What is the fastest tennis serve ever recorded?
We take a look at the fastest tennis serves ever recorded by both female and male tennis players
Surprisingly, when it comes to the fastest tennis serve ever recorded, we don’t hear the names of the tennis players who currently lead the sport, either in the male or female category.
It is true that super fast serves don’t guarantee a tennis hotshot, but they certainly are something impressive to watch. Let’s take a look at the sport’s fastest serves ever recorded, along with who recorded them.
Who recorded the fastest tennis serve ever?
On May 9, 2012, Australian Sam Groth hit the world’s fastest serve to the day at 263.4 km/h (163.7 mph) in Busan, South Korea. This serve happened during his second-round match against the Belarussian, Uladzimir Ignatik, which Groth ended up losing 4-6, 3-6.
While no one has ever beat the Australian’s record, France’s Albano Olivetti’s serve was the closest to Groth’s, at 257.5 km/h (160.0 mph). Olivetti actually hit that serve the same year, during the first round of the 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip.
American John Isner comes in third, with a speedy serve at 253.0 km/h (157.2 mph)
Here’s a video compilation of all these players’ fastest serves, in addition to Ivo Karlović's, who comes in fifth place right after Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, whose serve is at 252.0 km/h (156.6 mph).
What is the fastest female tennis serve ever recorded?
As for women tennis, the fastest female serve ever recorded was by Spain’s Georgina Garcia Pérez in the final round of the 2018 Hungarian ladies Open: 220 km/h (136.7 mph).
Following the Spanish comes the Belarus native Aryna Sabalenka who recorded the second fastest serve out there, at 214 km/h (133.0 mph) at the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy.
Sabine Lisicki follows with a serve that’s 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph), measured during her first-round encounter against Ana Ivanovic at the 2014 Stanford Classic.
What is the fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon?
The fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon was in 2010 by the American, Taylor Dent, who recorded 238.2 km/h (148 mph). Fellow American, Andy Roddick comes in second with a serve recorded at SW19 in 2004 at 235 km/h (146 mph). Following closely is Milos Raonic, who fired down the third-fastest serve in 2017, at 233.3 km/h (145 mph).