The ace is the most exciting and beautiful serve played in tennis. Aces tend to remain unreturned because the opposing player does not touch the ball at all and therefore loses the point. Aces are seen on the first serve of a play as a tennis player can use full strength while serving, hence leading to an accurate ace. In the current tennis game, players now prefer playing from the baseline which means less of aces, volleys and drop shots. This has significantly decreased the aces as their are big winners. In addition to this, you get to see more of longer rallies with very few aces. However the history is full of ace records as tennis great names Sampras, Agassi and many more have won their games based on their aces.
Greatest tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is famous for 1,477 maximum aces in the entire tennis season of 1996. After him, famous male tennis player Ivo Karlovic was leading until John Isner made his way with the record of 112 aces during the longest match in tennis history. This record was set in Wimbledon. However, the top ten leading male ace scorers of Australian Open are:
1) Joachim Johansson (51 aces )
2) Gilles Muller (47 aces)
3) Chris Guccione (45 aces)
4) Andy Roddick (42 aces)
5) Bryan Shelton (40 aces)
6) Goran Ivanisevic (39 aces)
7) Roger Federer (39 aces)
8) Feliciano Lopez (39 aces)
9) Pete Sampras (37 aces)
10) Julien Boutter (37 aces)
Among these names, hottest male tennis player Andy Roddick holds the record of serving the fastest ace as well. These players have entertained tennis fans with fastest and most beautiful aces.
Tennis is a game in which we regard a player’s talent without taking into account their height. Who notices height when they play real good tennis! Tallest and shortest tennis players hold records in tennis for their height. Here are the shortest and tallest players male and female players of tennis:
Shortest male/female tennis players
Philippine’s Felicisimo Ampon is the shortest player who played in the history of tennis. He was 4 ft. 11 inches tall. He appeared in 1952, 1953 French Open, 1949, 1950 and 1953 Wimbledon and in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1952 US Open. He was considered to be the best Filipino tennis player of his time. The shortest woman to play Wimbledon was C.G. Hoahing who was just 4 ft. 9 inches tall. She was a British player who played in the 1930s.
Tallest male/female tennis players
The tallest man who played in tennis history is Ivo Karlović, a 6 ft 10 inches tall man. The Croatian player started his professional career in 2000. The currently ranked 41 player has achieved a highest ranking of 14 so far in singles. In doubles, he reached the 14, as well. The tallest women in tennis history were USA’s Lindsay Ann Davenport and Russia’s Elena Bovina. Both players are 6 ft. 2.5 inches tall. Davenport started her career in 1993 and has a highest ranking of no. 1 in singles so far and she had no. 1 ranking in doubles too. She has won three Grand Slams and one Olympics gold medal. Bovina started her career in 1998 and had a top ranking of 14 in singles and the same in doubles. However there is a new tallest female player Eva Hrdinova with a height of 6’3.
In the current era, Isner of America is considered to be one of the tallest with 6’9 height.
Tennis fans surely know what an ace is. For those of us who do not know, an ace is when during a game, a point is scored after a player serves the ball correctly and so strongly that the opponent doesn’t even have a chance to touch it. Not all the tennis players have the potential, the art of making a point through an ace. It requires correct positioning and timing. When our favorite player hits aces during the game, he not only makes it interesting, but also a fun and treat for us to watch.
Many players have set records for aces. The top ten record holders from 1991 to June 23, 2010 have Ivo Karlović on the top with 78 aces that he scored against Radek Štepanek in a five set semifinal of the Davis Cup. He holds the second record, as well, with 55 aces against Lleyton Hewitt in a five-set first round match of the French Open. J. Johansson achieved the third spot in the aces ranking when he hit 51 aces against Andre Agassi in a 4-set match of the fourth round at the Australian Open. Again it’s Ivo Karlovic who stands fourth with 51 aces hit against Daniele Bracciali in a five-set Wimbledon match. Roger Federer is ranked fifth with 50 aces against Andy Roddick in a 5-set Wimbledon final.
The list goes on with Richard Krajicek the sixth with 49 aces against Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerton the seventh with 47 aces against Daniel Nestor, Ivo Karlovic the eighth with 46 aces against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Goran Ivanisević the ninth with 46 aces against Magnus Norman and Mark Philippoussis is the tenth with 46 aces against Andre Agassi.
Ivanović’s record was broken last Thursday, on June 24 by John Isner and Nicolas Mahut with 112 and 103 aces respectively.
Don’t you just love it when one of your favorite tennis players ends the match, set or a game with a serve which remains untouched by the opponent? Have you got any clue what that serve is? Yes! It’s the ace which does the job so quickly and accurately. Not every player has the potential to put the ace on a right spot and score the point. Scoring aces at maximum makes it easier to avoid long games as the game points could be won without playing multiple strokes. There are many records which have been made in serving the most aces. Few are listed below:
Goran Ivanisevic, a Croatian tennis player served the record aces during a year, numbering to 1477 in the year 1996.
Ivo Karlovic broke his own aces record in a match of Davis Cup against Radek Stepanek, where he served 78 aces out of which 77 were served on 1st serve. The interesting fact is that Karlovic lost the match even after the tie-break and setting a new ace record.
Andy Roddick holds the fastest ace record when he served an ace of 155 mph (~294 km/h) in a match against Vladimir Voltchkov in Davis Cup 2004.
Sam Querrey hit the record of ten consecutive aces against James Blake in Indianapolis Tennis Championships quarterfinal.
Interesting records were hit by the players in different ways. It’s always a treat to watch a game full of aces as it sure is a different flavor of the game.
Support your player and keep a close eye on their aces. You never know who makes a record!
Tennis is a game of different shots and mastering this art can make a player champion. The service is the most important aspect of tennis, without which a game of tennis cannot be played. It is observed that the art of service is very tough to learn and especially for the newbie it is a headache. But, if a player wants to be a champion, the task of mastering serving is a must. An ace is one of such master-class service where a valid service goes untouched by the opponent. Let us look at some of the master-class players who are known to be best serving players because of their expertise in service.
The first name in this list is none other than champion tennis player Boris Becker, who has played the first service with utmost power and placement with conceding maximum first service in. A world-record holder of Grand Slams (16) Roger Federer is also included in this list of serving masters. Former Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic was known to win his games on the aces and he holds the world record of serving the maximum number of aces in a season. American tennis player Andy Roddick is also one such Ace greats who has hit many aces during his career and holds the record of fastest service in the history of tennis. Ivo Karlovic has the world record of serving maximum number of aces in a match. These players not only excelled at their serves but played absolute tennis during their careers.