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.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a French professional tennis player who is currently ranked at 17th in the ATP rankings. Tsonga came into the picture when he reached the finals of the 2008 Australian Open where he defeated four top seeded players along the way. His win over the then world number one, another French tennis player Rafael Nadal in straight sets is very famous. Tsonga was finally defeated by the then number three, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic in four sets after winning the first set. This was the only set lost by Djokovic in his 2008 Australian Open. Tsonga won his first Masters title in Paris Masters 2008 and qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008. He is the only player after Gustavo Kuerten to attend his first ATP finals debut at the Grand Slam event.
Tsonga is more famous for his powerful and precise services and more powerful foreheads. His backhand shots down the line have become one of the bestback hand shots in tennis. Tsonga generally plays the game of offensive baseline player and is also good at the nets. He is one of the very few players in tennis who uses the serve and volley kind of play. The only player who has played this in recent times is American tennis player, Andy Roddick. All these techniques make him a faster surface player such as grass and hard courts. But, all and all, he is an all surface player as he is improving his techniques on the clay courts.