Ace (tennis)

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In tennis, an ace is a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver, winning the point.[1] In professional tennis, aces are generally seen on a player's first serve, where the server can strike the ball with maximum force and take more chances with ball placement, such as the far corners of the service box.[2] According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, this term was coined by the sports journalist Allison Danzig.[3]

Professional singles records[edit]

Aces have been officially recorded by the top-level professional tennis circuits since 1991,[4] so these records start at that time.

Only main draw singles matches are included here.

ATP Tour[edit]

John Isner holds the professional records for most aces in a match and an entire tournament.

John Isner has the most aces in a tournament with 214 during the 2018 Wimbledon,[5] and he has the most in a single match with 113 during his 11 hour encounter with Nicolas Mahut. He is also second on the career list.[6]

Ivo Karlović has the most career aces with 13,455.[6] He also has the most in a best-of-three-set match with 45 at Halle in 2015.[7] Two weeks later, during Wimbledon, he became the only player to hit at least 40 aces in three consecutive matches.[8]

Goran Ivanišević has the most in a single season with 1,477 in 1996.[9] He also has the second most in a tournament with 213 when he won the 2001 Wimbledon title.[5]

Roger Federer hit 50 aces in the 2009 Wimbledon final, the record for a Grand Slam final.[10] He is also third on the career list.[6]

Most aces in a match
# Player W/L Opponent Round Event Sets Surface
113 United States John Isner W France Nicolas Mahut 1R 2010 Wimbledon 5 Grass
103 France Nicolas Mahut L United States John Isner
78 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek SF 2009 Davis Cup 5 Clay
75 Croatia Ivo Karlović W Argentina Horacio Zeballos 1R 2017 Australian Open 5 Hard
67 United States Reilly Opelka L Italy Thomas Fabbiano 2R 2019 Australian Open 5 Hard
64 United States John Isner W Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 2R 2018 Wimbledon 5 Grass
61 Croatia Ivo Karlović W Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-Hsun 1R 2016 US Open 5 Hard
Croatia Ivo Karlović L Germany Jan-Lennard Struff 2R 2018 Wimbledon 5 Grass
59 Croatia Ivo Karlović L Japan Kei Nishikori 2R 2019 Australian Open 5 Hard
56 France Albano Olivetti L Australia Matthew Barton 1R 2016 Wimbledon 5 Grass
Seasons with 1000+ aces
# Player Years
6 United States John Isner 2010, 12, 15–18
4 Croatia Goran Ivanišević 1994, 96–98
Croatia Ivo Karlović 2007, 14–16
2 Canada Milos Raonic 2012, 14
South Africa Kevin Anderson 2015, 18
1 United States Pete Sampras 1993
United States Andy Roddick 2004

WTA Tour[edit]

Serena Williams holds the record for most aces in a tournament with 102 en route to winning the 2012 Wimbledon title.[13]

Karolína Plíšková has the most aces in a single season with 530 in 2016,[14] which broke her own record of 517 in 2015.[15]

Most aces in a match
# Player W/L Opponent Round Event Sets Surface
31 Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková L Puerto Rico Monica Puig 2R 2016 Australian Open 3 Hard
27 Germany Sabine Lisicki W Switzerland Belinda Bencic 2R 2015 Birmingham 2 Grass
24 Estonia Kaia Kanepi W Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 1R 2008 Tokyo 3
United States Serena Williams W Belarus Victoria Azarenka SF 2012 Wimbledon 2 Grass
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková W Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 2R 2019 Birmingham 3 Grass
23 United States Serena Williams W China Zheng Jie 3R 2012 Wimbledon 3 Grass
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková L France Océane Dodin 1R 2016 Linz 3 Hard
22 Netherlands Brenda Schultz W Croatia Iva Majoli QF 1994 Birmingham 3
United States Meghann Shaughnessy W Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová F 2005 Memphis 2
Australia Alicia Molik L United States Venus Williams QF 2007 Tokyo 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ace - Definition from
  2. ^ - Tip of the Week - December 19, 2005 - Your Second Serve Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Allison Danzig". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  4. ^ a b "ASAP Sports Transcripts - Tennis - 2007 - PRESS CONFERENCES - ATP TENNIS MEDIA CONFERENCE - August 8".
  5. ^ a b "Five takeaways from Anderson's marathon win over Isner at Wimbledon". Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Aces - ATP Tour - Tennis".
  7. ^ "Karlovic beats Berdych with record 45 aces in Halle; Federer reaches semis".
  8. ^ "Ivo Karlovic Strikes 41 Aces To Advance At Wimbledon".
  9. ^ "Goran Ivanisevic - Player Stats - ATP Tour - Tennis".
  10. ^ "Federer outlasts Roddick for record 15th Slam". 5 July 2009.
  11. ^ 2011, 6:05PM BST 16 Jun (16 June 2011). "Tennis record breaker Sam Querry shows how to serve quicker and smarter".
  12. ^ "The New York Sun". Querrey Gives a Sample Of What May Be in Store. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
  13. ^ "Serena taken to 3 sets, wins 5th Wimbledon".
  14. ^ admin (18 November 2016). "Top 10 WTA Aces Leaders In 2016".
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-01-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)