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 in 2010. He is also second on the most aces in career list.[6]

Ivo Karlović has the most career aces with 13,687.[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[edit]

# Player W/L Opponent Round Event Sets Surface Ref.
113 United States John Isner W France Nicolas Mahut 1R 2010 Wimbledon 5 Grass [11]
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 [12]

Most aces in a one-week tournament[edit]

# Player Event Surface Ref.
156 United States Reilly Opelka 2019 New York Open Hard [13]
144 United States John Isner 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic Hard [4]

Most combined-aces in a three-set match[edit]

# Player W/L Opponent Round Event Surface Ref.
81 United States Reilly Opelka W United States John Isner SF 2019 New York Hard [14][15]
71 Australia Nick Kyrgios W United States Ryan Harrison 1R 2019 Brisbane Hard [16]

Most consecutive aces[edit]

# Player W/L Opponent Round Event Surface Ref.
10 United States Sam Querrey W United States James Blake QF 2007 Indianapolis Hard [17][18]
8 Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek W Belgium Christophe Rochus F 2006 Rotterdam Hard (i) [19]
7 Germany Michael Stich W France Guy Forget SF 1993 Hopman Cup Hard [20]
United States Andy Roddick W Netherlands Sjeng Schalken QF 2003 US Open Hard [21]
United States Andy Roddick L Australia Lleyton Hewitt SF 2005 Australian Open Hard [22]
Chile Fernando González W Sweden Joachim Johansson 3R 2005 Wimbledon Grass [23]
Spain Feliciano López L Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 2R 2013 Shanghai Hard [24]
Croatia Ivo Karlović W Russia Mikhail Youzhny 1R 2014 Halle Grass [25]
Switzerland Roger Federer W Australia James Duckworth QF 2015 Brisbane Hard [26]
United States Sam Querrey W Italy Thomas Fabbiano SF 2019 Eastbourne Grass [27]

Serving five consecutive aces from 0–40 down[edit]

Player W/L Opponent Round Event Surface Ref.
Germany Boris Becker W Ukraine Andriy Medvedev F 1995 Hopman Cup Hard [28]
United States John Isner L France Édouard Roger-Vasselin SF 2013 Delray Beach Hard [29]
United States John Isner W Czech Republic Jiří Veselý 3R 2015 US Open Hard [30]
United States Reilly Opelka W Spain Roberto Bautista Agut QF 2019 Basel Hard (i) [31]

Seasons with 1000+ aces[edit]

# Player Years Ref.
7 United States John Isner 2010, 2012, 2015–2019 [32][33]
4 Croatia Goran Ivanišević 1994, 1996–1998 [34]
Croatia Ivo Karlović 2007, 2014–2016 [34]
2 Canada Milos Raonic 2012, 2014 [34][35]
South Africa Kevin Anderson 2015, 2018 [32][36]
1 United States Pete Sampras 1993 [37]
United States Andy Roddick 2004 [34]
United States Reilly Opelka 2019 [38]

WTA Tour[edit]

Serena Williams holds the record for most aces in a tournament with 102 en route to winning the 2012 Wimbledon title.[39]

Karolína Plíšková has the most aces in a single season with 530 in 2016,[40] which broke her own record of 517 in 2015.[41] She has also served the most aces in a match on clay, with 21 in her second round victory over Jeļena Ostapenko at Stuttgart in 2021.[42]

Most aces in a match[edit]

There have been 29 matches played in which a player has served 20 or more aces, since 2008.[43]

# Player W/L Opponent Round Event Sets Surface Ref.
31 Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková L Puerto Rico Monica Puig 2R 2016 Australian Open 3 Hard [43]
28 Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková L Puerto Rico Monica Puig 2R 2019 Luxembourg 3 Hard (i)
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 Hard [44]
United States Serena Williams W Belarus Victoria Azarenka SF 2012 Wimbledon 2 Grass [43]
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 (i)
22 Netherlands Brenda Schultz W Croatia Iva Majoli QF 1994 Birmingham 3 Grass [45]
United States Meghann Shaughnessy L Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová F 2005 Memphis 2 Hard (i) [46]
Australia Alicia Molik L United States Venus Williams QF 2007 Tokyo 2 Hard [46]
Russia Ekaterina Alexandrova W United States Kristie Ahn QF 2019 Seoul 3 Hard [43]
Belgium Alison van Uytvanck L United States Sofia Kenin SF 2020 Lyon 3 Hard [43]

See also[edit]

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