It is said that tall players have an added advantage in tennis. However, the record of grand slam winners does not agree with the fact. Height does not guarantee success in tennis. Although tall players have explosive serves, their movements are a bit caged. There are both pros and cons to it. Here is the list of tallest tennis players of all time. The article includes a separate list for male and female players.
5. Dick Norman
The southpaw is a doubles specialist. Dick Norman hails for Belgium and his height is 6’8″ /203 cm. Norman managed to enter the top 10 in ATP double ranking at the age of 39.
4. Jerzy Janowicz
The 6 feet 8 inch or 203 cm Jerzy Janowicz is the fourth tallest male tennis player of all time. The Polish international holds the record of fastest serves in the history. He usually serves between 115 to 130 mph, but when he gains momentum he can serve between 130 and 140.
3. John Isner
The American international is a giant. The 6 feet 10 inch holds the record of serving at a blistering speed of 253km/h. He is known for entertaining the crowd with his rapid aces in tournaments such as grand slams.
2. Reilly Opelka
Reily Opelka is a 6’11” tennis player who hails from Florida. The youngster is one of the promising talents. Opelka can serve around 140mph consistently. He turned pro in the year 2015. Reilly has won two ATP titles and currently ranks 25 in ATP rankings.
1. Ivo Karlović
Karlovic is the tallest tennis player in the world. He shares the top spot with Reilly Opelka. Ivo has served the fourth fastest serve – 254 km/h in tennis history. By now, he has won 8 ATP titles.
5. Maria Sharapova
Former Russian international was one of the popular female tennis players. Standing at 6’2, she had a successful career winning career grand slam. Apart from tennis, she also did modeling and photoshoots.
4. Lindsay Davenport
She has the most lethal and rapid serve in the female tennis fraternity. Lindsay is 6 inch 2 feet tall and her height gives her the advantage to hit aces effortlessly. She managed to hold the number 1 world ranking on four different occasions.
3. Naomi Broady
The third tallest female player in tennis history is Naomi Broady. Naomi Broady is 189 cm tall and has won 9 singles and 19 doubles WTA titles. The 30 years old achieved the highest career ranking of 76.
2. Akgul Amanmuradova
Akgul Amanmuradova is the second tallest women tennis player. She hails from Uzbekistan and has won two WTA titles and 9 ITF titles. The highest rank he earned till now was 50, and it was back in 2008.
1. Eva Hrdinova
The tallest women tennis player is Eva Hrdinova. She is 6 feet 3 inch/ 191 cm tall. Eva Hrdinova is a doubles specialist and rarely plays singles. By now, she has won 3 singles and 19 doubles titles.