With the year coming to an end, it is time to highlight the players who dominated with their exceptional and powerful serving skills.
Only one player in the 2023 season could hit more than 1000 aces and it is none other than Hubert Hurkacz. Standing at 196cm tall he finished the season with 1031 aces in 69 matches.
He became the 9th player to hit aces in four figures and is the first player since 2019 to do so.
Hurkacz is way ahead of other players in the list with the second spot hitting less than 700 aces.
Hurkacz reached the milestone during the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters where he entered with 985 aces. He hit 19 aces in the match against Robert Bautista Agut and became the first player since John Isner and Reilly Opelka accomplished in 2019.
The Polish tennis player also topped the list of one more serve stats. He is known for his powerful serves and his number of aces helped him to finish with the highest percentage of points won off the first serve in 2023 with 79.56%.
Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz, and Stefanos Tsitsipas topped the list of other ATP statistics of serve and return.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic finished the season with the highest percentage of points won off the second serve, Stefanos Tsitsipas with the highest percentage of service games won, Jannik Sinner with the highest percentage of break points saved, and Carlos Alcaraz with the highest percentage of return games won.
Hubert Hurkacz is among the nine players with 1000+ aces in an ATP season
Hubert Hurkacz became the ninth player to finish a season with over 1000 aces in 2023.
He went past the milestone in the second round of the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters when he hit 19 aces in the match against Roberto Bautista Agut.
The ATP started recording the tallies in 1991 and since then only nine players have been able to serve 1000+ aces. Pete Sampras was the first player to achieve the milestone in 1993.
The other players to do so are John Isner(2010, 2012, 2015-2019), Ivo Karlovic(2007, 2014-2016), Goran Ivansevic(1994, 1996-1998), Milos Raonic(2012, 2014), Kevin Anderson(2015, 2018), Pete Sampras(1993), Andy Roddick(2004), and Reilly Opelka(2019).
John Isner has done it seven times which is the highest by any player. His highest came in the 2015 season when he served 1260 aces. Not only that he has also hit the highest number of aces in a match which is 113. It came at the 2010 Wimbledon Open match against Nicholas Mahut that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Goran Ivansevic holds the record for the most aces served during a season with 1477 aces from 103 matches in 1996.