In Tennis, a big serve is a great weapon to hold your own serve and potentially the match. We at Tennis Trumpet love a big serve and therefore went to look for the fastest recorded male serves, there might be some surprises for you! For your convenience we also listed the Top 6 Fastest Recorded Female Serves.
6 – Milos Raonic – 250 km/h (155.3 mph)
In Toronto at the Rogers Cup, the Canadian hit this banger in the second round to beat Victor Troicki in 2012. Raonic, number 5 ranked in the ATP tour, is a well-known power server, but since then has not been able to top this shot. Milos has some unbelievable stats to hang on to though, as in 2016 he won 91% of his service games and hit an average of 12 aces per match.
Caption: It may not be Raonic’s fastest serve, but he served this one up at Wimbledon. 147 mph was returned with interest by Murray on that day.
4 – Jerzy Janowicz – 251 km/h (156 mph)
26-year-old Jerzy Janowicz produced this slammer in the summer of 2012 at the Pekao Szczecin Open in Poland. Jerzy is a big server who usually hits his first serve between 210 km/h (130 mph) and 225 km/h (140 mph), managed to achieve a 14th place ranking in the ATP tour and even reached the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finals. The Pole unfortunately got a bad knee injury in 2016, but is on his way back now.
4 – Ivo Karlovic – 251 km/h (156 mph)
If you were thinking that Ivo was on this list, then you are right! The 2 meters 11 serving beast hit his fastest serve in a Davis Cup doubles match against Germany, at that time the fastest serve ever recorded. The Croat has some scarcely believable stats when it comes to serving, as Ivo for example is one of only two players in history who has surpassed 10,000 aces in his career. Ivo shows that having a big serve and a decent volley can land you some titles, he has won a total of 8 titles in his career.
Caption: Ivo Karlovic fires down the then fastest ever recorded serve.
3 – John Isner – 253 km/h (157.2 mph)
When you hear the name of John Isner there is of course one thing that comes to mind, and that’s not his serve. John defeated French Nicolas Mahut in a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes at Wimbledon. This match is known as the longest professional tennis match in history. The American hit his fastest serve playing Davis Cup for the USA against Australia in May 2016 and has currently hit over 8700 aces in his career.
Caption: John Isner’s 253Km/h rocket was delivered in the Davis Cup against Australia.
2 – Albano Olivetti – 257.5 km/h (160 mph)
This 25-year-old relatively unknown Frenchman fired down this rocket in 2012 at the Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel-Faip in Bergamo, Italy. Albano is mostly active on the ATP Challenger tour and is currently 370th in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The 2 meters 3-centimeter-tall Frenchman has managed to win 3 Futures tournaments in his career to date, and the second place in our top 5 of fastest recorded male serves.
1 – Sam Groth – 263.4 km/h (163.7 mph)
Aussie Sam Groth produced this monster hit at the 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis tournament in South-Korea. Luckily for Sam, the tournament had installed the radar system to record serve speed, which is not standard for Challenger tournaments. Up until now, Groth has won 2 titles and has managed to reach 53rd in the Emirates ATP Rankings. We are sure that a serve faster than the top speed of a Ferrari has helped him along the way.
Caption: Sam Groth’s world record serve was hit almost 5 years ago.
Cover image: Getty Images Sport –Scott Barbour