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Top 5 shortest tennis matches

For a match to end quickly, it usually means it is a one-sided affair. These are seven of the shortest tennis matches ever that are officially documented by time.

Arkya Mitra
Last updated: 28.09.2021
Top 5 shortest tennis matches

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Many people love the fact that there is no such thing as a clock in the sport of tennis. Theoretically, a tennis match could last hours and hours, or it could be over in under an hour.


For a match to end quickly, it usually means it is a one-sided affair. These are seven of the shortest tennis matches ever that are officially documented by time. There might be some shorter matches from the earlier days of tennis, but official time was not always tracked properly.



1. Jack Harper- J.Sandiford, Surrey Open(1946)

18 Minutes

Jack Harper Won: 6-0, 6-0

Way back in 1946, Jack Harper was able to win the best-of-three match in 18 minutes. He lost just one point to J. Sandiford along the way, and it was never a contest. Harper was certainly no slouch, as he made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, and the 4th round at Wimbledon. However, on that day, it was total domination from the very beginning.


J. Sandiford did not win a game, nor was he ever really in any of them. There were a ton of short points during the entire match, and the fast pace of play for both players helped as well.


2. Margaret Court- Darlene Hard, Eastern Grass Court Championship (1963)

24 Minutes

Margaret Court Won: 6-1, 6-1

The shortest documented women’s match in the history of high-level tennis came in 1963, when Margaret Court beat Darlene Hard 6-1, 6-1.

It was a mismatch on paper from the very beginning, and both players had a fast enough pace to their play to get through everything quickly. Court was able to have a few blowout victories in her career, but this was the most lopsided of them all when looking at her entire body of work.


3. Helen Wills- Joan Fry, Wightman Cup(1927)

24 Minutes

Helen Wills Won: 6-2, 6-0

Former #1 player in the world Helen Willis was at the peak of her powers in 1927. She won both Wimbledon and the US Open that year, and she reached #1 in the world for the first time. All that means it was a bad time for anyone to match up with her, and Joan Fry received one of the fastest losses in tennis history.


In just 24 minutes, Wills cruised to a victory to help the United States ultimately win 5-2 in the Wightman Cup. It was always a bad matchup for Fry, but this match went particularly poorly. Fry did find a way to win a couple of games in the first set, but the second set was over in about 10 minutes.


4. Francisco Clavet- Jiang Shan, Heineken Open(2001)

25 Minutes

Francisco Clavet Won: 6-0, 6-0

If the name of the loser sounds familiar, he is the husband of Li Na. When he was still playing professional tennis, he suffered a pretty devastating loss in just 25 minutes to Francisco Clavet.


The straightforward beatdown finished 6-0, 6-0. It was never a competitive matchup, as Clavet played some of the most dominating tennis of his career.


5. Jarkko Nieminen- Bernard Tomic, Miami Masters (2014)

28 Minutes

Jarkko Nieminen Won: 6-0, 6-1

Tomic has made history for the wrong reasons in his career. He won just one game in the 28 minutes it took for Jarkko Nieminen to come out victorious.


Tomic was not fined for his effort in this match, but several people wondered if he was mailing it in like he was when he lost in under an hour to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon. It does not help his case that he plays at a very fast pace, so even when he wins, points go by quickly.

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