Name the tallest Pro tennis players to i ever play the game - now and back then ?

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  1. ClubHoUno

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    I wonder who the tallest pro tennis players are and just how tall they were and are.

    Karloviv is the tallest players to ever play on the ATP Tour - stading tall at 6' 10".

    Does anyone know if any guy (or lady for that matter) beats that or comes close to that ?

    John Isner is 6' 8", Sam Querrey is 6' 6" (Edited, originally I wrote Murray here) - who else could be placed in the GIANT category among pro tennis players, now and back then ?

    The optimum height for a tennis player is considered something from 6' 2" - 6' 4". I'm 6' 4" and this is - by many - considered the best height for an all round tennis player. Taller than that and the mobility will normally start to fade away. Shorter than that and the serve and reach at the net will diminish a bit. Optimum height for a baseliner will typically be shorter - more like 6' - 6' 2"

    But I'm curious about the giants of tennis - who are they, are there any newcomers, about to turn pro, who are giants ?

    Kevein Anderson is also pretty tall - 6' 7".
    Tallest female tennis player ever is AKGUL AMANMURADOVA from Uzbekistan.
    She stands 6' 3" tall :oops::shock:
     
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  2. daddy

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    Perfect is 6'1" ( sampras, federer, borg, whatever ) or 6'2" ..

    Anyways I am not aware of taller player than Karlovic, now or before, but Ive never been into stats. And how come Murray is 6'6" , he is 6'2and a half, at most 6'3" ?
     
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    my friend played a few single 1 players in high school this year that were around 6 '8 - 7 ft... one of them he said was recruited by Georgia. the kick serve for these people are insane to say the least. look out for them in college.
     
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    Sorry....:oops:

    I meant Sam Querrey, he is 6' 6".....oooppzzzz :oops:
     
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    Hey, were fans. We are not experts. Sometimes these lapsus lingue can happen, we're human as well ! ;)
     
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    Chris Mihm was a very good junior player in Texas. In fact, Mihm, Drew Brees and Roddick were all in the same tennis class at one time. Supposedly, Brees was the best one of the bunch when they were kids. But to answer your question Ivo and Isner are probably the tallest pro players, back in the day there was Slobodan Zivosomethingvich who was like 6 foot 7.
     
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    Zivojinovic, my countrymen, he was too too mentaly off and seemed uninterested at times, yet played marvelous sometimes, like when he bagled Mac in semis in the AO. He was a bit of a major choker back then, having in mind he was powerfull but had a decent technique. Should have done more. Marrying a folk music star in my country surely adds up to the equasion, he loved life more than tennis.

    On the lighter note, him, wilander, edberg and becker were great friends, not odd having in mind what a great sports all of them were !
     
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    Orlando Sirola from Italy was a giant in his time (around 1960), a sort of tennis equivalent of Primo Carnera. Gordon Forbes writes, that he also could make astounding noises from his back side.
     
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    Bobo Slobodan Zivojinovic was 6' 6" - he's still on the profile list on the ATP Tour web site :D

    How tall was Orlando Sirola ? (Edit: Answer: 6' 7")
     
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    Tall has it's advantages and disadvantages. As the population base gets taller you will see more athletic players in the 6'-4" + range.
     
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    ESPN and DavisCup.com have Djokovic listed at 6'3''
     
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    While we're at it, Marc Rosset and Chris Guccione are both 6'7''
     
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  13. Joachim Johansson is listed on ATPtennis as 6'6" but he seemed even taller when raining down those bombs!
     
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    this is interesting actually, i played a kid who is 6 8 in my highschool's tennis league. he beat me 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6)
    his serve wasn't that fast, in fact i feel my serve had more pace. but the angles he generated on his serve where unbelievable. but, he literally had the worst ground strokes of any person i have ever lost to. i just won like 3 points on his serve, haha. i think he aced me at least 18 times.
     
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    ^^^^^^^poor mans karlovic :shock:^^^^^^
     
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    ivo karlovic and dick norman and john isner
     
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    Todd Martin was 6"6
    I remember hearing Younes El Aynaoui was 6"10 and the tallest player on tour after Roddick beat him a few years ago but the ATP site lists him as 6"4.
     
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    I really enjoy these new wave of tall players.

    Its interesting to see the rest of the pro's handle the angles these guys create.
     
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    sounds like with all these tall players around, people might have to start hitting slices again.
     
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    Pam Shriver was up there especially in her Afro day's !
     
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    I think Nadal is 6'1" aswell...
     
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    Yes, I believe these three are the all time tallest to ever be ranked in the top 500 (and all 3 have been in the top 100) or to play singles in a grand slam.

    Ivo 6'10" --obviously by far the most accomplished of any truly big man

    Isner 6'9+

    Norman 6'8" (for those who've never heard of this guy, he reached Rd 16 at Wimbledon in 1995 losing to Boris Becker and still is a very active pro player in 2008 at age 37).

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    Marcelo Melo is also 6'8" but he hasn't done much in singles

    I recall Victor Pecci from the 80's may have been 6'8" as well. If not him, someone with the 1st name Victor during that period was 6'8" or so.
     
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