Originally Posted by Blade0324
So getting a bit more info on Warners serve of 147, it is an official record but was not hit during a match but in a fast serve competition. I think that this waters it down a bit but doesn't change the fact that he is one of the biggest servers that has played. I can tell you from first hand experience that at 44 he is still able to hit mid to high 130's pretty regular as I've been on the receiving end of them and held the gun in my hand to clock them as well.
Like I mentioned originally he is not well known and didn't have a tremendous amount of success on the tour but to us average peeps the pace, spin, height of bounce, and placement are simply unbelievable.
Hello, Blade. Thanks for replying, I'm not sure what you mean by "official"...there really isn't any official record...even thought that term is bandied about....even Roddick who may be declared the official record holder by the ATP, really should not be!
In any case, as I mentioned, Rusedski hit 149mph in tournament play, before Roddick, and in fact, Colin Dibley hit 148mph in 1974 in a serve competition. So I don't think Warner could be said to hold the record. Nonetheless, I have no doubt that his serve was extremely fast, and I don't doubt that he may have hit 147mph. I am certainly familiar with his name, and knew that he had been attributed as at least reaching into the 130's. I have seen a bit of footage of his serve, but not much. If you know a way, I can see more, let me know! Yes, he falls into an area of many a journeyman with all-time fast serves.....like Dibley, Denton, Sadri, and others....I am particularly interested in them, since they are the players I've seen the least of!
I take it that he lives near you. If you ever have the chance, please ask him for more details about his serve! Where was the competition? What measuring device was used? Where other pro servers there? Who were the other top servers? Feel free to email me if you find out any more info!
PS. If you have the chance, also ask him about David Pate! I know they played doubles, and Pate, who was coached a bit by Gonzalez, also had a very big serve, even though he was not a big guy!