Tennis is one of those ultra-competitive sports where participants are driven to deliver some amazing athletic performances. This article will share a few of the most impressive statistics and records from the world of tennis. You will be amazed by what professional tennis players are capable of.
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The world’s fastest tennis serve was performed by Australian Samuel Groth at the 2012 Busan Open Challenger Tennis event. Samuel hit an ace at a ridiculously fast 163.4 mph (263 km/h).
In tennis, the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open are considered “Grand Slam” events. They are the most prestigious individual competitions for professional tennis players. Winning one Grand Slam is a huge achievement in the world of tennis.
Some players have dominated the sport so much that they have won multiple Grand Slams. Roger Federer leads the way for male tennis players, with an impressive 20 Grand Slams to his name. He is followed by Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14).
For women, Serena Williams has 23 Grand Slams to her name, followed by Steffi Graf on 22. Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert are tied for third place, with 18 Grand Slams each.
The way that tennis is scored can lead to some very long matches when both players are evenly matched. The longest match in professional tennis history occurred in 2010 at the Wimbledon tournament, when John Isner played Nicolas Mahut. The match lasted for 11 hours and five minutes, spread over three days. The final score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-3), 70-68. Yes, that is an impressive 70 to 68 games in the last set.
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour is the leading men’s professional tennis circuit. The winner of the most ATP titles is Jimmy Connors at 109 wins. Connors played for over 20 years, which is why his record is so hard to beat. Following Connors is Roger Federer at 99 wins from 149 finals appearances, Rafael Nadal on 80 wins and Novak Djokovic on 72 wins.
The winner of the most Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) records is Martina Navratilova at 167 wins from 239 finals appearances. She is followed by the great Chris Evert on 157 wins and Steffi Graf on 107.
This statistic really highlights how dominant Navratilova was — winning 48 more titles than Jimmy Connors did over 20 years. She is also 95 titles ahead of the current dominant force in women’s tennis, Serena Williams, who has 72 WTA singles titles.
When players are in good form, they often win multiple tournaments in a row. But Rafael Nadal has one particularly impressive record — winning the French Open an amazing 11 times between 2005 and 2018.
There is something inspirational about a close tennis match where the underdog triumphs! One of the greatest underdog victories occurred in 1976, when Mark Edmondson (ranked 212 in the world) managed to win the Australian Open.
Winning one Grand Slam title is an incredible accomplishment. Winning all four in a row is very rare and signifies that a player is dominating world tennis! Only a handful of players have achieved this record, including:
There is nothing more satisfying than serving an ace! Some players are so good that they get to enjoy this feeling many times each match. One of those people is Ivo Karlovic, who holds the record for the most aces of any professional tennis player. Ivo served a total of 12,936 aces.
Roger Federer has been the most lucrative tennis players in the history of the game, earning more than USD $116 million in his career so far.
Novak Djokovic is rapidly catching up though, on a healthy USD $111 million. While that sounds like a lot of money, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you add in all of the sponsorship deals and exclusive events, Roger Federer’s net worth is around USD $450 million.
The women do very well also, with Serena Williams having earnt USD $86 million and counting.
Tennis players come in all shapes and sizes. This is clearly illustrated when comparing the shortest tennis players in ATP tour history with the tallest. At 5’4”, Oliver Rochus is the shortest player to be a professional tennis player. Ivo Karlovic is the tallest, at a mammoth 6’10”.
Not all records are good to have! The record for the most double faults in a match is held by Marc Rosset. He managed to serve 26 double faults in a game at Wimbledon in 1995.
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