The Fastest Serves in Tennis History


Sam Groth pic

Sam Groth

Allen Fitzsimmons of Belchertown, MA, is the owner of Talon Furniture Gallery and chief executive officer of Transitioning Forward, an organization specializing in asset appraisal and other aspects of estate settlements. When he is not working, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys playing tennis. He has played competitively and has spent a decade as a certified teaching pro.

In 2014, German Sabine Lisicki set the all-time record for fastest serve in a women’s tennis match. Competing against Ana Ivanovic at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Lisicki struck a 131-mile-per-hour serve, besting the previous record, set by Venus Williams seven years earlier, by 2 miles per hour. Ivanovic got a racket on the ball, preventing Lisicki from hitting an outright ace, but could not return the serve. However, the 2008 French Open champion ultimately prevailed over the new world record holder by a score of 7-6, 6-1. Other female record holders include Serena Williams at 128.6 miles per hour, Julia Gorges at 126.1, and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy at 126.

On the men’s side, the record for fastest serve belongs to Sam Groth of Australia. Groth set the all-time service speed record at a challenger event in Busan, with a delivery clocking in at 163.7 miles per hour. It should be noted that the Australian’s impressive serve is not officially recognized by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which attributes the record to a 157-mile-per-hour serve by American John Isner. Isner set the record in a four-set Davis Cup match against Bernard Tomic in which he recorded 49 aces and no double faults.


The History of the Jazz Trumpet


 Jazz Trumpet pic

Jazz Trumpet

Since 2013, Allen Fitzsimmons has served as the CEO of Transitioning Forward, a Belchertown, MA-based company that helps its clients sell assets they no longer need. In addition, he is the owner of Talon Furniture Gallery in Massachusetts. In his spare time, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys playing music, especially jazz trumpet.

The trumpet has been an important instrument for jazz since at least 1894 when trumpeter Buddy Bolden was photographed with a jazz band. Bolden is often named as the first jazz musician for his innovative trumpeting, which combined influences from ragtime and blues.

Trumpets may be seen as the key instrument for jazz partly because they can be so loud and serve as a natural lead instrument in a group. Trumpets have been recorded as early as 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt and China and were originally used as a clarion call, for example in battle. The trumpet’s musical potential was first explored in the 16th century and became quite popular in the 16th and 17th centuries with the classical music of the time. From there, its popularity waned until it found its jazz foundation in the 20th century when its clear, loud sound translated well to early musical recordings with jazz greats like Louis Armstrong in the 1930s.