Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Open Features Big Man, Big Serve

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Open Features Big Man, Big Serve

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SARASOTA

TENNIS: At 6-foot-10, Ivo Karlovic is the tallest player, with a big serve

The initial list of players who have entered the $100,000 Sarasota Open has been released and lineup is led by the game's biggest player -- literally.

Six-foot-10-inch Ivo Karlovic is among the players expected to play in the USTA Pro Circuit tournament to be played April 13-21 at The Tennis Gardens at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

Karlovic is the tallest player to rank in the top 100 in the history of the ATP rankings, which began in 1973.

The Davis Cup veteran from Croatia also has a huge serve, holding the record for the fastest serve on the professional tour.

In a Davis Cup match in 2011 he hit a serve at 156 miles per hour. Playing a match against Paul Capdeville in 2007, Karlovic hit a second serve at 144 miles per hour, which stands as the fastest second serve on record. …

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