Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tallest Professional Tennis Players of All-Time

The following is a list of the tallest male tennis players that I am aware of and know about. If anybody knows of a taller professional tennis player please leave a comment.

                                   (Photo of John Isner and John McEnroe by robbiesaurus)

The average height of a man in the United States today is 5' 9 1/2". As you can see below all the pro tennis players on this list are much taller than that. 

Is it an advantage in tennis to be tall? The answer is yes absolutely. It is far easier for a tall player to hit the ball over the net with great force while serving than it is for a shorter player. Serving is a huge part of tennis. 

Tallest Tennis Players of All-Time

T-1. Ivo Karlovic - 6' 11"

At a height of  6' 11", Ivo Karlovic from Croatia is the tallest professional tennis player of all-time. Ivo is still an active player at the age of 38. He has won 8 ATP singles titles in his career and earned just about $9 million.

To show how height helps a player. Ivo Karlovic's serve has been recorded at 156 mph, second fastest on record, and Ivo holds the record for most career aces with 12,302.

T-1. Reilly Opelka - 6' 11"

American Reilly Opelka is tied with Ivo Karlovich as the tallest tennis player of all-time at 6' 11" in height. Reilly is just 20 years old. He has yet to win a tournament and his career earnings are approaching $500,000.

3. John Isner - 6' 10"

American John Isner is probably the best known tallest tennis player. Standing 6' 10" tall, Isner has won 12 ATP singles titles and his career earnings are approaching $13 million. 

In 2010 in the first round at Wimbledon, John Isner defeated Nicholas Mahut in the longest tennis match in history. Isner won the match by a score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. The 5th set tally is not a typo. The match lasted a record 8 hours and 11 minutes.

4. Andreas Siljestrom - 6' 9"

Andreas Siljestrom is a 6' 9" tall mainly doubles tennis player from Sweden. He is 36 years old and has never won a tournament and his career earnings are $350,000.

Tennis Players Who are 6' 8" Tall

  • Kevin Anderson

  • Kenny De Schepper

  • Jerzy Janowicz

  • Marcelo Mello

  • Albano Olivetti

  • Dick Norman

Active Tennis Players Who are 6' 7"

  • Chris Guccione

  • Christopher Eubanks

Active Tennis Players Who are 6' 6"

  • Alexander Zverev (brother Mischa is 6' 3")

  • Daniil Medvedev

  • Luca Vanni

  • Jiri Vesely

  • Sam Querrey

  • Fabrice Martin

  • Nicolas Jerry

  • Karen Khachanov

  • Marin Cilic

  • Juan Martin del Potro

Well Known Tennis Players Who are 6' 5"

  • Milos Raonic

  • Hubert Hurkacz (Poland)

  • Matteo Berrettini 

  • Bernard Tomic 

  • Tomas Berdych

For those who are curious here are the heights of the best tennis players in the world. Andy Murray is 6' 3", Novak Djokovic is 6' 2", Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are both  6' 1".

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