Tennis surprises with its records and not all of them were set by the best tennis players in the world. Meta.reviews tell about the most incredible matches, serves, segments of the game, and results.
The Longest Match
Tennis matches usually don’t end quickly, but sometimes games are so long that they don’t fit into a single playing day.
The longest tennis match was played at Wimbledon in 2010. American John Isner, the world No. 19 at the time, played against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, No. 148 in the rankings. The clear favorite had not been able to break his opponent for three days. After three breaks due to darkness and a postponement, Isner won 70-68. The game lasted 11 hours and five minutes.
The record for the longest match has been held in the women’s singles since 1984. Two American women Vicki Nelson-Dunbar and Jean Hepner played against each other in Richmond. The match ended 6-4, 7-6, but it took Vicki six hours and 31 minutes to win.
The most titled tennis player (men)
The most titled tennis player is Roger Federer. He has twenty wins at Grand Slam tournaments, which is the current record. The Swiss has won all kinds of Grand Slam tournaments.
Roger also has a record of winning two consecutive Grand Slams five times in a row. Federer has won six times at the Australian Open and eight times at Wimbledon, which is also an all-time record.
The most titled tennis player (women)
German Steffi Graf is considered the most titled tennis player. She ended her career in 1999. Steffi won four Grand Slam tournaments in 1988 and then won the Olympics. No one had such an achievement. After that, the term Golden Slam was coined. Steffi won the Olympics again and won 22 Grand Slam tournaments.
The longest tiebreak
This record was set by Monaco tennis players Benjamin Balleret and Guillaume Couillard in the USA Futures. After 6-6 in the set, they could not decide the winner for a long time. The tiebreak ended 36-34 in favor of Balleret (70 points).
The longest rally
In 1984, at the tournament in Richmond, the already known Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner met each other. In the second set, after 6-6, the tiebreak was delayed (11-10). The next set lasted 29 minutes. The tennis players did 643 shots in total.
The fastest serve
The Australian Samuel Groth holds the record for the strongest serve in men’s singles. In 2012, he served a maximum ball speed of 263.4 km/h at the Challenger in South Korea.
Sabine Lisicki set the record among women. The speed of the ball after her serve was 210 km/h. It happened on July 9, 2014, in the first round match at Stanford.
The largest number of aces
The Croatian Goran Ivanisevic has the most aces during the season among men. In the 1996 season, he hit 1,477 aces.
American John Isner holds the record for the most aces per match. He had 113 aces in 2010 at Wimbledon against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. That was the exact match that lasted three days.
Karolina Pliskova holds the record for the most aces in a season for women. She was able to hit 530 times in a season. In 2016, Karolina set the record for the number of aces per match. She served 31 times in the second round of the Australian Open against Monica Puig.