Forehand Speeds in Pro Tennis

This article looks 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 and top 10 fastest speeds recorded of forehands hit at the 2021 tournament in Melbourne.

I will also look at the forehand speeds of top players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams, who are known for having some of the best forehands of all time.

Forehand Speeds in Pro Tennis

Average Forehand Speeds in Tennis

From analyzing the data below, it seems that the average speed of forehands in Men’s tennis is between 65 and 85 Mph while the average speed in Women’s tennis was slightly lower at between 60 and 80 Mph.

Men’s tennis

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

Marin Cilic, Botic van de Zandschulp, and Soon-woo Kwon were the only other players to hit their forehand over 80mph.

Average Speeds on the ATP Tour

Player’s NameSpeed (km/h)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 Speed for Rafael Nadal’s forehand at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters.

**Average Speed for Roger Federer’s forehand at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Women’s Tennis

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

Average Speeds on the WTA Tour

Player’s NameSpeed (km/h)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 Speed of Serena Williams’ forehand was according to Stats on the T.

Fastest Forehand Speeds in Tennis

2021 Australian Open (ATP)

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

Fastest Speeds on ATP Tour

#Player’s NameSpeed (km/h)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

2021 Australian Open (WTA)

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

Kaia Kanepi was in second place with her fastest forehand being 97.1mph.

Fastest Speeds on the WTA Tour

#WTA PlayerSpeed (km/h)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