In tennis, an ace is a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver, winning the point. In professional tennis, aces are generally seen on a player's first serve, where the server can strike the ball with maximum force and take more chances with ball placement, such as the far corners of the service box. According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, this term was coined by the sports journalist Allison Danzig.
Professional singles records
Aces have been officially recorded by the top-level professional tennis circuits since 1991, so these records start at that time.
Only main draw singles matches are included here.
Goran Ivanišević holds the record for most aces in a tournament with 213 en route to winning the 2001 Wimbledon title, which broke his own record of 206 when he was runner-up in 1992. He also has the most in a single season with 1,477 in 1996, and he has the second-highest career total with 10,131.
Ivo Karlović has the most career aces with 12,018. He also holds the record for aces in a best-of-three-set match with 45 at Halle in 2015. Two weeks later, during Wimbledon, he became the only player to hit at least 40 aces in three consecutive matches.
- Most aces in a match
|113||John Isner||W||Nicolas Mahut||1R||2010 Wimbledon||5|
|103||Nicolas Mahut||L||John Isner|
|78||Ivo Karlović||L||Radek Štěpánek||SF||2009 Davis Cup||5|
|75||Ivo Karlović||W||Horacio Zeballos||1R||2017 Australian Open||5|
|61||Ivo Karlović||W||Lu Yen-Hsun||1R||2016 US Open||5|
|56||Albano Olivetti||L||Matthew Barton||1R||2016 Wimbledon||5|
|55||Ivo Karlović||L||Lleyton Hewitt||1R||2009 French Open||5|
|53||Ivo Karlović||W||Alexandr Dolgopolov||2R||2015 Wimbledon||5|
|52||John Isner||L||Feliciano López||3R||2014 Wimbledon||4|
|51||Joachim Johansson||L||Andre Agassi||4R||2005 Australian Open||4|
|Ivo Karlović||L||Daniele Bracciali||1R||2005 Wimbledon||5|
|Gilles Müller||W||Santiago Giraldo||1R||2016 Wimbledon||5|
- Seasons with 1000+ aces
|4||Goran Ivanišević||1994, 96–98|
|Ivo Karlović||2007, 14–16|
|John Isner||2010, 12, 15–16|
|2||Milos Raonic||2012, 14|
- Most in a one-week tournament: 144 – John Isner at the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
- Most consecutive: 10 – Sam Querrey against James Blake at 2007 Indianapolis
- 5 consecutive aces when down love-40: Boris Becker against Andriy Medvedev and John Isner against Jiří Veselý
- Most aces in a match
|31||Kristýna Plíšková||L||Monica Puig||2R||2016||Australian Open||3||6–4, 6–7(6–8), 7–9|
|27||Sabine Lisicki||W||Belinda Bencic||2R||2015||Birmingham||2||6–1, 7–6(7–4)|
|24||Kaia Kanepi||W||Lucie Šafářová||1R||2008||Tokyo||3||4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Serena Williams||W||Victoria Azarenka||SF||2012||Wimbledon||2||6–3, 7–6(8-6)|
|23||Serena Williams||W||Zheng Jie||3R||2012||Wimbledon||3||6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–7|
|Kristýna Plíšková||L||Océane Dodin||1R||2016||Linz||3||7–6(7-2), 5–7, 3–6|
|22||Brenda Schultz||W||Iva Majoli||QF||1994||Birmingham||3||6–4, 5–7, 6–0|
|Meghann Shaughnessy||W||Nicole Vaidišová||F||2005||Memphis||2||7–6, 7–6|
|Alicia Molik||L||Venus Williams||QF||2007||Tokyo||2||6–7(4–7), 3–6|
|21||Michaëlla Krajicek||L||Camila Giorgi||2R||2015||'s-Hertogenbosch||3||7–6(7–2), 2–6, 4–6|
|Naomi Broady||W||Jelena Ostapenko||2R||2016||Auckland||3||4–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–5|
|Karolína Plíšková||W||Dominika Cibulková||SF||2017||Qatar||3||6–4, 4–6, 6–3|
- ace - Definition from Dictionary.com.
- TENNIS.com - Tip of the Week - December 19, 2005 - Your Second Serve Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Allison Danzig". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
- Karlovic Strikes 41 Aces To Set Murray Clash
- Karlovic fires 45 aces to beat Berdych at Gerry Weber Open
- "The New York Sun". Querrey Gives a Sample Of What May Be in Store. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
- Serena wins 5th Wimbledon title