The World’s Fastest Men’s & Women’s Tennis Serves Ever Recorded

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The World’s Fastest Men’s & Women’s Tennis Serves Ever Recorded

While the fastest tennis serves don’t guarantee success on the court, they can serve as a useful weapon, and at the very least they’re incredibly fun to watch.

In this article, we’ve rounded up the world’s fastest men’s and women’s tennis serves recorded throughout history along with some of the fastest serves hit by some of the games most popular players.

What is the fastest tennis serve ever recorded?

On May 9, 2012, in Busan, South Korea, Australian Samuel Groth hit the worlds fastest serve at 163.7 mph (263.4 kph). This serve came during his second round match against his opponent Uladzimir Ignatik from Belarus which he lost 4-6, 3-6.

Sam Groth was born on October 19, 1987. He’s a right-handed tennis player a stands at 6’11” (193 cm) who went pro in 2006 and in 2010 achieved a career high of 53 in the world.

Men’s 10 Fastest Tennis Serves (ATP)

Here you’ll find a list of the fastest men’s tennis serves ever recorded. Please keep in mind that we’ve only listed each player once on the list with their single fastest serve.

Player
Speed
Height
Event

Sam Groth

263 km/h (163.4 mph)

6’4″ (193 cm)

2012 Busan Open

Albano Olivetti

257.5 km/h (160 mph)

6’8″ (203 cm)

2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip

John Isner

253 km/h (157.2 mph)

6’10” (208 cm)

2016 Davis Cup

Ivo Karlović

251.1 km/h (156 mph)

6’11” (211 cm)

2011 Davis Cup

Jerzy Janowicz

251.1 km/h (156 mph)

6’8″(203 cm)

2012 Pekao Szczecin Open

Milos Raonic

250 km/h (155.3 mph)

6’5″ (196 cm)

2012 Rogers Cup

Andy Roddick

249.4 km/h (155 mph)

6’2″ (188 cm)

2004 Davis Cup

Joachim Johansson

244.6 km/h (152 mph)

6’6″ (198 cm)

2004 Davis Cup

Feliciano López

244.6 km/h (152 mph)

6’1″ (185 cm)

2014 Aegon Championships

Marius Copil

244 km/h (151.6 mph)

6’3″ (191 cm)

2016 European Open

Hubert Hurkacz

243 km/h (151.0 mph)

6’5″ (196 cm)

2016 Davis Cup

Taylor Dent

241.4 km/h (150 mph)

6’2″ (188 cm)

2010 SAP Open

Fastest Serves from Popular Men’s ATP Players

Some of the biggest names in tennis have fantastic serves, but they rely on placement, consistency, and other parts of their games for their success.

While you can’t underestimate the importance of a quality serve at any level of tennis, a few of the following players show that a faster serve doesn’t necessarily equate to a better player.

Let’s take a look at some of the fastest serves hit by some of the biggest names in tennis and a few others names that come up from time to time.

Roger Federer

While Roger Federer doesn’t top the list of fastest servers, he scrapes his way onto it with a highly respectable 143 mph serve. Without question, Federer’s serve is a lethal weapon and arguably the best the game has ever seen because of his incredible accuracy and consistency.

Player Name

Roger Federer

Country

Switzerland

Fastest serve speed

143 mph (230 km/h)

Height

6’1″ (185 cm)

Highest rank

1

Age when serve hit

29

Tournament

2010 Gerry Weber Open

Andy Murray

At 6’3″, Andy Murray has always been able to crank up his serve and with a top speed of 141 mph, which he clocked at the 2016 US Open vs. Grigor Dimitrov, proves he’s no slouch when it comes to turning up the heat.

Player Name

Andy Murray

Country

Great Britain

Fastest serve speed

141 mph (226.9 km/h)

Height

6’3″ (191 cm)

Highest rank

1

Age when serve hit

29

Tournament

2016 US Open

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic hasn’t necessarily had a reputation for one of the best serves in the game. However, his serve is a reliable weapon that when combined with his well-rounded game and speed on the court has helped him become one of the top men’s players of all time.

Player Name

Novak Djokovic

Country

Serbia

Fastest serve speed

136 mph (219 km/h)

Height

6’2″ (188 cm)

Highest rank

1

Age when serve hit

22

Tournament

2009 Madrid Masters

Rafael Nadal

Rafa isn’t known for his serve which is why it’s not surprising to see him on the list of fastest servers, but he does have an incredibly solid serve that we believe to be underrated. Of course, his serve is backed up by an even more impressive game.

Player Name

Rafael Nadal

Country

Spain

Fastest serve speed

135 mph (217 km/h)

Height

6’1″ (185 cm)

Highest rank

1

Age when serve hit

25

Tournament

2010 US Open

Women’s 10 Fastest Tennis Serves (WTA)

Next up, we have our list of the fastest women’s tennis serves ever recorded. In this section, we’ve paired it down to the top 10 fastest serves and only list each player on the list once.

Player
Speed
Height
Event

Georgina Garcia Pérez

220 km/h (136.7 mph)

6’2″ (188 cm)

2018 Hungarian Ladies Open

Sabine Lisicki

210.8 km/h (131.0 mph)

5’10” (178 cm)

2014 Stanford Classic

Venus Williams

207.6 km/h (129 mph)

6’1″ (185 cm)

2007 US Open

Ivana Jorović

207 km/h (129 mph)

5’7″ (174 cm)

2017 Fed Cup

Serena Williams

206.4 km/h (128.3 mph)

5’9″ (175 cm)

2013 Australian Open

Julia Goerges

203.0 km/h (126.1 mph)

5’11” (180 cm)

2012 French Open

Caroline Garcia

203.0 km/h (126.1 mph)

5’10” (177 cm)

2016 Fed Cup

Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

202.7 km/h (126.0 mph)

6’2″ (188 cm)

2007 Indian Wells Masters

Nadiia Kichenok

202.0 km/h (125.5 mph)

5’7″ (172 cm)

2014 Australian Open

Naomi Osaka

201 km/h (125.0 mph)

5’11” (180 cm)

2016 US Open

Lucie Hradecká

201 km/h (125.0 mph)

5’10” (177 cm)

2015 Wimbledon

Anna-Lena Groenefeld

201.1 km/h (125.0 mph)

5’11” (180 cm)

2009 Indian Wells Masters

Fastest Serves from Popular Women’s WTA Players

In recent years, the WTA has seen a significant boost in the number of women hitting big serves and the speeds top many of the men on the ATP tour too.

Venus Williams

Both William’s sisters make the list of the top 10 fastest women’s servers, but Venus currently sits at #3 on the list with a 129 mph serve that she held as the fastest serve for seven years before Sabine Lisicki broke that record in 2014. Venus remains one of the best servers on the WTA tour.

Player Name

Venus Williams

Country

United States

Fastest serve speed

129 mph (207.6 km/h)

Height

6’1″ (185 cm)

Highest rank

1

Age when serve hit

27

Tournament

2007 US Open

Serena Williams

Serena’s dominance in the WTA is undisputable, and her serve a crucial part of her game that has helped her tremendously throughout the years. While she doesn’t top the list of fastest women’s servers, there’s no doubt Serena is an all-time great when it comes to her serving prowess.

Player Name

Serena Williams

Country

United States

Fastest serve speed

128.3 mph (206.4 km/h)

Height

5’9″ (175 cm)

Highest rank

1

Age when serve hit

31

Tournament

2013 Australian Open

Sabine Lisicki

The powerful right-hander from Germany broke into the #1 slot with the fastest serve when she topped Venus Williams in the first-round of the Bank of the West Classic in 2014 against Ana Ivanovic who eventually went on to win the match.

Player Name

Sabine Lisicki

Country

Germany

Fastest serve speed

131.0 mph (210.8 km/h)

Height

5’10” (178 cm)

Highest rank

12

Age when serve hit

25

Tournament

2014 Stanford Classic

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