Out in Gimcheon, Korea, players had better have good eyesight and ensure their reactions are in peak condition as one of the entrants recently set a new record for fastest serve. Sam Groth from Australia sent down a serve recorded at an incredible 163.4mph (263 kph)!
This record busting serve, during an ATP Challenger match in Busan, Korea, was joined by two other immense serves from Groth of 157.5mph (253.5kph) and 158.9mph (255.7kph)!
We’ve had ‘Pistol Pete’ Sampras so do we now have ‘Shotgun Sam’ Groth?
In other related news, Yong-Kyu Lim from Korea is the only former champion set to feature. Lim won the title in 2009 but was prevented from making a successful defence when eliminated at the quarterfinal stage by eventual champion Milos Raonic.
An attempt to regain the title saw him suffer another quarterfinal defeat but Lim, who has featured in every ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Gimcheon since the first was held in 2007, will surely be among the favourites for the 2012 crown.
Photo: Copyright: Busan Challenger