Fastest recorded tennis serves

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John Isner holds the ATP-recognised record for the fastest recorded tennis serve, with a serve recorded at 253.0 km/h (157.2 mph) in the first round of the 2016 Davis Cup

This article lists serving speed record breaks for the men's and women's professional tennis.

This list is not historically complete. For instance, not listed here, Roscoe Tanner's serve was clocked at 153 mph at Palm Springs in 1978 during the final against Raúl Ramírez. There are also reports that Bill Tilden had a serve that was clocked at 163.3 mph but there is nothing to verify that.[1] Also, Ellsworth Vines in the Wimbledon finals of 1932 clocked 121 mph (without Radar).[2] Udayachand Shetty's winning serve was clocked by radar at 120 mph using a wooden racquet, at the Gilbey Gins fast serve contest held in Chicago on 24 July 1976.[3] This qualified him to take part in the finals at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills Queens on 20 August 1976. Colin Dibley of Australia won the event with a serve of 130 mph.[4]

Currently, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) does not formally recognize service speed records made in Challenger tour events due to lack of uniformity in these tournaments' radar guns (including availability or lack thereof). Nevertheless, the serve speed of 263 km/h (163.4 mph) recorded by Australian Sam Groth at an ATP Challenger event in Busan, South Korea in May 2012 was measured using ATP-approved equipment and other data gathered appeared within a normal range. However, John Isner holds the ATP's official record for the fastest serve at 253 km/h (157.2 mph).[5]

Ivo Karlović with a 232 km/h (144.2 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.[6]

Criteria to be listed in this article
  • Men's serves must be recorded at or over 230 km/h (143 mph) minimum standard speed.
  • Women's serves must be recorded at or over 200 km/h (124 mph) minimum standard speed.[7]
  • Only one serve per player is recorded here. For example, Andy Roddick has many 230 km/h (143 mph) or faster serves on his record but only his personal best of 249 km/h (155 mph) is included.[8]
  • In cases where more than one serve has been recorded at the same speed, the oldest recorded serve is listed first.

Men[edit]

  Not recognized by ATP
  Not formally recognized by ATP and/or unsourced
Rank Player Speed Event Type Round Ref.
1 Australia Sam Groth 263.0 km/h (163.4 mph) 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis Singles 2R [9]
2 France Albano Olivetti 257.5 km/h (160.0 mph) 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip Singles 1R [10]
3 United States John Isner 253.0 km/h (157.2 mph) 2016 Davis Cup Singles 1R [11]
4 Croatia Ivo Karlović 251.0 km/h (156.0 mph) 2011 Davis Cup Doubles 1R [12]
Poland Jerzy Janowicz[note 1] 251.0 km/h (156.0 mph) 2012 Pekao Szczecin Open Singles 1R [14]
6 United States Andy Roddick 249.4 km/h (155.0 mph) 2004 Davis Cup Singles SF [15]
Canada Milos Raonic 249.4 km/h (155.0 mph) 2012 SAP Open Singles SF [16]
8 Sweden Joachim Johansson 244.6 km/h (152.0 mph) 2004 Davis Cup Doubles 1R [17]
United States Ryan Harrison 244.6 km/h (152.0 mph) 2013 Western & Southern Open Singles 2R [18]
Spain Feliciano López 244.6 km/h (152.0 mph) 2014 Aegon Championships Singles 1R [19]
11 Romania Marius Copil 244.0 km/h (151.6 mph) 2016 European Open Singles QF [20]
12 Poland Hubert Hurkacz 243.0 km/h (151.0 mph) 2016 Davis Cup Singles 1R [20]
13 United States Taylor Dent 241.0 km/h (149.8 mph) 2006 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Singles 1R [16]
14 Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 240.0 km/h (149.1 mph) 2017 Stockholm Open Singles F [21]
15 United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 239.8 km/h (149.0 mph) 1998 Newsweek Champions Cup Singles SF [22]
16 Russia Dmitry Tursunov 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph) 2006 Davis Cup Singles SF [citation needed]
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph) 2014 Rogers Cup Singles QF [23]
United States Frances Tiafoe 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph) 2018 Estoril Open Singles F [citation needed]
United States Taylor Fritz 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph) 2020 US Open Singles 3R [24]
20 Chile Fernando González 236.0 km/h (146.6 mph) 2007 Italian Open Singles SF [25]
21 France Gaël Monfils 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph) 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic Singles QF [16]
Serbia Dušan Vemić 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph) 2008 Countrywide Classic Singles ? [16]
Croatia Marin Čilić 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph) 2016 Davis Cup Singles 1R [citation needed]
United States Reilly Opelka 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph) 2019 Swiss Indoors Singles QF [citation needed]
25 Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 234.0 km/h (145.4 mph) 2005 Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid Singles F [citation needed]
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 246.0 km/h (152.9 mph) 2008 Beijing Olympics Doubles SF [26]
27 Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 233.4 km/h (145.0 mph) 2013 Aegon Championships Singles ? [citation needed]
Serbia Viktor Troicki 233.4 km/h (145.0 mph) 2017 Davis Cup Singles ? [citation needed]
29 Chile Nicolás Jarry 233.0 km/h (144.8 mph) 2018 Davis Cup ? 1R [27]
30 Spain Fernando Verdasco 232.0 km/h (144.2 mph) 2009 French Open ? ? [16]
Austria Dominic Thiem 232.0 km/h (144.2 mph) 2017 Gerry Weber Open ? ? [citation needed]
32 United States Mardy Fish 231.7 km/h (144 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open Singles 1R [citation needed]
Germany Alexander Zverev 231 km/h (144 mph) 2020 ATP Finals Singles RR [citation needed]
Poland Marcin Matkowski 231.7 km/h (144 mph) 2009 ATP World Tour Finals Doubles ? [citation needed]
35 Sweden Robin Söderling 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) 2010 ATP World Tour Finals Singles RR [citation needed]
Australia Nick Kyrgios 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) 2019 Wimbledon Singles 2R [28]
Switzerland Roger Federer 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) 2010 Gerry Weber Open ? ? [29]
38 Netherlands Martin Verkerk 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph) 2003 Breil Milano Indoor ? ? [citation needed]
Spain Nicolás Almagro 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph) 2016 Argentina Open ? ? [citation needed]
  1. ^ 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.[13]

Women[edit]

The WTA does not recognize, nor keep tabs of speed records set outside a selected main draw segment of WTA Tour tournaments (where at least one of the tennis courts has a speed gun installation in place). Therefore, even records that have been achieved during qualifications in those same places but not in main draw matches, as well as records documented at other matches like ITF tour events, Fed Cup ties, Olympics tennis and other tournaments, are not counted as part of women's speed records.

  Not recognized by WTA
Rank Player Speed[30] Event[note 1] Ref.
1 Spain Georgina Garcia Pérez 220.0 km/h (136.7 mph) 2018 Hungarian Ladies Open [31]
2 Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 214.0 km/h (133.0 mph) 2018 WTA Elite Trophy [32]
3 Germany Sabine Lisicki 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph) 2014 Stanford Classic [33]
4 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 209.2 km/h (130.0 mph) 2006 Cincinnati Masters (qualifiers) [34]
5 United States Venus Williams 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph) 2007 US Open [citation needed]
6 United States Serena Williams 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) 2013 Australian Open [35]
Serbia Ivana Jorović 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) 2017 Fed Cup [citation needed]
8 Germany Julia Görges 203.0 km/h (126.1 mph) 2012 French Open [citation needed]
France Caroline Garcia 203.0 km/h (126.1 mph) 2016 Fed Cup [citation needed]
10 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 202.7 km/h (126.0 mph) 2007 Indian Wells Masters [citation needed]
11 Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok 202.0 km/h (125.5 mph) 2014 Australian Open [citation needed]
12 Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph) 2015 Wimbledon [citation needed]
Japan Naomi Osaka 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph) 2016 US Open [citation needed]
14 Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 201.1 km/h (125.0 mph) 2009 Indian Wells Masters [citation needed]
15 Serbia Ana Ivanovic 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph) 2007 French Open [citation needed]
Czech Republic Denisa Allertová 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph) 2015 Australian Open [36]
17 France Kristina Mladenovic 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph) 2009 French Open [citation needed]
  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]

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  3. ^ "Aussie has a racket- hits "em 148 miles per hour". Chicago Tribune (published 1976-08-19). 1976. p. 7.
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  35. ^ {{Cite web| title = 5 fastest serves ever recorded in women's tennis | url = https://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/5-fastest-serves-ever-recorded-women-s-tennis | publisher = sportskeeda | date = 2020-06-15 | access-date = 2021-03-03}}
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