Tennis is one of the most globally spread sports in the world and there are millions of fans watching the biggest matches. That may be due to tennis being one of the hardest sports to play in the world. To play tennis on a somewhat good level, you need to handle a variety of different shots. That includes backhand, forehand, volley, and of course, the serve. The serve is not only the hardest one but also probably the most important one.
Watch a game of professional tennis and you will be surprised about how fast players serve. But, how fast do the pro players really serve? That’s what I will go through in this post.
In order to find out what the average serving speed is among pro players, I looked at all the top 10 players on the ATP Tour the last match and listed their average serving speed during that match (first serves).
Here are the top 10 ranked players on the ATP Tour serving speed
|Player||Average Serving Speed|
|Rafael Nadal||116 mph / 187 km/h|
|Novak Djokovic||120 mph / 193 km/h|
|Roger Federer||117 mph / 188 km/h|
|Daniil Medvedev||124 mph / 200 km/h|
|Dominic Thiem||121 mph / 195 km/h|
|Stefanos Tsitsipas||119 mph / 191 km/h|
|Alexander Zverev||139 mph / 224 km/h|
|Matteo Berrettini||128 mph / 206 km/h|
|Roberto Bautista-Agut||114 mph / 183 km/h|
|Gael Monfils||122 mph / 196 km/h|
As you can see, by all the top 10 players on the ATP Tour, Alexander Zverev is by far the player with the fastest serve. If we take all the numbers together, the average serving speed for all the ATP players was 122 mph / 196 km/h.
But, there are other players that aren’t ranked inside the top 10 that serve even faster than Alexander Zverev’s 139 mph. One of them is the American John Isner, who is considered to have the best serve in the history of tennis. Isner holds the official record for the fastest serve in the world, after achieving an impressive 157 mph.
While John Isner has the fastest serve in the world, there are still other big servers on the tour that is worth mentioning. Here are the 10 fastest servers on the ATP Tour right now.
Fastest serving players on the ATP Tour right now
|John Isner||157 mph / 252 km/h|
|Ivo Karlovic||156 mph / 251 km/h|
|Milos Raonic||155 mph / 249 km/h|
|Feliciano Lopez||152 mph / 245 km/h|
|Marius Copil||151 mph / 243 km/h|
|Hubert Hurkacz||150 mph / 241 km/h|
|Juan Mártin Del Potro||149 mph / 240 km/h|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||147 mph / 237 km/h|
|Gael Monfils||146 mph / 235 km/h|
|Marin Cilic||146 mph / 235 km/h|