3. Jerzy Janowicz

tallest tennis player, jerzy janowicz

Filip Jerzy Janowicz (born November 13, 1990 in Lodz, Poland) is a Polish tennis player. In his career he has won tournaments at ATP level and his best ranking position is the no. 14 in August 2013. He reached the final at Roland Garros and the US Open juniors in singles.

In 2012 BNP Paribas Masters while he was in the position no. 69 in the rankings, he defeated in straight games Dmitry Tursunov and Florent Serra in the standings, and then Philipp Kohlschreiber (n. 19), Marin Cilic (n. # 15), Andy Murray (no. 3), Janko Tipsarevic (no. 9) and Gilles Simon (no. 20) to reach the end of his first Masters 1000 tournament played in which lose to No. 5 -ranked David Ferrer. Also in this final he managed to serve with a speed of 242 km / h, branded as his personal record and the seventh fastest serve in history since records exist, courtesy of his height reaching 2.04 meters.


Jerzy Janowicz is an attacking player. Right handed, he practices a two-handed backhand which it is known that he uses it regularly and successfully damped. This was particularly the case during his term in Bercy in 2012. It is now the second fastest server in the history of Bercy, with an 230 km / h ace during his match against Andy Murray, it also moves very well for a tall player and has great creativity.

Jerzy Janowicz is based on aggressive serves that usually exceed 200 km / h, his services are often measured between about 220 and 230 km / h – using a style of play more and more common on the ATP Tour. It also has a strong power back hand . He managed a timed service at 251 km / h during a Challenger in Szczecin.

At Wimbledon 2013, he works his way to the semifinals where he falls before the one who would eventually became champion Andy Murray 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. After this result Janowicz first managed to get in the top 20 of the ATP.

2. John Isner

John Isner tennis player

John Isner is an American tennis player born April 26, 1985 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Professional player since 2007, he won ten titles on the ATP Tour and lost two in ten final Masters 1000: Indian Wells in 2012 where he faced Roger Federer in Cincinnati in 2013 and where he tilts against Rafael Nadal.

His best result in Grand Slam is a quarter-final at the US Open losing to Andy Murray in 2011. Described as “Ivo Karlović in power connections” by it, his serves are his greatest weapon of his game. He is one of the greatest players of the circuit (2.08 m, 108 kg).

In doubles, he won three titles including the Masters of Rome in 2011, together with his compatriot Sam Querrey.

At Wimbledon 2010, he won the longest match in tennis history against the French Nicolas Mahut.

He is coached by Justin Gimelstob.

Considered at the time as the successor of Andy Roddick, the American has not really fulfilled all the hopes placed in him.

Game style

His game relies on his very imposing size and is based on the terrible power he prints his blows mainly in serves and forehand. His main weapon is undoubtedly its serve. He is one of six tennis players who reached the milestone of 1,000 aces in a season, with Andy Roddick, Goran Ivanisevic, Milos Raonic, Pete Sampras and Ivo Karlović.

A true reference in the field, some players mentally prepare before their match at the idea of playing the tie-breaks in front of him and do not have a lot of exchanges to play, making it an atypical opponent and feared.

He owes the nickname “Big Ben”, in addition to his large, square template to the feeling that it is “ringing the bells” when he hits balls to the serve. His baseline game is based primarily on a forehand also very powerful and steady. He is becoming a formidable tennis player with a very soft touch. Finally, he has a strong mind. However, its large gauge prevents move quickly. On the downside, although having gained regularity, and his return of serve are judged a little tender and constitute weaknesses. This makes him a player of fast surfaces, coating allowing it to best express his qualities.

It is also to date one of the greatest runners in the history of tennis. Indeed, he played many games suspense, the insane, but especially exceptionally long scenario (he played the longest game in the history against Nicolas Mahut), which mainly shows his great mental qualities. His longest game (vs Mahut) is featured on our Toplist of 10 Longest Tennis Matches, as well as his game vs Mathieu: http://6toplists.com/top-10-longest-tennis-matches/.

1. Ivo Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic, tallest tennis player

Ivo Karlović, born 28 February 1979 in Zagreb, is a Croatian tennis player, professional since 2000.

Nicknamed the “Croatian Giant”, “Dr. Ivo” or “white Shreky” he reaches a height of 2.11 m, the tallest player on the ATP circuit. Simple a good player, he is very comfortable on grass where he has gleaned two titles at the Nottingham Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2009.

Fastest tennis serve

He is also one of the best servers in the league with an average of 18 aces per match in 2008, but the former holder of the fastest service on the professional circuit in first ball. This service and withering of rare effectiveness, however contrasts with his backhand, which is very low. Ivo Karlović is one of six players who surpassed the 1,000 aces in a season with Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic, John Isner, Andy Roddick and Milos Raonic.

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, he became the new owner after Andy Roddick, of the fastest service at 251 km / h (156 mph) in a doubles match of the first round of the Davis Cup in 2011 against Germany, he nevertheless lost in five sets. It will be dethroned a year later by Australian Samuel Groth (263 km / h). On June 19, 2015 in Halle, during his quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych, Karlović generates 45 aces, beating his record for most aces in a match in two sets. In August 2015, he made his 1000th ace in career at the Canada Masters against Milos Raonic.

He characterizes his way of serving with a final rebound significantly higher than previous, accompanied by a roaring sound. This ritual announcing his opponent of the initiation of the “prune machine” as some call it, typical dreaded by many players at the idea of seeing scroll balls and wait for a possible drop in regime Ivo finally get a break opportunity.

Formidable opponent

Very comfortable on grass (he reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and won two titles on this surface), it is much less on earth, despite a title in Houston in 2007. He never reached beyond the third round of Roland Garros. On hard surface, the results are more mixed although with two titles and eighth finals at the 2010 Australian Open.

If indeed he has never won a major tournament, Ivanišević still represents a formidable opponent for even the best players in the world (he beat two world number ones Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Masters 2008 and Novak Djokovic in Open Doha 2015). He provides the mental challenge his opponents often forcing them to make the decision to tie-breaks. His playing style, few focused on physics, allowing it to retain a remarkable level of overall game even at an advanced age.

Karlovic is also featured in our 10 Longest Tennis Matches article: http://6toplists.com/top-10-longest-tennis-matches/ where we covered his 5 hours and 59 minutes match against Stepanek.

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