 2012-12-05. 
  3. ^ http://isportsweb.com/2015/10/10/tennis-ivo-karlovic-loses-but-breaks-another-record/
  4. ^ "IDS Serve Speed Leaders". Pro Tennis Internet Network. 2011-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Andy Roddick's Serve". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fastest serve of a tennis ball (male)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 27 Jan 2017. 
  7. ^ "Aussie smashes tennis serve speed record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Groth and Olivetti Top Guns of Fast Serve". Orange Deuce. August 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ivo Karlovic sets world serve record". ESPN. March 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The final in figures". Fédération Française de Tennis. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "The record service speed of 251km/hour in the Challenger in Szczecin". Official Website of Jerzy Janowicz. August 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rogers Cup tennis: Milos Raonic delivers substance and style: Cox". Toronto Star. August 7, 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Sports: Roddick blasts 155 mph serve in Cup victory". sptimes.com. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f "2011 ATP World Tour Media Guide". Association of Tennis Professionals. p. 205. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  15. ^ Botero B., Andrés (15 July 2014). "El saque más veloz del tenis estará en el ATP 250 de Bogotá". eltiempo.com (in Spanish). 
  16. ^ "Hingis wins title; Rusedski hits 149 mph". Houston Chronicle. March 15, 1998. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/big-name-hopes-wildcard-dreams-20110116-j4w4w
  18. ^ "GENSSE vs BERANKIS". Open d'Orléans. October 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "IDS Serve Speed Leaders". WTA. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lisicki hits fastest serve ever". WTA. July 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Australian Open 2015 tournament statistics: Cornet vs. Allertova". ausopen.com. January 22, 2015.