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Fastest recorded tennis serves

This article lists the fastest recorded tennis serves in the men's and women's games. This list may not be historically complete. For instance, 1.Roscoe Tanner's serve was clocked at 153 mph at Palm Springs in 1978 during the final against Raúl Ramírez. 2.There are reports that Bill Tilden had a serve that was clocked at 163.3 mph but there is nothing to verify that.[1]

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).[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • In cases where more than one serve has been recorded at the same speed, the oldest recorded serve is listed first.

Contents

MenEdit

  Not recognized by ATP
  Not formally recognized by ATP and/or unsourced

Rank Player Speed Event Type Round Source
1   Samuel Groth[note 1] 263 km/h (163.4 mph) 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis Singles 2R [7]
2   Albano Olivetti 257.5 km/h (160 mph) 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip 1R [8]
3   John Isner 253 km/h (157.2 mph) 2016 Davis Cup 1R [9]
4   Ivo Karlović 251.1 km/h (156 mph) 2011 Davis Cup Doubles 1R [10]
  Jerzy Janowicz[note 2] 2012 Pekao Szczecin Open Singles 1R [12]
6   Milos Raonic 250 km/h (155.3 mph) 2012 Rogers Cup 2R [13]
7   Andy Roddick 249.4 km/h (155 mph) 2004 Davis Cup SF [14]
8   Joachim Johansson 244.6 km/h (152 mph) 2004 Davis Cup Doubles 1R [15]
  Feliciano López 2014 Aegon Championships Singles 1R [16]
10   Marius Copil 244 km/h (151.6 mph) 2016 European Open QF [17]
11   Hubert Hurkacz 243 km/h (151.0 mph) 2016 Davis Cup 1R [17]
12   Taylor Dent 241.4 km/h (150 mph) 2010 SAP Open ? [14]
13   Juan Martín del Potro 240 km/h (149.1 mph) 2017 Stockholm Open F [18]
14   Greg Rusedski 239.8 km/h (149 mph) 1998 Newsweek Champions Cup SF [19]
16   Dmitry Tursunov 237.0 km/h (147.25 mph) 2006 Davis Cup ?
  Frances Tiafoe 2018 Estoril Open F
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2014 Rogers Cup QF [20]
18   Gaël Monfils 235 km/h (146 mph) 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic QF [14]
  Dušan Vemić 2008 Countrywide Classic ? ? [14]
  Marin Čilić 2016 Davis Cup Singles 1R [citation needed]
21   Ričardas Berankis 234 km/h (145.5 mph) 2011 Open d'Orléans QF [21]
  Stan Wawrinka 2014 Davis Cup Doubles F [22]
23   Ivan Ljubičić 233.4 km/h (145 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open Singles ? [14]
  Grigor Dimitrov 2013 Aegon Championships [citation needed]
  Reilly Opelka 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships [citation needed]
  Viktor Troicki 2017 Davis Cup [citation needed]
27   Fernando Verdasco 232 km/h (144.2 mph) 2009 French Open [14]
  Dominic Thiem 2017 Gerry Weber Open [citation needed]
29   Mardy Fish 231.7 km/h (144 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open [14]
  Marcin Matkowski 2009 ATP World Tour Finals [citation needed]
31   Martin Verkerk 230 km/h (143 mph) 2003 Breil Milano Indoor [citation needed]
  Robin Söderling 2010 ATP World Tour Finals [citation needed]
  Daniel Brands 2011 Intersport Heilbronn Open [citation needed]
  Jiří Veselý 2014 Wimbledon [citation needed]
  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)[6]
  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.[11]

WomenEdit

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[23] Event[note 1]
1   Georgina Garcia Pérez 220.0 km/h (136.7 mph) 2018 Hungarian Ladies Open[24]
2   Sabine Lisicki 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph) 2014 Stanford Classic[25]
3   Venus Williams 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph) 2007 US Open
4   Ivana Jorović 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) 2017 Fed Cup
5   Serena Williams 206.4 km/h (128.3 mph) 2013 Australian Open
6   Julia Görges 203.0 km/h (126.1 mph) 2012 French Open
  Caroline Garcia 2016 Fed Cup
8   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 202.7 km/h (126.0 mph) 2007 Indian Wells Masters
9   Nadiya Kichenok 202.0 km/h (125.5 mph) 2014 Australian Open
10   Lucie Hradecká 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph) 2015 Wimbledon
  Naomi Osaka 2016 US Open
12   Anna-Lena Grönefeld 201.1 km/h (125.0 mph) 2009 Indian Wells Masters
13   Ana Ivanovic 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph) 2007 French Open
  Denisa Allertová 2015 Australian Open[26]
15   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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Ivo Karlovic sets world serve record". ESPN. March 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "The final in figures". Fédération Française de Tennis. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
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  19. ^ "Hingis wins title; Rusedski hits 149 mph". Houston Chronicle. March 15, 1998. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  20. ^ "Tsonga credits leg work to increased serve speed". theScore.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  21. ^ "GENSSE vs BERANKIS". Open d'Orléans. October 21, 2011. 
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