Backhand Speeds in Pro Tennis

This article will look at how fast professional tennis players on the ATP and WTA Tours hit their backhands.

The data for the backhand speeds detailed below were mostly sourced from stats released by the tournament organizers at the 2021 Australian Open in relation to the top 10 average backhand speeds and top 10 fastest backhand speeds recorded at the 2021 tournament.

We will also look at the average backhand speeds of top tennis players like Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.

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Average Backhand Speeds in Pro Tennis

Average Backhand Speeds in Tennis

The average backhand speeds in Men’s tennis are between 65 and 80 Mph while the average backhand speeds in Women’s tennis are slightly lower at between 60 and 75 Mph.

Average Backhand Speeds in Men’s tennis

ATP PlayerOne or Two Handed?Backhand Speed (km/h)Backhand Speed (mph)
Nikoloz Basilashvili*Two handed128.179.6
Pedro Sousa*Two handed120.975.1
Aslan Karatsev*Two handed120.174.6
Norbert Gombos*Two handed119.874.4
Jannik Sinner*Two handed119.474.2
John Millman*Two handed118.073.3
Borna Coric*Two handed117.673.1
Gianluca Mager*Two handed117.573.0
Dominik Koepfer*Two handed116.372.2
Ugo Humbert*Two handed116.072.1
Rafael Nadal**Two handed112.369.8
Dominic Thiem**One Handed108.567.4
Novak Djokovic**Two handed108.367.3
Alexander Zverev**Two handed107.867.0
Roger Federer**One Handed106.466.1

*Average Backhand Speed data from 2021 Australian Open.

**Average Backhand Speed data as per the ATP Tour website.

Average Backhand Speeds in Women’s Tennis

WTA PlayerOne or Two Handed?Backhand Speed (km/h)Backhand Speed (mph)
Camila GiorgiTwo Handed116.972.6
Bernarda PeraTwo Handed116.072.1
Aryna SabalenkaTwo Handed115.972.0
Elena RybakinaTwo Handed115.471.7
Ajla TomljanovicTwo Handed115.071.5
Coco GauffTwo Handed114.771.3
Liudmila SamsonovaTwo Handed114.571.1
Rebecca MarinoTwo Handed113.970.8
Ana BogdanTwo Handed113.870.7
Anastasia PotapovaTwo Handed113.274.7

Fastest Backhand Speeds in Tennis

At the 2021 Australian Open, Denis Shapovalov had the fastest recorded backhand speed at 101.4 mph.

The only other tennis player to hit a backhand of at least 100 mph was Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Top 10 Fastest Backhand Speeds at the 2021 Australian Open (ATP)

#ATP PlayerOne or Two Handed?Backhand Speed (km/h)Backhand Speed (mph)
1Denis ShapovalovOne Handed163.2101.4
2Nikoloz BasilashviliTwo Handed161.0100.0
3Rafael NadalTwo Handed156.697.3
4Pierre-Hugues HerbertTwo Handed154.996.3
5Grigor DimitrovOne Handed154.395.9
6Alexander ZverevTwo Handed153.995.6
7Stan WawrinkaOne Handed153.895.5
8Alexei PopyrinTwo Handed153.595.4
9Fobio FogniniTwo Handed153.095.1
10Dominic ThiemOne Handed150.793.6

Top 10 Fastest Backhand Speeds at the 2021 Australian Open (WTA)

#WTA PlayerOne or Two Handed?Backhand Speed (km/h)Backhand Speed (mph)
1Ana BogdanTwo Handed147.491.6
2Camila GiorgiTwo Handed147.291.5
3Ajla TomljanovicTwo Handed146.791.2
4Aryna SabalenkaTwo Handed145.390.3
5Liudmila SamsonovaTwo Handed143.188.9
6Bianca AndreescuTwo Handed143.088.8
7Marta KostyukTwo Handed142.688.6
8Arantxa RusTwo Handed142.288.4
9Olga DanilovicTwo Handed142.188.3
10Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaTwo Handed141.788.0

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed our article on Backhand Speeds in Pro Tennis. If you did then you may also be interested in our article on forehand speeds in pro tennis.