Shortest tennis match records
This article covers records concerning the shortest ever tennis matches both in terms of number of games and duration in terms of time. Matches affected by a retirement or default are not listed.
- Jack Harper lost just a single point when he defeated J. Sandiford 6–0, 6–0 at the 1946 Surrey Open Hard Court Championships in a match that lasted 18 minutes, the shortest men's singles match on record.
- Francisco Clavet set an ATP tournament record for Shanghai in the first round of the 2001 Shanghai Rolex Masters when he defeated Jiang Shan (Li Na's husband) in 25 minutes, 6–0, 6–0.
- Jarkko Nieminen stormed to victory over Bernard Tomic at the Miami Masters in 2014 in 28 minutes (6–0, 6–1). 
- The 1881 Wimbledon final in which William Renshaw defeated John Hartley, 6–0, 6–1, 6–1, lasted 36 minutes.
- Fred Perry defeated Baron Gottfried von Cramm, 6–1, 6–1, 6–0, in the 1936 Wimbledon final in 40 minutes.
- Margaret Court won the 1963 Eastern Grass Court Championships crown in a record 24-minute match.
- Helen Wills defeated Joan Fry at the 1927 Wightman Cup 6–2, 6–0 in 24 minutes.
- Helen Wills, while dispatching Emily Wright 6-0, 6–0 in Beaulieu, France in 1926, won the first set in 9 minutes.
- During the 1969 tournament, Susan Tutt beat Marion Boundy 6–2, 6–0 in 20 minutes.
- In the 1922 Wimbledon final Suzanne Lenglen defeated Molla Mallory, 6–2, 6–0, in 23 minutes. Some accounts state that the match was over in 20 minutes.
- In the 1925 Wimbledon final Lenglen defeated Joan Fry in 25 minutes, 6–2, 6–0.
- = winner of the match also won the tournament.
There have been at least 12 best-of-five-set matches which have lasted 18 games (6–0, 6–0, 6–0) in the Open era. This is the shortest possible length for a best-of-five-set men's singles match without retirements or defaults.
|1968||French Open||First round||Nikola Špear||Daniel Contet|
|1981||Davis Cup||Play Off||Thierry Tulasne||Shinichi Sakamoto|
|1984||Davis Cup||First Round||Emilio Sanchez||Kamel Harrad|
|1987||French Open||Second round||Karel Nováček||Eduardo Bengoechea|
|1987||Wimbledon||First round||Stefan Edberg||Stefan Eriksson|
|1987||US Open||First round||Ivan Lendl||Barry Moir|
|1993||French Open||Second round||Sergi Bruguera||Thierry Champion|
|2001||Wimbledon||Qualifying||Todd Woodbridge||Johan Ortegren|
|2005||Davis Cup||Second Round||Ricardo Mello||David Josepa|
|2011||Davis Cup||Second round||Andy Murray||Laurent Bram|
|2016||Davis Cup||First Round||Jarkko Nieminen||Courtney John Lock|
|2016||Davis Cup||First Round||Emilio Gómez||Adam Hornby|
In women's tennis, matches featuring a minimum number of games are a more frequent occurrence. The following are women's Grand Slam singles matches in the Open era which have lasted 12 games (6–0, 6–0) without retirements or defaults.
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|2006||US Open||First round|| Květa Peschke
| Sofia Arvidsson
|2007||Australian Open||Quarterfinals|| Chan Yung-jan
| Ashley Harkleroad
|2009||Wimbledon Championships||Third round|| Serena Williams
| Yan Zi
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