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Alla Zakarian

12-08-2019 | 17:42 Tennis

TOP 10 tallest tennis players in the world

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has won 14 Grand Slam singles title, five ATP Finals title, 32 ATP World Tour Masters 100 series titles, 12 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for over 200 weeks. World No 2 Rafael Nadal has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. World No 3 Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles, six ATP finals, 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, and a record ATP World Tour 500 titles. However, there are a top ranking in tennis, that these three best tennis players cannot get a spot. It is about the height, and as we no, that one should be given by nature. Is the height important? Tennis demanding physical preparedness, especially right now, when tennis has in many ways evolved over the years. Besides, the physical awareness, technology has played a huge role in this evolution; rackets, strings, clothing and training techniques are all responsible for the increased level with which tennis is now played. According to the research, on average, tall players can serve faster and more effectively than can shorter players. Short players who succeed on tour do so by returning and moving better than taller players. An inch or two above six feet (a range between 185 and 190 cm) is good, but much more than that is too much. No player above 6’4″ (193 cm, Marat Safin) has ever reached No. 1 in the ATP rankings. There have certainly been successful tennis players both short and tall throughout history. Here are Top 10 tallest tennis players in the world.

Juan Martin del Potro

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 5 in, 198 cm
Juan Martin del Potro became the youngest player to finish in the Top 100 in 2016, in the Top 50 in 2007, and the Top 10 in 2008. He has won 22 ATP singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 2009 US Open and one Masters 1000 singles title at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open.

Sam Querrey

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 6.5 in, 199 cm
The 31-year-old Sam Querrey holds the record for the most consecutive aces in an ATP event, he fired an achievement against James Blake in a match in 2007. One of the most shocking and memorable events in his life is defeating Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon third round.

Marin Cilic

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 6 in, 198 cm
Marin Cilic turned pro in 2015 and received worldwide fame when defeated the then World No. 2 Andy Murray at the 2009 US Open.  His career-high singles ranking is world No. 3, achieved on 28 January 2018. In 2012, Cilic took 5 hours and 31 minutes to beat Sam Querry at Wimbledon - the third longest match in Wimbledon history after John Isner's 2010 epic against Nicolas Mahut, and Isner's semi-final defeat in 2018 to Kevin Anderson.

Chris Guccione

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 7 in, 201 cm
Chris Guccione has won four ATP Tour doubles, and reached career-high rankings of singles world No.67 in April 2008 and doubles world No. 38 in November 2014.

Marc Rosset

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 7 in, 201 cm
Marc Rosset is best remembered for winning the men’s singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. He also won one Grand Slam doubles title at the French Open in 1992 partnering compatriot Jakob Hlasek.

Kevin Anderson

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 8 in, 203 cm
Kevin Anderson, who is currently ranked world No. 6 in men’s singles by the ATP, won his first ATP title in his hometown of Johannesburg, in February 2011.  He has 2 singles and one doubles titles.

Dick Norman

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 8 in, 203 cm
Norman achieved a degree of folk popularity among tennis fans due to his height, his left-handed power game and, in the last few years of his career. After retirement, he became involved in coaching and organizing local tennis events.

 Jerzy Janowicz

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 8 in, 204 cm
Janowicz became the first Polish male to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, eventually losing out to the eventual champion, Andy Murray. He struggled with a major knee injury during the 2016 season, which led to a significant drop in rankings and form. Janowicz is currently coached by Günter Bresnik and his strength and conditioning coach is Piotr Grabia.

John Isner

  • HEIGHT: 6 ft 10 in, 208 cm
John Isner, who Is currently No.10 ranked in men’s singles by ATP and has been ranked as high as No.8. Considered one of the best servers ever to play on the ATP World Tour, Isner achieved his career-high singles ranking in July 2018 by virtue of his maiden Masters 1000 crown at the 2018 Miami Open and a semifinals appearance at the 2018 Wimbledon Championship. He currently has the second-most aces in the history of the ATP World Tour, having served 10,937 aces.

Reilly Opelka

  • HEIGHT: 7 ft 0 in, 213 cm
Reilly Opelka, the American tennis player, is the tallest player ever on the ATP Tour. His game is based on his big serves, which has sort of become a norm for upcoming American players ever since Andy Roddick. He can serve in the low-140 mph range. To put in context, the fastest serve in Wimbledon 2016 was 146 mph. Opelka has done quite a bit already. He currently is ranked No. 129 in the world, close to his career best status of No. 125.

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