The World's Fastest Men's and Women's Tennis Serves Ever Recorded

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

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While the fastest tennis serves don’t guarantee success on the court, they can be 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 game’s most popular players.

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What is the fastest tennis serve ever recorded?

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

Groth was born on Oct. 19, 1987. He’s a right-handed tennis player who stands at 6’11” (193 cm) and went pro in 2006. In 2010, he achieved a career-high of No. 53 in the world.

The video recording of his fastest serve is pretty low quality, so we’ve included this video as well as a compilation of other videos to give you a sense of how massive his serve is.

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Men’s 20 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 listed each player only once on the list, with their single fastest serve.

RankCountryPlayerSpeedHeightEvent
1AUSSam Groth263 km/h (163.4 mph)6’4″ (193 cm)2012 Busan Open
2FRAAlbano Olivetti257.5 km/h (160 mph)6’8″ (203 cm)2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel–Faip
3USAJohn Isner253 km/h (157.2 mph)6’10” (208 cm)2016 Davis Cup
4HRVIvo Karlović251.1 km/h (156 mph)6’11” (211 cm)2011 Davis Cup
4POLJerzy Janowicz251.1 km/h (156 mph)6’8″(203 cm)2012 Pekao Szczecin Open
5CANMilos Raonic250 km/h (155.3 mph)6’5″ (196 cm)2012 Rogers Cup
6USAAndy Roddick249.4 km/h (155 mph)6’2″ (188 cm)2004 Davis Cup
7SWEJoachim Johansson244.6 km/h (152 mph)6’6″ (198 cm)2004 Davis Cup
7ESPFeliciano López244.6 km/h (152 mph)6’1″ (185 cm)2014 Aegon Championships
8ROUMarius Copil244 km/h (151.6 mph)6’3″ (191 cm)2016 European Open
9POLHubert Hurkacz243 km/h (151.0 mph)6’5″ (196 cm)2016 Davis Cup
10USATaylor Dent241.4 km/h (150 mph)6’2″ (188 cm)2010 SAP Open
11LVAErnests Gulbis240.3 km/h (149.3 mph)6’4″ (193 cm)2007 St. Petersburg Open
12ARGJuan Martín del Potro240 km/h (149.1 mph)6’6″ (198 cm)2017 Stockholm Open
13GBRGreg Rusedski239.8 km/h (149 mph)6’4″ (193 cm)1998 Newsweek Champions Cup
14RUSDmitry Tursunov237.0 km/h (147.25 mph)6’1″ (185 cm)2006 Davis Cup
14FRAJo-Wilfried Tsonga237.0 km/h (147.25 mph)6’2″ (188 cm)2014 Rogers Cup
15FRAGaël Monfils235 km/h (146 mph)6’4″ (193 cm)2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
15SRBDušan Vemić235 km/h (146 mph)6’2″ (188 cm)2008 Countrywide Classic
15HRVMarin Čilić235 km/h (146 mph)6’6″ (198 cm)2016 Davis Cup
16LTURičardas Berankis234 km/h (145.5 mph)5’9″ (175 cm)2011 Open d’Orléans
16CHEStan Wawrinka234 km/h (145.5 mph)6’0″ (183 cm)2014 Davis Cup
17HRVIvan Ljubičić233.4 km/h (145 mph)6’4″ (193 cm)2007 Pacific Life Open
17BGRGrigor Dimitrov233.4 km/h (145 mph)6’3″ (191 cm)2013 Aegon Championships
17USAReilly Opelka233.4 km/h (145 mph)6’11” (211 cm)2016 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships
17SRBViktor Troicki233.4 km/h (145 mph)6’4″ (193 cm)2017 Davis Cup
18ESPFernando Verdasco232 km/h (144.2 mph)6’1″ (185 cm)2009 French Open
18AUTDominic Thiem232 km/h (144.2 mph)6’1″ (185 cm)2017 Gerry Weber Open
19USAMardy Fish231.7 km/h (144 mph)6’2″ (188 cm)2007 Pacific Life Open
19POLMarcin Matkowski231.7 km/h (144 mph)6’1″ (185 cm)2009 ATP World Tour Finals
20NLDMartin Verkerk230 km/h (143 mph)6’3″ (191 cm)2003 Breil Milano Indoor
20CHERoger Federer230 km/h (143 mph)6’1″ (185 cm)2010 Gerry Weber Open
20SWERobin Söderling230 km/h (143 mph)6’4″ (193 cm)2010 ATP World Tour Finals
20DEUDaniel Brands230 km/h (143 mph)6’5″ (196 cm)2011 Intersport Heilbronn Open
20CZEJiří Veselý230 km/h (143 mph)6’6″ (198 cm)2014 Wimbledon
20ESPNicolás Almagro230 km/h (143 mph)6’0″ (183 cm)2016 Argentina Open

*It’s worth noting that the serves highlighted on this list are not officially recognized by the ATP with regards to the fastest ever recorded. In times where a player hit the same serve speed twice, the oldest is listed.

Unfortunately, the majority of the fastest men’s serves aren’t available online for us to share here. We’ve compiled a playlist that showcases each player on our list so you can see them in action, but in most cases, it’s not their fastest serve. Sit back and enjoy!

Here are a few notes that sum up the list of fastest men’s serves:

  • The average speed of the fastest serves is 148 mph (238 km/h)
  • The median speed of the fastest serves is 146 mph (235 km/h)
  • Serve speed in mph ranges from 143 mph to 163.4 mph (20.4 mph)
  • Serve speed in km/h ranges from 230 km/h to 263 km/h (33km/h)
  • Player height in feet ranges from 5’9″ to 6’11” (1’2″)
  • Player height in cm ranges from 175 cm to 211 cm (36 cm)
  • The earliest serve on the list goes back to 1998, while the most recent as of the writing of this article is 2017, for a 19-year spread

Here’s a breakdown by country, where each country has at least two players on the list:

  • USA 5
  • ESP 4
  • POL 3
  • FRA 3
  • SRV 3
  • SWE 2
  • CHE 2
  • SRB 2

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 quality serving 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 other 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.

PlayerRoger Federer
CountrySwitzerland
Fastest serve speed230 km/h (143 mph)
Height6’1″ (185 cm)
Highest rank1
Age when serve hit29
Tournament2010 Gerry Weber Open

Andy Murray

At 6’3″, Andy Murray has always been able to crank up his serve, and his 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.

PlayerAndy Murray
CountryGreat Britain
Fastest serve speed226.9 km/h (141 mph)
Height6’3″ (191 cm)
Highest rank1
Age when serve hit29
Tournament2016 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.

PlayerNovak Djokovic
CountrySerbia
Fastest serve speed219 km/h (136 mph)
Height6’2″ (188 cm)
Highest rank1
Age when serve hit22
Tournament2009 Madrid Masters

Rafael Nadal

Rafa isn’t known for his serve, which is why it’s 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.

PlayerRafael Nadal
CountrySpain
Fastest serve speed217 km/h (135 mph)
Height6’1″ (185 cm)
Highest rank1
Age when serve hit25
Tournament2010 US Open

Milos Raonic

Over the years, Raonic’s dominant serve has gained him a lot of attention. The right-handed Canadian is 6’5″ and regularly hits massive serves, which have been the centerpiece of his game since he joined the ATP tour in 2008. In 2012, in front of his home crowd at the Rogers Cup, Milos recorded his fastest serve ever at 155.3 mph (250 km/h) against another one of the game’s biggest servers, Viktor Troicki.

PlayerMilos Raonic
CountryCanada
Fastest serve speed250 km/h (155.3 mph)
Height6’5″ (196 cm)
Highest rank3
Age when serve hit21
TournamentRogers Cup

John Isner

John Isner stands at a massive 6’10” and dwarfs most of his opponents. The right-hander from Greensboro, NC, takes full advantage of his height as one of the biggest servers on tour, and he holds the fastest serve ever recorded that the ATP officially recognizes. His 157.2 mph (253 km/h) serve came in 2016 at the Davis Cup, when he played and defeated Australian Bernard Tomic.

PlayerJohn Isner
CountryUnited States
Fastest serve speed253 km/h (157.2 mph)
Height6’10” (208 cm)
Highest rank9
Age when serve hit31
Tournament2016 Davis Cup

Andy Roddick

Throughout his career, Andy Roddick’s biggest weapon was his serve, which, along with his huge forehand, allowed him to capture the world No. 1 ranking in 2003. Roddick hit his fastest serve of 155 mph (249.4 km/h) in the semifinal of the 2004 Davis Cup against Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus.

PlayerAndy Roddick
CountryUnited States
Fastest serve speed249.4 km/h (155 mph)
Height6’2″ (188 cm)
Highest rank1
Age when serve hit22
Tournament2004 Davis Cup

Women’s 10 Fastest Tennis Serves (WTA)

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

What’s better than a list of the fastest women’s serves? That’s right – a collection of videos showcasing each of the players on our list serving. Unfortunately, most of the women’s fastest serves weren’t caught on video or aren’t publicly available, so we’ve compiled examples of their serves.

RankCountryPlayerSpeedHeightEvent
1ESPGeorgina Garcia Pérez220 km/h (136.7 mph)6’2″ (188 cm)2018 Hungarian Ladies Open
2DEUSabine Lisicki210.8 km/h (131.0 mph)5’10” (178 cm)2014 Stanford Classic
3USAVenus Williams207.6 km/h (129 mph)6’1″ (185 cm)2007 US Open
4SRBIvana Jorović207 km/h (129 mph)5’7″ (174 cm)2017 Fed Cup
5USASerena Williams206.4 km/h (128.3 mph)5’9″ (175 cm)2013 Australian Open
6DEUJulia Goerges203.0 km/h (126.1 mph)5’11” (180 cm)2012 French Open
6FRACaroline Garcia203.0 km/h (126.1 mph)5’10” (177 cm)2016 Fed Cup
7NLDBrenda Schultz-McCarthy202.7 km/h (126.0 mph)6’2″ (188 cm)2007 Indian Wells Masters
8UKRNadiia Kichenok202.0 km/h (125.5 mph)5’7″ (172 cm)2014 Australian Open
9JPNNaomi Osaka201 km/h (125.0 mph)5’11” (180 cm)2016 US Open
9CZELucie Hradecká201 km/h (125.0 mph)5’10” (177 cm)2015 Wimbledon
10DEUAnna-Lena Groenefeld201.1 km/h (125.0 mph)5’11” (180 cm)2009 Indian Wells Masters

*In times where a player hit the same serve speed twice, the oldest is listed.

Here are a few takeaways from our list of the fastest women’s serves in tennis:

  • The average speed of the fastest serves is 126 mph (203 km/h)
  • The median speed of the fastest serves is 126 mph (202 km/h
  • Serve speed in mph ranges from 125 mph to 140 mph (15 mph)
  • Serve speed in km/h ranges from 201 km/h to 220 km/h (19km/h)
  • Player height in feet ranges from 5’7″ to 6’2″ (7″)
  • Player height in cm ranges from 144 cm to 188 cm (44 cm)
  • The earliest serve on the list goes back to 2007, while the most recent as of the writing of this article is 2018, for an 11-year spread

Here’s a breakdown of fastest serves by the country where each has at least two players on the list:

  • USA 2
  • DEU 2

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

Here are a few ladies that our community regularly asks about when it comes to the fastest serves on the WTA.

Venus Williams

Both Williams sisters make the list of the top 10 fastest women’s servers, but Venus sits at No. 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.

PlayerVenus Williams
CountryUnited States
Fastest serve speed1207.6 km/h (29 mph)
Height6’1″ (185 cm)
Highest rank1
Age when serve hit27
Tournament2007 US Open

Serena Williams

Serena’s dominance in the WTA is indisputable, and her serve a crucial part of her game. 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.

PlayerSerena Williams
CountryUnited States
Fastest serve speed206.4 km/h (128.3 mph)
Height5’9″ (175 cm)
Highest rank1
Age when serve hit31
Tournament2013 Australian Open

Sabine Lisicki

The powerful right-hander from Germany broke into the No. 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.

PlayerSabine Lisicki
CountryGermany
Fastest serve speed210.8 km/h (131.0 mph)
Height5’10” (178 cm)
Highest rank12
Age when serve hit25
Tournament2014 Stanford Classic

Common Questions About Fast Tennis Serves

What is the fastest male tennis serve ever recorded?

The fastest male tennis serve ever recorded was a record 263.4 km/h (163.7 mph) in 2012 by Sam Groth of Australia.

What is the fastest female tennis serve ever recorded?

The fastest female tennis serve ever recorded was a record 220 km/h (136.7 mph) in 2018 by Georgina Garcia Pérez of Spain.

What is the fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon?

The fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon was 238.2 km/h (148 mph) in 2010 by Taylor Dent. Andy Roddick has the second-fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon in 2004 at 235 km/h (146 mph), and in 2017 Milos Raonic clocked the third-fastest serve at 233.3 km/h (145 mph).

What is the fastest serve ever recorded at the Australian Open?

The fastest serve ever recorded at the Australian Open was 242 km/h (150 mph) by Marius Copil of Romania in 2015. Previously, American Taylor Dent held the fastest serve ever recorded at the Australian Open at 231 km/h (144 mph) in 2006.

What is the fastest serve ever returned?

The fastest serve ever returned was a 244.6 km/h (152 mph) serve by Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden while playing Andy Roddick in the 2004 Davis Cup quarterfinals. It was the last point of the match.

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