Forehand Speeds in Pro Tennis

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

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

We will also look at the average forehand speeds of top tennis players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams.

Forehand Speeds in Pro Tennis

Average Forehand Speeds in Tennis

Average Forehand Speeds in Men’s tennis

Nikoloz Basilashvili had the fastest average forehand recorded for a male player at the 2021 Australian Open with an average forehand speed of 82.5 MPH.

ATP PlayerForehand Speed (km/h)Forehand Speed (mph)
Nikoloz Basilashvili132.782.5
Marin Cilic129.780.6
Botic van de Zandschulp129.480.4
Soon-woo Kwon128.980.1
Norbert Gombos128.379.9
Andreas Seppi127.679.3
Aslan Karatsev127.679.3
Reilly Opelka127.479.2
Jan-Lennard Struff127.078.9
Guido Pella126.578.6
Rafael Nadal*122.976.4
Roger Federer**111.169.0

*Average Forehand Speed of Rafael Nadal at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters.

**Average Forehand Speed of Roger Federer at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Average Forehand Speeds in Women’s Tennis

Veronika Kudermetova had the fastest average forehand recorded for a female player at the 2021 Australian Open with an average forehand speed of 76.6 MPH.

WTA PlayerForehand Speed (km/h)Forehand Speed (mph)
Veronika Kudermetova123.376.6
Liudmila Samsonova123.076.4
Jennifer Brady122.075.8
Camila Giorgi121.675.6
Arantxa Rus121.575.5
Danka Kovinic120.975.1
Maria Sakkari120.975.1
Bernarda Pera120.674.9
Kaia Kanepi120.674.9
Katie Boulter120.374.7
Serena Williams***117.573.0

***Average Forehand Speed of Serena Williams according to Stats on the T.

Fastest Forehand Speeds in Tennis

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

The fastest forehand speed recorded at the 2021 Australian Open by a male player was 105.3 MPH and was hit by the American Reilly Opelka.

#ATP PlayerForehand Speed (km/h)Forehand Speed (mph)
1Reilly Opelka169.5105.3
2Alexei Popyrin168.2104.5
3Nick Kyrgios167.6104.1
4Casper Ruud167.3103.9
5Matteo Berrettini166.5103.5
6Alex Bolt166.4103.4
7Laslo Djere166.1103.2
8Aslan Karatsev166.0103.1
9Vasek Pospisil165.5102.8
10Hubert Hurkacz164.8102.4

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

The fastest forehand speed recorded at the 2021 Australian Open by a female player was 98.5 MPH and was hit by Arantxa Rus.

#WTA PlayerForehand Speed (km/h)Forehand Speed (mph)
1Arantxa Rus158.698.5
2Kaia Kanepi156.297.1
3Olga Danilovic155.296.4
4Kristina Mladenovic154.596.0
5Donna Vekic154.195.8
6Maria Sakkari152.594.8
7Iga Swiatek152.494.7
8Sloane Stephens152.394.6
9Jennifer Brady151.594.1
10Veronika Kudermetova151.193.9