The fastest recorded tennis serve, hit by Australian tennis player Sam Groth at the 2012 Busan Open Challenger in South Korea, rocketed down the court at 163.4 mph (263 kph). Groth, 24, who was ranked 340th in the world at the time, ended up losing the second-round match to opponent Uladzimir Ignatik from Belarus, who was able to return Groth’s lightning-fast serve.
The 6-foot-4 (1.94 m) Australian put his impressive frame (93 kg/210 lbs) to good use as he muscled cannon serve after cannon serve at opponent Uladzimir Ignatik that day. Groth had drawn the Belarusian in a second-round match of an ATP Challenger event in Busan, South Korea, probably not knowing he would rewrite record books when he packed his racket bag earlier that morning. For by the end of the day, Groth drew not only Ignatik, but also the reigning record holder for the fastest tennis serve on record: Ivo Karlovic of Croatia
Groth’s serve was so speedy that it increased the world record for fastest tennis serve by a whopping 5.3 percent. The previous fast-serve title was set in 2011 by Croatian player Ivo Karlovic, at 156 mph (251 kph).
Samuel (Sam) Groth (born 19 October 1987) is a professional Australian tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking is World No. 189, which he reached in March 2013. His career high in doubles was World No. 157 in April 2011.
Groth and Andrew Kennaugh of Great Britain lost in the finals of the 2005 Wimbledon boys’ doubles championship to Jesse Levine and Michael Shabaz 6–4, 6–1.
Groth beat Mark Philippoussis in a 2007 match; Philippoussis has focused on the seniors tour since then. Groth qualified for the ATP event inNottingham where he defeated Britain’s Jamie Baker 7–6, 6–3 in the first round. He played well, but lost his second round match to seeded Gilles Simon 7–6, 4–6, 4–6.
He holds the record for the 2009 Australian Open for the fastest serve by a male individual (232 km/h). He lost in the qualification to Wimbledon 2009 to Jesse Levine 4-6, 7-6, 5-7.
In 2012, in an ATP Challenger in Busan, Groth hit the fastest serve on record at 163.4 mph (263 kph) which was an ace, but Groth still lost toUladzimir Ignatik – 4-6, 3-6.