Fastest recorded tennis serves

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

Udayachand Shetty with Roy Emerson
Udayachand Shetty after winning the Gilbey Gin's Fast Serve Tennis Tournament

This list is not be historically complete. For instance, 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 July 24th 1976.[3] This qualified him to take part in the finals at the west side tennis club in Forest Hills Queens on 20th 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 263.4 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 according to the ATP, 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 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
  • 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 Source
1 Australia Samuel Groth[note 1] 263 km/h (163.4 mph) 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis Singles 2R [10]
2 France Albano Olivetti 257.5 km/h (160 mph) 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip 1R [11]
3 United States John Isner 253 km/h (157.2 mph) 2016 Davis Cup 1R [12]
4 Croatia Ivo Karlović 251 km/h (156.0 mph) 2011 Davis Cup Doubles 1R [13]
Poland Jerzy Janowicz[note 2] 2012 Pekao Szczecin Open Singles 1R [15]
6 United States Andy Roddick 249.4 km/h (155 mph) 2004 Davis Cup SF [16]
Canada Milos Raonic 2012 SAP Open SF [17]
8 Sweden Joachim Johansson 244.6 km/h (152 mph) 2004 Davis Cup Doubles 1R [18]
Spain Feliciano López 2014 Aegon Championships Singles 1R [19]
10 Romania Marius Copil 244 km/h (151.6 mph) 2016 European Open QF [20]
11 Poland Hubert Hurkacz 243 km/h (151.0 mph) 2016 Davis Cup 1R [20]
12 United States Taylor Dent 240 km/h (149.1 mph) 2010 French Open 1R [17]
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 2017 Stockholm Open F [21]
14 United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 239.8 km/h (149 mph) 1998 Newsweek Champions Cup SF [22]
15 Russia Dmitry Tursunov 237 km/h (147.3 mph) 2006 Davis Cup ?
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2014 Rogers Cup QF [23]
United States Frances Tiafoe 2018 Estoril Open F
18 Chile Fernando González 236 km/h (146.6 mph) 2007 Italian Open (tennis) SF [24]
19 France Gaël Monfils 235 km/h (146 mph) 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic QF [17]
Serbia Dušan Vemić 2008 Countrywide Classic ? [17]
Croatia Marin Čilić 2016 Davis Cup 1R [citation needed]
22 Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 234 km/h (145.4 mph) 2005 Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid F [25]
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 2014 Davis Cup Doubles F [26]
24 Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 233.4 km/h (145 mph) 2013 Aegon Championships Singles ? [citation needed]
United States Reilly Opelka 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships ? ? [citation needed]
Serbia Viktor Troicki 2017 Davis Cup ? ? [citation needed]
27 Chile Nicolás Jarry 233 km/h (144.8 mph) 2018 Davis Cup ? 1R [27]
28 Spain Fernando Verdasco 232 km/h (144.2 mph) 2009 French Open ? ? [17]
Austria Dominic Thiem 2017 Gerry Weber Open ? ? [citation needed]
30 United States Mardy Fish 231.7 km/h (144 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open ? 1R [citation needed]
Poland Marcin Matkowski 2009 ATP World Tour Finals ? ? [citation needed]
32 Netherlands Martin Verkerk 230 km/h (143 mph) 2003 Breil Milano Indoor ? ? [citation needed]
Sweden Robin Söderling 2010 ATP World Tour Finals ? ? [citation needed]
Germany Daniel Brands 2011 Intersport Heilbronn Open ? ? [citation needed]
Czech Republic Jiří Veselý 2014 Wimbledon ? ? [citation needed]
Spain Nicolás Almagro 2016 Argentina Open ? ? [citation needed]
  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)[9]
  2. ^ 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.[14]

Women[edit]

The WTA does not recognize, nor keep tabs of speed records set outside 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 record.

  Not recognized by WTA

Rank Player Speed[28] Event[note 1]
1 Spain Georgina Garcia Pérez 220.0 km/h (136.7 mph) 2018 Hungarian Ladies Open[29]
2 Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 214.0 km/h (133.0 mph) 2018 WTA Elite Trophy[30]
3 Germany Sabine Lisicki 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph) 2014 Stanford Classic[31]
4 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 209.2 km/h (130.0 mph) 2006 Cincinati Masters (qualies)[32]
5 United States Venus Williams 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph) 2007 US Open
6 United States Serena Williams 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) 2013 Australian Open
Serbia Ivana Jorović 2017 Fed Cup
8 Germany Julia Görges 203.0 km/h (126.1 mph) 2012 French Open
France Caroline Garcia 2016 Fed Cup
10 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 202.7 km/h (126.0 mph) 2007 Indian Wells Masters
11 Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok 202.0 km/h (125.5 mph) 2014 Australian Open
12 Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph) 2015 Wimbledon
Japan Naomi Osaka 2016 US Open
14 Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 201.1 km/h (125.0 mph) 2009 Indian Wells Masters
15 Serbia Ana Ivanovic 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph) 2007 French Open
Czech Republic Denisa Allertová 2015 Australian Open[33]
17 France Kristina Mladenovic 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph) 2009 French 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]

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  2. ^ Smith, Red (1977-08-26). "They only serve but Hard". New York Times. p. 37.
  3. ^ "Aussie has a racket- hits "em 148 miles per hour". Chicago Tribune (published 1976-08-19). 1976. p. 7.
  4. ^ Rogers, Thomas (1976-08-21). "Dibley service fastest in town". New York Times.
  5. ^ "Aussie Groth Hits Speedy Serves". Association of Tennis Professionals Staff. 2012-12-05.
  6. ^ http://isportsweb.com/2015/10/10/tennis-ivo-karlovic-loses-but-breaks-another-record/
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  14. ^ "The final in figures". Fédération Française de Tennis. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
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  19. ^ López, Feliciano (9 June 2014). "We will continue playing 2morrow at 12 noon.So happy to hit my fastest bullet today 152mph!!!!". @feliciano_lopez. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
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  29. ^ AS, Diario (2018-02-19). "Georgina García, al cuadro final con un saque de ¡220 km/h!". AS.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-02-23.
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