Fastest recorded tennis serves
This article lists serving speed record breaks for the men's and women's professional tennis.
This list is not 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. Also, Ellsworth Vines in the Wimbledon finals of 1932 clocked 121 mph (without Radar). 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. 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.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
- In cases where more than one serve has been recorded at the same speed, the oldest recorded serve is listed first.
Not recognized by ATP
Not formally recognized by ATP and/or unsourced
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
- "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
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