Having a certain body type can be advantageous for athletes in certain sports — like tall players in basketball — while various body types can excel in other sports. Tennis falls into the latter category; you can play equally well whether you’re tall or short. Here are five of the tallest men who have played tennis professionally in the sport’s history.
John Isner, 6-foot-9
Josh Isner’s claim to fame is having the longest match in Wimbledon history. His epic 2010 battle against Nicolas Mahut lasted more than 11 hours over the course of three days. But Isner is also notable for his height.
At nearly 7 feet tall, he is one of the most towering players on the tour. Isner has a 419-258 record as a pro, with 15 career singles titles. He’s been ranked as high as No. 8 in the world, and he’s currently No. 20. The 34-year-old has earned more than $18 million on tour since becoming a pro in 2007.
Marin Čilić, 6-foot-6
Since joining the pro circuit in 2005, Marin Čilić has made a name for himself despite having just 18 career singles titles. The 30-year-old has an overall record of 498-265, and his lone Grand Slam championship came at the 2014 U.S. Open. Currently 23rd in the world, Čilić has ranked as high as No. 3. The Croatian has earned more than $27 million in his career.
Juan Martín del Potro, 6-foot-6
This Argentine’s most notable feat is winning the 2009 U.S. Open, his only career Grand Slam title to date. Juan Martín del Potro has 22 career titles, with a 439-173 record since turning pro in 2005. The 30-year-old is currently No. 71 in the world rankings, but he’s been as high as No. 3. Del Potro has earned more than $25 million and medaled at the Olympics twice (a bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016).
Gaël Monfils, 6-foot-4
Frenchman Gaël Monfils turned pro in 2004 and has won eight career singles titles. The 33-year-old has a 466-263 professional record. Despite not winning many titles in his career, Monfils has ranked as high as No. 6 in the world back in 2016, and he’s No. 13 in his most recent ranking. Monfils has made more than $16 million on the tour.
Andy Murray, 6-foot-3
The former world No. 1 has been on the tour since 2005. With 45 titles to his name, Andy Murray is 663-193. Among those championships are three Grand Slam titles, including winning Wimbledon twice. When the 32-year-old won in 2013, he became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray, who is fourth all-time with more than $61 million in career earnings, won Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016.
Tallest female tennis players
How do the women compare to the men in terms of height? They don’t come close to matching Isner in stature, as the tallest woman in professional tennis history is Eva Hrdinová at 6-foot-3. Amid the well-known ladies in the sport, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams are among the tallest, at 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-1, respectively.