Fans have been left confused after Nick Kyrgios appeared to record one of the fastest serves in tennis history, before a passing mention on commentary retracted that call.
Many viewers would’ve thought they were still tired from last night’s Federer-Millman match when they saw the speed pop up on screen after a Kyrgios ace early in his third round Australian Open match against Karen Khachanov.
The speed gun claimed Kyrgios had sent down a 252 km/h thunderbolt.
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If true, that would have been the fourth-fastest serve ever, and the second-fastest in ATP history.
But alas, commentator Todd Woodbridge quietly mentioned during the next set that “the radar was malfunctioning” early in the match.
The fastest tennis serve ever recorded belongs to former Aussie big man Sam Groth, who hit 263 km/h (163.4 miles per hour) at the Busan Open in 2012.
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As that was event was at Challenger level, it’s not officially recognised by the ATP. Instead their record is 253 km/h, as hit by American John Isner during the 2016 Davis Cup.
Kyrgios has a very good serve, but it’s not quite at that pace usually, so many thought the gun was wrong as soon as the number popped up on screen.
But it was fun to believe for a little while.