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Fastest recorded tennis serves

Samuel Groth had the fastest serve at 263 km/h (163 mph) in May 2012

This article lists the fastest recorded tennis serves in the men's and women's games. This list may not be historically complete. A serve by Bill Tilden in 1931 was timed at 262.8 km/h (163.3 mph), but this is not listed because of questionable technological accuracy.[1]

Though the Association of Tennis Professionals does not formally recognise service speed records made in Challenger events due to the variance in radar guns; the serve of 263 km/h (163 mph) recorded by Australian Samuel Groth at an ATP Challenger event in Busan, South Korea in May 2012 was measured using approved equipment, and other data gathered appeared within a normal range. Technically however, Ivo Karlovic still holds the official record for the fastest serve.[2]

Criteria
  • Men's serves can be and must be recorded at or over 225 km/h (140 mph) minimum standard speed.
  • Women's serves must be recorded at or over 200 km/h (124 mph) minimum standard speed.[3]
  • Only one serve per player is recorded here. For example, Andy Roddick has many 225 km/h (140 mph) or faster serves on his record but only his personal best of 249 km/h (155 mph) is included.[4]
  • In cases where more than one serve has been recorded at the same speed, the oldest recorded serve is listed first.

Contents

  • Men 1
  • Women 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Men

Rank Player Speed Event
1 Samuel Groth 263.4 km/h (163.7 mph) 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis[5][6]
2 Albano Olivetti 257.5 km/h (160 mph) 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip[7]
3 Ivo Karlović 251 km/h (156 mph) 2011 Davis Cup[8]
Jerzy Janowicz[note 1] 2012 Pekao Szczecin Open[10]
5 Milos Raonic 249.9 km/h (155.3 mph) 2012 Rogers Cup[11]
6 Andy Roddick 249 km/h (155 mph) 2004 Davis Cup[12][13]
7 Roscoe Tanner[note 2] 246 km/h (153 mph) 1978 Palm Springs final
8 Joachim Johansson 245 km/h (152 mph) 2004 Davis Cup[14]
Ryan Harrison[note 3] 2013 Western & Southern Open
Feliciano López 2014 Queens
11 John Isner 241.2 km/h (149.9 mph) 2011 Western & Southern Open
12 Taylor Dent 241.1 km/h (149.8 mph) 2006 Rotterdam[13]
13 Ernests Gulbis 240.3 km/h (149.3 mph) 2007 St. Petersburg Open
14 Greg Rusedski 240 km/h (149 mph) 1998 Indian Wells[15]
15 Dmitry Tursunov 237 km/h (147 mph) 2006 Davis Cup
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 237 km/h (147 mph) 2014 Rogers Cup
17 Gaël Monfils 235 km/h (146 mph) 2007 Washington[13]
Dušan Vemić 2008 Los Angeles[13]
19 Ričardas Berankis 234.0 km/h (145.4 mph) 2011 Orléans CH[16]
Stanislas Wawrinka 2014 Davis Cup
21 Ivan Ljubičić 233 km/h (145 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open
Andy Murray 2007 San Jose[17]
Grigor Dimitrov 2013 London Queen's Club
24 Mardy Fish 232 km/h (144 mph) 2007 Pacific Life Open[13]
Fernando Verdasco 2009 French Open[13]
Marcin Matkowski 2009 World Tour Finals
Viktor Troicki 2013 Davis Cup[18]
28 Martin Verkerk 230 km/h (143 mph) 2003 Milan
Daniel Brands ATP Challenger Heilbronn
Robin Söderling 2010 World Tour Finals
31 Mark Phillipoussis 229 km/h (142 mph) 1997 Scottsdale[19]
Mikhail Youzhny 2005 Davis Cup
Ilija Bozoljac 2011 ATP Challenger Heilbronn
Jérémy Chardy 2013 Australian Open
35 Sam Querrey 227 km/h (141 mph) 2009 Wimbledon
Jack Sock 2012 ATP BB&T Atlanta Open
37 Fernando González 226.1 km/h (140.5 mph) 2009 French Open
Tomáš Berdych 2009 French Open
Benjamin Becker 2008 Australian Open
40 Julián Alonso 225.3 km/h (140 mph) 1997 Long Island
Gilles Elseneer 2003 Basel
Nicolás Almagro 2009 French Open
Juan Martín del Potro 2009 Rogers Cup
Marcos Baghdatis 2010 Munich Open
Roger Federer 2010 Halle Open
Thiemo de Bakker 2010 Halle Open
  1. ^ The ATP does not officially recognize Janowicz's serve due to variance in the radar guns used. 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.[9]
  2. ^ The 246 km/h (153 mph) serve by Roscoe Tanner in 1978 is not considered by many as an official record due to the inaccuracy of the equipment used at that time.
  3. ^ This service speed is questionable due to technical variance of the detecting device – the speed should be 222 km/h (138 mph) https://twitter.com/RobKoenigTennis/status/367434597522354176

Women

Rank Player Speed[20] Event[note 1]
1 Sabine Lisicki 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph) 2014 Stanford Classic[21]
2 Venus Williams 207.9 km/h (129.2 mph) 2007 US Open
3 Serena Williams 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) 2013 Australian Open
4 Julia Görges 203.0 km/h (126.1 mph) 2012 French Open
5 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 202.7 km/h (126.0 mph) 2007 Indian Wells Masters
6 Nadiya Kichenok 202.0 km/h (125.5 mph) 2014 Australian Open
7 Anna-Lena Groenefeld 201.1 km/h (125.0 mph) 2009 Indian Wells Masters
8 Ana Ivanovic 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph) 2007 French Open
9 Kristina Mladenovic 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph) 2009 French Open
10 Tatjana Maria 199.6 km/h (124.0 mph) 2012 US Open
  1. ^ "IDS 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

References

  1. ^ "Big Bill Tilden—A Tragic Hero?". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aussie Groth Hits Speedy Serves". Association of Tennis Professionals Staff. 2012-12-05. 
  3. ^ "IDS Serve Speed Leaders". Pro Tennis Internet Network. 2011-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Andy Roddick's Serve". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Aussie smashes tennis serve speed record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Aussie Hits Fastest Record Serve". ATPWorldTour. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Groth and Olivetti Top Guns of Fast Serve". Orange Deuce. August 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ivo Karlovic sets world serve record". ESPN. March 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The final in figures". Fédération Française de Tennis. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "The record service speed of 251km/hour in the Challenger in Szczecin". Official Website of Jerzy Janowicz. August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rogers Cup tennis: Milos Raonic delivers substance and style: Cox".  
  12. ^ http://www.sptimes.com/2004/09/25/Sports/Roddick_blasts_155_mp.shtml
  13. ^ a b c d e f "2011 ATP World Tour Media Guide".  
  14. ^ Botero B., Andrés (15 July 2014). "El saque más veloz del tenis estará en el ATP 250 de Bogotá". eltiempo.com (in Spanish). 
  15. ^ "Hingis wins title; Rusedski hits 149 mph".  
  16. ^ "GENSSE vs BERANKIS". Open d'Orléans. October 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Murray cruises into second round".  
  18. ^ http://www.daviscup.com/en/news/articles/eng/serbia-in-the-driving-seat-in-belgium.aspx"
  19. ^ "Wiberg Wins Slalom To Celebrate World Cup Title". The Seattle Times. 1997-03-08. 
  20. ^ "IDS Serve Speed Leaders". WTA. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Lisicki hits fastest serve ever". WTA. July 29, 2014. 
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